Magic Reindeer Food

Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Buffy Hargett

Sprinkle some of this nutty cereal-candy snack mix outside on Christmas Eve and watch your children's faces when they see just crumbs left in the morning.

Yield: 25 cups
Recipe from Southern Living

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  • 2 (24-ounce) packages vanilla candy coating
  • 3 cups mini pretzels
  • 1 (12-ounce) can cocktail peanuts
  • 1 (14.25-ounce) package frosted toasted oat O-shaped cereal
  • 1 (12-ounce) package crisp rice cereal squares
  • 1 (16-ounce) package holiday candy-coated chocolate pieces
  • Red and green sugars


  1. Place candy coating in a glass container; microwave at HIGH 2 1/2 minutes or until melted, stirring once.
  2. Combine pretzels and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl; add melted candy coating, tossing to coat. Stir in chocolate pieces.
  3. Spread mixture onto wax paper; sprinkle with sugars. Let stand 30 minutes. Break into pieces.
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