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Muddy Buddies Recipe

5 from 2 votes

posted: 12/12/19

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Call it Puppy Chow or call it Muddy Buddies, this is the addictive treat that everyone loves! Perfect for parties and great for gifting.

a blue detailed bowl against a dark surface overflowing with a puppy chow recipe

One of my favorite parts of the holidays is making treats to gift. Probably one of the reasons I’ve been posting all the haystack cookies, magic bars, and sugar cookies!

It makes my heart happy.

Many years ago, when I was in the middle of my pregnancy with Quinn – my pregnancy right after losing my son – I went to see some friends. Friends who live a few hours away and who I don’t see nearly enough.

One of those friends, such a sweet soul, randomly decided to make us Muddy Buddies. She filled these giant containers with them and just casually gave them to us.

She must have picked up on some sort of disturbance in the force with me. It was one of the hardest years of my life, and she must have known I needed some extra love . . . and I needed Puppy Chow. Guys, I ate the entire container on the hour drive home, and I still have zero regrets.

I love recipes that are comfort food and love all rolled into one, and this puppy chow recipe is just that. And with these easy instructions you can be the one gifting comfort and joy.

Puppy Chow Ingredients

  • Chex cereal
  • chocolate chips
  • butter
  • creamy peanut butter
  • vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar
overhead view of a measuring cup with chocolate chips, peanut butter, and half a stick fo butter
pouring chocolate, butter, peanut butter mixture over Chex cereal to make muddy buddies

How to Make Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies

I think one of the reasons this is such a popular recipe is because it is so simple and easy to make.

  1. Pour your cereal into a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a glass measuring cup, microwave the butter, peanut butter, and chocolate chips together.
  3. Stir vanilla extract into the chocolate mixture and continue stirring until smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture over the cereal and mix really well. It might be easiest to use clean hands.
  5. Put the whole mixture into a plastic bag. Add 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar and toss to coat.
  6. Add the reaming 1/2 cup powdered sugar and toss again.

Adding the powdered sugar in stages allows it to coat really evenly.

overhead view of a glass mixing bowl that is full of Chex cereal that has been coated in melted chocolate/peanut butter/butter to make muddy buddies
overhead view of muddy buddies in a plastic zip locked bag after they have been tossed with powdered sugar

Storing Muddy Buddies

Puppy Chow should be stored in an airtight container. That is the most important thing. Otherwise you risk it going stale.

No need to refrigerate muddy buddies. It can be stored in your pantry.

This recipe tastes best when eaten in the first week, but will last for up to a two weeks.

You can freeze muddy buddies, but I would proceed with caution because it is DELICIOUS frozen. Maybe even better. I may or may not have been caught red handed eating puppy chow straight from the freezer by my children.

extremely close up view of puppy chow


This is a great base recipe. One of my favorite variations is Funfetti Cake Batter Muddy Buddies, with a great cake flavor.

This recipe would also be really great with Nutella in place of the peanut butter.

But really, the possibilities are endless. Here are some of the more random variations I’ve made:

overhead view of puppy chow in a bowl

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muddy buddies being poured out of a paper bag onto a wood platter
a blue detailed bowl against a dark surface overflowing with a puppy chow recipe
5 from 2 votes

Muddy Buddy Recipe

Serves: 20 servings
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Call it Puppy Chow or call it Muddy Buddies, this is the addictive treat that everyone loves! Perfect for parties and great for gifting.


  • 9 cups chex cereal
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar divided


  • Add the cereal to a large bowl.
  • In a large measuring cup, melt the chocolate chips, creamy peanut butter, and butter together on high for 1 minutes. Stir together. Stir in the vanilla extract and stir the mixture until smooth.
  • Pour the mixture over the cereal. Stir to combine. Use clean hands if necessary.
  • Pour the mixture into a clean plastic bag. Pour 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar over the mixture and shake to combine. If necessary add the remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar into the bag and toss to combine.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Serving: 0.5cup Calories: 242kcal (12%) Carbohydrates: 37g (12%) Protein: 4g (8%) Fat: 10g (15%) Saturated Fat: 4g (25%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 10mg (3%) Sodium: 160mg (7%) Potassium: 37mg (1%) Fiber: 2g (8%) Sugar: 25g (28%) Vitamin A: 8IU Vitamin C: 6mg (7%) Calcium: 6mg (1%) Iron: 29mg (161%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
a blue detailed bowl against a dark surface overflowing with a puppy chow recipe

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  1. CHEREE says

    Blahahah…red handed. I enjoy reading your posts and I like your recipes too. I’ve used a few only because I’ve just started following.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you Cheree!

  2. Elaine says

    5 stars
    Can the Chex be replaced with something else? I don’t like Chex cereal.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m sorry Elaine, I’ve only made this with Chex. I’m struggling to come up with another cereal that would work as a replacement.

  3. Karen says

    5 stars
    I would give this recipe more stars if I could. I use Crispix in the place of Chex, just personal preference. For St. Patrick’s Day and Christmas I add mint M&M’s…takes this deliciousness to a whole new level.
    Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your joy!

  4. Mel says

    Which type of Chex do you use?
    Rice. Corn. Or wheat?

    • Lisa Longley says

      You could use rice or corn. I prefer rice.

  5. Gerri says

    Lisa, on the puppy chow can you use crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I haven’t tried it with crunchy peanut butter. I would suspect it would work, but would definitely add a different texture.

  6. clarissa says

    fot sure i will try this. i love cho. thank.

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