Reindeer Chow

If you happened to catch my post on Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies, you may remember me mentioning that I have been baking with my students in our school kitchen. They’ve even devised a list of items they’d like to create before our holiday break.

As soon as one of them shouted out Puppy Chow, I knew there would be no going back. Immediately, eyes widened and they were all nodding in agreement. I haven’t made Puppy Chow in years, so we did a quick search for the ingredient list and realized that we had almost everything on hand – so I couldn’t possibly refuse.

I brought to their attention that Puppy Chow was certainly not their most festive idea when one of them piped in and informed the class that we could call it “Reindeer Chow” instead. And just like that, we were elbow deep in peanut butter and chocolate covered Chex goodness.

Of course I had to let them sample their creation, but we also decided to package some in cellophane bags with cute reindeer tags to hand out to the kindergarten through second grade classroom as a little snack for Rudolph and his friends.

Although Puppy Chow is certainly not anything new, I was pretty impressed with their creativity and willingness to share. I’ll certainly keep you informed on our next home-ec adventure!

Skip the carrots tonight because Rudolph and his crew deserve a sweet snack too!

Tag Info:

– Tags were made using my Silhouette Cameo.
– Tag Description: Rudolph Reindeer Card by Loni Stevens
– Tag was sized to 4.0 inches. Card cut on dark brown card stock. Reindeer cut on red card stock.
– Tags were attached to bags with red and white Baker’s Twine.

Reindeer Chow

Yield: 18 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


9 cups Rice Chex Cereal
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar


1. Pour cereal into a large bowl, set aside. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.

2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter. Microwave uncovered on high for 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon zip-top food-storage plastic bag.

3. Add confectioners' sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread onto prepared baking sheet to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Recipe from Chex

19 Responses to “Reindeer Chow”

  1. la domestique — December 24, 2011 at 11:06 am

    What a blast from the past! I haven’t thought of puppy chow in ages, and now that you’ve brought it up I’m going to make some today! Love that stuff!


  2. Lauren from Baklust — December 24, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Aw, that’s so cute you guys handed out the treats to the little ones! That reindeer chow looks mighty tasty too. :)


  3. Ann P. — December 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I bet your students had so much fun! They must love you for baking with them!


  4. Becca — December 24, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Mmm this stuff is so delicious; I Could probably live off this if I wanted to.

    Merry Christmas! :)


  5. Emilia — December 24, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I’ve really loved reading about your home-ec class adventures so far, calling puppy chow reindeer chow is certainly a lovely idea (and definitely quite welcome!). The packages look amazing as well :)


  6. Mary — December 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    What a great name change. Reindeer chow is one of my favorite holiday snacks. Thank you for all the great recipes. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Mary


  7. linda — December 25, 2011 at 7:25 am

    merry & wonderful holiday to you jamie!
    love the reindeer chow (clever name…shout out to your student!)…
    & your silhouette cameo…well…on my wish list!


  8. Yum! I want to make some right now, but I don’t have chex cereal. I have mostly flake cereal and rice krispies. Stinky!


  9. Dam you! It’s Christmas morning and I just made puppy-chow, but I used Oh Henry Honey Graham Cereal. It’s cooling now, but I did sneak in a bite. That’s good stuff!

    Question for you. When I melt chocolate in the microwave I do it for 20 or 30 seconds, then stir the chips until it’s all melted in then it turns hard. I can melt chocolate in a double boiler, no problem, but I have a hard time in the microwave. Am I letting it heat up to fast or not enough. Then sometimes I get it and I stir it and it turns int a big hard ball. I assume I heated it to much. I just can’t get the microwave method down. For the Puppy Chow, I microwaved for 30 seconds (I made half the recipe) and stirred the mixture until all melted and combined together, and I was stirring it, it turned into a clump, so I kneaded the mixture into the cereal and it worked, yah!

    Thanks for posting the Puppy Chow recipe. It will go perfect for when were opening presents up!


  10. Jane Childerhose — December 25, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I do something like this with white chocolate, Chex cereals, M&M’s, small pretzels, mixed nuts and Cheerios. A friend of mine calls it Christmas Crack, ‘cuz you can’t stop eating it! This sounds YUM!


  11. Gwen — December 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Last time I made this was for my son’s 3rd birthday which was a 101 Dalmations theme. That was 18 years ago! I’ll keep ‘reindeer’ chow in mind for when the grandson is a little older (he’s 2 months now). Very cute tags too!


  12. Jeff @ — December 26, 2011 at 2:07 am

    This snack recipe is great for this holiday season and for the kids!


  13. Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño — December 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    These look adorable and all too tasty! I would love to snack on this right now. And how sweet that they came up with the idea.


  14. chinmayie @ love food eat — December 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Looks gorgeous! Love the first photo…


  15. Michele — December 29, 2011 at 5:47 am

    I’ve made this before. The stuff is delicious!!! Reindeer chow is the perfect name for it.


  16. KC — December 4, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I received Reindeer Chow as a gift a few years back, and I love it!!! It is addicting!!! I am glad I finally found the right recipe :) I will be making some for Christmas this year for my family and some for sharing as well. Thanks for sharing this recipe :)


  17. Christine Josti — October 17, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    What a cute idea! Love the reindeer tags and how they coordinate with your “reindeer chow”. These would make lovely and delicious stocking gifts. Thank you for sharing!


    • Jamie — October 18, 2014 at 8:53 am

      Thanks for stopping by!


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