Muddy Buddies [a.k.a. Puppy Chow]

Muddy Buddies [a.k.a. Puppy Chow] by @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

The first time I heard about this recipe, it was referred to as “puppy chow” and I absolutely thought that people were talking about a homemade dog food snack. I soon found out that it was an alternative (and sometimes regional) name for what is more commonly known as Muddy Buddies – a super quick recipe made with Rice Chex cereal. The cereal is coated with a melted mixture of chocolate chips, butter, peanut butter and vanilla extract, then dusted with powdered sugar. Basically, it’s one of the most addicting snacks you’ll ever make. The fact that it can be thrown together in just 15 minutes is both wonderful and dangerous. If you ask me, it’s all sorts of wonderful.

Muddy Buddies [a.k.a. Puppy Chow] by @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

I’ve been making this concoction for years and just now realized that I hadn’t shared it with you yet! I did make a popcorn version a few years ago (“poppy chow“), which is amazing in it’s own right, but I couldn’t go another day depriving you of the cereal, chocolate, peanut butter and powdered sugar goodness. I love snacking on it in the evening while I watch TV; it’s a good dose of savory and sweet all-in-one. It’s great for parties, personal snacks and even to give as a gift. Fill some canning jars with the Muddy Buddies, tie a ribbon or some twine with a nice tag and you have a perfect gift for a hostess, a teacher, or anyone on your Christmas list.

My clothes never look as good as they do when covered in powdered sugar ;-)

Muddy Buddies [a.k.a. Puppy Chow] by @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

Two years ago: Pumpkin Bread
Three years ago: Dutch Apple Pie
Four years ago: Chewy, Fudgy Triple-Chocolate Brownies
Five years ago: Chocolate Biscotti

Muddy Buddies [a.k.a. Puppy Chow]

Yield: 15 to 20 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Chocolate and peanut butter-covered Rice Chex cereal, dusted in powdered sugar. A quick and easy snack!

Ingredients:

9 cups Rice Chex cereal (almost a full 12.8-ounce box)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup salted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups powdered sugar

Directions:

1. Place the Rice Chex cereal in a large bowl; set aside.

2. Place the chocolate chips, peanut butter, butter and vanilla extract in a medium bowl or 4-cup measuring cup. Microwave in 30-second intervals on 50% power, stirring after each, until the mixture is completely melted and smooth.

3. Pour the chocolate mixture over the Rice Chex cereal and use a rubber spatula to mix it until all of the cereal is coated.

4. Place the powdered sugar in a gallon-size zip-top bag. Put all of the chocolate-covered cereal into the bag, zipper it closed, and then shake it very well until all of the cereal is coated with powdered sugar.

5. Spread the mixture out onto a wax-paper lined sheet pan to cool and set, about 30 minutes, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

(Recipe from Chex.com)

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53 Responses to “Muddy Buddies [a.k.a. Puppy Chow]”

  1. Tieghan on September 16, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Yeah, these are one seriously dangerous snack! LOVE them!

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  2. Becky on September 16, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Growing up my mom made muddy buddies every summer for our camping trips – we’d snack on them at the pool, in the tent, for breakfast, basically all day haha. This recipe takes me back! Thanks for putting it up!

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  3. Olivia at ohmy Olivia on September 16, 2013 at 12:54 am

    These actually look SO good! And you could totally pretend that they were healthy too haha xo

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  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks on September 16, 2013 at 1:33 am

    I love puppy chow! I have so many recipes and variations for it – working in white chocolate, Nutella, Cookie Butter, sprinkles, toasted buttery waffle chunks, popcorn, caramel corn. You name it, puppy chow and I are tight :) I love the blue bowl yours is in!

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    • Matt on February 19th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      are you available?!?!?! you’re awesome!

      Reply

  5. Johanna Thompson on September 16, 2013 at 1:37 am

    This recipe sounds awesome, can’t wait to make it. I came across your blog while searching for inspiration for my new blog. I love your recipes and your pictures. Thank you!

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  6. Ellen on September 16, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Believe it or not I’m not sure I’ve ever gotten to experience this stuff!

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  7. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious on September 16, 2013 at 2:20 am

    I could snack on this chocolate-y peanut buttery goodness ALL DAY and ALL NIGHT LONG!

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  8. Lynn on September 16, 2013 at 4:03 am

    This sounds delicious but what can I substitute for the peanut butter? We have allergy issues here.

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    • Eva D on September 16th, 2013 at 10:39 am

      I have substituted the peanut butter with Sunbutter (made from sunflower seeds) for our daughter with Peanut/Tree Nut allergies and it works just fine. Sunbutter can be found in most grocery stores.

