Reindeer Chow

Santa shouldn’t get all of the treats! This fun and festive reindeer chow is a sweet and salty mix of cereal, pretzels, peanuts and M&Ms.

Snack mixes are so fun and festive during the holidays—not to mention they’re EASY! If you enjoy this recipe, try our Peppermint Snack Mix or Thanksgiving Snack Mix.

Reindeer Chow in a metal tin with wax paper

A Kid-Friendly Christmas Treat

Growing up my mom would make what she called “reindeer fodder.” It was really similar to this version, only it used almond bark and the mix-ins weren’t exactly the same. It was a delicious no-bake treat nonetheless.

I hadn’t made it with my own kids just yet and knew I needed to give it a go!

This easy, kid-friendly recipe is perfect for little helping hands. They can do just about everything with the exception of heating the chocolate. And trust me when I say they love the result. So delicious and perfect for Christmas time.

Ingredients for Reindeer Chow Recipe in a glass mixing bowl

Made in Minutes!

It takes all of 18 minutes to make, and that’s being pretty generous. The saltiness of the pretzels and peanuts helps balance out the sweetness of the white chocolate. P.S. I’m not a huge fan of white chocolate, but in this snack mix it’s subtle and buttery tasting.

MIX. All you have to do is combine the cereal, M&Ms, pretzels and peanuts in a large mixing bowl pour the melted chocolate over top and mix until everything is coated.

SET. Pour it onto a lined baking sheet, add a few pinches of festive sprinkles and pop it into the fridge to set.

Reindeer Mix with cereal, M&Ms and white chocolate

Variations and Additions

If you don’t have the exact ingredients, you can always use what you have on hand. Sometimes we swap out the Cheerios for Kix and the peanuts for cashews. No matter what you use, it’s bound to be delicious! Here are a few more suggestions:

  • Popcorn 
  • Kettle corn
  • Bugles (the chips)
  • Multiple kinds of melted chocolate
  • Chocolate chips

Melting Chocolate: We wanted to go with white chocolate, which meant that we needed to combine it with some shortening in order for it to melt smoothly. If you would rather omit the shortening then you should use white chocolate melting wafers.

A hand holding a chunk of reindeer mix

Storing and Packaging

You might want to consider STORING this in the fridge so that the chocolate doesn’t melt everywhere. If your kitchen isn’t overly warm, you can store it on the counter. You can store it in an airtight container or just on a tray. It really depends on what you prefer. It should last 1-2 weeks if it is kept in an airtight container.

How to package for gifts? After letting it solidify in the fridge, break it apart and place it in cellophane bags. You can make it extra cute by tying it close with some seasonal ribbon!

Reindeer Chow in a metal tin

My kids were SO excited to get to try this reindeer chow. It’s full of all of their favorite things! This is such a fun, festive recipe for Christmas, and so easy too! 

For more Christmas treats, try:


Reindeer Chow |

Reindeer Chow Recipe

Santa shouldn't get all of the treats! This fun and festive reindeer chow is a sweet and salty mix of cereal, pretzels, peanuts and M&Ms.
4.64 from 46 votes
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Course: Snacks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 8 mins
Chill Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 48 mins
Servings: 11 cups
Calories: 703kcal
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  • 4 cup chex cereal
  • 3 cup cheerio cereal
  • 2 cup M&Ms - red and green 11.40 oz bag
  • 1 cup pretzels - halved sticks or mini twists
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 20 oz white chocolate
  • 2 tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp festive sprinkles - optional


  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with wax paper, parchment or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the cereal, M&Ms, pretzels, and peanuts. Set aside.
  • In a double boiler or in the microwave, melt white chocolate and shortening until smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla extract.
  • Pour chocolate over the cereal mixture and stir until evenly coated. Pour over the prepared baking sheet, add sprinkles over top.
  • Place in the refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes before breaking apart into chunks.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 703kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 418mg | Potassium: 367mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 529IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 226mg | Iron: 10mg

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  1. 5 stars
    The Reindeer Chow was fantastic tasting and easy to make. I made some for my several of my neighbors and kept some for us. It will be a new Christmas tradition in our home. Thanks for posting the recipe!

      1. 5 stars
        I am going to try this recipe but when the recipe calls for 2 Tbsp. vegetable shortening is that like the old school Crisco?

          1. I have made this for years. I do not use crisco or any type of shortening. I use white almond bark and drizzle a bit at a time, drizzle more each time to mix. It turns out good n delish.

  2. 5 stars
    This looks like a great treat for family and friends. And for Game Nights Which I Love to Spend with my Wonderful Family. 

  3. We have been making this for years without the crisco n the chocolate. Stopped making it because it just to be too much of a headache with the coating all of the goodies. Cannot wait to try it with the crisco – hoping it will make it easier to coat everything. Thanks!

  4. Has anyone ever tried using potato chips? I’m gluten free, so I’m curious what I could replace the pretzels with?

  5. 🤶K my funny reindeer chow story . Followed melting directions for white melting morsels. Looked awful. Didn’t know what to do! My sweet husband suggested adding milk. What a fix! The chow is delicious! And as I finished, 2deer came to investigate and drink from our pond.
    Merry CHRISTmas

  6. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday for my Christmas party at work today so we will see how they like it I tried a little bit and I think it tasted really good

  7. 3 stars
    Just made this (12/22/20) and I half’d it (due to just me and the hubby and only a couple kids on the block) and after I added the 1/4 tsp. of vanilla to the white choc. chips and shortening (which was smooth and stirring great) it became solid and the ability to stir was reduced greatly, became very lumpy and was difficult to stir into the cereal, M&Ms, etc….what did I do wrong??

    1. Hmm..that’s a good question?! The vanilla shouldn’t have done that. I haven’t had that issue before. I am stumped, I’m sorry!

  8. 5 stars
    Yvonne…that happened to me too. I melted more chocolate and omitted the vanilla and crisco, and it was fine. I used white almond bark. So delicious!!

  9. missing information… how many grams of this mix are in a cup or show what an 11g serving (with 59 grams of sugar somehow) looks like?

    1. Hi Gary, there might have been an error in the nutrition calculation. I ran the calculation again for a serving size of 1 cup. Please see the new info.

  10. 5 stars
    I make this every year at Christmas time. I have never had anyone say how terrible it is. They absolutely love it! In fact, it’s addicting! More please!

  11. I could not get the white chocolate to melt at all. I was afraid it would burn. I used 3 1/2 TBS butter with it. What am I doing wrong? Is there a difference in white chocolate?