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Christmas Reindeer Chex Mix Recipe

This simple and delicious reindeer chow recipe is a tasty holiday snack. It's great for the holidays and a wonderful addition to Christmas charcuterie boards and holiday cookie platters.

It's Christmas time, and if you're like most people, your home is filled with all the festivity of this time of year. If you're looking for a unique way to add more of that holiday cheer while also satisfying everyone's sweet tooth in the family — look no further!

Our homemade Reindeer Chow recipe is always a huge hit with everyone. Not only will it make an adorable addition to any holiday party cookie tray, Christmas party platter and charcuterie board, but it's also a crazy easy to make sweet treat. Plus, using our tips and tricks we'll provide below, absolutely anyone can recreate this easy recipe at home! So get ready to embrace your inner awesome and let’s dive into making some magical Christmas snack mix together.

While this primarily a special treat for the Christmas holiday season you can use all red M&M's for Valentine's Day or pastel holiday M&M's for Easter! The possibilities are endless.

This fun treat was inspired by my Christmas Eve Reindeer Food poem and free printables, a festive treat for Santa's reindeer, and by this recipe for a Cinnamon Roll French Casserole, a delicious dish to serve Christmas Morning.

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Chex Mix, Cheerios and Pretzel twists coated in melted white chocolate with M&M's and sprinkles

🤶 Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • The best part - minimal ingredients. Nothing fancy schmancy and nothing expensive.
  • Festive Recipe - it looks so pretty served in bowls, on charcuterie boards or packaged in cellophane bags or Ziploc bags for gift giving and stocking stuffing.
  • Perfect for easy Christmas snacking

🦌Ingredients

Overhead view of cheerios, chex mix, white chocolate, pretzel twists, M&M's, and sprinkles
  • Chex mix cereal (I used the Walmart rice Chex brand to save money!)
  • Cheerios
  • white chocolate
  • Christmas M&M's
  • pretzel twists
  • holiday red and green sprinkles or add ins - anything holiday!

See recipe card for quantities.

🎁Instructions

This is an overview of the instructions. Full instructions and nutritional information can be found in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.

Cheerios, Chex Mix, and Pretzel twists in a ziploc bag coated with melted white chocolate and mixed with M&M's and sprinkles
  1. First, line a large baking sheet with parchment paper to minimize mess. Since this won't be going into the oven, you can certainly substitute wax paper.
  2. Measure out the dry ingredients, the Chex cereal, the Cheerios, and the M&Ms, and place into a large Ziploc bag.
  3. Place the white chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and follow the instructions on the label regarding melting. It's usually about 15 seconds on high, stir, return and repeat until you have beautifully melted chocolate. I have found that different brands have different instructions, so, to ensure the best outcome, read the label (I have been known to ignore this step!).
  4. Pour the chocolate over the cereal mixture in the bag, seal, and shake it up in the bag. You could use a large mixing bowl if you prefer using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to gently stir the chocolate into the mix.
  5. Add the M&M's and holiday sprinkles to the bag and give it a few more gentle shakes.
  6. Pour the mixture out onto the cookie sheet spreading evenly.
  7. Place in the refrigerator for about 60 minutes. Remove and break into pieces. Serve!

Hint: leave a useful hint here, like let the grill run for 4-5 minutes to burn off any remnants, then clean it. I like to use this bristle-free barbecue brush (affiliate link) for cleaning the grill.

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🎅Substitutions

  • White chocolate chips can be substituted for the white chocolate  candy wafers. I have used both and I find that the candy wafers melt much more smoothly and easily. I've been known to burn white chocolate chips when I melt them in the microwave.
Christmas Reindeer Chex Mix on a marble charcuterie board ready for serving

☃️ Variations

  • Mini peanut butter cups can be used instead of or in addition to the M&M's.

❄️ Equipment

No real special equipment is needed but I have included links to the items below in case you don't already have these items in your kitchen.

🤶 Storage

I find that this gets a bit soft if kept for too long. I like to store it in an airtight container until I'm ready to serve for up to 3 days.

🌟Top tip

You can measure and mix the dry ingredients in advance and keep them in a Ziploc bag. When you're ready to make it, just add the melted chocolate, M&M's, and sprinkles!

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If you click on the number of servings in the recipe card below ⬇️ you can adjust the measurements up or down for the exact number of servings you need.

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📖 Recipe

Christmas Chex Mix Recipe

This simple and delicious reindeer chow recipe is a tasty holiday snack. It's great for the holidays and a wonderful addition to Christmas charcuterie boards and holiday cookie platters.
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Prep Time:5 mins
Refrigerator Time:1 hr
Total Time:1 hr 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Chex Mix corn
  • 1 cup Cheerios plain
  • ½ cup pretzel twists small
  • 6 ounces white chocolate candy wafers are my favorite but you can use white chocolate chips as well
  • ½ cup M&Ms holiday - red and green
  • 4 tablespoon sprinkles holiday - red and green

Instructions

  • First, line a large baking sheet with parchment paper to minimize mess. Since this won't be going into the oven, you can certainly substitute wax paper.
  • Measure out the Chex cereal, Cheerios, and pretzel twists, and place into a large Ziploc bag.
    2 cups Chex Mix, 1 cup Cheerios, ½ cup pretzel twists
  • Place the white chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and follow the instructions on the label regarding melting. It's usually about 15 seconds on high, stir, return and repeat until you have beautifully melted chocolate. I have found that different brands have different instructions, so, to ensure the best outcome, read the label.
    6 ounces white chocolate
  • Pour the chocolate over the cereal mixture in the bag, seal, and shake it up in the bag.
  • Add the M&M's and holiday sprinkles to the bag and give it a few more gentle shakes.
    ½ cup M&Ms, 4 tablespoon sprinkles
  • Pour the mixture out onto the cookie sheet spreading evenly.
  • Place in the refrigerator for about 60 minutes. Remove and break into pieces. Serve!

As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 98IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 10
Calories: 226kcal
Author: Mary Beth
Cost: $5.00

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