No holiday party is complete without a big bowl of reindeer chow! This Christmas chex mix is loaded with chocolate flavor and is perfect for feeding a crowd.

Chocolate muddy buddies, holiday M&M’s, peanut butter cups and pretzels all come together for a festive snack mix that’s easy to make and fun to eat!

Reindeer Chow | Christmas Chex Mix | Christmas Muddy Buddies | Holiday Chex Mix

A tin of reindeer chow with chocolate coated chex, M&M's and pretzels.

You have been warned: this reindeer chow is addicting! I may or may not have grabbed a handful every time I walked by on the day I made this awesome chex mix. It’s the ultimate Christmas snack with the perfect blend of sweet and savory and it features the classic flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter.

A sheet pan of Christmas muddy buddies mixed with candy and peanut butter cups.

How to make reindeer chow

To make the muddy buddies in this reindeer chow, you’ll need Rice Chex, chocolate chips, peanut butter and dry brownie mix. That’s it! The cereal is coated in melted chocolate and peanut butter, then covered in the brownie mix. If you don’t want to use brownie mix, you can use powdered sugar with some cocoa powder mixed into it. After the muddy buddies are dry, they get mixed together with Christmas M&M’s, miniature peanut butter cups and pretzels.

The end result is an amazing combination of flavors and textures. This Christmas chex mix makes a large batch, so it’s perfect for a holiday party or to package up in tins or cellphone bags for gift giving.

A tin filled with reindeer chow snack mix.

I know there are a lot of peanut allergies out there, and it is possible to make this reindeer chow peanut free! Simply use white candy melts instead of the peanut butter for the muddy buddies, and instead of miniature peanut butter cups, you can use mini marshmallows.

To me, it’s not the holidays without reindeer chow. It’s incredibly delicious and couldn’t be any easier to make. In about 20 minutes you can have a fun and festive treat that’s sure to be enjoyed by all!

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AuthorSara Welch
Christmas Chex Mix
No holiday party is complete without a big bowl of reindeer chow! This Christmas chex mix is loaded with chocolate flavor and is perfect for feeding a crowd.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time11 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Serves 20


  • 6 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup dry brownie mix or 1 cup powdered sugar mixed with 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 bag Christmas M&M's 12 ounce bag
  • 2 cups mini peanut butter cups
  • 2 cups pretzel twists


  • Place the cereal in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine the chocolate chips and peanut butter. Microwave the chocolate mixture for 30 second intervals until melted; stir until smooth.
  • Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal and use a spatula to gently toss the cereal in the chocolate until completely coated.
  • Place the brownie mix inside a resealable gallon sized plastic bag. Add the chocolate coated cereal. Seal, then shake until cereal is coated in the brownie mix.
  • Spread the cereal out in a single layer on a sheet of parchment paper; cool completely until dry.
  • Combine the cereal, M&M's, peanut butter cups and pretzel twists, then serve.


1. Adapted from Your Cup of Cake
2. To make this reindeer chow peanut free, use white candy melts instead of peanut butter in the chex and swap out the peanut butter cups for mini marshmallows.


Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 686mg | Potassium: 306mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 220IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 8.6mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this as Christmas gifts for friends and co-workers. I had enough to give out about 75 or more gift size bags. Everyone loved them and some close friends demanded Tupperware bowlfuls not the fight size bags.. It’s easy to make, adaptable to changing ingredients and a lo cost recipe. Also great for parties or movie night.

    1. It makes about 12 cups of snack mix, so the number of bags depends on the size of your bags and how much you add to each bag!

  2. 5 stars
    So good! Had to sift some extra powdered sugar afterwards cause it wasn’t getting all the nooks n’ crannies in the ziplock bag. Otherwise DELISH! Going to put small portions in cupcake liners for COVID friendly serving.

  3. 5 stars
    I make this every year now for holiday gifts as everyone loves it! I get cute tins at the dollar store and an amazing gift is done! Love your recipes!

    1. I’m not sure how well this would hold up to the freezer, the powdered sugar would probably melt as would the M&M’s from the condensation when thawing. But it will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for a while!

  4. I want to make this in my classroom but we won’t have heat! Do you think I could use chocolate syrup instead of melting chocolate?

    1. Wilton sells a candy melter…looks like a little melting pot type thing. Just plug it in and put the candy in there.

  5. At Christmas time, Hershey’s sells a candy that looks like M&Ms but is safe for people with peanut/treenut allergies. (M&Ms aren’t safe.). Rolos are a nice suggestion. If you still want a safe peanut flavor, Sunbutter is an option for replacing peanut butter.

  6. If put in an airtight container does this chow stay fresh? How long can it be stored that way?
    Looks wonderful and sounds delish.Thank you.

  7. 5 stars
    This a wonderful holiday treat. To make it even more special, take scoops of the chow and put it in holiday themed , foil cupcake holders and bring them to a holiday party. They will disappear quickly!