Reindeer Chow

Reindeer Chow, affectionately known by various monikers such as Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow, embodies the essence of pure delight and culinary addiction. This delectable treat transcends the boundaries of ordinary snacking, making it a cherished favorite for gatherings and celebrations alike. However, its true magic unfolds in the enchanting embrace of the holiday season. As the snowflakes begin to fall and the twinkling lights adorn the streets, Reindeer Chow emerges as a star of festive feasting. It effortlessly lures both young and old with its tantalizing blend of textures and flavors. Picture this: the crispy, airy Chex cereal meets a velvety, chocolatey embrace intertwined with the nutty allure of peanut butter. The end result is nothing short of a snacking masterpiece, an indulgence that beckons with a siren’s call and proves utterly irresistible to anyone fortunate enough to encounter its charms.

Ingredient Selection:

  • Chex Cereal: The foundation of Reindeer Chow is the cereal itself. You can use either rice or corn Chex, depending on your preference. Some people even mix the two for a varied texture.
  • Chocolate: Opt for high-quality semisweet chocolate chips. These will melt smoothly and create a rich, chocolaty coating for the cereal.
  • Peanut Butter: Creamy peanut butter works best in this recipe. It adds a creamy, nutty flavor that complements the chocolate perfectly. If you have allergies or prefer an alternative, you can try almond or cashew butter.
  • Butter: Unsalted butter is typically used, but if you only have salted butter on hand, that’s okay too. Just reduce any additional salt in the recipe accordingly.
  • Vanilla Extract: A touch of vanilla extract enhances the overall flavor and aroma of your Reindeer Chow.
  • Powdered Sugar: This is what gives your Reindeer Chow its characteristic sweet and powdery coating. Ensure you have enough on hand for a generous dusting.
  • Mini Pretzels: Mini pretzels add a delightful salty contrast to the sweetness of the cereal and chocolate. They also provide a fun twist to the texture.
  • Festive Candies: Use red and green M&M’s or any other festive candies of your choice to add a pop of color and extra flavor. Be creative here—candy cane pieces or holiday-themed sprinkles are great options too.

How to Make It:
The process of making Reindeer Chow is relatively simple:

  • Melt the chocolate, peanut butter, and butter together until smooth.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Pour this mixture over the Chex cereal, gently stirring to coat evenly.
  • Place the coated cereal in a bag with powdered sugar and shake vigorously until well coated.
  • Spread it out to cool, and then mix in your mini pretzels and festive candies.

Variations and Substitutions:
Reindeer Chow is incredibly versatile. Here are some ideas for variations and substitutions:

  • Nut-Free Version: If you or your loved ones have nut allergies, use sunflower seed butter or WowButter as a peanut butter substitute.
  • Gluten-Free: Ensure your Chex cereal is labeled as gluten-free if you need to cater to gluten-sensitive individuals.
  • Spice It Up: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or cinnamon to the powdered sugar for a spicy or warming twist.
  • Different Cereals: Experiment with different cereals like Cheerios or Crispix for unique flavor and texture combinations.
  • Custom Mix-Ins: Get creative with mix-ins. Try crushed candy canes, chopped nuts, or even dried fruits for a more personalized touch.
  • White Chocolate: Use white chocolate chips for a different flavor profile and a snowy appearance.

Reindeer Chow


  • 9 cups of Chex cereal (you can use rice or corn Chex)
  • 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of mini pretzels
  • 1 1/2 cups of red and green M&M’s or other festive candies


  • Place the Chex cereal in a large mixing bowl.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the mixture is smooth and well combined. This usually takes about 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract into the chocolate mixture.
  • Pour the chocolate mixture over the Chex cereal and gently stir until all the cereal is coated with the chocolate mixture.
  • Place the powdered sugar in a large resealable plastic bag. Add the chocolate-coated Chex cereal to the bag and seal it tightly.
  • Shake the bag vigorously until the cereal is well coated with the powdered sugar.
  • Spread the mixture out on wax paper or parchment paper to cool and set.
  • Once it’s cooled, mix in the mini pretzels and M&M’s or other candies.
  • Store your Reindeer Chow in an airtight container.
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