Reindeer Chow

Reindeer Chow

The Story:

Everyone has their own family Christmas traditions.  Pajamas on Christmas eve, singing carols, acting out the nativity, white elephant gifts, special dinners… Well my family has a stocking tradition.  I thought it was normal for the longest time, turns out it’s quite strange.  I always get concerned looks from people when I tell them what Santa leaves in my stocking.  Our stockings are always stuffed with dental “treats” and oranges. No, no dentist in the family, we are just that weird.  New toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, mouth wash and a bunch of oranges stuffed into the toe of the stocking.  But at the very bottom is something a little more Christmas-y.  A bag of Chocolate Mint M&M’s, which we each devour them while we open presents…so maybe the dental stuff is so our teeth don’t rot from the minty goodness.  [end-story]

Reindeer Chow

Reindeer Chow


6 C. Rice Chex cereal
1 C. chocolate chips
1/2 C. peanut butter, creamy
1 C. brownie mix (or 1 C. powdered sugar plus 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder)
3 C. pretezels
1 bag Mint M&M's
NOTE: for peanut allergies omit peanut butter and chocolate chips. Use 1 1/2 C. chocolate "melts" instead. "Melts" are little chocolate wafers that are meant for melting and candy decorating. Many companies make them but they all call them different things.


1. Place cereal in a large bowl and set aside.
2. On the stovetop over medium-low heat, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter together. Stir until smooth.
4. Pour over cereal and gently fold until coated.
5. Dump into a large plastic bag (or tupperware with a lid) and add brownie mix. Shake, shake, shake until covered!
6. Pour onto a cookie sheet to let cool.
7. Mix in pretzels and M&M's and enjoy! Serve in bowls or give away in goody bags with bows!

We leave out cookies and milk for Santa, but what about those reindeer! They fly all around the world and take Santa and millions of presents with them! They must build up quite an appetite…

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7 thoughts on “Reindeer Chow

  1. 1
    Claire says:

    Christmas traditions are my favorite! My brother, my sister, and I always open the sibling gifts on Christmas Eve, and on Christmas morning we have cinnamon rolls.

    I’ll definitely have to try this recipe, and give some to my friends for Christmas!

  2. 2
    Leslie says:

    Ha! Not strange at all… We always have the largest oranges on the planet in our stockings and toiletries as well. The only difference is that we add socks and undies in there too! Love it! Glad to know we are not the only crazy ones out there. Merry Christmas!

  3. 3
    Brandy says:

    I don’t think it’s strange at all! My family has always put new toothbrushes and the such in stockings.

  4. 4
    Mercedes says:

    i have never tried making snack mix using brownie batter (or adding cocoa powder to the powdered sugar) but I can’t wait to try this!

  5. 5
    Celeste says:

    Dear Lizzy Early,
    These muddy buddy recipes are amazing. They are so simple to make, taste delicious, and are easy to share. But you post so many of them, and I make almost every single one of them. I am developing a problem… Luckily my roommates and other neighbors are there to share them with me 🙂
    Concerned about the freshmen 15, but obviously not that concerned

  6. 6

    That’s a fun family tradition! I have heard of dental things in stocking s before…but never paired with oranges 🙂

  7. 7
    Bailey says:

    oh that’s a cute tradition! it’s different but cute. i would love to get that stuff in my stocking!

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