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    • Michelle on September 16th, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      Hi Lynn, You could use almond butter, cashew butter, sunbutter, Nutella, etc. – anything like that!

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      • lynn on September 16th, 2013 at 7:55 pm

        Thank you!! Can’t wait to try!

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  9. Kathy on September 16, 2013 at 4:55 am

    I LOVE PUPPY CHOW!!!!! I discovered it as an adult and have purposefully never sought out the recipe because I could eat the entire container. I think I am going to have to give in and make this very soon!!!

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  10. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar on September 16, 2013 at 6:18 am

    These are definitely one of my favorite snacks! Love this recipe.

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  11. Bake Play Smile on September 16, 2013 at 6:29 am

    How delicious! I can’t wait to make this myself! I have never had puppy chow before so I’m really looking forward to it! Thanks as always for your yummy recipes! :-)

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  12. marie @ little kitchie on September 16, 2013 at 7:05 am

    This stuff is SO addicting! YUM!

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  13. Lonna on September 16, 2013 at 7:37 am

    It might be worth pointing out that this snack is wonderful for humans, but not suitable for animals! The name, as Michelle pointed out, can be confusing! For anyone who still hasn’t gotten the memo that chocolate can make animals sick, or even be fatal in large enough doses, don’t feed these to your pets or leave them where other animals could help themselves! That being said, I love this recipe and have seen it offered at our humane society fundraising bake sales!

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  14. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on September 16, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I love puppy chow! Love the peanut butter and chocolate combo! I don’t think I would be able to control myself from eating it all!!

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  15. The Twilight Chef on September 16, 2013 at 9:51 am

    These look great – cannot wait to try them!

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  16. Elisabeth on September 16, 2013 at 10:16 am

    This is always, ALWAYS, my go-to snack. It’s quick and easy to make, and everybody is sure to love them! I shamefully admit that we use twice as much chocolate, peanut butter, and butter than your recipe calls for – with the same amount of cereal. But it coats them nicely and makes some of the pieces clump together… I’m a huge fan of Puppy Chow clumps.

    A couple times I have also ground up oreo cookies – cream and all – in a food processor and mixed the crumbs with the powdered sugar before coating the cereal. It’ll give the puppy chow just a hint of the Oreo flavor. SO GOOD!

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  17. Eva D on September 16, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I use Crispix when I make Puppy Chow. The cereal bits seem to hold up better to the mixing than the thinner pieces of Chex. I also like to spread the chocolate covered cereal on the sheet trays and let them sit for about an hour to let the chocolate /peanut butter mixture “set up” a bit BEFORE returning it to the bag to shake it with the powdered sugar. It seems to let the powdered sugar stick to the cereal better and not soak in to it. Plus, it stays crisper and fresher longer. This stuff is addicting :)

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  18. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet on September 16, 2013 at 10:53 am

    We normally eat this around the holidays because I am such a huge fan I could snack on muddy buddies everyday!

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  19. Bethany on September 16, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I just go way too excited about this. It is one of those things I flipping love but never bothered to look up. Thanks for dropping this recipe in my lap!

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  20. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on September 16, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    LOVE muddy buddies…and I sooo prefer the name muddy buddies to puppy chow :)

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  21. Mary on September 16, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Can we all please agree to STOP calling this puppy chow? I am not a dog and I do not eat dog food. Furthermore, the stuff doesn’t even resemble dog food. If you don’t want to use the trademarked name Muddy Buddies, please find something else that is not as undignified as puppy chow.

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    • Brad on November 6th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      Would you prefer robot poop?

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    • Ec on November 18th, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      It’s called Puppy Chow…a cute name for something that looks a little like dog food. The name Muddy Buddies was invented by the company that owns Chex because Puppy Chow was already trade-marked. Housewives had been calling it Puppy Chow for decades.

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    • Steve on December 19th, 2013 at 11:43 am

      Gimme a break!

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  22. Becca @ Crumbs on September 16, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    This looks so yummy and SO addictive! I’m almost scared to try it. In England we call this type of cereal Shreddies =)

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    • Rima Featherstonehaugh on August 21st, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Actually, shreddies are a different cereal; they are a small version of shredded wheat which look very similar to the sweeties shown. The cereals used here are a light corn or rice cereal. I am also from England, I now teach at a Uni here in the US.

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  23. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl on September 16, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I love this, I would just snack on it all day long! YUM! Will I be able to put it down!?

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  24. Jamie @lifelovelemons on September 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I desperately need to make muddy buddies! I’ve never tried them and they look so good!!

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  25. Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts on September 16, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I LOVE this stuff! It’s one of my favorite snacks for sure!

