Peppermint Muddy Buddies – AKA Reindeer Chow

By | December 8, 2010
Peppermint Muddy Buddies

Looking for a quick and easy holiday recipe to make with your kids?  Reindeer Chow (Peppermint Muddy Buddies) only takes about 15 minutes to make and is absolutely yummy!

I had a box of Chex Cereal from a review I did recently and wanted to make a snack for the kids with it.  I thought about making traditional Muddy Buddies, but then decided it wasn’t very Christmas-y.  I wondered if anyone had ever made mint-flavored Muddy Buddies.  A quick search online turned up nothing, so I decided to adapt the regular recipe to use peppermint oil and crushed candy canes.

The Bookworm and the Little One helped me make this quick snack when they got home from school.  The recipe took no time at all to finish.  The most time consuming part was crushing the candy canes.  You know that scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation where Clark Griswald has the magazine pages stuck to his hand?  Well, that was me after unwrapping and crushing all those candy canes!  The candy cane wrappers were sticking to my hands and I couldn’t fling them off.  The girls thought it was quite funny!

Reindeer Chow
(Peppermint Muddy Buddies)


A quick note about the peppermint flavoring:  I used natural peppermint oil.  This is strong stuff!!  You only need 2-4 drops.  It comes in a tiny little bottle.  If you are using peppermint extract, try 1/4 to 1/2 tsp.

Start by crushing your candy canes.  I recommend putting the candy canes into a thick freezer bag for this to help minimize the mess.  I have a heavy marble rolling pin that works perfect for crushing candy canes, but a hammer works just as well.  Just be sure to protect your table or countertop.

Next you want to measure out 9 cups of Chex cereal into a large bowl.  I used Rice Chex because that is what I had, but other varieties of Chex would work as well.

Melt the chocolate chips and butter in a double boiler, stirring until smooth.  You can also melt them in the microwave for about 30 seconds at a time.

After the chocolate chips are melted and smooth, remove from the heat and add 2-4 drops peppermint oil.  Pour slowly.  It is very easy to dump too much.  Ask me what recipe I ruined figuring that out!  Those little bottles really need an eyedropper.  Anyway…  You might want to start with 2 drops and taste it before you add anymore.  It doesn’t take much of the oil at all to flavor the chocolate.

Once you have the chocolate minty enough, pour it over the Chex cereal.  Toss it well so that all the cereal is coated in chocolate.  Add the powdered sugar and continue tossing it until all is well-coated.  Gently stir in the crushed candy canes.  You might want to save some to use as garnish for a pretty presentation.

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Reindeer Chow makes a wonderful holiday gift for teachers or friends. I save the glass jars that we get when we buy honey for things like this. You could also package this in holiday print cellophane bags with a ribbon bow and a candy cane.

Reindeer Chow

If you end up making this reindeer chow, you will have to let me know how you like it.  While you are here, be sure to check out the rest of our Christmas crafts and recipes.  So tell me…. What special treats are you making this holiday season?

9 thoughts on “Peppermint Muddy Buddies – AKA Reindeer Chow

  1. Brittany C.

    I love Muddy Buddies! My big sister made them for me all the time when we were kids! I like the peppermint spin on them! Perfect for the Holidays! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Donna B.

    oh YUM! I’ll definitely add this to my list of things to make this holiday 🙂

  3. Darlene Shiplett

    I had never heard of reindeer chow until a friend brought some to work and I tasted it…It didn’t have any chocolate on it but I am looking forward to making your recipe. What fun.

  4. Alisha

    And I thought I was some crazy genius for thinking this up this year! I made them almost exactly how you made them, except I substituted some of the chocolate chips for some peppermint Hershey Kisses. SO, so good!

    I’m glad I didn’t Google the recipe before I made them. I would have felt far less genius if I knew someone else thought of them before me. :o)

    1. Jen

      That’s a great idea to use mint Hershey Kisses! I will have to try that this year.

  5. Alison

    I would recommend NOT using peppermint extract… I just tried it and it make my chocolate seize! 🙁

    1. Jen

      Alison, What kind of chocolate did you use? I have made this recipe many many times with chocolate chips and never have had the chocolate seize. Did you only use a couple of drops of the extract?


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