Reindeer Chow

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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 Chex 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 party or package it up in decorative boxes for a homemade holiday gift. Other favorite Christmas treats: Oreo truffles, microwave fudge, or this Christmas snack mix.

Overhead image of Reindeer Chow with a hand reaching in to take some.

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

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  1. Have all the ingredients ready; the process goes quick! 
  2. Grab high-quality chocolate chips — they’ll melt and taste the best.
  3. Measure the cereal (Rice or Corn Chex®) into a very large bowl (the bigger the bowl, the easier it will be to combine ingredients). 
  4. Melt the butter, chocolate chips, and peanut butter; mix together. Add in the vanilla and a pinch of salt to balance the sweetness.
  5. Once everything is melted and smooth, you’ll add the chocolate-peanut butter mixture to the cereal mixture and toss until combined.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a large 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)

Process shots-- images of the reindeer chow recipe being made: melting the chocolate and peanut butter; combining melted chocolate with cereal; stirring until smooth; shaking together with powdered sugar.

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 in some miniature pretzel twists to the mix.
  • Swap the chocolate. We love milk chocolate in this reindeer chow but use your favorite type of chocolate — dark or semi-sweet instead!

Freezing Reindeer Chow

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! 

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Reindeer Chow

5 from 4 votes
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.
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Reindeer Chow

5 from 4 votes
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
Cuisine American
Keyword reindeer chow
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 448kcal
Cost $7.21

Ingredients

  • 9 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 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 cups

Instructions

  • PREP: 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 Facts

Serving: 8servings | Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 62.9g | Protein: 6.7g | Fat: 20.1g | Cholesterol: 18.9mg | Sodium: 331.4mg | Fiber: 2.1g | Sugar: 35.4g

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  1. 5 stars
    This is easy to make. Also pretty and very tasty. Choose your favorite candy brake up cookies yum try it have fun merry Christmas

    1. It can last up to 3 weeks if it’s properly sealed! Leave out the candy add-ins and it will store in your freezer for months!

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