Reindeer Chow

Reindeer Chow, Puppy Chow, Muddy Buddies, whatever you want to call them, they are DELICIOUS and such a fun and festive snack. This time we’re leveling them up with some chocolatey Christmas additions. And the best part about this recipe is that there is no bake time and they’re extremely easy to make!

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Puppy Chow V.S Muddy Buddies

Honestly, aren’t they the same? There was a heated debate on a video I posted last year when I had asked everyone what they call this delicious treat. Apparently there are a lot of wonderfully passionate people out there with whole hearted opinions on what to call this dessert. I’ve heard everything from Muddy Buddies, Puppy Chow, Reindeer Chow, Monkey Munch…

Personally, I’ve always known this treat to be called Muddy Buddies. Whatever you want to call them, they’re always just as delicious.

Making Reindeer Chow

The process for this simple and delicious dessert is very easy. The most important steps are ensuring that the chocolate, peanut butter, butter mixture is perfectly smooth before adding it to the chex. A lumpy, uneven mixture will result in a less than ideal end result. No one wants Muddy Buddy with a lil clump of butter. Maybe a select few out there would love that…but let’s do our best to avoid that 🙂

Slow and steady wins the race. Mel this mixture on low heat to ensure that everything is melting evenly and slowly. We also don’t want chocolate burning at the bottom of our pan so be sure to use a silicone spatula to help everything combine and melt evenly.

Reindeer Chow

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Recipe by Maddison Koutrouba –


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  • 8 cups Rice Chex cereal

  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 3/4 cups creamy peanut butter

  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter

  • 1 cup mini holiday m&m’s

  • 1/2 cup white chocolate peppermint chips


  • Divide the confectioner’s sugar evenly into two large ziplock bags. Set aside.
  • Pour the Chex cereal into a large bowl. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter over low to medium heat. Use a silicone spatula to stir everything evenly to make sure that nothing is burning at the bottom of the pot and to ensure that everything is combining evenly.
  • Once the chocolate peanut butter mixture is completely smooth and melted, pour it over the Chex cereal.
  • Use a silicone spatula to combine everything evenly. Once everything is evenly combined divide the chocolate-coated cereal into the two confectioner’s sugar prepared ziplock bags.
  • Seal then shake the large ziplock bags around to coat the Chex cereal evenly.
  • Pour the coated Chex back into a large bowl then add in all of the yummy mix-ins. Feel free to replace or add your own festive and delicious add-ins.
  • Enjoy!

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