christmas puppy chow recipe
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Reindeer Food

Make sure Santa stops at your house by attracting reindeer! This Reindeer Food recipe turns the classic muddy buddies puppy chow into a Christmas treat that the kids will love. 
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas eve, kids christmas treat, reindeer food
Servings: 15
Calories: 439kcal
Author: Julie Clark


  • 7 cups chex cereal
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (if you don't want as thick a coating of powdered sugar you can cut it back to 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cups red and green M&Ms


  • In a large microwave safe bowl melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter for 30 seconds and then stir. Continue microwaving in 15 second increments, stirring after each time, until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in vanilla.
  • Gently fold in chex cereal being careful not to break up the pieces until it's evenly coated.
  • Add powdered sugar to a large zip top bag and then add cereal mixture. Seal the bag and shake well until each piece is evenly covered with powdered sugar.
  • Transfer chow back to a clean bowl and fold in M&Ms.
  • Store in an airtight container.



The calories shown are based on the recipe being divided 15 ways, with 1 serving being about 3/4 of a cup. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.


Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 258mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 9.5mg