Reindeer Food


This easy "reindeer food" snack mix recipe is fun to make. You can choose a holiday mix of M&M's to make it extra festive!

a close up, low angle view of a bowl full of reindeer food
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins

This "reindeer food" recipe is sweet, salty, and impossible to resist. You'll make batch after batch throughout the Christmas season!

Reindeer Food Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to make this crowd-pleasing reindeer food recipe:

· Pretzels: This reindeer food recipe starts with a 20-ounce package of mini pretzels.
· Cereal: You'll need a box of crispy corn cereal squares, such as Corn Chex.
· Peanuts: The recipe calls for a jar of salted dry-roasted peanuts, but you can leave them out to make this an allergy-friendly treat.
· M&M's: Candy-coated chocolate pieces add sweet flavor and fun color. For a super festive feel, use only the red and green M&M's.
· White chocolate: All the ingredients are coated in a thin layer of melted white chocolate.

How to Make Reindeer Food

It truly couldn't be simpler to make this reindeer food: Just pour melted white chocolate over the other ingredients and toss to coat! Find the full, step-by-step recipe below for more detailed instructions.

How to Store Reindeer Food

Store the reindeer food in an airtight container at room temperature for up to four days or in the fridge for up to one week.

close up view of Reindeer Food, which is made out of pretzels, corn cereal, nuts, and white chocolate
Ryan Macdonald

How to Gift Reindeer Food

This reindeer food recipe makes an excellent edible gift! For a simple and festive presentation, throw it into mason jars and decorate with patterned fabric and a festive ribbon. You can also use cookie tins, gift bags, or basic storage containers.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This is my favorite for the Christmas season," says Lisa Mort. "All the girls at work ask for it. I add cheerios and holiday sprinkles as well. Also add multiple kinds of M&M's."

"Sweet, salty, crunchy, clusters of addictive goodness," raves drashedi. "Yes the recipe makes a lot, but it'll go fast!"

"Yummy," says Alyssa Johnston. "I think I will be putting this in jars as gifts! I used gluten-free pretzels and voila! We have a gluten free recipe. I also used rice and corn Chex."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 (20 ounce) package miniature pretzels

  • 1 (17.5 ounce) package crispy corn cereal squares (such as Corn Chex®)

  • 1 (16 ounce) jar salted dry-roasted peanuts

  • 1 (14 ounce) package candy-coated milk chocolate pieces (such as M&M's®)

  • 24 ounces white chocolate, chopped


  1. Cover a large area of counter space with waxed paper and tape it down.

    wax paper on countertop

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  2. Mix pretzels, corn cereal, peanuts, and candy-coated milk chocolate pieces together in a large bowl.

    overhead shot of undressed reindeer food in bowl with spoon

    Allrecipes/Madhumita Sathishkumar

  3. Melt white chocolate in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching.

    overhead of melted white chocolate in bowl

    Allrecipes/Madhumita Sathishkumar

  4. Pour melted white chocolate over pretzel mixture; stir to evenly coat.

    overhead of white chocolate being mixed into reindeer food

    Allrecipes/Madhumita Sathishkumar

  5. Quickly transfer mixture to the prepared waxed paper and spread in a thin layer; let cool completely, at least 30 minutes.

    overhead of spreading reindeer food out over wax paper

    Allrecipes/Madhumita Sathishkumar

  6. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container.

    overhead shot of hands breaking apart reindeer food

    Allrecipes/Madhumita Sathishkumar

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

435 Calories
23g Fat
52g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 435
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 598mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 96mg 7%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 283mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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