Christmas Crunch Candy

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min. + cooling


about 1-1/2 pounds

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
Treat family and friends to a yummy brittle for the holidays. Made with cashews and Rice Krispies, it's loaded with crispy-crunchy goodness. —Amanda McLemore, Maryville, Tennessee
Christmas Crunch Candy Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 teaspoon butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup salted cashews
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Line a 15x10x1-in. baking pan with foil. Grease foil with 1 teaspoon butter.
  2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and water; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  3. Cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 240° (soft-ball stage). Stir in butter; cook without stirring until mixture reaches 300° (hard-crack stage), brushing down sides of pan with a pastry brush dipped in water as needed.
  4. Remove from heat. Stir in cereal, cashews, baking soda and vanilla. Quickly pour into prepared pan. Using a buttered metal spatula, spread mixture to 1/4-in. thickness. Cool completely; break into pieces.
  5. To Make Ahead: Store candy in an airtight container up to 1 month.

Nutrition Facts

1 ounce: 152 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 136mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.