7th Day of Christmas: Reindeer Chow

As promised another goodie/gift idea. This one makes a fun snack for Christmas parties or as a small gift for your friends and family. We made Chex Mix every year growing up and while those were always good, though I still don’t love pretzels, this one sounds much better! Well, that is likely because it is chocolate, peanut butter and M&Ms. I mean it is hard to be bad when those are your top ingredients. This recipe is definitely geared for a party, get-together, or gift giving because it is a lot to make.

Ingredients

14 Cups Chex cereal
18 oz holiday m&ms
12 oz semi sweet chocolate, bar or chips
½ Cup unsalted butter
1 Cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
4-5 Cups powdered sugar

Mix It Up

  1. Melt the peanut butter and butter in a microwave safe dish. Microwave in 30 second intervals until butter is melted. Add the chocolate a little at a time until all is melted into the mix. You might need to microwave one last time to make sure everything is melted and add the vanilla. Stir together.
  2. In a large bowl add half of the cereal.
  3. Drizzle half of the chocolate peanut butter mixture into the cereal in the bowl. Mix with a spoon.
  4. Place one large paper bag into another one. Add ½ cup of the powdered sugar and half of the mixed cereal into the bag. Close this tightly and shake vigorously. Add more powdered sugar ½ cup at a time if needed until all the cereal is coated. Add ¼ of the m&ms into the bag and toss. Place in an air tight container.
  5. Continue these step with the remaining ingredients.
  6. Keep stored in an air tight container. Can be kept in the freezer!
This is a fun thing to either get kids involved in or have around while trimming the tree or doing other Christmas related activities. My cousin-in-law’s tradition is to trim the tree with hot chocolate and Elf playing in the background. Her children will tell you Elf plays most of December at their house and I can believe it because both my cousin and his wife love the movie Elf. But I can understand this. I really love the movie too (see icon).

And like I said, this makes a great gift. Package it up in mason jars, Christmas ziplocks (I found some at Big Lots) or even those great Christmas tins for baked goods. At this rate you could have a tin filled with Oreo Bark, Teddy Bear Cookies, and Reindeer Chow. What a delicious gift!

 

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