Reindeer Food Snack Mix Recipe - The Cookie Rookie® (2024)

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This reindeer food snack mix is perfect to have on hand throughout the holidays! It’s super quick and easy to make a batch of this Christmas puppy chow, and it’s always a crowd pleaser!

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Reindeer Munch Puppy Chow

The holidays aren’t complete without some puppy chow and this reindeer food snack mix is super festive!

Filled with all your favorite treats, this chocolate and peanut butter chow is perfect for Christmas snacking and is great for gifting!

For more snack mixes, be sure to check out my Salted Caramel Puppy Chow and Candied Corn Puffs Snack Mix.

Why you’ll love this Reindeer Food Snack Mix:

  • Quick: It takes about 15 minutes to make a huge batch of this chow!
  • Kid-friendly: This is a great sweet snack for kids of all ages, and they will have fun helping you make it too!
  • Sweet and salty: Made with peanut butter and chocolate, this is the perfect sweet and salty snack everyone will love!
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How to make this reindeer food snack mix

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  • Melt the chocolate, peanut butter, caramel sauce and butter.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Stir in the cereal to coat it.
  • Toss the coated cereal in powdered sugar.
  • Mix the cereal with the other ingredients and enjoy!
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How long does it keep?

Once you have made your reindeer food snack mix, transfer it to an airtight container. It will keep well for up to two weeks at room temperature.

This longer shelf life means it’s great to give as a gift to friends and family.

Recipe Variations

I made this reindeer chow for Christmas, but you can easily mix things up to serve it as a treat throughout the year.

Swap the red and green candy for orange and black for Halloween and add in mini chocolate eggs for Easter! You can add in any chocolate candies you like!

Can you freeze puppy chow?

If you want to get ahead of things, you can make the coated Chex ahead of time and freeze it for up to 3 months. When you are ready to serve it, thaw the Chex at room temperature and just stir in the candies.

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Tips!

  • Using a large bag filled with powdered sugar is the best way to get the Chex fully coated. You can get your kids to help with this bit too!
  • You can use rice or corn Chex for this recipe, use whatever your favorite is!
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More Snack Recipes

  • Hot Buttered Cheerios
  • Homemade Gardetto’s
  • Oreo Rice Krispie Treats
  • Homemade Kettle Corn

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Recipe

Reindeer Chow (Christmas Snack Mix)

4.59 from 17 votes

Author: Becky Hardin

Prep: 15 minutes minutes

Cook: 2 minutes minutes

Total: 17 minutes minutes

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This reindeer food snack mix is perfect to have on hand throughout the holidays! It's super quick and easy to make a batch of this Christmas puppy chow, and it's always a crowd pleaser!

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Ingredients

  • cups semisweet chocolate chips 255 grams
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter 203 grams
  • 2 tablespoons caramel sauce 40 grams
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter 42 grams
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 4 grams
  • 7 cups Chex cereal 210 grams
  • cups powdered sugar 160 grams
  • cups mini pretzels 60 grams
  • cups mini peanut butter cups 30 grams
  • 2 cups Christmas M&M's 340 grams
  • ½ cup salted peanuts 213 grams
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips 85 grams

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Instructions

  • In a microwavable bowl, combine the semisweet chocolate chips, peanut butter, caramel sauce, and butter. Microwave and stir chocolate mixture in 20-30 second intervals (checking in-between intervals to make sure it’s not burnt) until completely melted when stirred together. Stir in the vanilla extract.

    1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips, ¾ cup creamy peanut butter, 2 tablespoons caramel sauce, 3 tablespoons salted butter, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • Pour the cereal into a large bowl and add in the chocolate, peanut butter, and caramel mixture. Stir the cereal in the mixture until it is all evenly coated being careful not to break the cereal pieces.

    7 cups Chex cereal

  • Grab a gallon-sized plastic bag (like a Ziplock bag) and add all the powdered sugar to the bag. Toss in the coated cereal and shake until all the powdered sugar adheres to the cereal. (You might need two bags to fit it all)

    1½ cups powdered sugar

  • Place cereal mixture into a clean large bowl and then stir in the mini pretzels, mini peanut butter cups, Christmas M&M's, salted peanuts, and white chocolate chips.

    1½ cups mini pretzels, 1½ cups mini peanut butter cups, 2 cups Christmas M&M's, ½ cup salted peanuts, ½ cup white chocolate chips

Last step! Don’t forget to show me a pic of what you made! Upload an image or tag me @thecookierookie on Instagram!

Becky’s tips

  • Using a large bag filled with powdered sugar is the best way to get the Chex fully coated. You can get your kids to help with this bit too!
  • You can use rice or corn Chex for this recipe, use whatever your favorite is!

Storage: Store reindeer chow in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 731kcal (37%) Carbohydrates: 95g (32%) Protein: 14g (28%) Fat: 36g (55%) Saturated Fat: 15g (94%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Monounsaturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 14mg (5%) Sodium: 495mg (22%) Potassium: 454mg (13%) Fiber: 8g (33%) Sugar: 59g (66%) Vitamin A: 469IU (9%) Vitamin C: 4mg (5%) Calcium: 154mg (15%) Iron: 11mg (61%)

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Meet Becky Hardin

Becky Hardin is a wife and mother living in Saint Louis Missouri. She founded The Cookie Rookie in 2012 as a creative way to share recipes. Now, she is a trusted resource for easy cooking around the world, being featured in Taste of Home, The Kitchn, ABC’s Home and Family, and more. Here at The Cookie Rookie she is the editor in chief of all recipes and continues to enjoy sharing her passion for cooking for busy families. She has since founded two additional food blogs, Easy Chicken Recipes and Easy Dessert Recipes.

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