Puppy Chow (aka Muddy Buddies)

This puppy chow recipe is one that will quickly become a favorite — and there’s a (small) fun twist to make it even better!

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Puppy Chow. Muddy Buddies. Where do I begin with my love for these?

Actually, if we’re being honest, I have a love-hate relationship with anything with powdered sugar on it.

I love it because, well, it’s powdered sugar.

I hate it because, well, IT GETS EVERYWHERE! EVVVVERYWHERE. Don’t even get me started on the kids eating stuff like this (They don’t. I do it in hiding.). Even making any recipe that involves powdered sugar is bound to end up with a major disaster requiring a lot of cleaning.

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But…it’s powdered sugar. So it’s really worth it.

And when it’s paired with crispy cereal, chocolate and peanut butter — well, I’d clean up pounds of the stuff if necessary. This is what snacking is meant to be. Finger licking good. Literally.

I developed this recipe for Food Fanatic as a follow up to my Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies — and I gotta say, I think I like this original version even better than it’s seasonal sister.

Okay, I went off the grid a teensy tiny bit if we’re being real. I saw CHOCOLATE Chex cereal at the store and  couldn’t resist adding a little more chocolate goodness to this snack. Not at all necessary, but more chocolate is never, ever, ever a bad thing. Ever.

I made this puppy chow for my son’s 1st birthday party. I threw him a “Winter ONEderland” party and the puppy chow attended disguised as “little snowflakes.” They fit the part pretty well, don’t you think? I served them up in little snack cups to cut down on the mess a little bit, and they were a huge hit. How could they not be?


I have a box of that Chocolate Chex calling my name right this very minute, actually. And the great part is, this puppy chow is incredibly easy to make.  I melted my chocolate in a small saucepan, but you could easily do this in the microwave as well. Just make sure to melt your chocolate slowly so that you don’t overheat it. I typically melt in 30 second intervals. But for our friends who don’t have microwaves (some people don’t, right?) – it’s easy to do on the stovetop as well. So you melt that chocolate and peanut butter, toss the cereal in it and then throw the whole shebang in a bag full of powdered sugar. Shake-shake-shake and you have puppy chow.

You should probably go ahead and do that right now.

You can head on over to Food Fanatic for the Muddy Buddies recipe  — or you can also grab it here. Enjoy!

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This puppy chow recipe is one that will quickly become a favorite -- and there's a (small) fun twist to make it even better! Get the muddy buddy recipe on RachelCooks.com!
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  2. One of my favorite treats! Just sooo perfect :)

    Happy Blogging!

  3. I like the idea of chocolate chex as well. It’s funny to me that some people haven’t heard of puppy chow, or “muddy buddies” — I grew up eating this stuff!

  4. I love making these around Christmas time! They’re always a hit!I like that you used chocolate Chex in your recipe – I’ll try that next time!

  5. I’ve NEVER tried muddy buddies/puppy chow, I think because the name puppy chow freaks me out :) But this looks so delicious, I wouldn’t be able to resist. I totally agree with you on powdered sugar!

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