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Reindeer Food Recipe – People Love It Too!

This Reindeer Food recipe will fill Rudolf with enough energy to fly all night! Just a few nibbles of this Reindeer Food Snack will keep you on the nice list all year. People love it too!

Top down view of chocolate covered Reindeer Food pretzel bites garnished with pearl sugar sitting on a white plate over a red napkin net to Christmas bulbs. A second plate sits in the background.

Reindeer Food recipe is a chocolate-covered Reindeer Chow that will have reindeer all over the world looking for your house.

Nothing will go to waste with this edible reindeer food recipe. It’s people-friendly too!

The hard part will be to keep Santa from nibbling on this delicious Reindeer Food Snack too.

Let the kiddos help! They can sprinkle on the pearl sugar.

When they put out cookies for Santa, they can set out the Reindeer Food with a decorated note on how they made it special just for the reindeer.

Top down view of chocolate covered Reindeer Food Recipe using pretzel bites garnished with pearl sugar sitting on a white plate over a red napkin net to Christmas bulbs. A second plate sits in the background.

What we love about this Reindeer Food Recipe

  • This recipe doesn’t need to be measured! Make as much as you want.
    • Just melt your chocolate and keep dipping the peanut butter pretzels until you run out of chocolate!
  • It’s a great recipe to use when you have leftover melted chocolate from another recipe.
  • It will not go stale as cookies can.
  • It’s a great filler for cookie platters and makes a great holiday gift.
  • It can be frozen!

What are the Reindeer Food Ingredients and variations?

  • Chocolate Chips – We used semi-sweet. Check out our “Make it Fast” section below!
    • Feel free to use milk chocolate or dark chocolate. You could also use chocolate almond bark, bar chocolate, candy melts, or chocolate wafers.
  • Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Squares
    • You could also use Chex Mix or Crispix cereal.
  • Swedish Pearl Sugar – We love the way this sugar looks like snow but you can use any garnish.

How to make this Reindeer Food Recipe

  1. Melt the chocolate.
  2. Dip the peanut butter stuffed pretzels in the melted chocolate and put them on a wax paper-lined baking sheet.
  3. Sprinkle with Swedish pearl sugar or the garnish of your choice.

Tip: We recommend just dipping 4 or 5 pretzels at a time. You need to sprinkle the chocolate covered pretzels before the chocolate dries or the sugar will not stick.

A chocolate covered pretzel bite cut in half sitting on a white plate over a red napkin.

HOW TO MELT CHOCOLATE FOR DIPPING

You can use a double boiler, a saucepan on the stove, or the microwave for melting chocolate. We prefer to use a double boiler.

Note: Make sure that any equipment that you are using is totally dry. Water will cause chocolate to seize up into a clumpy mess.

To get smooth melted chocolate on the stove, melt slowly over low heat stirring occasionally in a double boiler.

When you use a double boiler, you want to fill the bottom pan with water but make sure the top pan isn’t touching the water. It should hover just above the water.

You can also make your own double boiler by setting a heatproof metal or glass bowl over a saucepan. Make sure you get a good fit so the top doesn’t slide. Sliding can cause an accident or cause burns from hot steam. Again, you want to put water in the bottom pan but don’t allow the top to sit in the water.

If you use your microwave, heat the chocolate at 50% power for 30-second intervals stirring in between.

The reason we prefer a double boiler is that once the chocolate is melted you can put it on a hot pad and it will keep the chocolate warm while you dip them. We are finished before our chocolate cools and becomes too solidified to dip.

Close up sideview of chocolate covered pretzels Reindeer Snack bites topped with Swedish Pearl Sugar sitting on a white plate. A second bowl wits in the background.

How to dip Peanut Butter Stuffed Pretzels

We prefer to put 4 or 5 pretzels right into the chocolate and then lift each one out with a fork. Give it a slight shake to remove the excess chocolate.

Put each pretzel on a wax paper-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar immediately. If the chocolate dries before you sprinkle them the sugar will not stick.

Make It Fast!

When we made our Peanut Butter Ball recipe, we had a little bit of the chocolate left. Not enough to make more peanut butter balls. Just enough for some quick and easy Reindeer Food.

Since the chocolate was already melted, all we had to do was dip, sprinkle and dry!

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This Reindeer Food Snack makes great fillers on your cookie platter or put some in a decorative jar or tin for a great holiday gift.

Top down view of chocolate covered pretzel bites garnished with pearl sugar sitting on a white plate over a red napkin net to Christmas bulbs. A second plate sits in the background.

Pin this yummy Reindeer Chow Recipe!

Two photo collage for Pinterest. The top photo is a top down view of a plate of chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels garnished with pearl sugar. The bottom photo is a chocolate covered peanut butter pretzel cut in half showing the peanut butter filling.
Close up sideview of chocolate covered pretzels bites topped with Swedish Pearl Sugar sitting on a white plate.
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5 from 4 votes

Reindeer Food – Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels

This Reindeer Food recipe will fill Rudolf and his friends with enough energy to fly all night! Just a few nibbles of this Reindeer Food Snack will keep on the nice list all year long, and people love it too!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Servings 60
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Melt the chocolate using a double boiler or in the Microwave at 50% power for 30 second intervals.
  • Dip the peanut butter stuffed pretzels 4 to 5 at a time and using a fork lift them out and place them on a wax paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle with pearl sugar while the chocolate is wet.
  • Allow to dry and store in an airtight container in a cool place. May be frozen.

Notes

This recipe doesn’t need to be measured. You can make as much as you want. 
It’s a great recipe to use when you have leftover chocolate from another recipe too!
Reindeer may be frozen in an airtight container.
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Recipe Rating




MICHAELA KENKEL

Wednesday 9th of December 2020

I made these for my cookie trays this past weekend, and I need to get MORE pretzels and make it AGAIN because my kids ate it all! LOL These are so good! perfectly sweet and salty!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 10th of December 2020

Thank you, Michaela! We really enjoyed them too and have more in the freezer to reload our cookie tray.

Erin

Monday 7th of December 2020

This is SUCH a brilliant idea for Christmastime! We love peanut butter, chocolate and pretzels together, and I cannot wait to make these with my girls! Perhaps we'll have a batch ready for Christmas Eve, too!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 10th of December 2020

Thank you, Erin. The kiddos will have a lot of fun making them. Mine did!

Sandra Shaffer

Monday 7th of December 2020

What a fun and delicious recipe! I love having a couple of no-bake treats on my cookie tray. These are a great easy addition! YUM.

Julie Menghini

Thursday 10th of December 2020

Thank you, Sandra!

Hadia

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

What a great idea, they looks presentable, and such a fun and easy way to make a quick holiday dessert. Sometimes I do have leftover melted chocolate in my fridge, now I know what to do with it. Creative!

Julie Menghini

Friday 4th of December 2020

Thank you, Hadia! They're a lot of fun to make.