Reindeer Chow

Reindeer Chow – A holiday twist on classic Muddy Buddies that’s EASY, ready in 15 minutes, and perfect for hostess gifts or cookie exchanges!! Chex, chocolate, peanut butter, pretzels, M&Ms, and sprinkles make this dessert snack mix totally IRRESISTIBLE!!

Reindeer Chow - A holiday twist on classic Muddy Buddies that's EASY, ready in 15 minutes, and perfect for hostess gifts or cookie exchanges!! Chex, chocolate, peanut butter, pretzels, M&Ms, and sprinkles make this dessert snack mix totally IRRESISTIBLE!!

If you need a ridiculously easy, no-bake dessert or snack for a party, holiday cookie exchange, or just have a spur of the moment craving for chocolate and peanut butter, or a salty-and-sweet treat, this is a perfect recipe that’s ready in 15 minutes.

What’s In The Reindeer Chow

Reindeer Chow is a holiday twist on classic Muddy Buddies which are made with Chex cereal, melted chocolate and peanut butter, and tossed in confectioners’ sugar.

From there I added pretzel twists, holiday sprinkles, and red and green M&Ms.

You can get creative and add mini peanut butter cups, other favorite candy bars diced into pieces, salted nuts, or whatever you’re craving. Think of it as a smorgasbord snack mix and it all works together.

If you’re not making the Reindeer Chow for Christmas, you can easily omit the holiday sprinkles and red and green M&Ms. Or use seasonally appropriate colors such as red and white for Valentine’s, pastel for Easter, and so forth.

Reindeer Chow - A holiday twist on classic Muddy Buddies that's EASY, ready in 15 minutes, and perfect for hostess gifts or cookie exchanges!! Chex, chocolate, peanut butter, pretzels, M&Ms, and sprinkles make this dessert snack mix totally IRRESISTIBLE!!

How Does It Taste

I gave nearly the entire batch to some family friends and I got a text that said, “I hate you for the Reindeer Chow because every time I walk past my kitchen, I have to have some. It’s so delicious and addicting.”

The melted chocolate and peanut butter seeps into the holes of the Chex and the confectioners’ sugar coats every nook and cranny for a snack mix that’s crunchy yet the crunch is tempered from being coated in chocolate-peanut butter and coated in sugar.

There are occasionally small clusters of cereal that are bonded together by a little too much chocolate-peanut butter with extra sugar that works into the nooks and crannies. Those clusters are like little gems and are so good.

The pretzels are really crucial to add some saltiness to an otherwise sweet dessert/snack mix.

It’s the type of snack that one handful can turn into five, quickly and easily. It’s very addicting stuff.

Reindeer Chow - A holiday twist on classic Muddy Buddies that's EASY, ready in 15 minutes, and perfect for hostess gifts or cookie exchanges!! Chex, chocolate, peanut butter, pretzels, M&Ms, and sprinkles make this dessert snack mix totally IRRESISTIBLE!!

Pro Tip

It makes a huge quantity – about 2 pounds although I did not weigh it. You’ve got a box of Chex, a pound of M&Ms, chocolate, peanut butter, butter, sprinkles, and pretzels, so that’s why it makes two pounds worth, but that is a lot to accommodate in one bowl.

So I recommend starting the recipe in the biggest bowl you have. Then after adding the confectioners’ sugar, transfer everything into a jumbo (2.5-gallon) plastic storage bag.

You can shake the sugar around easier, more effectively, and unless you have a ridiculously ginormous bowl, it will become hard to accommodate all the ingredients.

For Gifts And Cookie Exchanges

The Reindeer Chow makes great hostess gifts and works well in cookie exchanges in decorative bags because it keeps fresh for a long time.

I have stored it at room temp for about a month in a plastic storage bag and it was totally fine. I have also stored it in the fridge for even longer – like two months. Accidentally forgot about it but it was fine.

As always, use your best judgment, but I am just sharing my personal findings about how long it will keep.

Reindeer Chow - A holiday twist on classic Muddy Buddies that's EASY, ready in 15 minutes, and perfect for hostess gifts or cookie exchanges!! Chex, chocolate, peanut butter, pretzels, M&Ms, and sprinkles make this dessert snack mix totally IRRESISTIBLE!!

