Chocolate Reindeer

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These chocolate reindeer are a fun decorating idea that's a little different than the traditional sugar cookie party or gingerbread men.

I've noticed a severe lack of mass-produced shaped candies for Christmas.ย Easter's full of chocolate bunnies and marshmallow chicks, Valentine's Day has all sorts of heart confections…but Christmas gets what? Where are the Santa-shaped lollipops or chocolate reindeer? It's high time we make a new Christmas treat tradition beyond cookies shaped like arbitrary men or homes made of gingerbread. It's time for Rudolph to have his day in the kitchen.

chocolate reindeer recipe
Yield: 10 reindeer

Chocolate Reindeer

chocolate reindeer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 package Dove Promises Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate
  • 1 Dove 71% Cacao Dark Chocolate Bar
  • 3/4 cup Holiday M&Mโ€™S
  • 1 bag pretzel sticks, broken into various sized pieces
  • Reynolds Parchment Paper


  1. Unwrap all of the Dove Promises Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate. Set aside ten pieces to serve as faces for the reindeer.
  2. Melt the Dove chocolate bar and remaining Dove Promises Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of boiling water. Stir the mixture as it melts. When mixture is shiny and smooth, turn off the heat. (Alternately, you may melt it in the microwave by cooking on high at 30 second intervals).
  3. Dip the pretzel pieces one at a time and arrange them on the parchment paper into an antler shape with a piece of Dove Promises Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate serving as the reindeer face.
  4. Place the M&M’S on each antler as it is finished. Dip one side of a red M&M in the chocolate and place on the Dove Promises Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate piece to serve as a nose.
  5. Let the chocolate cool completely and harden.
  6. Once firm, remove them from the parchment paper and serve.

How to make Chocolate Reindeer

chocolate pretzel sticks

I find it easiest to break up the pretzel sticks and lay them out in the shape of antlers first. This way, you won't be trying to figure out where to place all of your pretzel sticks when they're already covered in chocolate.

melted chocolate

Melt the chocolate over the stove or in the microwave, stirring frequently.

chocolate dipped pretzel sticks

Dip the pretzel sticks in the chocolate (your fingers will wind up getting very messy for this…break out an apron and give in to the chocolatey mess!).

chocolate reindeer

Lay the pretzel sticks in antler shapes above a piece of dark chocolate.

chocolate holiday reindeer

Add M&M's on top of the pretzel sticks to adorn the antlers.

chocolate rudolph

Dip one side of a re M&M into the melted chocolate and place it on the unmelted piece of dark chocolate to serve as Rudolph's nose.

chocolate reindeer

Let them firm completely (this takes a couple of hours) before carefully peeling off of the parchment paper and serving.

These chocolate reindeer bring a whole new character to the dessert table!


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