Reindeer Food

December 20th, 2007

My office Christmas party is tomorrow afternoon and I always like to take in a little something for everyone.  I’ve had several ideas over the past couple of months, but when I tasted this cereal mix recipe at a vendor fair I was in love and knew I had to make some.  I bought a cello bag of the stuff and ate it all in one day.  The cello bag listed the ingredients, but of course not the proportions.  I’m really happy with the way I worked it out.  As I was making it I just kept thinking “reindeer food” so that’s what I am calling it.

My packaging is not anything special.  I could have done something much cuter if I’d worked on it sooner.  I was just glad that I remembered this reindeer stamp from a little TAC set I purchased last year.  Of course the packaging options are endless.  It would be great in cello bags,  jars, frap bottles, tins, you name it.

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Here’s the recipe in case you need some little last minutes gifts or would just like a holiday treat.

For 4 batches you will need to purchase:

Cheerios 1 box (8.9oz)

Rice Chex 1 box (12.8 oz)

Small Twist Pretzels – 1 bag (I bought a large bag 24 oz. but I didn’t use them all)

M&M’s – 1 large bag – 21.3 oz

Peanuts – 1 jar – 1 lb.

White Chocolate Chips – 4 bags – 12 oz each

For each batch you will be making, cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper or wax paper and set aside.  A Tupperware ThatsaBowl is the perfect size for mixing up a batch of this stuff.  In the bowl mix the following:

2 1/4 c. Cheerios

3 1/4 c. Rice Chex

1 1/2 c. pretzels

3/4 c. M&M’s

3/4 c. peanuts

Stir gently with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.

In the microwave melt one bag of white chocolate chips according to package directions.  Let cool slightly and then mix into bowl a couple of spoonfuls at a time.  As soon as everything is well mixed, dump mix onto your cookie sheet and spread out evenly.  Let sit for 30-60 minutes so chocolate can set.  Break up with your hands and fill bags or other containers.

The measurements above are designed to use up all the ingredients (except some left over pretzels) by making 4 batches.  For me 4 batches filled 15 of the coffee bags I have pictured.  It would fill even more cello bags.

One tip on melting the white chocolate chips – don’t do it in those disposable Gladware bowls.  I ruined one whole bag of chips when the plastic bowl melted through the bottom and left black burned plastic in my chocolate chips.  This happened at half power in the microwave for less than a minute.  I was just really thankful that I had purchased extra chips since they were on sale.

I can hardly believe Christmas is only a few days away – so much to do still.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

18 Responses to “Reindeer Food”

  1. Sharon Harnist Says:

    You crack me up, girl . . . I make this stuff every year in my ThatsaBowl and call it Reindeer Mix, LOL!!! I’ve also heard it called White Trash. Yummy, isn’t it? Really cute gifts!

  2. waterpixie Says:

    Dude! These are DARLING, Jami!! I actually really like the “simple” packaging with these! It fits the treat and the window really spices up the bag!

  3. Erin K Says:

    We had a Christmas party last week and someone brought this and called it “White Trash” I rekon it goes by many names.

    I like the sweet/salt combo.

    yum. Your bags are adorable.

  4. Donna Says:

    cute! sounds like a yummy snack!

  5. leslierich Says:

    Oh! There’s more than one great idea here! I’m filing this away for future reference. Sounds yummy! Thanks!

  6. Kim Pebley Says:

    I love the ideas you share with us.. I will be making this for last minute gifts.. I think your packaging is perfect!!
    THANK YOU!

  7. savorthejourney Says:

    Aha!! The recipe is right here for Reindeer Food! Yaaahoooooooooooooo!! Thanks, Jami! I think I know a few Texans who are going to “need” a bit of this yummy stuff! I love your packaging .. although I haven’t seen the coffee bags for sale. Those are ideal for something like this! Love the little reindeer decorating yours!

    Jami .. your new banner is just delicious!

    Merry Christmas!
    ~Tex

  8. Amanda Sewell Says:

    That sounds yummy!!!!

  9. Sherry Says:

    Where did you get these bags..I have been searching high and low on the internet and can’t find them..I love them..

  10. Lexi Says:

    Reindeer Food it looks delisious from the website and i have made reindeerfood with my
    girl scout troop not the kind you eat though you cant eat it sequins, oatmeal, sparkle glitter ,and a little poem and glue it on to a foam sheet

  11. Matt the Chef Says:

    This is SO, SO yummy!!!! :) I make this mix for the office Christmas Party (now called the “Holiday” Party…) every year, and EVERYONE demands the recipe!!!!! I think my homies are disapointid when they see how easy it is!!!!!

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