Peppermint Hot Chocolate Chex Mix AKA Reindeer Feed is a delicious winter snack mix. Pepperminty, chocolately, with a great crunch and sweet mini marshmallows, this is a perfect make and take, or keep at home snack! This post contains affiliate links.
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On to the recipe! I first starting making this recipe a few years ago from Butter with a Side of Bread’s Reindeer Food recipe. It was totally my jam: crazy simple and delicious. I’ve trotted this mix around the holiday make and take circuit, and I’ve kept it around the house as a delicious dessert mix. I decided to ramp it up from the original version and make into a Peppermint Hot Chocolate Chex Mix by adding in some mini chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. Hey, if you’re coating cereal in pretty much pure sugar, what’s a little extra sugar at that point? In for a penny, in for a pound :). Perfect for Christmas, or for all winter long — if it turns out to be a favorite, this makes a great Valentine’s Day treat too.
Now I am a peppermint lover, but I’ve heard from the non-peppermint lovers that they still loved this one. The mint flavor is light and cool and it pairs perfectly with the mini chocolate chips and mini marshmallows and becomes a real taste sensation.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Chex Mix Ingredients
Very simple ingredients list here. Grab your Chex cereal — I’ve done it with different plain varieties, but I do think that the rice variety is the best for some reason for this mix. Like maybe a little extra crunchy? Also grab some mini chocolate chips, almond bark and marshmallow bits (I’ve only found these for sale at Target, but they’re usually in store and you can find them online.) And then crushed peppermints round out the ingredient list. They do sell bags of crushed peppermints around the holidays, and that’s the usual route I go, but I shot these pictures before the crushed peppermint bags came out and so I had to go with the old-fashioned method I’m sure our pioneer ancestors used: crushing the mints up in a Ziploc bag with a hammer. Now at first I was zero enthused to have an extra step, but it turned out to be quite the stress reliever. Like an adult whack-a-mole. My husband came in and said, “Umm, are you okay?!?” Yep! Just baking! <<Pound pound pound!>> Hehe.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Chex Mix How-to
Melt your almond bark in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl — mine took about two minutes. Then pop the remaining ingredients in a big bowl and coat them with the almond bark. Just stir it around until everything is all coated. I do like to use like a seriously big bowl here — this Thatsa bowl is crazytown large and in charge. But when you need a really big bowl, nothing but a really big bowl will do, ya know? (Something I’ve found out the hard way :))
Spread the mix out on wax paper to cool. Right when I spread it out, I like to add a little extra chocolate chips, peppermint chips and marshmallows for flair. Because what’s a great snack mix if it has no flair? 🙂
Bag this mix up with a ribbon for small gifts, serve it a party or just snack away! Looking for some more holiday treats? Check out Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal Cracker Mix or Hot Chocolate Cookies (a great way to use up some more of your mini marshmallows). Happy snacking!
- 1 lb. almond bark
- 10 c. Chex (rice is best)
- 1 c. crushed peppermints (plus extra for sprinkling)
- 1 c. mini chocolate chips (plus extra for sprinkling)
- 1 c. mini marshmallows (plus, you guessed it, extra for sprinkling)
- Melt your almond bark in the microwave until smooth, about two minutes
- Put the rest of the ingredients into a big bowl
- Pour the almond bark over the ingredients and stir until coated
- Spread the mix over wax paper, sprinkling with extra chocolate chips, mini marshmallows and peppermints for flair right away
- Let it cool, break it into chunks
- Store in an airtight container
Tools I Used to Make Peppermint Hot Chocolate Chex Mix:
I love that this is a little different than some of the other Christmas snacks and desserts!!! Yum!