Praline Pecan Crunch Snack Mix

“In our family, we call this “Crunchy-Crunchy.” My mother-in-law makes a big batch of this every Christmas. We received it in the big box of gifts and my youngest is very excited to see “Grandma’s Crunchy-Crunchy” snack mix.

I sometimes make it myself, but it’s more special to receive it from Grandma, you know? It is great for gift-giving in a nice air-tight plastic container. Great to put out for a sweet snack, any time of the year! Note: I have added a little salt to the recipe as a personal preference. If you want to leave it out as the original recipe calls for, you can do so. Enjoy!”


  • 8cups Quaker Oatmeal Squares Cereal (1 whole box)
  • 2cups pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 12cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 12cup light corn syrup
  • 4tablespoons butter (margarine ok)
  • 1teaspoon vanilla
  • 12teaspoon baking soda
  • 12teaspoon salt (optional)


Heat oven to 250ºF. Spray 13 x 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Combine cereal and pecans in a pan; mix well.

In a large microwaveable bowl, combine sugar, corn syrup, and margarine.

Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute 30 seconds; stir. Microwave for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute 30 seconds or until boiling.

Stir vanilla baking soda and optional salt into the sugar mixture. Pour over cereal mixture; stir to coat evenly.

Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet, spreading the mixture in an even layer. Cool completely; break into pieces. Store tightly covered at room temperature.

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