Reindeer Food

Today is extra special because I have two little recipes plus some fun free printables so that you can turn them into gifts this holiday season!
This time of year, I always like having sweet treats like this around the house to munch on.  It’s so fun to sit down with Christmas Vacation and have a little Christmas goodie to eat.  I also think recipes like this make the perfect little gift to share with neighbors, co-workers, teachers and friends.  Plus, this is one of those really fun activities to do in the kitchen with young kiddos!  
I asked my friend Lauren (who makes fabulous party printables and such) to make me little tags for this…that way, you can make a big batch, print off the labels and you’re done!  So simple.
My kids helped me make our Reindeer Food (and we just named it that to be festive!)…
…and then when we were done, they asked if we could make some Reindeer Food for actual reindeer on Christmas night…so, we whipped something up really fast.  That kind of reindeer food would be cute packaged as a gift too!  I know my friends’ kids would like to receive a bag of food to leave out for the reindeer on Christmas Eve night.  You can use the same tags for both!

Aren’t these tags so cute?!?!  All you need to do is right click on this image, save as on your computer and then print off on normal paper (or you could replace it with heavy card stock paper).  After it prints, just cut out the tags and go!  Thank you Lauren!!
No matter which batch of Reindeer Food you make (or maybe you make both???), tied up in a bag with a pretty ribbon and a cute little tag and you have some really fun little gifts!
Here we go, first up, the edible Reindeer Food recipe…


Shopping List
1 bag of popped popcorn (about 4 cups total)
4 cups Rice Chex cereal
8 oz white candy coating or almond bark
1 (9 oz) bag Peppermint M&Ms
1 (9 oz) bag milk chocolate red and green M&Ms
2 cups Peppermint Crunch
Red sprinkles

Lay wax paper down over your kitchen counters to pour your Reindeer Food on.

In a large mixing bowl, combine your popcorn and Chex mix together.

In a microwavable bowl, melt your candy coating, stirring every 45 seconds.  Once it’s melted, quickly pour it over your popcorn mixture and toss.  Working quickly, add in your M&Ms, Peppermint Crunch and sprinkles and then pour the mixture down over the wax paper to dry (about 10 minutes).  Once it’s dried, store in an airtight container.

And of course, you could mix and match this a million ways by adding in your favorite Christmas candy!


After we made this edible Reindeer Food, my kids wanted to make some for the actual reindeer, so we went through the pantry, grabbed what we thought a reindeer would like and then added red glitter to the finished product.  So simple and fun!  They can’t wait to leave it out on Christmas Eve night!

We combined uncooked oatmeal, coconut, walnuts, Peppermint Crunch and red glitter in a bowl.  So quick and easy and perfect to sprinkle in the front yard on Christmas Eve night.  My kids were thrilled with this little mixture!

Enjoy your Reindeer Food!

Happy (Christmas) Friday!

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  • Narci December 12, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I mean! This is the cutest recipe ever!! We are going to make some tonight! So fun!

  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} December 12, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I love a little salty and a little sweet together! Yum!

  • Anonymous December 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    This looks fun to make. What is peppermint crunch?
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Haley Southey December 12, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I don't think I could keep this in the house…I would eat ALL of the reindeer food. SO yummy!!

  • Sarah December 12, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Can you share more info about Peppermint Crunch? Where to buy? Brand? The printables are fabulous! Thank you!

  • Mix and Match Mama December 12, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Andes makes Peppermint Crunch and it's sold next to the chocolate chips during the holidays. If you can't find it, you can sub crushed up candy canes instead. Look for Peppermint Crunch on holiday displays in grocery stores too.

  • Sarah December 12, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you so much for the cute printables! I am going to make this for my daughter's daycare class as a fun christmas treat!

  • Meagan Ruse December 12, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    This is on my "to do" list for next week! The kids are going to love making this!

  • ColoBoxer Lover December 12, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Shay – How do you stay so thin with such yummy food? I would eat everything!!

  • Paula December 12, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Yummy! Making this for sure!

  • Melissa Gibbs December 12, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Love this idea and thanks for the printables! I am going to make this for my co-workers and put it in a festive container. Thanks!!

  • Elizabeth Townley December 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Looks delicious and I can't wait to make it! About how long does a batch stay good? Does it dry out at all?

  • Tanya December 15, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Just made this…so easy and delicious! I love how you could "mix and match" different treats in the reindeer food.

  • Mix and Match Mama December 15, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Because this is coated in chocolate, it will stay fresh in an airtight container or bag for up to a week. Enjoy!

  • Kara L. December 16, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Maybe this was mentioned already but do you use buttered popcorn or just plain popcorn? Just wanted to check before I headed to the store πŸ™‚

  • Sarita December 17, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    How much does this make? I'm trying to make about 15 goodie bags of this. Should I double the recipe?

  • Mix and Match Mama December 18, 2014 at 12:53 am

    It will make about 8 to 10 cups (depending on how much popcorn you get out of your bag). This is so simple to double, that I probably would just to be safe!

  • Anonymous December 20, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Do you use buttered popcorn or plain popcorn? Do you use the microwave kind of kind already cooked? Thanks!
    Brooke in GA

    • Mix and Match Mama December 20, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      Use whichever you have on hand. I use microwaved lightly buttered but use what you love!

  • Charity CaΓ±as November 9, 2016 at 11:56 am

    SHAY!!! I just wanted to tell you how popular this recipe is. I made it a few times last year and just made my first batch for this year a few days ago. Everyone always comments on how good it is. I personally think it’s because you add popcorn but maybe that’s just me???? Anyways, GO YOU and keep making delicious recipes! Have a fabulous day!!