Muddy Buddies/Puppy Chow

Muddy Buddies, Puppy Chow…whatever you choose call it, it’s a classic American treat that I’m sure each and every one of you enjoyed as both a kid and as an adult. Nobody can resist simple Chex cereal coated in milk chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar. These delightful little treats melt in your mouth and are almost addictive. These are really easy to make, too, and you can even use the microwave if you don’t want to melt the chocolate over the stove (although I prefer to use the stove because it’s easier to control the heat and there’s less of a chance that the chocolate will burn). I packaged these individually to bring to work, and everyone seemed excited about them because, like I said, there’s a bit of nostalgia that goes along with Muddy Buddies! I promise that if you bring these to your next party or event, they’ll be gone before you know it.

Muddy Buddies/Puppy Chow
Look at those simple ingredients! I used chunky peanut butter because that’s what I had, but you can use either smooth or chunky.

Muddy Buddies/Puppy Chow
Place your cereal in a large bowl.

Muddy Buddies/Puppy Chow
Melt together the peanut butter, chocolate, and butter, then stir in the vanilla. I used a stovetop because it’s very easy to burn chocolate in the microwave, but if you want to use the microwave, feel free! Just be careful and stir often.

Muddy Buddies/Puppy Chow
Toss the cereal with the chocolate mixture and place in a 2-gallon sealable plastic bag (I used two 1-gallon bags with 4 1/2 cups of cereal in each because I didn’t have a 2-gallon bag). I mixed the chocolate and cereal together with clean hands because I found it almost impossible to use a spatula and a spoon. Don’t worry if everything isn’t coated completely evenly.

Muddy Buddies/Puppy Chow
Add the powdered sugar to the plastic bag, seal completely, and shake it up! Since I used 2 1-gallon bags, I put 3/4 cups of powdered sugar in each bag filled with 4 1/2 cups of chocolate-covered cereal.

Muddy Buddies/Puppy Chow
I packaged these in celo-wrap and tied them up with a ribbon to bring to work.

Muddy Buddies/Puppy Chow
Happy Holidays!

Muddy Buddies/Puppy Chow
  • 9 cups Chex (or Chex-like) cereal of your choice
  • 1 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips
  • ½ cup smooth or chunky peanut butter
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  1. Place the cereal in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Melt the chocolate, peanut butter, and butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. You can also use a microwave by placing the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a 1-quart microwavable bowl uncovered on high for 1 minute, then stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. You can use a spatula or clean hands, as I did, because I found it really hard to mix the cereal with the chocolate with a utensil.
  3. Pour the chocolate-covered cereal into a 2-gallon resealable plastic bag or 2 1-gallon resealable plastic bags with 4½ cups of cereal in each bag (I did this because I didn't have a 2-gallon plastic bag).
  4. Add the powdered sugar to the bag, or if you're using 2 1-gallon bags, add ¾ cups of powdered sugar into each bag with 4½ cups of cereal. Seal the bag shut completely and shake until the cereal is well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool (I didn't do this because I felt that it was cool enough after shaking it up). Store in an airtight container. If you're keeping it for more than a day, store in the fridge.
  5. *If you want to wrap them up like I did, I put a heaping ½ cup of Muddy Buddies in each package.
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11 Responses

  1. Amanda says:

    My daughter loves this stuff. Never thought to make it as gifts, thanks for the idea! I’ll suggest we make some and wrap it up for her friends, great idea :)

  2. Jen T. says:

    Wow, I was actually just thinking that I needed to make some of this and send it to my friend who I haven’t seen in a while! This stuff was our crack in high school, and every sleepover required puppy chow and “The Italian Job”. Not a bad combination still, really.

  3. Laura L. says:

    How funny you posted these! These are on my list of Xmas goodies to make for family and co-workers! : )

  4. Mmmm I LOVE puppy chow! It’s so addictive!

  5. Michelle says:

    These always remind me of my aunt. Yummy treat!

  6. Amy says:

    I was literally JUST thinking about how much I’ve been craving this stuff! I even tweeted about it about 5 seconds before I came here! When I make it, it opens up a whole can of worms though–because I can’t stop eating it. So good. Chocolate and peanut butter is the best combination.

  7. Mom says:

    So cute, I hope one is for me!

  8. Sara says:

    I could eat my weight in puppy chow. Such a great gift because everyone with taste buds loves it! Great post!
    p.s. if you use the generic chex that is actually an octagon the pieces are bigger ;D

  9. Memoria says:

    Weird. Why have I never heard of this snack? Looks interesting. I’m not a fan of Chex (which might explain why I don’t know about this recipe), but this looks good!

  10. Kris says:

    I LOVE this stuff! I’ve made it many a Christmas season.

    But my one problem is the name – can we find a less cutesy name?? Let’s get some suggestions going! How about “Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch”?

  11. cyndiok says:

    OMG, these are SINFUL. I made them for the first time and ate half of the batch!!! You just can’t stop. Anyway, I will triple the recipe last year and give some away and buy bigger pants! Just kidding-I will go to the gym for an hour more a day! Happy new year!

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