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  26. Tracey on September 16, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Would you believe I’ve *still* never made or eaten Muddy Buddies? I’m pretty sure I’m the very last person on earth not to have tried it. I think I need to make it happen for our next movie night!

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  27. Julie H. on September 16, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I have been following your blog for some time, and more recently your Pinterest boards. I love seeing your new posts. I can honestly say that I have loved every recipe of yours that I’ve tried. Whenever I want to make something, and don’t know exactly what, I look on your blog for inspiration. Anyway, I was surprised to see Muddybuddies on here today. My boyfriend told me a while back that he really likes these. Looking forward to trying them, and finding one more of your recipes to add to my collection. Your blog is such a pleasure. On a side noet, your dog is gorgeous. I have two yellow labs myself, and like seeing pics with of furry friend as well. Thank you so much.

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  28. Steph in Lex on September 16, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Growing up in Northwest Ohio, this stuff was a staple of my childhood. It is so addictive and so easy to eat the whole bowl!
    For me, it has always been and forever will be Puppy Chow. No, I’m not a dog. No, it’s not dog food. Pretty sure no one would get confused on either count. That’s what it’s called. Calling it anything else is messing with my childhood!

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  29. Allie | Baking a Moment on September 16, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Ha! I absolutely thought the same thing the first time I heard of puppy chow! I have been meaning to try this out on my kids forever… I’m sure they’d love it. So glad to have spotted the recipe on your site. Pinning!

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  30. Sues on September 17, 2013 at 12:49 am

    I still haven’t tried puppy chow… In part due to the name! But the more I see, the more I like…. This one looks awesome!

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  31. Shelby on September 17, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Thank you for not saving this recipe for December! I actually needed a quick snack for a visiting granddaughter yesterday! Success! It’s delicious! Thanks.

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  32. Elora on September 17, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I saw this and I was like, “Oh ho ho! I’m definitely checking this out!!” I love Muddy Buddies. And YES–they are definitely addicting.

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  33. KraftedKhaos on September 17, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I’ve had this before, but never heard it called ‘Puppy Chow’… it was called ‘Trash’ because you used a (clean) trash bag to shake the bits around in to coat them in the powdered sugar.

    There was also a version of the same that used white chocolate, and that was called ‘White Trash’, LOL.

    Love the stuff!

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  34. Laura Dembowski on September 17, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Puppy chow is the best. It’s so easy to make and give away to people. I have so many different versions on my blog. I like to up the pb, eliminate the butter, and use t less cereal so it’s more fully coated and has a lot of clumps.

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  35. Laura on September 17, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Brownie Batter Puppy chow is the bestststststsest!
    And yes, everyone give it to your child’s teacher at the holidays :o)

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  36. Alley @ Alley's Recipe Book on September 18, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I’ve always called it Puppy Chow. Anyone that didn’t grow up in the Midwest look at you like you’re trying to feed them dog food… and then can’t stop themselves from eating the yummy goodness!

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  37. Brenda on September 21, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I have also made it using Quaker oatmeal squares Which hold up better than any other cereal and is better for you with so much fiber. Very good and very messy.

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  38. elizabeth on December 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    My daughter (age 11) makes something like this but uses boxed cake mix to coat and there’s no peanut butter. She gives it out as a birthday treat to friends and family.

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  39. Adrian on December 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I’ve made these twice now and they are SO delish!! I’ve loved muddy buddies for years but when I tried making them several years ago they turned out terrible. I’m so glad I tried this recipe though, because it makes the perfect muddy buddies! I’m so addicted. *Better go work out now…*

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  40. Jackie on January 6, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    They taste best when you store them in the freezer. They are crunchier.

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  41. Kate G. on January 12, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I moved to Switzerland (originally from PGH :-) and my cereal options are really limited – i.e. no Chex. Is there a decent option other than Chex cereal? Would something like mini shredded wheat work? Thanks for your time!

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    • Michelle on January 12th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Hi Kate, Without knowing all that you have at your disposal, I’m not sure which would be the best option. I don’t know that shredded wheat would work; not sure that it would hold the coating. You could always try, though!

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    • Annie on May 13th, 2014 at 7:35 am

      I’m in France and I use golden grahams or the supermarket’s own variation of them.

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  42. Shelly68 on April 10, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I made this but substituted pretzels instead of chex
    And call it PCP (pretzle,chocolate and peanutbutter)
    Because it is truly addictive

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  43. michelle on May 20, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I tasted this somewhere……somewhere? omg I can’t remember where……all I can think about is when that wonderful sensation of powdered sugar and then everything else follows. I have everything to make except rice chex and will pick them up today. I know what I will be munching on tonight as I watch Judge Judy primetime! Thanks for adding this link.

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