Gifts From the Kitchen, Reindeer Food

Part of my extended family is coming over today for a safe visit,

we will be outside for just an hour or so

A short visit,

we can’t break our tradition of celebrating Christmas Eve day together!

Santa’s not joining us this year,

he wants to stay safe so he can deliver the toys …

The kids will be getting bags of Reindeer food to take home

and set out with cookies for Santa

Big E helped make the reindeer food

It’s made with Kix cereal, peanut butter, white chocolate,

powdered sugar, cinnamon and M & Ms

Variations:

substitute another cereal for the Kix, like Chex, or Cheerios

Use white, milk or semi sweet chocolate chips instead of almond bark,

Substitute almond butter for peanut butter {peanut allergies}

Melt peanut butter and almond bark along with cinnamon

in a large bowl in the microwave

Cook for 1 minute on high,

then stir and continue cooking in 30 second intervals and stirring,

until mixture was thoroughly melted and combined

Put the cereal into a extra large mixing bowl

and pour melted mixture into the bowl

and stir, stir, stir, to coat

Divide the powdered sugar into into 2 large ziplock bags

Put 1/2 of coated cereal into each bag and seal

Shake, shake, shake to cover cereal

Empty the bags back into the extra large mixing bowl

and using a large spoon or a scoop, divide mixture into quart size ziplock bags

Divide M & Ms among bags,

adding some to each bag,

then seal bags and shake to mix

Put filled bags into small gift bags,

add Reindeer food label and secure with tape

Here is a printable sheet of labels, click here to print

Reindeer Food

Prep Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Gift, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Equipment

  • zip lock bags

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box 12 oz. Kix cereal, about 12 cups
  • 20 oz almond bark, or white chocolate candy coating
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 box powdered sugar, about 4 cups
  • 2 cups red and green M & Ms

Instructions
 

  • Pour Kix into an extra large mixing bowl
  • put almond bark, peanut butter and cinnamon in another large microwaveable mixing bowl
  • Microwave on high for 1 minute, stir. Keep heating in 30 second intervals until mixture has melted, stirring to combine
  • Pour melted mixture over Kix and gently stir until cereal is all coated
  • Divide powdered sugar into 1 large ziplock bags
  • Scoop coated cereal into bags, about half of cereal mix in each bag. Seal bags closed and shake and toss until all cereal is coated with sugar
  • Pour the coated cereal back into the extra large mixing bowl.
  • Scoop mixture into individual quart or sandwich size ziplock bags
  • Divide M&Ms, putting some in each baggie. Seal bags and shake to mix
  • Place cereal mix into a gift bag and attach printed labels
  • Makes 12 bags

Notes

Variations:
Substitute Chex or Cheerios for the Kix
Use melted white or milk chocolate chips to coat cereal
Substitute almond butter for peanut butter
 
Keyword cereal and candy mix, Christmas snack mix, holiday, Kix candy mix, M & Ms snack mix, reindeer food, snack mix

The trick is keeping the kids from eating the snacks

before they put it out for the reindeer!

Merry Merry!

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Comments
24 Responses to “Gifts From the Kitchen, Reindeer Food”
  1. Jenna, the reindeer food looks so delicious. Big E is such a handsome helper. Stay warm, it is going to be a cold Christmas!

  2. Rita C. says:

    Heck with the reindeer, pass the bowl! Yum! Enjoy your safe visit! Merry Christmas. We’re supposed to get a heavy snow after rain makes the roads all wet (it’s 50° now!), so that’s put a damper on my brother coming over for our Zoomfest with family later today. We’ll just punt, and do a quick food exchange before the changeover!

    • Oh no, I hope your brother can come! Our weather is horrible, my brother in law just opted out of our patio gathering, weather is windy with a high of 37 this afternoon, our gathering might last about 10 minutes!!

  3. Ann Woleben says:

    May you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy New Year~ Thank you for all of the wonderful posts in 2020 – bringing cheer and great ideas!

  4. Mary says:

    This is just adorable Jenna! Your reindeer art makes the picture perfect label for your packages of treats. Merry Christmas to you and your family, near and far. ♥

  5. Martha says:

    So fun! Enjoy your Christmas Eve and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  6. I love that you have helper elves in the packaging department! Have a safe and lovely Christmas, dear Jenna. Merriest to you all.

  7. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, this sounds so yummy that it would be really difficult for me to share with the reindeer. Enjoy your time with your precious family. Merry Christmas, sweet friend!

  8. pattyanneart says:

    Love your reindeer food and art!! So creative and fun. Merry Christmas, Jenna! 💚

  9. thefrenchhutch says:

    So happy you’ll be able to be with your extended family, love those traditions. What fun making the reindeer food. Love those labels too. Have a wonderful Christmas Jenna………..

  10. Love the reindeer food, but I don’t think there’d be much left for them…Have a wonderful, safe get-together today and I know you’ll savor every precious second. It is going to rain here! I got to see two of my grandkids, masked, quickly, as they dropped off and picked up presents. I told them I was pretending they were in Pennsylvania with their mother’s family, which does happed every few years. That lightened their mood!

  11. Sandra Magle says:

    So cute, I remember making this with my boys—they insisted on pretzels and mini marshmallows being in it, too…such a fun memory. Hope you have a great holiday with your munchikins. Hugs, Sandi

  12. Sarah Anderson says:

    Merry, Merry, Jenna! What a fun afternoon. Stay safe, well, and happy! here’s to a better year ahead!

  13. lghiggins says:

    Reindeer food with all of the packaging ideas is so cute. I can’t imagine not eating it, but I guess it is like the cookies for Santa. They somehow manage to get eaten. Have a safe holiday season.

  14. Joe Salling says:

    I think the bigger trick would be to keep me from eating! Since we have a week of vacation next week, it will be something to try then. It is great to see you are keeping up the site and blogging away. I have been so busy at work it has been hard to live in both worlds. Merry Christmas!

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