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Muddy Buddies (Puppy Chow)

Muddy Buddies (Puppy Chow)

Muddy Buddies (Puppy Chow)

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Muddy Buddies (Puppy Chow)
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Muddy Buddies, also affectionately known as Puppy Chow, are a college party staple. It’s simply Chex cereal mixed with chocolate and peanut butter, then coated with powdered sugar. This is poured into a large bowl and served as a snack any time finger food is appropriate. You can turn this into Reindeer Chow by adding Red and Green M&Ms, or Halloween Chow by adding Reese’s Pieces and candy corn.


  • 8 cups Chex cereal (any variety)

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1-1/2 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 cups red and green M&Ms (optional, for Reindeer Chow), or Reese’s Pieces and candy corn (optional, for Halloween Chow) — see Notes, below


  • Place cereal in large bowl. Place chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in high for 1-1/2 minutes or until mixture is smooth when stirred. Stir in vanilla. Pour chocolage mixture over cereal, stirring until all pieces are evenly coated. When chocolate has cooled but not set, pour mixture into large plastic bag with powdered sugar; shake until all pieces are coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. If making Reindeer Chow, wait till chocolate has completely set, then toss in the M&Ms. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

    If you make Reindeer Chow, your yield will be 11 cups.


  • Muddy Buddies / Puppy Chow Variations: you can use any flavor of Chex serial, milk or dark chocolate chips, or white chocolate chips, or even colored candy melts.
  • Reindeer Chow Variations: you can use any flavor/color of M&Ms. Many people also toss mini pretzels into their Reindeer Chow, which represent antlers, and I have also seen it with malted milk balls, tiny peanut butter cups, broken candy canes, and whole peanuts.
  • Halloween Chow Variations: Reese’s Pieces come by default in fall colors of orange, yellow and brown. You can also use fall-colored M&Ms, candy corns, and googly eye candies add a spooky vibe.
  • Contributed by Carrie.


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My son who is now 28 has one request when he comes home for Christmas - muddy buddies! A family "must-have" for the holidays!
- mom of two boys
i really enjoy making these but they are so addicting........i will make them over and over again...nice snack to nibble on while watching tv
- A Baker
they r great my kids love them they call them reaindeer poop
- A Baker
I love muddy buddies! I am a horrible cook but these are fun and easy to make. I have read other's commetsand they said it looks like dog food and it has a nickname: puppy chow! :)
- Myah in IN 
I am a big fan of this recipe. Sence I think it resembles dog food, I make it and give it away at Christmas in a cute, but cheap little dog dish, tied up in a clear bag. Adorable
- A Baker
This is the most amazing snack in the world. My aunt told me how to make it last year and now I cant live without them.
- A Baker
OH WOW! I LOVE THESE! This was the first time I have ever made Muddy Buddies, and now that I have... All I have to say is WOW! Thanks!
- A Baker
- LISA in PA
This stuff is good i been making them since i was 7
- Syurs in TX
This is so amazing! Muddy buddies are great in every way! I would eat them all day if I could. The first time I had them was at a class room Valentines day party! I had seconds, of course! So did my friends(:
- Amelia  
amazingly awesome! i love muddy buddies! They are so delicious. i love them!
- Joon in FPU
these are amazing. i'm only 14 and me and my best friend have been making them since we were younginss :] I'm doing a school project on these! Anyways, yes they are amazing. I love them.
- jessica  
My kids and I just made these for the first time definitely won't be the last, love love love..can't wait to take some of this to work tomorrow, we are always looking for ymuumy snack ideas.
- Jeann and the Munchkins
Awesome! Very versatile for the holidays. I mix this with red and green m&m's to make it more festive.
- baking in canton
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