Reindeer Recipes for Nannies and Au Pairs to Use with Kids

Magic Reindeer Food

Many families leave cookies and milk for Santa, but what about his reindeer? Sprinkled on the lawn on Christmas Eve, Magic Reindeer Food leaves a glittering path–and a sweet snack–for Rudolph and friends. Package Magic Reindeer Food recipe in zipper food storage bags. In a small zipper food storage bag or empty shaker container, mix:

1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup red
or green sugar crystals (as used for cake decorating)

Add this poem to copies of the Magic Reindeer Food gift tag:

Be sure to take this magic food and sprinkle on the lawn, On Christmas, Santa’s reindeer travel miles before the dawn. The smell of oats and glitter path will guide them on their way. And you’ll wake up to Santa’s gifts next morn on Christmas Day!

Note: many recipes for Magic Reindeer Food call for craft glitter, which can harm birds or wildlife if ingested. For safety, substitute colored sugar crystals and be kind to animals!

Reindeer Mix Recipe for Kids to Eat:

Reindeer Mix for Kids:

3 cups of Rice Chex
3 cups of Corn Chex
3 cups of Cheerios
3 cups of stick pretzels
2 cups of dry roasted peanuts
16 oz bag of M & M’s
(3) 12oz packages of white chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients, except for the white chocolate chips. Melt those in the microwave, one bag at a time, until soft. Be careful not to over do it, they burn easily. Pour melted chocolate over the mixture and work together. Lay snack mix out on a wax paper to set. Once it’s hard, break up into chunks.


  1. Great Ideas!I love how you always have new and creative ideas for all of us nannies to try!Thanks so much for all you've done this past year to help make me "The Best Nanny"!~Andrea, Nanny in Northern, NJ

  2. YUM I am working for the family's Christmas Eve party tonight and will make this for the kids! I just asked the kids and we are going to give reindeer food to all the children that are coming too. All the children are coming to the party in their jammies and will go home with reindeer food. Thanks for all the good ideas.Lisha from Hawaii

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