Reindeer Food Christmas Puppy Chow

Christmas puppy chow, also known as muddy buddies, reindeer chow, or muddy munch is a peanut butter chocolate treat that’s perfect as a festive snack for a holiday party. This easy no-bake Christmas snack is made extra cheery with the addition of peppermint flavor and red and green peanut butter M&Ms.

A clear bowl filled with christmas puppy chow.

I love making holiday-themed treats for my kids. It’s so much fun to get them involved in the cooking and to watch the enjoyment on their faces! If you are looking for more Christmas-themed treats to make, try our Healthy Christmas Tree Fruit PlatterGrinch Christmas Cookies (our most popular cookie), and Egg Snowmen Snacks

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Close up of christmas puppy chow with red and green MMs.

Tips for making Christmas Puppy Chow

Muddy buddies are made by melting peanut butter and chocolate together, and covering it in Chex cereal. Then, it is coated in powdered suga.r If you have never made puppy chow before, it is relatively easy but there are a few tricks to make it go smoothly.

First, you want to refrigerate the puppy chow before coating it in powdered sugar. This helps the peanut butter chocolate to cool a little bit so the sugar doesn’t melt right into it. You want the powdered sugar to sit on top to reduce the sickness of the chocolate coating.

Also, the best way to coat the puppy chow in powdered sugar is to toss it in a large bowl, using 1/2 cup of powdered sugar at a time. We have tried mixing and also shaking it in a ziplock bag but both of those methods don’t work quite as well as the tossing method. Just make sure you use a large enough bowl that the Christmas puppy chow doesn’t fall out as you are tossing.

How to make Christmas Puppy Chow?

  1. Start by melting equal parts peanut butter and chocolate chips in the microwave. Peanut butter and chocolate chips in a white bowl.
  2. Stir every 30 seconds, until smooth and shiny. Melted peanut butter and chocolate.
  3. Whisk in peppermint extract. 
  4. Layer Chex cereal with the chocolate and stir to coat. Chex cereal topped with melted chocolate.
  5. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Chex cereal coated with chocolate and peanut butter.
  6. Sprinkle the peanut butter chocolate Chex with powdered sugar until evenly coated. Using a large bowl so you can toss it tends to work better than stirring. Powdered sugar on top of chocolate coated Chex cereal.
  7. Refrigerate another 10 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top and toss again. Puppy chow tossed in powdered sugar.
  9. Mix in red and green peanut butter M&Ms and serve. Christmas puppy chow mixed with red and green MMs.

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How long does Puppy Chow stay fresh?

Puppy chow stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

A scoop of christmas puppy chow.

Do you refrigerate puppy chow?

Yes. It is best to store Christmas puppy chow in the refrigerator as it keeps it more fresh and moist.

A scoop of christmas puppy chow.
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Christmas Puppy Chow Recipe

Christmas puppy chow, also known as muddy buddies, reindeer chow, or muddy munch is a peanut butter chocolate treat that's perfect as a festive snack for a holiday party. This easy no-bake Christmas treat is made extra cheery with the addition of peppermint flavor and red and green peanut butter M&Ms.

Course Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas muddy buddies, christmas puppy chow, christmas puppy chow recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Calories 415 kcal
Author Aileen Clark

Ingredients

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 6 cups Chex cereal
  • 2 cups powdered sugar divided
  • 1 cup red and green peanut butter M&Ms

Instructions

  1. Place chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Heat in 30 second increments until melted, stirring after every increment. It will be smooth and shiny when fully melted.
  3. Whisk in the peppermint extract.
  4. Place 2 cups Chex cereal in a large bowl.
  5. Pour 1/3 melted chocolate over cereal. Repeat with remaining cereal and chocoalte two more times.
  6. Mix until cereal is fully coated in the peanut butter chocoalte mixture.
  7. Refrigerate puppy chow for 20 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle 1/2 cup powdered sugar and toss to coat. Repeat two more times to use up a total of 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar.
  9. Refrigerate for another 10 minutes.
  10. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar and toss to coat again.
  11. Mix in M&Ms and serve.
  12. Refrigerate any unused portion.
Nutrition Facts
Christmas Puppy Chow Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 /2 cup)
Calories 415 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 252mg11%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 37g41%
Protein 8g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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