Valentine Muddy Buddies

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Valentine Muddy Buddies is a crunchy, creamy mix of peanut butter and chocolate-coated cereal, dusted in sugar and speckled with Valentine-colored M&M’s!

We absolutely love Muddy Buddies (you might know them as Puppy Chow) in our house! And don’t miss out on trying these no-bake Muddy Buddy Bars for a fun twist.

A big bowl of Valentine Muddy Buddies.

These Valentine Muddy Buddies Are…

  1. Super Easy: No baking, just mix!
  2. A Party Hit: Always popular at gatherings.
  3. Eye-Catching: Colorful and festive, especially for Valentine’s Day!
  4. A Great On-the-Go Treat: Easy to transport.
  5. Freezer-Friendly: Save some for later!
  6. Crowd-Pleasing: Loved by both kids and adults.

All the ingredients laid out for easy assembly.

Valentine Muddy Buddies Ingredients

  1. Corn Chex Cereal: Or use Rice Chex if preferred.
  2. Creamy Peanut Butter: Avoid natural peanut butter to prevent oiliness.
  3. Chocolate Chips: Choose high-quality for better melt and flavor; milk for sweetness, semi-sweet for depth.
  4. Unsalted Butter: Allows control over saltiness.
  5. Salt: A small amount enhances flavors.
  6. Powdered Sugar: The sugar coating!
  7. Pink Sparkling Sugar: Adds color!
  8. Valentine-themed M&Ms: Alternatively, just use the reds from a regular pack.

Melting together chocolate, peanut butter, butter, & salt then adding that to the cereal for Valentine Muddy Buddies.

How To Make Valentine Muddy Buddies

  • Melt Mix: Microwave peanut butter, chocolate chips, butter, and salt until smooth.
  • Coat Cereal: Pour melted mix over cereal, stir to coat.
  • Sugar Coat: Shake coated cereal with powdered and sparkling sugar in a zip-top bag.
  • Add M&M’s: Stir in, reserve some for topping.
  • Ready to Serve: Enjoy now or store for later.

Adding the mix into a plastic bag and mixing in sugar with it.

STORAGE

What To Do With Leftovers

Store Valentine Muddy Buddies in an airtight container at room temperature. For longer shelf life, freeze in a sealed container or bag. Enjoy straight from the freezer for a delicious treat!

Gift ‘Em!

  • Mason Jars: Fill, tie with a ribbon, add a tag.
  • Cellophane Bags: Secure with a twist tie or ribbon.
  • Tin Containers: Use decorative tins, line with parchment.
  • Custom Boxes: Fill small boxes with tissue paper and snack mix.

Valentine Muddy Buddies with M&Ms through out it.

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Valentine Muddy Buddies

5 from 1 vote
Valentine Muddy Buddies is a crunchy, creamy mix of peanut butter and chocolate-coated cereal, dusted in sugar and speckled with Valentine-colored M&M's!
A big bowl of Valentine Muddy Buddies.
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Valentine Muddy Buddies

A big bowl of Valentine Muddy Buddies.
5 from 1 vote
Valentine Muddy Buddies is a crunchy, creamy mix of peanut butter and chocolate-coated cereal, dusted in sugar and speckled with Valentine-colored M&M's!
Course Dessert, treat
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Keyword Valentine Muddy Buddies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Chelsea Lords
Calories 447kcal
Cost $8.23

Equipment

  • Extra-large bowl, for mixing
  • Gallon zip-top bag, for tossing mix with powdered sugar

Ingredients

  • 9 cups corn Chex cereal
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter (Skippy recommended)
  • 1 cup milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips (Note 1)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, separated
  • 6 tablespoons pink sparkling sugar
  • 1 cup Valentine M&Ms (red, pink hues, white)

Instructions

  • CEREAL: Place the cereal in a large bowl and set aside.
  • PEANUT BUTTER-CHOCOLATE MIXTURE: In a microwave-safe bowl, combine peanut butter, chocolate chips, butter, and salt. Microwave in 20-second intervals, stirring after each, until the mixture is smooth and fully melted.
  • COAT CEREAL: Pour the melted peanut butter-chocolate mixture over the cereal. Stir gently to evenly coat each piece of cereal, taking care not to crush them.
  • SUGAR COATING: Open a 2-gallon zip-top bag. Layer inside the bag: ½ cup powdered sugar, 2 tbsp pink sparkling sugar, half of the cereal mixture, another ½ cup powdered sugar, and another 2 tbsp sparkling sugar. Seal the bag and shake well until the cereal pieces are uniformly coated. Transfer to a clean bowl. Repeat with the remaining cereal mixture. Combine both batches of sugar-coated cereal in the same bowl.
  • MIX-INS: Add ¾ cup of Valentine-themed M&M's to the sugar-coated cereal. Mix gently. Sprinkle the remaining ¼ cup of M&M's on top for decoration.
  • STORAGE: Serve immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature. Can also be frozen and enjoyed directly from the freezer (SO good!)

Video

Recipe Notes

Note 1: Chocolate chips: Milk chocolate chips make it sweeter and creamier, while semi-sweet chips give a richer taste. Use high-quality chocolate for the best melt and flavor.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 274mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 905IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 6mg

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.

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