Favorite Easy No-Bake Christmas Recipes:

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Stacks – Easy, no-bake treats that are a holiday favorite! They have it all: Salty, sweet, crunchy, and gooey with chocolate and peanut butter! Great for cookie exchanges or impromptu parties!
  • Buckeye Fudge – Easy, no-cook, no-fuss, foolproof fudge that’s ready in 1 hour! Dense, chewy and full of rich peanut butter flavor with a smooth, fudgy chocolate topping! It’s irresistible!
  • Loaded Christmas Bark – This easy, no-bake chocolate bark is loaded with goodies! Oreos, M&M’s, peanuts, pretzels, and sprinkles! Great for holiday parties and cookie exchanges! Salty, sweet, and addictively good!
  • Chocolate Saltine Toffee (aka Christmas Crack) – This stuff lives up to it’s name and is extremely addictive! Salty, sweet, crunchy, chewy and a holiday favorite everyone loves! Easy recipe!
  • Graham Cracker Toffee (aka Graham Cracker CRACK) – Sweet, buttery, caramely, perfectly chocolaty, topped with toffee bits for extra crunch! Lives up to its name and extremely addictive! An easy holiday and party fave!

Reindeer Chow

Reindeer Chow – A holiday twist on classic Muddy Buddies that’s EASY, ready in 15 minutes, and perfect for hostess gifts or cookie exchanges!! Chex, chocolate, peanut butter, pretzels, M&Ms, and sprinkles make this dessert snack mix totally IRRESISTIBLE!!

5
5 / 5 ()
Did you make this recipe?

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • heaping 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • one 12.8-ounce box Chocolate Chex (other varieties of Chex may be substituted if necessary)
  • 4 cups small pretzel twists, divided
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 one-pound bag Holiday M&Ms
  • 1 cup holiday sprinkles, or to taste

Directions:

  1. To a medium saucepan, add the chocolate chips, peanut butter, butter, and heat over medium-low heat to melt, stir very frequently until smooth and combined.
  2. Remove from the heat, add the vanilla salt, and stir to combine; set aside.
  3. To a very large bowl, add the Chex, 1 cup pretzels, pour the chocolate-peanut butter mixture over the top, and stir very well to combine.
  4. Add the confectioners’ sugar and stir to combine. Tip – At this point I recommend transferring everything into a jumbo (2.5-gallon) plastic storage bag. You can shake the sugar around easier, more effectively, and unless you have a ginormous bowl, it will become hard to accommodate the remaining ingredients.
  5. Add the remaining pretzels, M&Ms, sprinkles, and shake or stir to combine. Serve immediately. Reindeer Chow will keep airtight at room temp for 1 month or in the fridge for at least 2 months.
Only Eats

Related Recipes

12 Easy No-Bake Holiday Desserts – No time to bake? Here are 12 FAST and EASY no-bake recipes! Whether you want chocolate, peanut butter, cheesecake, bark, or truffles, these recipes have you covered!!

12 Easy No-Bake Holiday Desserts - No time to bake? Here are 12 FAST and EASY no-bake recipes! Whether you want chocolate, peanut butter, cheesecake, bark, or truffles, these recipes have you covered!!

25 Holiday Cookie Favorites – The tried-and-true favorites are all here! If you need a holiday cookie recipe, this collection has you covered!

25 Holiday Cookie Favorites - The tried-and-true favorites are all here! If you need a holiday cookie recipe, this collection has you covered!!

4 comments on “Reindeer Chow”

  1. This stuff is addicting for sure!

  2. Oh no! No! No! I made this today (in about 20 minutes, I might add). It is SO delicious that I had to put it in the fridge (out of sight, out of mind?) I must give it away ASAP! My grandkids are going to think I’m the best Grammy ever! So good!

    Rating: 5
    • Thanks for the 5 star review and for making it the day after I posted it! I know, it’s crazy good. I gave it all away (like 95%) because otherwise I would have eaten all 100% myself. You are the best Grammy ever! :)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.