Muddy Buddy Bars by Chelsea Lords Muddy Buddy Bars are a fun and exciting twist on the classic snack mix that we all know and love. Instead of a bagged snack mix, you’re getting it in bar form! This recipe starts with crispy Chex cereal, which is coated in a delicious blend of creamy, chocolatey, and peanut buttery goodness. The best part? These bars are incredibly simple to make and require no baking. Muddy Buddies, But In Bar Form! If you’re a fan of the classic snack mix, Muddy Buddies (also called Puppy Chow), these bars are a must-try! The ingredients in these bars combine to create the perfect blend of irresistibly sweet and nutty flavors in a convenient and easy-to-eat bar form. The crispy rice and corn Chex cereal are coated in a mixture of melted chocolate, peanut butter, and marshmallows, while the Reese’s chips and mini Reese’s add an extra burst of peanut buttery goodness. The powdered sugar on top provides a light, sweet finish to every bite. With no baking required, this recipe is simple and straightforward, making it perfect for anyone who loves a tasty and easy-to-make treat. Muddy Buddy Bars Ingredients Unsalted butter: This provides the fat needed to create a rich and smooth texture for the gooey, chocolatey mixture that holds these bars together. We like to use unsalted butter so we can perfectly control the amount of salt in these treats. Rice and Corn Chex cereal: This is the base of the bars and provides the crunch. We like a combination of the 2 cereals best. If you want to only use one flavor, stick with Corn Chex. Marshmallows: This is one of the main ingredients that binds everything together and creates the sticky, gooey texture of the bars. Grab the freshest and softest possible marshmallows. Vanilla extract: A splash of vanilla extract adds a subtle sweet flavor to the bars. QUICK TIP The fresher and softer the marshmallows, the chewier and tastier the bars will be. Press on the bags of marshmallows at the store to find the softest one. Stale marshmallows won’t melt properly and can result in less-than-ideal bars. Ingredients Continued Fine sea salt: Just a pinch of salt is added to enhance the overall flavor of the bars and balance out the sweetness. High-quality semi-sweet chocolate chips: The better the chocolate chips used, the better the melt and ultimately the flavor of Muddy Buddy Bars. My favorite for these bars is either Ghirardelli® or Guittard® (not sponsored). Cheaper brands can have a waxier content that is far less flavorful and doesn’t melt down as well. Peanut butter: Use a creamy peanut butter instead of chunky peanut butter for a smoother texture. We love and highly recommend Skippy® Creamy Peanut Butter (not sponsored). Corn syrup: This is a sweet syrup that ensures the bars hold together properly. Be sure to use light corn syrup instead of dark corn syrup. Muddy Buddy Bars Additions (Optional) Reese’s peanut butter baking chips: These chips add a burst of peanut butter flavor to the bars. You can find them in the baking aisle of the grocery store. They have the same classic taste as the peanut butter layer in Reese’s candies. Mini Reese’s peanut butter cups: These add even more peanut butter and chocolate flavor to the bars. If you can’t find the mini cups, you can chop up larger peanut butter cups instead. Powdered sugar: This is used to give the bars a sweet finish and the classic powdered sugar sprinkling from Muddy Buddies. Use a fine-mesh sieve to sprinkle it evenly on top of the bars. Muddy Buddy Bars Tips Grease the pan: Muddy Buddy Bars are sticky and gooey, so it’s important to grease your baking dish well before adding the mixture. Alternatively, you can line the pan with parchment paper or foil to make removing the bars even easier. Don’t over-compress: Once you’ve spread the sticky-coated cereal mixture into the pan, avoid compressing it too much. Over-compressing the bars will yield tough, hard bars. Keep the heat low: High heat can cause the marshmallows to harden, which will result in hard and unenjoyable bars. Keep the heat as low as possible and remove the marshmallows from the heat as soon as they’re melted. Stir the mixture constantly as the marshmallows melt down and become a gooey mass. Mix the cereal in carefully: When you add the cereal to the chocolate-marshmallow mixture, mix it in gently so that you don’t crush the cereal pieces too much (some crushing is normal!). Use a sturdy and heat-resistant spatula: A sturdy and heat-resistant spatula is the best tool for making Muddy Buddy Bars. It will help you mix the ingredients together evenly and press the mixture firmly into the pan. Let the bars cool completely: Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting them into squares. This will help them set properly and prevent them from falling apart. If you try to cut them too soon, they will