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Tuesday, 28 November 2006

Two recipes for Reindeer Food for a kid's Christmas party! One for them, and one for Santa's helpers.

lighted reindeer - Photo Credit: morguefile

If you're throwing a children's Christmas party or holding one at their school, Reindeer Food is guaranteed to be a big hit with the little ones.

Reindeer Food is something for the young at heart who love the magical Christmas season - especially those who still somehow - just a little bit - believe in Santa and his reindeer. Holiday parties for kids are so much fun, whether you have one at home or just send in treats for a school party. Get the kids involved with both of these recipes and start a new holiday tradition!

The first recipe for Reindeer Food is meant for Santa's furry friends. Sprinkle it on the lawn, driveway, or apartment patio to entice the reindeer and give them something to munch on while Santa delivers his goodies. Traditional recipes call for glitter, but unless you purchase the pricey edible glitter from specialty shops, it won't be safe for birds and squirrels. Substituting colored sugar will still give a sparkly appearanc, without being harmful to the actual animals who will end up eating it.

Layer your Reindeer food in small glass jars such as baby food jars for a pretty appearance, or mix it all up together and scoop it into zippered plastic bags. Tie it up with pretty ribbon and add a gift tag with instructions for scattering it outside on Christmas Eve. I haven't yet tried this with my own kids, but the idea was sparked by a reply in the Holiday Food discussions thread. We're looking forward to making up enough jars for the kids to take to school and hand out to their classmates this year!

Reindeer Food

For each small baby food jar, you'll need:

  • 1/4 cup dry oatmeal
  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons colored sugar

Layer half of the oatmeal, followed by half of the colored sugar, the white granulated sugar, the rest of the colored sugar, and topped with the reast of the oatmeal. Alternatively, combine ingredients in a mixing bowl and scoop into zippered plastic bags.

For the kids to munch on, here's a recipe for Reindeer Food that is sweet and crunchy. You can get the children involved in preparing this snack too, since it's ridiculously easy to make. It goes very quickly once they get over the appearance - it looks rather like dry pet food!

Reindeer Food for Kids

  • 12 cups Crispix cereal
  • 1 bag (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate or butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

In a very large pot over low heat, melt peanut butter and chocolate chips, stirring frequently.

Remove from heat and add cereal, stirring gently to coat well. Add the powdered sugar, a bit at a time, and continue stirring until mixture is completely combined.

Spread pieces on a cookie sheet or other clean, flat surface, separating them so they don't stick together. Allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Makes about 12 1-cup servings.

© Carrie Grosvenor

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