Reindeer Food

Leave a little bowl for Santa and his crew.

Reindeer Food

Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

This Christmas snack mix is the perfect balance of sweet and nutty. You'll get a hint of peanut butter and white chocolate, with a satisfying crunch of two kinds of cereal and pretzel rods in every bite.

Even better than eating Reindeer Food is making it with your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews, or friends. This is a great activity before a movie night or exchanging gifts. You can also get them to help you package the Reindeer Food into individual bags to give to friends or neighbors.

We used red and green M&Ms and festive sprinkles, but you can mix up those colors and customize the mix to any other holiday. Football season, use your team's colors. Halloween, use orange and black. St. Patrick's Day, use green candies. It's a no-fail snack mix that's versatile to the season and to your individual ingredient preferences.


  • 5 cups Chex corn cereal

  • 3 cups Cheerios cereal

  • 2 cups pretzel sticks

  • 1 (11-oz.) bag white chocolate chips

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

  • 1 cup M&Ms candies

  • 1/4 cup sprinkles

  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the Chex, Cheerios, and pretzel sticks.

    chex cereal, cheerios, and pretzel sticks in a bowl

    Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

    Melt the white chocolate on a double boiler. Melt the peanut butter in the microwave for 1 minute until smooth.

    melted white chocolate

    Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

  3. Stir the melted white chocolate and peanut butter into the Chex mixture.

    white chocolate coated cereal

    Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

    Mix in the M&Ms, sprinkles, and powdered sugar.

    reindeer food in a bowl

    Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

  4. Spread the mixture on a lined baking sheet. Allow to set for 10 minutes before transferring back to a bowl to serve.

    reindeer on a baking sheet

    Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

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