Cooking with Kids: Homemade Reindeer Food

reidneer food recipe

I love making Christmas memories in the kitchen with my boys!  We recently created this simple homemade reindeer food recipe from Betty . Hello peppermint chocolate crunch! It’s no bake, only calls for 3 ingredients and it’s a gluten-free too!

smashing candy canescooking with kids at christmas

The boys love helping me in the kitchen.  Especially since they were able to take turns crushing the candy canes with the meat tenderizer.

Homemade Reindeer Food Ingredients:

  • 6 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 bag (12 oz) white vanilla baking chips
  • 1/3 cup coarsely crushed peppermint candy canes (14 miniature)

homemade reindeer food



  • Crush candy canes in a large ziplock.
  • Melt white chocolate in the microwave.  (I added a 1/2 t of oil to help the chocolate melt consistently.)
  • Stir in Chex cereal and crushed candy canes into melted chocolate.
  • Feed to your little “elves” and save some for the reindeer!



melted white chocolate peppermint

It also makes a great last minute gift for teachers, neighbors, or friends!

reindeer food homemade gift

What’s your favorite homemade gift to make?


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You might recall that I had the privilege of visiting the kitchens of Betty Crocker in the fall.  We’ve continued to keep in touch, and they provided me with this idea and ingredients to share with you all!

5 thoughts on "Cooking with Kids: Homemade Reindeer Food"

  1. korigammon says:

    I can’t believe I’m the first comment! I have been making a crocheted name for each of my siblings and their families of their last name. It takes about 6 weeks for the crochet and then I frame it for their home.

  2. Susan Hevey says:

    I plan on using this recipe as a gift for my neighbors. Thank you.

  3. Shannon says:

    Ok how is easy that? Thank you!

  4. Oh! I have all that. Oh! I must make that!

  5. punkinmama says:

    Hey, that’s something I can TOTALLY do! And it sounds delicious! Wow, I can’t thank you enough!

    Wish I had seen this yesterday so I could’ve made some last night! Would’ve been a perfect teacher gift! Maybe next year!

    But for now, I shall totally make this for myself, I mean, my Punkin and the reindeer! 😉

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