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Reindeer Chow is A Festive Holiday Treat

Reindeer chow combines sweet and crunchy flavors for a festive treat that’s ideal for holiday gatherings, gift-giving, or a cozy night in.

reindeer chow

Gather ’round, fellow gifting enthusiasts and sweet tooth savants! Today, we’re venturing into an edible world where reindeers reign supreme in the snack kingdom.

We’re talking about the legendary, the fabulous, the utterly irresistible Reindeer Chow!

Before you raise your eyebrows in skepticism, let me clarify: no actual reindeers were harmed in the making of this snack.

It’s simply a Christmassy twist on the beloved “Puppy Chow,” also known as “Muddy Buddies,” but with a dash of holiday magic.

reindeer puppy chow

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But I’ve made Puppy Chow a dozen times!” Ah, but have you ever conjured up a batch that makes you hear sleigh bells ring and feel the crisp North Pole air?

That’s what we’re aiming for with this festive treat. Our recipe for reindeer chow is not just a snack; it’s an experience, a sleigh ride of flavors, if you will.

In this recipe, each piece of Chex cereal is coated generously in a velvety blend of peanut butter and melted chocolate.

Next comes the magical dusting – a generous shake of powdered sugar that gives each morsel a snow-kissed look, perfect for a White Christmas dessert fantasy.

recipe for reindeer chow

Then you’ll add a colorful sprinkle of M&Ms, fluffy marshmallows, and crunchy pretzels. This mix is not just a treat for your taste buds; it’s a feast for the eyes.

But here’s the best part – this recipe is so ridiculously easy to whip up, it’s almost like a Christmas miracle. It’s foolproof, I promise! Plus, it’s a fantastic way to get the little elves in your family involved in the kitchen.

So, put on your favorite Christmas tunes, don your aprons, and let’s embark on this culinary sleigh ride.

Get ready to mix, shake, and indulge in the most whimsical, festive, and downright delicious snack this side of the North Pole. Reindeer chow, here we come!

chex mix reindeer


  • 9 cups Chex cereal (rice, corn, or wheat)
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup pretzel twists, broken into pieces
  • 1 cup red and green M&M candies
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows

I didn’t add nuts to mine, but that’s another popular addition: peanuts, almonds, etc. You could also add Christmas sprinkles, other types of chocolate chips (dark, mint, white). Definitely experiment!

If you’re planning on gifting, you can use clear or paper gift bags with colorful ties or ribbon. There are also takeout containers, even some with cute patterns.

reindeer chow recipe

Store in a Ziploc bag or airtight container. This chow will last about a week at room temperature, or about two weeks in the fridge.

reindeer snack mix

Get the printable recipe for this holiday treat below:

Yield: 12 servings

Reindeer Chow

reindeer chow

This Christmas puppy chow recipe is a perfect holiday treat that you can make for snacking or gifting! It's easy and delicious.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Set Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 9 cups Chex cereal
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup pretzel twists, broken into pieces
  • 1 cup red and green M&M candies
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows


  1. Pour the Chex cereal into a large mixing bowl and set it aside.Chex cereal, vanilla, powdered sugar, peanut butter, chocolate chips, M&Ms, pretzels, mini marshmallows
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring each time, until the mixture is smooth and well combined. Stir in the vanilla extract.Peanut butter, butter, and chocolate chips in a large glass measuring cup
  3. Pour the chocolate mixture over the Chex cereal, gently folding and stirring until all the cereal is evenly coated.Chex cereal mixed with melted peanut butter and chocolate
  4. Place the confectioners' sugar in a large resealable plastic bag. Add the chocolate-coated Chex cereal to the bag, seal it tightly, and shake vigorously until all the cereal is coated with the sugar.chex cereal shaken with powdered sugar in a bag
  5. Spread the coated cereal onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or wax paper and set for about 10 minutes.Coated cereal spread onto a baking sheet
  6. Once set, sprinkle the cereal with the pretzel pieces, M&M candies, and mini marshmallows. Gently toss until everything is evenly distributed.Sprinkling mini marshmallows and M&Ms on top
  7. Store in an airtight container or divide it into festive bags or jars for reindeer chow on a baking sheet

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 417Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 224mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 4gSugar: 37gProtein: 7g

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If you enjoyed this Christmas puppy chow recipe, let me know in the comments! I’d also love for you to check out these other tasty holiday posts:

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