Chai Tea Abominable Snow Buddies for #SundaySupper

#SundaySupper is definitely in the holiday spirit this week, with an entire menu of recipes inspired by our favorite seasonal movies, TV shows and songs. One of my favorites this time of year is the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and what could be better than curling up to watch everyone’s favorite band of Christmas misfits with something to nibble on and a cup of tea? Well, how about a snack and a cup of tea all in one? Chai Tea {Abominable} Snow Buddies are a fun, sweet cereal snack mix infused with the rich, creaminess and warm, comforting spices of a Chai tea latte.

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That Abominable Snow Monster is a pesky fellow. He really had Rudolph, Herbie, Yukon Cornelius and all of those misfits in a tizzy. He had me in quite a tizzy, too.

I guess some people still use ebay to buy and sell stuff, but it was in its heyday when I was in college. Or maybe it just seemed like it was in its heyday because I had no money, and if I could score jeans for five bucks, or a super stylish translucent blue cover for my Nokia non-smart, non-flip, non-camera cellphone for three bucks, or a blue star-shaped belly ring (yup, I had my belly button pierced) for eight bucks, I was all in. Whatever random thing I wanted, there was bound to be someone selling it, and selling it cheap.

Well one day just after Christmas I was in CVS, and they had this entire set of twelve super-cute ornaments of the characters from Rudolph. My favorite Christmas movie! 75% off of $5.99?! A buck fifty each?! These were bound to be collectibles! I had to have them. (OK, OK, I now now that Rudolph merchandise is a dime a dozen. I was about nineteen then. Cut me some slack.) So I dug through the pile and lined up the boxes to make sure I had one of each. Rudolph, Santa, Sam the Snowman, the Choo-Choo with square wheels, Clarice, Charlie in the Box…

But who could I not find? The Abominable Snow Monster. After Rudolph, the most quintessential character from the show. In fact, some people might argue that he IS the star, but Rudolph only gets top billing because his name is in the title. There was no way I could NOT have him as part of the set. I know, I know… EBAY!!!

So as soon as I got back to my dorm, I immediately began searching ebay for “CVS Abominable Ornament”. Yup, I found some, alright. To the tune of about fifteen dollars after shipping. Might I remind you that the original price for each of the ornaments was $5.99? And that I got the ENTIRE SET (minus The Bumble, of course) for around $16.50?! Was I insane? I was eating Frosted Flakes and Ramen noodles (OK, I’m lying, but just trying to make a point), and I was going to buy a fifteen dollar Bumble ornament? Umm, yeah!!

You know what, though? It may have been silly and overpriced, but that set of ornaments is the first thing I put on my tree every year. I just love them.

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You want to know what is much easier than tracking down the Abominable Snow Monster? Making some Chai Tea {Abominable} Snow Buddies. Rip open a Chai tea bag, toss it with some white chocolate chips, melt, coat the cereal, toss in powdered sugar. While some teas are wonderful on their own, or maybe with just a touch of honey or a small slash of milk, Chai tea just lends itself towards combining those warm spices with something rich, sweet and creamy, just like the ever-popular Chai tea latte. So that makes it a perfect match to be infused into the white chocolate, and then coated in powdered sugar. It’s like a latte you can eat.

And eat. And eat. Because these “snow buddies”, “muddy buddies”, “puppy chow” – whatever you want to call them – are seriously snackable. It is wayyy too easy to make a big batch, and then make it disappear.

Whip up a batch and settle in to watch your favorite holiday movie.

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And check out the super-fun menu inspired by all of our favorite holiday movies, TV shows and songs at the bottom of this post.

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Chai Tea Abominable Snow Buddies for #SundaySupper
A fun, sweet cereal snack mix infused with the rich, creaminess and warm, comforting spices of a Chai tea latte. Make sure you double it for a party.
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 5 c of your favorite Chex cereal
  • 1 Chai tea bag or about 1 t loose Chai tea
  • one 11-12 oz. bag white chocolate chips
  1. Place powdered sugar in a large plastic sip top bag and set aside.
  2. Place Chex in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Crush or grind the tea slightly, and add to a bowl with the white chocolate chips.
  4. Melt white chocolate gently in the microwave (50% power, stirring after each 15-30 second interval until melted) or over a pot of gently simmering water.
  5. Pour melted chocolate over the Chex cereal and toss gently with a spatula until the cereal is complete coated.
  6. Transfer the cereal to the bag with the powdered sugar, seal bag and toss to coat completely with the powdered sugar.
  7. Empty the contents of the bag onto a sheet pan lined with wax paper or a silicone baking sheet to allow to cool and firm up.
  8. Store in an airtight container.


