Reindeer Chow

Reindeer Chow, an easy, fun, and favorite holiday treat!

This is one of those holiday treats my family always made and is also commonly known as muddy buddies.

I doctored them up a little for more of a festive flair by adding holiday m&ms! I KNOW you’re going to love this reindeer chow!!


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Reindeer Puppy Chow – you need to try this ASAP!

I love this time of year! There are so many goodies that are preserved just for the holidays, it just makes our favorite treats extra special!

Why is that anyway… we think we can only have these yummies when the temperature drops? Who knows, but I’ll take ’em and I’ll especially take this Christmas Puppy Chow!

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Reindeer Chow is one of my favorite holiday treats!

How do you make Reindeer Chow:

  • Melt the peanut butter and butter.
  • Add in the chocolate and stir until dissolved.
  • Stir in the vanilla.
  • In a large bowl stir together half of the peanut butter mixture and half of your cereal.
  • In a double lined paper bag, add some (but not all!)  of the powdered sugar and the remaining cereal. Shake!
  • Then add in some M&Ms, some more powdered sugar, some of the previously mixed cereal, and some of the remaining peanut butter mixture.
  • Shake and repeat until all the ingredients are combined and the cereal is coated with powdered sugar!

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What is reindeer chow?

Reindeer chow is a mixture of peanut butter, chocolate, cereal, candy, and powdered sugar.

It goes by other names like muddy buddies and puppy chow. Depending on the type of candy you use you can make this for any holiday!

I used red and green for a Christmas themed recipe, but you can easily use pink candy for Valentine’s Day, pastel-colored candy for Easter and so on!

Can you freeze reindeer chow?

Yes! I love sticking this in the freezer and eating it that way!

It will keep for at least a month in the freezer, but honestly, it never lasts that long in my house, because we eat it up so fast!

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How to store reindeer chow?

Store in an airtight container. I like to then place it in the freezer and eat it slightly frozen- yum!

What do you think? Is this Christmas Puppy Chow something you and your little ones will enjoy?!

This reindeer chow was always a favorite among my cousins and myself growing up. Eating it immediately takes me back to my childhood. Going sledding, the anticipation of Santa Claus and just that magical feeling you get around this time of year!

I even made these cute mason jar gift containers so I can give them away to my neighbors and family! Grab a pack today and start packaging up those gifts!

I hope you make these and start some traditions of your own! Do you already have some traditions? What are some musts you make??

Make sure to check out some of my other favorite holiday recipes like Christmas Tree Frosted Cupcakes, Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies, and these cute Christmas Tree Meringues!

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Reindeer Chow {Muddy Buddies}

Reindeer Chow, an easy, fun, and favorite holiday treat!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Puppy Chow, Muddy Buddies, Muddy Buddy Chex mix, Puppy Chow Chex Mix, Reindeer Chow
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 586kcal


  • 14 Cups Chex cereal
  • 18 oz holiday m&ms
  • 12 oz semi sweet chocolate bar or chips
  • 1/2 Cup unsalted butter
  • 1 Cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4-5 Cups powdered sugar


  • 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.
  • In a large bowl add half of the cereal. Drizzle half of the chocolate peanut butter mixture into the cereal in the bowl. Mix with a spoon.
  • Place one large paper bag into another one. Add 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar and half of the mixed cereal into the bag. Close this tightly and shake vigorously. Add more powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time if needed until all the cereal is coated. Add 1/4 of the m&ms into the bag and toss. Place in an air tight container.
  • Continue these step with the remaining ingredients. Keep stored in an airtight container. I personally love to keep it in the freezer, YUM!



Calories: 586kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 326mg | Potassium: 340mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 13.4% | Vitamin C: 6.9% | Calcium: 13.9% | Iron: 82.9%
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This post was updated on 11/29/2018 with new photos.

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56 Comments at Reindeer Chow

  1. I love puppy chow now reindeer chow 🙂 I’m going to make some small baggies of it for my son’s class party this week & I absolutely LOVE your graphic/logo. Is it possible to get just the graphic “Reindeer Chow” without the photo of the mix in the background? I would love to use it for a printable tag & of course would be happy to pay you for your time!
    Thanks & Merry Christmas, Kelley

  2. Approx. how many servings does this make? I love the idea as giving this as a gift to my coworkers, and I’ve already purchased cute bags. But I’m not sure if I need to do a double batch or not.

      1. I’m also planning to make a batch or two for my coworkers. (Using your mason jar idea gift jar idea, too!!) How many oz are you estimating per “serving”? Or how many 32oz mason jars would a batch fill? I’m guessing 3 – 4 jars?

      2. I hate to say that I’m not entirely sure. It really makes a LOT. Depending on the size of the mason jars you use too. If you are using the smaller mason jars, I’d say you would get at least 12 portions if not more.

  3. What a great idea to add the holiday M&Ms! I love it! I want to make this for gifts and Christmas day, but need to make some early. How do you recommend storing it, and how long do you think it will be good? Thanks so much! ::)

    1. When I make muddy buddies I always store it in an air-tight container in the freezer. That is just a personal preference but it will keep for weeks like that. So, if you want to make it ahead of time, I suggest making this without the m&m’s, freeze it and then right before handing them out as gifts, mix in the m&m’s and package it up. I hope that helps!

    1. According to similar pre-packaged products like this a serving size is 1/3 Cup. However, if you are giving it as gifts or separating it into portions I would serve it in 1 Cup portions.

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