Happy Friday to you! Do you have any fun plans this weekend? If you are going to the grocery store, you may need to add a few items to the shopping list … I’m sure you will want to make some silly reindeer! Do you have Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Little Debbie Swiss Rolls, candy canes, Sixlets, candy eyeballs and pretzel sticks in your pantry? I’m kind of embarrassed to admit, but really happy that I actually had all of those items in my kitchen! I couldn’t resist temptation … ignored my “to do” list and made Peanut Butter Cup and Swiss Roll Reindeer for you …
You know that saying … it takes a village to raise a child … believe me when I say, it took a village to create these reindeer! Here’s the story … I was browsing Pinterest and saw these cute chenille stem reindeer and thought that someday I should make something similar, using some sort of candy. Then Trish over at Sweetology 101 made these HoHo Reindeer and a light bulb went off in my head! I found four Swiss Rolls in my freezer … shocked that someone else didn’t eat them … went to work. I finished, but wasn’t totally happy with the reindeer … sent photos to friends and asked “Dorky or not?” … friends were kind and said “cute” … I wanted to believe them. Photos were taken and edited … went to bed … woke up at 5am and knew what was wrong … the peanut butter cups were backwards!!! I made new reindeer … took new photos and laughed at myself … laughed at the reindeer too!
The hubby and Son#3 were enlisted to help me come up with the title/name of these silly reindeer. The two of them really got into it … were full of suggestions … Santa’s Second String Reindeer (always thinking in football terminology) … Santa’s Back-Up Reindeer, but Son#3 really wanted to name them. So, I would like to introduce you to …
George and Ralph are living happily on my kitchen counter. I couldn’t ask for better pets! Santa may have eight tiny reindeer … we just have two, the back-up reindeer … George and Ralph … until somebody eats them!
This is how you can make your own back-up reindeer. You will need …
- Little Debbie Swiss Rolls
- Reese’s Miniature Peanut Butter Cups (unwrapped)
- Mini Candy Canes
- Red Sixlets
- Candy Eyeballs
- Pretzel Sticks
- Mallow Bits
- Chocolate Candy Coating/Candy Melts (melted)
- Work on a tray lined with wax paper or parchment. Give the reindeer four legs – turn a Swiss Roll bottom side up, dip the end of pretzel sticks in melted candy and insert into Swiss roll about 1/2″ to 3/4″ Make sure that all four pretzels are equal in length after they are inserted in the Swiss Rolls to ensure that the reindeer will stand up.
- Dip the end (about 1/2″) of two mini candy canes in melted candy – lay the canes together (touching) on prepared tray to form antlers – immediately place a peanut butter cup (bottom side up) on the melted candy. Use melted candy to attach candy eyeballs and nose.
- Use melted candy to attach the head (hold until set) and tail.
What adorable little reindeer!
Thank you so much Lisa 😉
George and Ralph are cool additions to Santa’s team!
This time of year, Santa needs all the help that he can get 😉
Very cute! Great project for kids.
Thank you! Kiddos would have a great time 🙂
Super cute! Love that Cindy’s Chenille Reindeer gave some inspiration! Pinned!
Thank you Claire 🙂 You just never know where inspiration comes from … thank you to Cindy!
I love these little guys! Very cute and tasty! I think I would add a Walter and Harry to the group.
Thank you Sandy 🙂 If Walter and Harry joined the group, they could play in all the reindeer games!
tell George and Ralph i need them in my kitchen but i can’t promise they’ll be around too long cuz they look tasty or if they’re busy you can send the backward ones LOL! 🙂
Hi Lisa, George and Ralph have a very busy schedule … looking cute on my counter! They will fly right over when they have a free moment 😉
These are so adorable and absolutely love the names!
Thank you so much Cindy! You are the one that sparked my imagination with your Candy Cane Chenille Reindeer 😉
They are so adorable! This would be a fun project to do with kids too!
Thank you Alyssa 🙂 I’m sure that kids would have a great time … like art and craft time!
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Hi there! I LOVE your cute reindeer and I’d like to do it for my 4th grader’s class party – but we aren’t allowed to have peanut butter in the classroom – is there a substitute that you think would work?
I would look for any chocolate candy about the same size, maybe even a mini muffin size brownie.
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