be too soft and won’t hold their shape. STORAGE These Muddy Buddy Bars are best enjoyed the same day they are made. If you need to store them, keep them in an airtight container at room temperature, and avoid refrigerating or freezing them. Freezing is possible, but affects the texture and flavor. For the best experience, make them fresh and consume them promptly. More No-Bake Treats No-Bake Cookies classic chocolate & peanut butter bars No-Bake Granola Bars with a chocolate drizzle Golden Oreo Truffles or chocolate Oreo Truffles Pistachio Icebox Cake made with pistachio pudding Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie with an Oreo Pie Crust FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Muddy Buddy Bars 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe Muddy Buddy Bars are a fun and exciting twist on the classic snack mix that we all know and love. Instead of a bagged snack mix, you're getting it in bar form! This recipe starts with crispy Chex cereal, which is coated in a delicious blend of creamy, chocolatey, and peanut buttery goodness. The best part? These bars are incredibly simple to make and require no baking. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Muddy Buddy Bars 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Muddy Buddy Bars are a fun and exciting twist on the classic snack mix that we all know and love. Instead of a bagged snack mix, you're getting it in bar form! This recipe starts with crispy Chex cereal, which is coated in a delicious blend of creamy, chocolatey, and peanut buttery goodness. The best part? These bars are incredibly simple to make and require no baking. Course Dessert, Snack, treat Cuisine American, Vegetarian Keyword Muddy Buddy Bars Prep Time 30 minutes Setting Up 30 minutes Total Time 1 hour Servings 24 bars Calories 239kcal Author Chelsea Lords Cost $7.99 Ingredients▢ 8 cups Chex cereal (we like 4 cups corn, 4 cups rice--See Note 1)▢ 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, sliced into tablespoons▢ 1/4 cup light corn syrup▢ 6 cups soft/fresh mini marshmallows (Note 2)▢ 1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips▢ 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt▢ 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter▢ 2 teaspoons vanilla extract▢ 1/2 cup Reese’s baking chips, optional▢ 1/2 cup Reese's minis▢ 1 tablespoon powdered sugar InstructionsPREP: Generously grease a 9x13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray or softened butter. Measure out the cereal and place it in a very large bowl. CHOCOLATE-PEANUT BUTTER MIXTURE: In a medium nonstick pot, add in this order: slices of butter, corn syrup, marshmallows, chocolate chips, and sat. Heat over low heat, stirring frequently until melted (see Note 3). Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla. PREPARE BARS: Pour the melted chocolate mixture into the measured cereal and, use a sturdy spatula, to mix gently until cereal is evenly coated. Let the mixture sit for a minute or two to cool a bit and then add in the Reeses cups and peanut butter chips (they'll still melt a bit--this is intended). Gently mix through a few times. Transfer and gently and evenly press the mixture into the prepared pan (see Note 4). LET SET: Let sit for at least 30 minutes up to an hour before using a fine mesh sieve to lightly sprinkle bars with powdered sugar. Cut into bars, and enjoy! STORAGE: Store at room temperature covered tightly. Bars best enjoyed the same day they're made! Recipe NotesNote 1: Cereal: We like a combination of the 2 cereals best. If you want to only use one flavor, stick with Corn Chex. Note 2: Marshmallows: Grab the freshest and softest possible marshmallows. The fresher and softer the marshmallows, the chewier and tastier the bars will be. Press on the bags of marshmallows at the store to find the softest one. Stale marshmallows won't melt properly and can result in less-than-ideal bars. Note 3: Keep the heat low: Too high of heat can cause the marshmallows to harden, which will result in hard and unenjoyable bars. Don't be tempted to increase the temperature -- keep the heat as low as possible and remove the marshmallows from the heat as soon as they're melted. Stir the mixture frequently as the marshmallows melt down and become a gooey mass. Note 4: Don't over-compress: Once you've spread the sticky-coated cereal mixture into the pan, avoid compressing it too much. Over-compressing the bars will yield tough, hard bars. To keep the mixture from sticking, lightly grease your hands (or the spatula) with cooking spray and then press in. Nutrition FactsServing: 1serving | Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.5g | Protein: 3.3g | Fat: 11.2g | Cholesterol: 6.4mg | Sodium: 113.4mg | Fiber: 2.2g | Sugar: 22.1g We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.