Crack Candy Clusters

crack candy clusters are the best thing you will ever serve at a party

There’s not much to write other than “CRACK CANDY!” So deliciously addicting….. hence the word crack. I have watched people go crazy in selfishness when it comes to the crunch of crack candy clusters…lying, stealing and acting like complete gluttons. It’s that good. Here’s the recipe… don’t wait another minute to make these crack candy clusters, you won’t regret it. Plus it’s the ideal thing to take to a party where you will be forced to share. Sharing is caring. <3

ingredients for crack candy clusters Ingredients for Crack Candy Clusters:

  • 3 – cups salted peanuts
  • 5 – cups cherrios
  • 5 – cups Chex cereal (corn)
  • 3 – cups broken pretzel stick pieces
  • 3 – sticks butter (24 tablespoons)
  • 2 2/3 – cups granulated sugar
  • 1 – cup light corn syrup
  • 3 – teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 – cups dried cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a big bowl add peanuts, cherrios, chex cereal, and pretzels pieces together.  Mixing with your hands. Set to the side.dry cereal mix with peanuts and pretzels.
  3. In a dutch oven with a candy thermometer attached to the side add butter, sugar, and corn syrup. A dutch oven with a candy thermometer attached filled with butter sugar and corn syrup to make crack candy clusters.
  4. Place dutch oven over a medium flame and stirring constantly until mixture melts and candy thermometer reaches 290 degrees fahrenheit (hard crack). It takes about 15 minutes to reach this point. melted-butter-sugar-corn-syrupMelted butter, sugar, and corn syrup boiling to reach 290 degrees fahrenheit on a candy thermometer. hard crack
  5. Remove sugar/butter mixture from flame and mix in vanilla.
  6. Pour the sugar/butter/vanilla over peanut/cereal mix. Using a large spoon  mix well to combine. melted sugar butter mixture over cereal mixture. Mixing the hot crack candy mixture together with a spoon
  7. Divide mixture amongst two baking sheet lined cookie sheets and place in oven for 10 minutes. Crack candy clusters spread out on a cookie sheet.
  8. Remove from oven and stir crack candy on baking sheets, and place back in oven for an additional 10 minutes. Crack-candy-clusters-on-baking-sheet
  9. Remove from oven and place on aluminum foil or lined up baking mats, then sprinkle dried cranberries to top. crack-candy-clusters-ready-to-serve
  10. Allow to completely cool for 2 hours.
  11. Scoop up into bowls and serve.
  12. Enjoy!