This recipe for Reindeer Food is meant for, you got it, Santa’s Reindeer. Sprinkle it in the yard, on the driveway, or the patio to give  the reindeer a snack to enjoy while Santa delivers presents. Traditional recipes call for glitter, but unless you purchase the pricey edible glitter from specialty shops, it won’t be safe for birds, squirrels, other animals and outdoor pets. Substituting colored sugar will still give a sparkly appearance, without being harmful to the actual animals who will end up eating it.

You can fill a plastic baggie with the contents and sprinkle it outside on Christmas Eve:

  • 1/4 cup dry oatmeal
  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons colored sugar

Layer half of the oatmeal, followed by half of the colored sugar, the white granulated sugar, the rest of the colored sugar, and topped with the reast of the oatmeal. Alternatively, combine ingredients in a mixing bowl and scoop into zippered plastic bags.

For the kids to munch on, here’s a recipe for Reindeer Food that is sweet and crunchy. You can get the children involved in preparing this snack too, since it’s crazy easy to make. It goes very quickly once they get over the appearance – it looks rather like dry pet food!

Reindeer Food for Kids

  • 12 cups Crispix cereal
  • 1 bag (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate or butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

In a very large pot over low heat, melt peanut butter and chocolate chips, stirring frequently.

Remove from heat and add cereal, stirring gently to coat well. Add the powdered sugar, a bit at a time, and continue stirring until mixture is completely combined.

Spread pieces on a cookie sheet or other clean, flat surface, separating them so they don’t stick together. Allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Makes about 12 1-cup servings.

Enjoy time with your kids this Christmas Season and have  fun making these two reindeer treats!