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You’ll wish you had neverending bowls of this lovely Reindeer Chow to hand out and inhale for the entire holiday season! This festive snack is easy to make and great for gifts or holiday gatherings.
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Table of Contents
  1. Reindeer Chow (Christmas White Chocolate Chex Mix)
  2. Why We Love Reindeer Chow
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Reindeer Chow
  7. Storage Tips
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. Other Easy Christmas Treat Recipes
  10. Christmas Muddy Buddies Recipe

Our Reindeer Chow is a White Chocolate Chex Mix recipe and is the perfect way to get your kids in on the holiday action while making a delicious holiday treat! All you need are some Chex cereal, white chocolate, powdered sugar, and a few other add-ins. Mix them together with a little festive cheer and let that Christmas magic happen!

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Reindeer Chow (Christmas White Chocolate Chex Mix)

Reindeer Chow is the ultimate holiday snack. I make this every year for our big family holiday gathering and it’s always a huge hit.  It’s the perfect thing to have around to grab a handful to snack on.

Do you have a holiday party coming up? Or are you just looking for an easy, fun treat to make with your kids? This recipe is quick and simple! You can even let the kiddos help mix it all together.

The best part is that they taste delicious! My kids love helping me make these festive treats. We’ve even had some friends over to enjoy them too! They were a hit at our house, I’m sure they’ll be one at yours as well. Happy holidays everyone!

Why We Love Reindeer Chow

  • Super quick and easy Christmas dessert recipe
  • Ingredients and colors can easily be changed for different occasions
  • Fun recipe for the kids to get involved and help with
  • No bake holiday recipe
chex mix in plastic bag with holiday tag

Ingredients

  • Chex cereal
  • Salted peanuts
  • White chocolate baking bars
  • Powdered sugar
  • Yogurt covered pretzels -roughly chopped
  • Mini red & green M&Ms
  • Festive sprinkles

Substitutions and Additions

  • CHEX CEREAL: You can use whichever type of chex cereal that you like. You can use cinnamon, honey nut, blueberry, rice, corn, chocolate, wheat, or peanut butter.
  • SALTED PEANUTS: Feel free to use dry roasted peanuts, walnuts, pecans, or cashews. Nut-free? Leave them out completely.
  • WHITE CHOCOLATE BAKING BAR: If you don’t have baking bars, you can use white almond bark, or white chocolate chips. 
  • WHITE YOGURT COVERED PRETZELS: There are different types of white covered pretzels that you can choose from. Some are white fudge, or even white and covered with red sprinkles or blue. Choose what you think would look best in your chex mix. 
  • RED & GREEN M&Ms: If you can’t find these Christmas M&M’s at the store, you can buy some regular M&Ms and pick the red and green ones out or go to a bulk food store – they usually have them separated into colors. 
christmas muddy buddies ingredients
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Large serving bowl
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Measuring tools
  • Mixing tools

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How to Make Reindeer Chow

Making this homemade holiday Chex mix is so easy to make. Sometimes, I like to double or triple my batch and give away smaller bags for gifts. It’s such a simple and delicious gift to give to friends!

  1. Combine chex cereal and salted peanuts in a large bowl.
    chex cereal and peanuts in a bowl
  2. Melt chocolate baking bars in the microwave.
    melted baking wafers
  3. Pour melted chocolate over the chex and peanut mixture until thoroughly coated.
    Pour melted chocolate over the chex and peanut mixture until thoroughly coated
  4. Sprinkle powdered sugar into the bowl until completely coated.
    Pro-Tip: If you are having trouble, you can pour the cereal into a gallon sized bag and shake it to evenly distribute the powdered sugar. 
  5. Transfer to a large serving bowl.
    chex mix with powdered sugar
  6. Mix in the pretzels and M&Ms until everything is evenly distributed.
    chex mix with m&m's
  7. Add some sprinkles on the top and enjoy!

Storage Tips

  • To Store: You can leave this out at room temperature for an easy snack. Just make sure to cover it after about 24 hours so it doesn’t get stale. Otherwise, store at room temperature (or in the fridge) in an airtight container for about 3-4 days before it starts to get stale. 
  • To Freeze: Your chex mix can be frozen in a freezer Ziploc bag for up to 1 month. Set it on the counter to let it thaw at room temperature.
top view chex mix

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you keep Chex Mix from going stale?

Typically chex mix will stay fresh for at least a week and it shouldn’t go stale. It’s important to make sure that you have the container you are storing your Chex Mix in completely sealed each time. This can be tricky when there are multiple hands always reaching for a handful. I like to store mine in an airtight Tupperware container. I find that the Ziploc bag never gets fully sealed tight.

Should I let my homemade Chex Mix rest?

Giving your Chex Mix a bit of time to cool after coating it with the baking chocolate and powdered sugar isn’t a bad idea. It can help to keep the texture from becoming soggy inside. To do so, let it sit on a baking sheet for about 20 minutes to cool, after mixing together all of your ingredients.

chex mix in transparent bowl

Other Easy Christmas Treat Recipes

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Serves — 10
You’ll wish you had neverending bowls of this lovely Reindeer Chow to hand out and inhale for the entire holiday season! This festive snack is easy to make and great for gifts or holiday gatherings.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 12 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 5 cups Chex cereal
  • cups salted peanuts
  • 8 ounce (2 4-ounce) white chocolate baking bars
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups white yogurt covered pretzels roughly chopped
  • cups mini red and green M&Ms
  • 2 tbsp Festive sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine the chex cereal and salted peanuts.
  • Break the white chocolate baking bars into smaller pieces in a microwave safe bowl. Melt the bars in the microwave in 20 second increments. Stir the white chocolate in between each interval until the chocolate is fully melted.
  • Pour the melted chocolate over the Chex cereal mixture and stir until everything is thoroughly coated.
  • Liberally sprinkle the powdered sugar into the bowl, stirring the powdered sugar and Chex/chocolate mixture together until the Chex cereal is completely coated in the powdered sugar. If you are having trouble, you can pour the cereal into a gallon sized bag and shake it to evenly distribute the powdered sugar.
  • Transfer everything to a large serving bowl. Leave excess powdered sugar in the mixing bowl.
  • Mix the white yogurt covered pretzels and red and green mini M&Ms into the mixture until the ingredients are distributed throughout the bowl as evenly as possible.
  • Add some festive sprinkles over the top of the serving bowl. Enjoy!

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: You can leave this out at room temperature for an easy snack. Just make sure to cover it after about 24 hours so it doesn’t get stale. Otherwise, store at room temperature (or in the fridge) in an airtight container for about 3-4 days before it starts to get stale. 
  • To Freeze: Your chex mix can be frozen in a freezer Ziploc bag for up to 1 month. Set it on the counter to let it thaw at room temperature.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 610kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 327mg | Potassium: 349mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 437IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 215mg | Iron: 10mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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