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December 07 2015 @ 06:00 am
7th Day of Christmas: Reindeer Chow  
As promised another goodie/gift idea. This one makes a fun snack for Christmas parties or as a small gift for your friends and family. We made Chex Mix every year growing up and while those were always good, though I still don't love pretzels, this one sounds much better! Well, that is likely because it is chocolate, peanut butter and M&Ms. I mean it is hard to be bad when those are your top ingredients. This recipe is definitely geared for a party, get-together, or gift giving because it is a lot to make.

14 Cups Chex cereal
18 oz holiday m&ms
12 oz semi sweet chocolate, bar or chips
½ Cup unsalted butter
1 Cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
4-5 Cups powdered sugar

Mix It Up

  1. Melt the peanut butter and butter in a microwave safe dish. Microwave in 30 second intervals until butter is melted. Add the chocolate a little at a time until all is melted into the mix. You might need to microwave one last time to make sure everything is melted and add the vanilla. Stir together.

  2. In a large bowl add half of the cereal.

  3. Drizzle half of the chocolate peanut butter mixture into the cereal in the bowl. Mix with a spoon.

  4. Place one large paper bag into another one. Add ½ cup of the powdered sugar and half of the mixed cereal into the bag. Close this tightly and shake vigorously. Add more powdered sugar ½ cup at a time if needed until all the cereal is coated. Add ¼ of the m&ms into the bag and toss. Place in an air tight container.

  5. Continue these step with the remaining ingredients.

  6. Keep stored in an air tight container. Can be kept in the freezer!

This is a fun thing to either get kids involved in or have around while trimming the tree or doing other Christmas related activities. My cousin-in-law's tradition is to trim the tree with hot chocolate and Elf playing in the background. Her children will tell you Elf plays most of December at their house and I can believe it because both my cousin and his wife love the movie Elf. But I can understand this. I really love the movie too (see icon).

And like I said, this makes a great gift. Package it up in mason jars, Christmas ziplocks (I found some at Big Lots) or even those great Christmas tins for baked goods. At this rate you could have a tin filled with Oreo Bark, Teddy Bear Cookies, and Reindeer Chow. What a delicious gift!

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tracyj23: Christmas - heart ornamenttracyj23 on December 7th, 2015 04:50 pm (UTC)
I've seen this before but we called in Puppy Chow. :) I absolutely adore it but peanut butter is becoming problematic for me - is there a way to substitute something else for it in the recipe?
Jill aka Jo: Happy: Calvin Smilesireesanwar on December 7th, 2015 06:40 pm (UTC)
You could try any other butter product. Almond butter, sunflower seed butter. Or you can simply remove that from the recipe altogether.

Yes, it is originally called Puppy Chow but this is for Christmas so it was changed. ;-)
tracyj23tracyj23 on December 7th, 2015 07:15 pm (UTC)
Cool. I always wished I had the recipe for this and now I do. Thanks!

I like Reindeer Chow. It's cute.
Jill aka Jo: Movie: Pascal upsidedownsireesanwar on December 8th, 2015 12:31 am (UTC)
Me too. Puppy Chow is a dog food. LOL

I'm glad. I hope it works out for you.
thrace_adams: Allison Smilingthrace_adams on December 8th, 2015 02:14 am (UTC)
HA HA yes, I've seen it as Puppy Chow but then also as Reindeer Chow...so delicious!
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 11th, 2015 11:01 pm (UTC)
Yep! Yum!
birggittbirggitt on December 9th, 2015 02:50 pm (UTC)
Well, we don't have Chex cereal, but there is one which looks similar. So I'll keep this one close, too :)
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 10th, 2015 12:46 am (UTC)
You could probably use almost anything. Cherrios, Quaker Oat Squares... whatever you have that isn't strangely flavored. I saw Cinnamon Chex and that sounded good.