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You might know this sweet treat as Reindeer Chow or Muddy Buddy Chex Mix. It is made with Chex cereal, peanut butter, Christmas-colored chocolate, and M&Ms, then coated in a sweet dusting of powdered sugar. It’s sure to become a favorite family tradition.

Christmas Muddy Buddy Recipe, aka Reindeer Chow in a bowl on a christmas towel with holly around

Great Reasons To Make This Christmas Puppy Chow

  • If you want a quick Christmas snack that is that you will want over and over, then this is what you should make.
  • This is a simple recipe that only takes a few ingredients and a microwave.
  • It’s great to make for your own family or to give away as gifts to teachers, friends, or coworkers. Everyone will appreciate it.
  • It’s a delicious sweet snack mix to serve at holiday parties during the Christmas season. It’s always a crowd pleaser!

What You Need From The Grocery

Christmas Muddy Buddy Recipe, aka Reindeer Chow ingredients
  • M&Ms: Keep an eye out around Thanksgiving for the Christmas M&M bags to be on your grocer’s shelves. In a pinch, I have bought a big bag of M&Ms and picked out all the red and green M&M. We just ate the other colors as a snack.
  • Chex cereal: you have a choice to use rice Chex or corn Chex, whichever you prefer.
  • Peanut butter: It is best to use a good quality creamy peanut butter. Be sure to divide the cup of peanut butter in half if you want two colors of cereal.
  • Candy melts: You can use white candy coating melts from Wiltons or white chocolate chips. They also sell white chocolate in squares at most grocery stores.

📝 Note: You can find the full recipe with ingredients and measurements in the recipe card located at the bottom of this post.

Gina’s Ingredient Tip

If you do not want to use food coloring you could also buy a bag of green melts and a bag of red candy coating melts.

Step-by-step Instructions

  1. For this recipe, it is best to gather all your ingredients and have everything in bowls ready to go. You are working with melted chocolate, so it will be easier this way.
  2. Gather two large bowls and pour 4 cups of Chex cereal into each.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine 1/2 cup chocolate wafers and 1/3 cup peanut butter. Microwave on high for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, stirring until smooth.
  1. Mix green food coloring into one bowl until you achieve a Christmas green color. Repeat with red food coloring in the other bowl.
  2. Pour the green mixture over one bowl of Chex cereal and gently toss to coat.
  3. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the chocolate-coated cereal and toss until well coated (about 1-2 minutes).
  4. Sprinkle in 1/2 cup of M&Ms.
  5. Spread the green mixture on wax paper to cool.
  1. Repeat the process for the second bowl using red food coloring.
  2. Pour the red mixture over the other bowl of Chex cereal, coat with powdered sugar. Stir in M&Ms. Spread on wax paper to cool.
  3. Once both mixtures have cooled, combine them in a large container or bowl, mixing the colors together.

Puppy Chow Add-In Ideas

This is a very easy recipe to add in some fun items to mix up the flavors. Try adding any one of these to your Christmas muddy buddies recipe.

  • Use chocolate Chex mix cereal instead of corn or rice
  • Festive sprinkles
  • Mini pretzels
  • Mint M&Ms
  • Peanut M&Ms
  • Peanuts, cashews, pecans, or any other favorite type of nuts
  • Peanut butter chips, melt these instead of chocolate.
  • white chocolate (just don’t add the food coloring)
  • Peanut butter-flavored M&Ms
  • Pieces of candy cane

Storage Tip

To ensure that this recipe is perfectly ready to serve at your Christmas party, it is recommended to make it a day ahead. After preparing the recipe, store it in a container that can be sealed tightly, such as a resealable food-storage bowl or a large plastic bag with a ziplock. On the day of the party, all you need to do is pour the mixture into a festive bowl and serve. This will save you time and allow you to focus on other preparations for your party.

Puppy Chow As A Gift

If you’re searching for food gift ideas, this Christmas puppy chow recipe would be an excellent choice. Fill a glass mason jar with it, and tie a red ribbon around the top to make it look festive. Also, check out my post about cookies in a jar. Treat your friends with a homemade cookie mix gift jar, and they’ll love making their warm and delicious cookies themselves.

Christmas Muddy Buddy Recipe, aka Reindeer Chow in a bowl

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Easy Christmas Puppy Chow Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 24 servings
Perfect for parties or a gift, this Christmas Puppy Chow Recipe is a festive sweet snack that everyone will enjoy, and the best part is it quick to make.

Note: Be sure to read through the recipe’s post for tips and details about this recipe.

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Ingredients
 

  • 8 cups Corn Chex cereal
  • 1 cup melting wafers, white
  • green food coloring
  • red food coloring
  • 1 cup peanut butter, creamy
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup M&Ms, red and green plain, You can always add more if you like.

Instructions
 

  • For this recipe, it is best to gather all your ingredients and have everything in bowls ready to go. You are working with melted chocolate, so it will be easier this way.
  • Gather two large bowls and pour 4 cups of Chex cereal into each.
    8 cups Corn Chex cereal
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine 1/2 cup chocolate wafers and 1/3 cup peanut butter.
  • Microwave one bowl on high for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, stirring until smooth.
  • Mix green food coloring into one bowl until you achieve a Christmas green color.
  • Pour the green mixture over one bowl of Chex cereal and gently toss to coat.
  • Sprinkle powdered sugar over the chocolate-coated cereal and toss until well coated (about 1-2 minutes).
  • Add in 1/2 cup of M&Ms.
  • Spread the green mixture on wax paper to cool.
  • Repeat the process for the second bowl using red food coloring.
  • Pour the red mixture over the other bowl of Chex cereal, coat with powdered sugar. Stir in M&Ms. Spread on wax paper to cool.
  • Once both mixtures have cooled, combine them in a large container or bowl, mixing the colors together.

Notes

Variations
This is a very easy recipe to add in some fun items to mix up the flavors. Try adding any one of these to your Christmas muddy buddies recipe.
  • Use chocolate Chex mix cereal instead of corn or rice
  • Festive sprinkles
  • Mini pretzels
  • Mint M&Ms
  • Peanut M&Ms
  • Peanuts, cashews, pecans, or any other favorite type of nuts
  • Peanut butter chips, melt these instead of chocolate.
  • white chocolate (just don’t add the food coloring)
  • Peanut butter flavored M&Ms
  • Pieces of candy canes
Storage
If you plan on serving this recipe at a Christmas party it would be best to make it the day before and then store it in an airtight container such as a resealable food-storage bowl. You could also use a ziplock-type large plastic bag. Then when you are setting up for the party pour mixture into a festive bowl to serve.
Serving: 0.33cup, Calories: 195kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 138mg, Potassium: 90mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 353IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 48mg, Iron: 3mg
Cuisine: American
Course: Snacks
Author: Gina Dickson

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