Magic Reindeer Food

The kids and I have been making Magic Reindeer Food as part of our Advent calendar for years now.  At first, the food was a mixture of old fashioned oats and glitter.  Then, I learned how dangerous glitter can be for animals or small children when ingested.  From then on, we made our reindeer food with only edible ingredients.  Of course, oats are still part of the mixture but instead of craft glitter, we use edible glitter like red and green cake sprinkles.

This year, we added a few more ingredients to make it more like trail mix.  After all, those reindeer have such a long journey and they’ll need the extra carbs and sugar to that fuel flight.

Emmalynn, Allana and I had fun searching through the pantry for snacks the reindeer might enjoy.  Along with the oats and edible glitter, we added raisins, dried cranberries, Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch, Corn Flakes, peanuts, gum drops, mini marshmallows, Cheerios, pumpkin seeds and wasabi peas.  Wasabi peas might seem like an odd addition, but I thought the reindeer might like a little heat on the way back to the frigid North Pole.

After we combined our ingredients, we poured the mix into Ziploc bags and added the how-to poem.  This printable Magic Reindeer Food poem tag can be found here.

On Christmas Eve just before bed, the kids, Auntie Simone and I will sprinkle the Reindeer Food in the yard.  Of course, we always leave carrots for the reindeer next to Santa’s cookies and milk too.


  1. Stacy Uncorked says:

    I make the reindeer food with red and green sugar cake sprinkles, too – love the idea of making it into a trail mix! 🙂 My nieces out in Seattle love getting Santa letters with reindeer food included. This year I got to get their actual hand printed letters to Santa to help me create the Santa Letters for them – I love that at 10 they still believe! 🙂

    Have a Very Merry Christmas, Denise! 🙂

    Celebrating with Chuck

  2. Lone Home Ranger says:

    I saw your post on WW. Thanks for the great idea! My cousin made us this very addictive corn flakes and malted milk powder Christmas mix, so I’ll be glad to donate some to the needy reindeer. I also saw your Advent calender post, and I am pinning it to Pinterest for next year. Where did you find the cabinet with all the little doors? Fantastic!

    • Run DMT says:

      I bought this box years ago at Bed, Bath and Beyond. It’s so loved that the tiny pins are starting to fall out of the little doors. Target has some nicer styles. Check the clearance aisle after Christmas.

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