Reindeer Chow

I was trying to rein myself in as far as Christmas recipe posts because I have so many recipes that I want to share I could post 2 or 3 a day and still not be caught up.  Then…I saw this recipe for reindeer chow one morning this week and made it that same night.  How can I not share it?

I decided reindeer chow was just the right treat to make for my terrific work colleagues.  Their expertise is in R&D for snack seasonings—how perfect is that?  So, I made a big bowl of this sweet and salty reindeer chow to bring in to work.  It’s a version of puppy chow with all its familiar ingredients with the coup de grâce being melted white chocolate poured over the bowl and stirred until everything is coated in white chocolate perfection.

The group of food scientists I support is constantly brainstorming to meet the demand for new flavors and coming up with new seasoning combos to try.  So, if you happen to see puppy-chow-flavored potato chips on the supermarket shelves sometime in the near future, it may all have started here!

One year ago:  Perfectly Peppermint Brownies

Reindeer Chow

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 3 cups Cheerios cereal
  • 3 cups cocktail peanuts
  • 3 cups pretzel pieces
  • 3 cups red & green M&Ms
  • 20 ounces white chocolate (I prefer Ghirardelli)
  • 3 1/2 tbl. solid vegetable shortening (Crisco)

Directions

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper; set aside.

In a very large bowl, mix together the Rice Chex, Cheerios, peanuts, pretzels and M&Ms.

In a medium bowl, melt the white chocolate and shortening in the microwave on 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds, until completely melted.

Pour the melted chocolate over the dry ingredients and quickly toss together until everything is pretty evenly coated in the white chocolate.  Spread the mixture out on the prepared pan and refrigerate until it’s set, about 20 minutes.  Break up any chunks and store in tins or airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

Source:  A recipe from Brown Eyed Baker

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