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And make sure you check out the rest of this festive menu:

Party Appetizers & Snacks:

Oven-Roasted Applesauce Scented with Rosemary & Vanilla-Inspired by the song
“Christmas in the Trenches”- Shockingly Delicious
Roasted Chestnuts Inspired by the movie “The Christmas Song”Food Lust People Love
A Popcorn Trio
Inspired by the song “Let it Snow” - Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos
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Raisin Bran Muffins for a Crowd
Inspired by the movie
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” - In The Kitchen With Audrey and Maurene
Icicle Candy and Reindeer Snacks Inspired by the movie “Snow”Treats & Trinkets
A Christmas Carol Plum Pudding
Inspired by the movie “A Christmas Carol”No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
Yukon Mashed Potato Cakes
Inspired by the movie “Rudolph” - Cookin’ Mimi
Christmas Pudding
Inspired by the song “Over the River and Through the Woods” - A Kitchen Hoor
Pumpkin Pudding
Inspired by the movie “Nightmare Before Christmas” - Basic N Delicious
Elf-Inspired Christmas “Grams”
Inspired by the movie “Elf” - MarocMama
Inspired by the movie “The Nutcracker”Happy Baking Days
Chai Spiced Roasted Nuts
Inspired by the song “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” - Take A Bite Out of Boca

Festive Main Dishes

Maple Syrup Spaghetti- Inspired by the movie “Elf”- Momma’s Meals
Who Hash Inspired by the movie “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” -girlichef
Ginger Orange Glazed Cornish Hens Inspired by the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” -Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
NY Hot Dog with Sabrett-style Onion Sauce Inspired by the movie “Die Hard” - Small Wallet, Big Appetite
Classic Caesar Salad Inspired by the movie “The Santa Clause”The Little Ferraro Kitchen
Individuals Meatloaves & Horseradish Mashed Potatoes for Mommy’s Little Piggies - Inspired by the movie
“A Christmas Story”The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Christmas Waffles Inspired by the TV special “A Claymation Christmas Celebration”Curious Cuisiniere
Filthy Animal Pizza
Inspired by the movie “Home Alone”Foxes Love Lemons
Chicken Orzo Soup
Inspired by the song “12 Days of Christmas” - Family Foodie
Brandied Candied Sweet Potatoes
Inspired by the song “Christmas Is The Time To Say ‘I Love You’ ” -
Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

Sweet Holiday Treats:

Gin and Tonic Cupcakes Inspired by Adam Sandler’s ” The Chanukah Song” - The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars Inspired by the movie “Love Actually”Magnolia Days
Gingerbread Marshmallows Inspired by the song “Marshmallow World”Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies Inspired by the movie “The Gremlins”Killer Bunnies, Inc
White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge Inspired by the song “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”Alida’s Kitchen
Snowball Cookies - Inspired by the movie “White Christmas” -The Foodie Army Wife
Penuche Fudge
Inspired by the movie “Elf” Pies and Plots
Hot Chocolate Cookies
Inspired by the movie “Santa Clause” - Mess Makes Food
South Pacific Coconut Tres Leche Cake
Inspired by the movie “South Pacific” -The Ninja Baker
Cookies & Cream Fudge
Inspired by the movie “Elf”The Messy Baker

Cozy Drinks:

Toasted Coconut Hot Cocoa- Inspired by the song “Let It Snow”- Chocolate Moosey
The Christmas Gram Inspired by the movie “Elf”An Appealing Plan
Eggnog Hot Chocolate Inspired by the movie “National Lampoons Christmas Vacation” - Peanut Butter and Peppers
Vermont Hot Cocoa
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Spiked Hot Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Floats
Inspired by the song “Holly Jolly Christmas “ -NeighborFood

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  1. says

    YUM! I’ve always wondered how to add chai flavor when you didn’t want to add any liquid…duh! Your muddy buddies look irresistible!

  2. says

    Love your story, this movie was a classic growing up for us too and I enjoyed watching it with my daughter for the first time this year (even if she couldn’t sit still LOL) I love your snack, so easy yet so yummy! Thank you for sharing!! Happy Holidays!

  3. says

    I just love that nice Abominable Snowman guy, he was o friendly! The girls have never seen that one so I must find us a copy. And we are already making tons of Chex Mix this weekend, this one will have to go on the list! Love it!

  4. says

    These muddy buddies sound just amazing! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family. Enjoy those little cuties! Thank you for being such a big part of the Sunday Supper Family!

  5. says

    I never know what to call this snack mix, either! I like your snow buddy idea, and I especially like that you used chai tea spices – my favorite!

  6. says

    You crack me up, Brianne! I must confess that I have finished more sets of various collections on Ebay than I would like to admit. (Can this be our little secret?)

    Your snow buddies sounds like the perfect sweet snack!

  7. says

    I love chai tea but never thought to add it to a snack mix or turn them into muddy buddies, that’s such a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing Brianne, pinning – these sound so good and can’t wait to try :)

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