I can’t think of a more popular party snack than Muddy Buddies (Puppy Chow), made with Chex cereal coated in a chocolate, peanut butter and powdered powdered sugar. 

Looking for a more fun snack ideas?  You may like these Chocolate Chip Muffins, No Bake Granola Bars, or Classic Chocolate Cupcakes.

A clear glass dish with muddy buddies in it.

Did you grow up calling this amazing snack “muddy buddies”, or “puppy chow?”  Or maybe you called it “Monkey Munch” or “reindeer chow?” We grew up saying muddy buddies, but I think puppy chow more accurately represents the scene as people race to scarf down this favorite snack.

What I LOVE about Puppy Chow:

  • Adaptable: make this recipe your own with any kind of add-in (see ideas below).
  • Feeds a crowd: it’s so easy to throw this snack together and you can make enough to feed a large group.  (And trust me, your going to need enough to feed a large group!)
  • Shelf life: You can make it ahead of time, or freeze it!

How to Make Muddy Buddies:

1. Pour Chex into a bowl. Set aside.

2. Divide powdered sugar. Divide powdered sugar between two ziplock bags, adding 1 cup to each bag.* Set aside.

3. Melt in saucepan: chocolate chips, butter, and peanut butter (and salt, if using unsalted butter) and cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until melted and smooth. (Don’t over-heat it, you want to heat it just until the mixture is smooth.)

4. Add vanilla. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.

Chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter melting in a pan and then poured over chex cereal in a bowl.

5. Coat cereal. Pour over the prepared cereal in the bowl and stir to coat evenly. Allow to cool for a few minutes.

6. Shake with powdered sugar. Divide coated cereal between the two ziplock bags with powdered sugar, seal the bag and shake to coat the cereal.

A bowl of Chex cereal coated in chocolate peanut butter, then added to a bag of powdered sugar.

Make Ahead And Freezing Instructions:

To make ahead: Muddy buddies will stay fresh for up to 1 week stored in an air-tight container at room temperature

To freeze: Place muddy buddies in a freezer safe bag or container and freeze for up to 2 months.

Substitutions and Add-in’s:

  • Peanut butter substitutes: any type of nut butter will work
  • Cereal Substitutes: Crispix could also be used.
  • Cookies and Cream Muddy Buddies
  • Add M&M’s
  • Add Reeses pieces
  • Add Mini chocolate chips
  • Add Reeses peanut butter cups
  • Add Any small color candies

A bowl of muddy buddies (puppy chow) on a grey hand towel.

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Recipe

A clear glass dish with muddy buddies in it.
Prep 10 mins
Cook 5 mins
Total 15 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 8 cups chex cereal (rice Chex, corn Chex or a combination)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 Tablespoons salted butter , or add a pinch salt if using unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Measure cereal into a large bowl. Set aside. Divide powdered sugar between two ziplock bags, adding 1 cup to each bag.* Set aside.
  • In a saucepan add chocolate chips, butter, and peanut butter (and salt, if using unsalted butter) and cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until melted and smooth. (Don’t over-heat it--just warm it until melted and smooth.)
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Pour over the prepared cereal in the bowl and stir to coat evenly. Allow to cool for a few minutes.
  • Divide coated cereal between the two ziplock bags with powdered sugar, seal the bag and shake to coat the cereal.
  • Muddy buddies will stay fresh for up to 1 week stored in an air-tight container at room temperature or can be frozen for up to 2 months.

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Notes

*If you don’t have ziplock bags on hand you could use a large container with a lid to shake them, or spread the mixture onto a large baking sheet and sift the powdered sugar over it, tossing to evenly coat.
Peanut butter: can be substituted with another type of nut butter
Cereal: Crispix could also be used.
Add-in ideas:
  • M&M’s
  • Reeses pieces
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Reeses peanut butter cups
  • Cookies and Cream Muddy Buddies
  • Any small color candies
Make ahead Instructions: Muddy buddies will stay fresh for up to 1 week stored in an air-tight container at room temperature
Freezing Instructions: Place muddy buddies in a freezer safe bag or container and freeze for up to 2 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 720kcalCarbohydrates: 103gProtein: 14gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 518mgPotassium: 577mgFiber: 12gSugar: 50gVitamin A: 851IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 165mgIron: 22mg

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  1. I got the original recipe from my grandma before it had a name.
    If you don’t have a plastic bag you can pour the powdered sugar in the bowl and mix it in to coat the cereal.

  2. We called it puppy chow. Because if you fed your puppy, puppy chow brand., It was squares, and coated in a dried milk coating.