Home > Holidays > Reindeer Chow Reindeer Chow December 7, 2019 | 9 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. If Santa gets cookies, his reindeer need more than oats and carrots! This Reindeer Chow is a delicious medley of peanut butter and chocolate-coated cereal with M&M’s and mini Reese’s cups. This snack mix is the perfect treat to share during the holidays; it’s quick and easy to make and is such a crowd pleaser. Serve it at a party or package it up in decorative boxes for a homemade holiday gift! Other favorite Christmas treats include Oreo Truffles, Microwave Fudge, or this Christmas Snack Mix. Muddy Buddies (or Puppy Chow) is hands down, one of my kids’ favorite treats; they’ll ask for it almost weekly! So if there’s an excuse to jazz it up for Christmas, it’s a done deal at our home. Making Reindeer Chow The descriptions below correlate to the picture collage beneath the text. Have all the ingredients ready; the process goes quickly! Grab high-quality chocolate chips — they’ll melt smoothly and taste the best. Measure the cereal (Rice or Corn Chex®) into a very large bowl. (The bigger the bowl, the easier it will be to combine ingredients.) Melt the butter, chocolate chips, and peanut butter; mix them together. Add in the vanilla and a pinch of salt to balance the sweetness. Once everything is melted and smooth, you’ll add the chocolate-peanut-butter mixture to the cereal and toss until combined. Transfer everything to a large plastic bag, add the powdered sugar, and shake to combine! Then we’ll jazz up the Reindeer Chow by adding holiday-colored (red and green) M&M’s® to the mix along with miniature Reese’s® cups. (Make sure to grab these Reese’s– not the other individually wrapped minis or snack size ones.) Variations Reindeer Chow without peanut butter. Swap out the peanut butter for white chocolate chips and replace the miniature Reese’s cups with another chocolate bite-sized candy (like Whoppers®) or miniature marshmallows. Make it salty. Add some miniature pretzel twists to the mix. Swap the chocolate. We love milk chocolate in Reindeer Chow but use your favorite type of chocolate — dark or semi-sweet instead! QUICK TIP If you’ve never tried frozen Muddy Buddies, you’re in for a treat! This snack mix is so good chilled in the freezer for about an hour! You can also keep leftover Reindeer Chow in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw at room temperature– and make sure to give them a try when they are cold! More holiday fun Three-ingredient Christmas Cookies Christmas Oreo Pops Christmas Mason Jar Gift Ideas Mexican Wedding Cookies Three-ingredient Christmas Candies FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Reindeer Chow 5 from 4 votes - Review this recipe If Santa gets cookies, his Reindeer need more than oats and carrots! Reindeer Chow is a delicious medley of peanut butter and chocolate-coated Chex cereal with M&M's and mini Reese's cups. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Reindeer Chow 5 from 4 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe If Santa gets cookies, his Reindeer need more than oats and carrots! Reindeer Chow is a delicious medley of peanut butter and chocolate-coated Chex cereal with M&M's and mini Reese's cups. Course Dessert, Snack Cuisine American Keyword reindeer chow Prep Time 20 minutes minutes Total Time 20 minutes minutes Servings 8 servings Calories 448kcal Author Chelsea Lords Cost $7.21 Ingredients▢ 9 cups toasted rice cereal like Rice Chex▢ 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter▢ 1 cup milk or semisweet chocolate chips I like Guittard or Ghirardelli▢ 4 tablespoons unsalted butter▢ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract▢ 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt▢ 1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar▢ Optional Additions▢ 1 bag (12 ounces) Christmas-colored M&M's (can use peanut butter or peanut M&Ms for extra peanut butter!)▢ 2 cups mini peanut butter cupsUS - Metric USMetric InstructionsPREP: Measure cereal into a large bowl ; set aside.MELT: In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the peanut butter, chocolate chips, and butter. Microwave in bursts of 15 seconds, stirring in between each burst for 15 seconds, until the mixture is melted and smooth. Add the vanilla and salt. Pour over the prepared cereal and stir until the cereal is evenly coated.POWDERED SUGAR: Pour half of the cereal mixture into a gallon-sized zipper-top plastic bag, and pour half of the powdered sugar over it. Seal and shake until the cereal is evenly coated. Repeat with the other half of the cereal and powdered sugar in the same or a different bag. Shake until all the cereal is well coated.JAZZ IT UP: Empty the mix into a large bowl, and add in the M&M's and miniature Reese's cups.STORAGE: Store leftover Reindeer Chow in an airtight container at room temperature-- or in the freezer if you like it chilled. Nutrition FactsServing: 8servings | Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 62.9g | Protein: 6.7g | Fat: 20.1g | Cholesterol: 18.9mg | Sodium: 331.4mg | Fiber: 2.1g | Sugar: 35.4g We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.