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Reindeer Chow

Reindeer Chow is the Christmas version of Muddy Buddies. Crispix cereal coated in melted chocolate and peanut butter and tossed with powdered sugar. Red and Green M&M candies makes it a festive treat for the holiday season.

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Christmas Muddy Buddies

Reindeer Chow Christmas Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow as some folks say, is one of the quickest and easiest treats to make and everyone loves it. We are adding it to our holiday treat baskets this year along with our Christmas White TrashCreamsicle Fudge and Candied Pretzels.

Why You’ll Love this Christmas Muddy Buddies Recipe

  • Fun Christmas Treats: This easy Christmas snack mix is great to serve in a big bowl for your Christmas Party or package up in cute bags for gifts.
  • Best Chocolate-Peanut Butter Treat: This is an all-time favorite dessert combination and this reindeer puppy chow is always a huge hit. 
  • Quick and Easy Holiday Treats: Christmas Reindeer Chow comes together in about 15 minutes and makes a really festive holiday treat for the Christmas season.

ingredients for Reindeer Chow

Ingredients Needed for Reindeer Chow Recipe

  • Crispix Cereal or Chex Cereal
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Peanut Butter – Creamy peanut butter or crunchy peanut butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Holiday M&M’s Candies 

Step-by-Step Instructions for Christmas Puppy Chow Recipe

Crispix cereal in a bowl
  1. Measure cereal and pour into a large bowl and set aside.
chocolate chips and peanut butter in a pan
  1. Add chocolate chips and peanut butter to a saucepan and cook over low heat.
melted chocolate peanut butter
  1. Stir constantly until all melted. 
melted chocolate over cereal
  1. Pour chocolate mixture over cereal.
chocolate and peanut butter cereal mix
  1. Stir until cereal is completely coated.
making muddy buddies in a zip top bag
  1. Add half of powdered sugar to a gallon size baggie.
  2. Add cereal to the baggie and add the rest of the powdered sugar.
baggie of powdered sugar coated muddy buddies
  1. Seal the bag and turn over and over until the cereal is coated in powdered sugar.
muddy buddy snack mix on a baking sheet
  1. Pour onto a large rimmed baking sheet and spread to a single layer.
  2. Cool to room temperature about 30 minutes.
Christmas M&Ms in Muddy Buddies
  1. Add m&ms candies and place in an airtight container or zip top baggie. 

Recipe Notes and Variations for Easy Reindeer Chow

  • Yield: 20 servings
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days or in the refrigerator up to 7 days. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Peanut Butter: I used chunky but smooth works just as well. If you prefer other nut butters, that works too.
  • Chocolate: I used semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate or dark chocolate are also great options.
  • Cereal: I used Crispix because it has corn and rice in one box. You can also use Rice Chex and Corn Chex if that is what you have.
  • Microwave: Peanut butter and chocolate can be melted in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook in 30 second intervals and stir in between until melted and smooth.
  • Other Add-Ins: Mini peanut butter cups, chocolate chips, chocolate covered raisins, and mini pretzels are delicious added into the reindeer mix.
  • Occasions: Perfect for Christmas with red and green m&m candies or switch them out for other holiday colors. Makes a great hostess or teacher gift any time of year.
Tray with Christmas ornaments and Reindeer Chow

More Candy Recipes to Make for Christmas

  • Peanut Butter Cup Fudge is a great addition to any holiday treat list. Perfect for peanut butter lovers and packed with Reese’s peanut butter cups.
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Clusters are often made in the crock pot but our recipe comes together in just a few minutes on the stove-top. Adding peanut butter into the chocolate mixture makes this crunchy snack and favorite holiday treat.
  • Peanut Brittle is the perfect holiday treat that is really easy to make. Made with minimal ingredients it is a great addition to your Christmas cookie trays.
  • Snickers Fudge is a must-make Christmas candy that makes a fun treat that everyone loves. 

Easy Homemade Gift

tray with bowl of muddy buddies, bag of mix with ribbons

Reindeer Chow makes an easy homemade gift. Fill mason jars or cellophane bags with the muddy buddies and tie up with festive ribbons. It’s a thoughtful gift that will be appreciated and can be ready in less than an hour.

overhead of bowl of muddy buddies with red and green m&ms

If you are looking for a quick and easy homemade treat to give as gifts or add to your holiday cookie trays, this Christmas Muddy Buddies recipe is just the ticket. Reindeer chow is sweet and crunchy, filled with chocolate and peanut butter flavors that everyone will love.

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Yield: 20 Servings

Reindeer Chow

bowl of muddy buddies with Christmas M&Ms

Reindeer Chow is the Christmas version of Muddy Buddies. Crispix cereal coated in melted chocolate and peanut butter and tossed with powdered sugar. Red and Green M&M candies makes it a festive holiday treat. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 cups Crispix Cereal
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups M&Ms

Instructions

  1. Add cereal to a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Add chocolate chips and peanut butter to a saucepan and cook over low heat. Stir constantly until all melted. 
  3. Pour chocolate mixture over cereal, stirring until cereal is completely coated.
  4. Add half of powdered sugar to a gallon size baggie, top with cereal to and then add the rest of the powdered sugar.
  5. Seal the bag and turn over and over until the cereal is coated in powdered sugar.
  6. Pour onto a large rimmed baking sheet and spread to a single layer. Cool to room temperature about 30 minutes.
  7. Add m&m candies and place in an airtight container or zip top baggie. 

Notes

Recipe Notes and Variations:

  • Storage: Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days or in the refrigerator up to 7 days. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Peanut Butter: I used chunky but smooth works just as well. If you prefer other nut butters, that works too.
  • Chocolate: I used semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate or dark chocolate are also great options.
  • Cereal: I used Crispix because it has corn and rice in one box. You can also use Rice Chex and Corn Chex if that is what you have.
  • Other Add-Ins: Mini peanut butter cups, chocolate chips, chocolate covered raisins, and pretzels are delicious added into the mix.
  • Occasions: Perfect for Christmas with red and green candies or switch them out for other holiday colors. Makes a great hostess or teacher gift any time of year.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 283Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 149mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 27gProtein: 5g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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