Chex Mix Muddy Buddies

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5 from 6 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes

Chex Mix Muddy Buddies are the perfect snack when you want something crunchy, sweet, salty, chocolatey and delicious. It truly has something for everyone.

Chex Mix Muddy Buddies in a blue dish.

This fun party snack is know by many names, muddy buddies, puppy chow, reindeer chow etc. Find out the history of this recipe. It is so simple to make and really only takes a few pantry staples.


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What We Love About This Chex Muddy Buddy Mix Recipe

Muddy Buddies (or Puppy Chow, depending on where you’re from) are one of my family’s favorite snacks.  I have so much fun coming up with new flavor combinations and mix-ins.

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  • 10 Minute Snack: It is such a simple and easy snack.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry, truly only 6 ingredients.
  • Family Friendly: The best recipe for families, simply add what they like.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb and gluten free.
Chex Mix Muddy Buddies shot from the top.

Ingredient Notes for Chex Muddy Buddy Recipe

  • Crispy rice squares cereal: Any brand such as Chex cereal.
  • Chocolate morsels: Chocolate chips, chocolate wafers are both good examples.
  • Peanut butter: Creamy works well.
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Butter: Butter substitute will work too
  • Powdered Sugar: Can use a sugar alternative.
Cereal, chocolate and marshmallows. etc

Equipment Needed for Puppy Chow Chex Mix

How to Make Chex Muddy Buddy Mix

These are the basic steps for making muddy buddy Chex . Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutritional daily value.

Mixing the ingredients for the muddy buddies, melting the peanutbutter and chocolate and finally assembling the mix.

STEP 1: MELT

First, place the cereal in a large mixing bowl then place the chocolate, peanut butter and vanilla in a microwavable-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir and repeat until chocolate is melted and smooth.

STEP 2: MIX

Next, pour the chocolate mixture on top of the cereal and stir and then place half the powdered sugar in a zip to bag add the cereal mixture into the bag and top with remaining sugar.

STEP 3: COAT

Finally, seal the bag and shake until all of the cereal is coated in the sugar.

Prep and Storage Tips for this Checks Mix Muddy Buddies

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Truly this recipe can last up to two weeks, however, it rarely lasts that long.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store the Chex Muddy Buddies Mix at room temperature in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag. The refrigerator really changes the consistency.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS MUDDY BUDDY RECIPE

You can freeze the Muddy Buddies, however it will change the texture, so if possible make it fresh.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE GLUTEN-FREE?

It is important to check your labels for hidden gluten, however, Rice Chex cereal is gluten free.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERNT CHOCOLATE?

Indeed, use white chocolate chips, milk chocolate, dark chocolate or colored chocolate melts.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Of course, make more for gift giving or party favors or make less for date night. Simply adjust the recipe card below.

IS THERE ANY EASIER WAY TO MAKE CHEX PARTY MIX?

Really, the kids love to shake the bags and feel like they are a part of the process. In contrast, if you want a nice neat way, lay wax paper on a baking sheet. lay out your chex mix and drizzle the chocolate mixture on top, then sprinkle each side with the powdered sugar mixture.

Close up of the snack in a dish.

Expert Tips for Making This Treat Recipe

  • Add Candies: Candy coated chocolate such as M&M’s or other candies.
  • Cookies: Mini cookies add a satisfying crunch.
  • Nuts: Peanuts can be added to the mix for more peanuty goodness.
  • Alternate ingredient: Mini pretzels add more to this snack mix.
  • M&M’s Varieties: Cookies and cream, Red Velvet, Mint, Crispy or any other fun variety.

What to Serve with Chex Mix Muddy Buddies

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Chex Mix Muddy Buddies in a blue dish.
5 from 6 votes

Muddy Buddies

Yield: 9 cups
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Chex Mix Muddy Buddies are the perfect snack when you want something crunchy, sweet, salty, chocolatey and delicious. It truly has something for everyone.
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Ingredients

  • 13.5 ounce box crispy rice squares cereal
  • 1 cup chocolate morsels
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup butter
  • cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Place the cereal in a large mixing bowl; set aside.
  • Place the chocolate morsels, peanut butter, butter and vanilla in a microwave safe bowl.
  • Microwave on high for 30 second increments, stirring in between, until chocolate is melted.
  • Pour the melted chocolate mixture on top of the cereal and stir to combine.
  • Place ½ of the powdered sugar into a gallon sized zip top bag.
  • Add cereal mixture to the bag and top with the remaining powdered sugar.
  • Close the bag and shake until all of the cereal is coated in the sugar.

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Expert Tips

 
  • Add Candies: Candy coated chocolate such as M&M’s or other candies.
  • Cookies: Mini cookies add a satisfying crunch.
  • Nuts: Peanuts can be added to the mix for more peanuty goodness.
  • Alternate ingredient: Mini pretzels add more to this snack mix.
  • M&M’s Varieties: Cookies and cream, Red Velvet, Mint, Crispy or any other fun variety.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 202IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chex, chococlate, muddy buddies, Peanut butter, puppy chow

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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