Muddy Buddies {The BEST!}

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These Muddy Buddies (also known as Puppy Chow) are the best easy treat! No baking required and few ingredients required! 

After you’ve become hooked on this easy treat, give this white chocolate chex mix or this chocolate popcorn a try!

Overhead photo of a bowl filled with muddy buddies and a toddler hand grabbing one out

If you’re not familiar with muddy buddies, you’re probably asking, 

What is a Muddy Buddy?

Whether you call it muddy buddies or puppy chow (or reindeer chow or monkey munch!), this snack mix is the BEST! Muddy Buddies are a sweet (no baking required) crunchy cereal snack mix made with chex cereal, peanut butter, chocolate, butter, vanilla, salt, and powdered sugar. 

This treat is frequently called puppy chow because of the close resemblance to dog food. So, while they’re not the most attractive looking treat, you’ll be hooked from the first bite! Just make sure you don’t actually feed your dog(s) this snack πŸ˜‰ 

Now that we’re well versed in the term, let’s talk about the creation of this delicious snack mix!

Process shots of creating muddy buddy recipe -- melting the chocolate, peanut butter, and butter

How do you make Muddy Buddies?

  • Measure: the cereal (rice OR corn chex) into a very large bowl
  • Melt: the butter, chocolate chips, and peanut butter and mix together. Add in the vanilla and a pinch of salt (to balance the sweetness)
  • Combine: add the chocolate-peanut butter mixture to the cereal mixture and toss until combined
  • Coat: transfer the mixture to a large bag, add the powdered sugar, and shake to combine!

And if you’re wondering how to make puppy chow — it’s the exact same as making this recipe. πŸ™‚

Process shot of chex muddy buddies -- melted chocolate mixture and chex cereal

One of the best things about this snack is how easy it is to customize or adapt the base recipe to make dozens of new flavors. I’ve made dozens of muddy buddies recipe variations, here are my favorite:

  • Muddy Buddies Cookies and Cream flavored: click HERE.
  • Confetti Cake Batter flavored: click HERE.
  • Double Chocolate flavored: Use a dry brownie mix in place of the powdered sugar
  • Nutella Flavored flavored: if you’re looking to make muddy buddies without peanut butter, try using nutella in its place!

Up close overhead photo of a bowl of this Muddy Buddy Recipe

Quick breakdown of this Muddy Buddies Recipe:

  • This recipe doubles well and on the flip-side it can also be halved easily. 
  • For storing: store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. We like it best within 3-4 days.
  • Freeze: you can freeze it in an airtight container/bag for up to 3 months; thaw at room temperature!

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Muddy Buddies

4.15 from 7 votes
These Muddy Buddies (also known as Puppy Chow) are the best easy treat! No baking required and few ingredients required! 
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Muddy Buddies

4.15 from 7 votes
These Muddy Buddies (also known as Puppy Chow) are the best easy treat! No baking required and few ingredients required! 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword muddy buddies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 10 cups
Calories 166kcal
Author Chelsea, Recipe barely adapted from Chex cereal boxes


  • 9 cups rice chex cereal
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup milk or semisweet chocolate chips (I like Guittard or Ghirardelli)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Optional Additions

  • mini M&Ms, mini chocolate chips


  • Into a large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
  • In a large microwave safe bowl, combine the peanut butter, chocolate chips, and butter. Microwave in bursts of 15 seconds, stirring in between each burst for 15 seconds until the mixture is melted and smooth. Add in the vanilla and salt. Pour over the prepared cereal. Stir well until the cereal is evenly coated.
  • Pour half of the cereal mixture into a gallon sized ziplock bag and pour half of the powdered sugar over it. Seal and shake until the cereal is evenly coated. Repeat with the other half of the cereal and powdered sugar in the same or a different bag. Shake until all the cereal is well coated!
  • Remove into a large bowl and enjoy! If desired stir in a fun addition such as mini M&Ms or mini chocolate chips. 
  • Store leftover muddy buddies in an airtight container at room temperature.


Nutrition Facts

Calories: 166kcal


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  1. You know what. I have never made muddy buddies before. These look quite yummy! And SO pretty that I am going to have to give them a try. I have a feeling my kids would gobble them up!!! πŸ™‚

    1. Oh wow you definitely need to give them a go sometime! They are a favorite in my family πŸ™‚ thanks Renee!

  2. I must curtsy to Chelsea, queen of puppy chow! Oh my goodness, these are incredible! I’ve never seen triple chocolate (I could so eat an entire bowl as well!) and the sugar cookie dough, well, now that is pure genius. Those little sugar cookie dough balls? I need some for breakfast. Any respectable person who has to being snacks to functions and what not has to share this! Thank you Chelsea!

    1. Haha you are so sweet mary!! Thank you so much! πŸ™‚ and muddy buddies for breakfast? Best idea ever!

  3. This is so cool, Chelsea! And gah, these all look so wonderful and addicting! I absolutely love the sugar cookie muddy buddies! Although, I would totally stuff my face with the other two. Gonna go look at the others and the recipes on SheKnows. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much Beth! Haha I’ve definitely been stuffing my face with way too many versions πŸ™‚

  4. Love your picture with the birthday candle in it….mmmm mmm looks yummy! Haven’t made puppy chow in forever, and have never really ventured to make another flavor (even though i’ve managed to pin a ton of different flavors.) I like how you have the chunks of dough in it…totally need to make this. Maybe this weekend, have some wine too, invite some friends over. Sounds lovely πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much Kelly! Haha I’ve pinned so many flavors too! Sounds like a great weekend, I’m already anxious for it to be Friday haha!

    1. Thanks so much Cate! πŸ™‚ I’m excited it’s been fun to be contributing articles to their site!

  5. congrats on working with SheKnows, that’s so exciting!! all of these look better than the next – I’m esp. in love that you threw a candle into the sugar cookie variety! too adorable girrrl

  6. I am so impressed, Chelsea. All of these look super delicious. Since I am way too indecisive to choose my favorite, can I get a special mix that has all of these flavors combined into one?? Seriously, I am so hungry right now!! Love these!

  7. Muddy buddies are pretty dangerous in our house. Asheley and I go through batches of the stuff like crazy. It’s our crack. These 3 recipes look SO good. I’m a fan of cake batter anything, and those brownie balls are totally selling me on the Triple Chocolate!

    1. Not that I’ve personally tested; you could perhaps try WowButter, but I can’t personally vouch for how it will work/taste. Wish I could be of more help

  8. Any experience with freezing this?!
    I have never heard you can do this. The cereal doesn’t get soggy as it thaws?

    1. Yes! I actually LOVE frozen muddy buddies — they’re delicious. I haven’t ever experienced the cereal getting soggy; we typically eat it straight from the freezer (sounds strange, but really good!)

  9. 5 stars
    These are fabulous. My husband recently discovered that gluten doesn’t work for him, and we love desserts, so these are the perfect answer. The pinch of salt and vanilla take them to the next level. These also have the perfect ratio of crunch to chocolate. We’ve eaten…quite a lot of these. πŸ™‚

    1. Ahh yes! These are the perfect gluten-free dessert! I’m so glad you guys found something that worked for you! Thanks so much for your comment! πŸ™‚

  10. 5 stars
    I’ve made this before and it is great. Can you use almond butter or chocolate peanut butter instead of peanut butter. If you use chocolate peanut butter can you still use the chocolate c hips.
    Thank you, Dorothy

  11. 5 stars
    My grown son loves these! I made them every Christmas and even tho he’s 35 he still comes to my house for Muddy Buddies!

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