Almond and chocolate reindeer chow [Recipe]


Something Swanky Reindeer Chow

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I'm all about quick and easy when it comes to the holidays. Don't panic this season when you need a last minute treat! Try this reindeer chow for a fast, impressively festive and delish snack mix that can be packaged for gifting or set out in a bowl for entertaining.



  • 4 cups kettle corn (store-bought or homemade)
  • 5 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 12 ounces melting chocolate
  • 1 cup whole roasted almonds
  • Optional toppings: M&M’s, white melting chocolate for drizzling and festive sprinkles for decoration



  1. Pour the kettle corn and cereal into a large bowl.
  2. Melt the chocolate according to the directions on the package. Once melted and smooth, pour over the cereal and kettle corn. Use a large rubber spatula to gently stir and coat everything well.
  3. Add the almonds to the bowl and gently stir to coat.
  4. Spread mixture on a large nonstick surface (like silicone baking mat or parchment paper) to cool and harden (approximately 10–20 minutes).
  5. If desired, drizzle with melted white chocolate and top with M&M’s and sprinkles.
  6. Break into pieces for serving or packaging into gifts.


Yields 9 servings

Ashton Swanky launched her blog Something Swanky in 2010 as a way to work from home after her first child was born. She taught herself food styling, photography and recipe development and by 2014, she published her first book, Party Popcorn. Ashton publishes two — three unique dessert recipes each week, ranging from fanciful and creative to comfort food classics.