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Reindeer Chow (Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Puppy Chow)

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This crunchy, sweet and delicious snack mix is perfect for the holidays. Reindeer chow, or dark chocolate candy cane puppy chow, is perfect for giving and eating!

bowl of puppy chow with bits of candy cane mixed in

      Chocolate and peppermint are a classic holiday flavor combination. This reindeer chow is a fun way to get that yummy flavor in a no bake and super fun snack mix. It is hard to stop eating it once you get started, so be warned!

      First of all, let me start off by saying you should not feed this to reindeer or puppies. I have gotten very concerned comments on past puppy chow posts about how dangerous it is to feed chocolate to your animals.

chocolate peppermint reindeer chow cereal snack mix ingredients ready to go.

     That is just the name we grew up calling this snack mix. Some people know it as muddy buddies or other names. It basically refers to chocolate covered cereal that is usually dusted in powdered sugar.

     In our family, puppy chow is a perfect holiday treat. While we love the original chocolate and peanut butter version, we also love to change it up.

    The brownie batter puppy chow I shared early in this blog’s life was one of the first recipes that really got noticed on Pinterest.  It is still popular to this day.

      Then I made some red velvet puppy chow last year for Valentine’s Day and it was fun as well. It had sprinkles, pretzels and hint of red to make it fun and festive.

      This version might rank among my new favorites though.  I love the added crunch the bits of candy cane give and it just feels like Christmas.

bowl of powder sugar coated dark chocolate and peppermint muddy buddies

      Of course if you don’t like dark chocolate, you can opt for something else.  Semi-sweet chips or milk chocolate would be wonderful as well.  But there is something about the dark chocolate and candy cane mix that really called to me.

      You are welcome to unwrap and crush candy canes if you’d like.  You could also pulse them in your food processor a bit to make it easier.

      However, if you check out the Christmas candy section of your grocery store there is likely a bag of candy cane bits there.  That saves you the hassle and mess of unwrapping and breaking them up yourself!

reindeer chow ready to eat

    This batch of reindeer chow went to work with me.  Now I need to whip up some more for home.  I know that batch won’t last long either.

    Have you tried any fun variations of puppy chow? What are your favorite sweet snack mixes?

Yield: 12 Servings

Reindeer Chow (Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Puppy Chow)

bowl of powder sugar coated dark chocolate and peppermint muddy buddies

This crunchy, sweet and delicious snack mix is perfect for the holidays. Reindeer chow, or dark chocolate candy cane puppy chow, is perfect for giving and eating!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 cups chex cereal, we used the rice version
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup crushed candy canes
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Put the powdered sugar and 1/4 cup of candy cane bits in a gallon zippered plastic bag and set aside.
  2. In a large microwave safe bowl, microwave the chocolate chips and vegetable oil in 30 seconds at a time. Stir between each trip to the microwave and continue cooking a bit at a time until it is smooth. Be careful not to burn the chocolate.
  3. Stir in 3/4 cup of candy canes and the cereal until coated. Put chocolate coated cereal in the bag with powdered sugar. Zip tightly and shake to coat.
  4. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 345Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 124mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 2gSugar: 42gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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bowl of dark chocolate peppermint coated cereal dusted in powdered sugar

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Friday 28th of December 2018

I haven't made puppy chow in years, and I have to say that I love the idea of adding dark chocolate to the mix! You always know how to tempt my sweet tooth! Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

Miz Helen

Saturday 22nd of December 2018

Hi Carlee, I love the combination of flavor for this great holiday snack! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipes with us at Full Plate Thursday! Miz Helen

Carlee

Monday 24th of December 2018

It's a fun one, isn't it? Merry Christmas!

Frugal Hausfrau

Friday 21st of December 2018

You are so creative wiht the puppy chow! I love how you have changed it up so it was great of you to include the different varieties!. Love the original, too!

Carlee

Monday 24th of December 2018

Thank you! I still need to make hubby a batch of the original!

Carlee

Monday 24th of December 2018

Thank you! I still need to make my husband a batch of the original. Maybe today!

Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

Wednesday 19th of December 2018

Hello, new favorite Christmas snack! This sounds amazing, Carlee! You just can't go wrong with chocolate and mint.

Carlee

Monday 24th of December 2018

I agree!

Andrea Nine

Wednesday 19th of December 2018

I love a new puppy chow recipe and this is perfect for the Holiday, Love that you used dark Chocolate! Have a wonderful, festive day!

Carlee

Monday 24th of December 2018

It was so good with the sweet peppermint candy canes. Thank you!