|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 9 servings|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 1g||2%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrate 20g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||7%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Everyone knows about Santa's cookies. But what about treats for the ones who are pulling the sleigh?
Reindeer food (also sometimes called magic reindeer food or magic reindeer dust) is for Santa's reindeer. After all, they get hungry on Christmas Eve, too. The theory behind the magic dust is that if it's sprinkled outside your house, the starlight shining on the sugar will guide the reindeer to you for their present drop and give them a munch of oats to keep up their stamina for the next stop on their journey.
This easy-to-make project is going to be a fun tradition for your kids who will act like reindeer to sneak a taste. After the kids sprinkle it on the lawn, it will eventually "vanish" because the ingredients are eco-friendly and biodegradable.
Don't wait until Christmas to try this, it's a cool idea to use year-round. Just vary the color of the sugar based on the holiday and turn these into Cupid treats for Valentine's Day, rabbit treats for Easter, and so on. Just change the poem to match the holiday.
- 1 cup rolled oats (uncooked)
- 2 to 6 tablespoons red-colored sugar
- 2 to 6 tablespoons green-colored sugar
Gather the ingredients.
In a medium bowl, mix together the rolled oats, red-colored sugar, and green-colored sugar until well incorporated.
Transfer sugared oats to zip-topped plastic bags, adding more colored sugar for a festive effect.
Tie with a ribbon and attach the following poem:
Sprinkle this reindeer food outside tonight.
The moonlight will make it sparkle bright.
As the reindeer fly and roam
This will guide them to your home.
On Christmas Eve, hand each child a package of reindeer dust and let them untie the ribbon and sprinkle it on the lawn while reciting the poem. Then, all they have to do is wait!
The day before Christmas Eve, read this legend to the kids to get them really amped up for feeding the reindeer.
The Legend of Magical Reindeer Dust
It has once been said, that right before you go to bed,
You should sprinkle magic reindeer food,
To quickly bring Santa and his brood,
For many years the legend has been told,
To boys and girls, both young and old,
Sprinkle the food throughout your yard,
Then finding your house won't be so hard!
The reindeer can smell the food for 100 miles,
Just do not leave it in big piles!
After you do this you must go to sleep very fast,
So Santa and his reindeer will not pass!
But, by all means, don't forget Santa on Christmas Eve. Make him a batch of tasty Christmas cookies, too, but don't sprinkle them on the lawn. Save them for a plate with a glass of milk on a table near the Christmas tree.