Muddy Buddies (Puppy Chow)

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Muddy Buddies is a fun kid’s treat. Easy to make and even easier to eat!

Muddy Buddies is one of those popular, classic recipes that seems like it has been around for ages. I remember eating it when I was a kid.

Chex cereal came out in 1937 and muddy buddies is thought to have originated in the 50’s or 60’s. A lot of people say they had to make it as a recipe in Home Economics class but I don’t remember making it.

chocolate and peanut butter cooking in pot on stove for muddy buddies

Chex Mix brand actually sells bags of Muddy Buddies premade in the aisle next to other Chex Mix snacks. It’s so easy to make yourself, though, and a lot cheaper.

Tons of variations have been created over the years to include other flavors and add-ins. Many people even serve it at holidays with holiday themed food items added in. M&M’s have become a popular candy to add in for holiday colors.

muddy buddies being made. chex cereal covered in chocolate and peanut butter mixture

Some have used different cereals to create a different flavor altogether but I like sticking with the classic recipe.

Muddy Buddies is great to bag in individual bags for school lunches, kids parties, etc. Worried about peanut allergies? You can use a different nut butter, use Nutella instead of peanut butter, skip the peanut butter completely, or try a different combination. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with creating your own way of making it.

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Muddy Buddies (Puppy Chow)

Chex cereal coated in chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar.

Course Snack
Keyword 5 ingredients, easy desserts, easy snacks, kids snacks, kids treats, muddy buddies, puppy chow, snacks
Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 10 1 cup servings


  • 1 12oz. Chex cereal
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or other nut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla optional
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Pour the Chex cereal into one extra large bowl with lid or divide it evenly into two medium bowls with lids or two large Ziploc baggies. Set aside.

  2. Melt butter in small or medium saucepan. Add chocolate chips and peanut butter. Stir until melted and combined. Stir in vanilla.

  3. Slowly pour the chocolate all over the Chex cereal. Stir or shake to combine.

  4. Once the chocolate has coated the cereal, add in the powdered sugar. Shake to coat the cereal.

  5. You can lay the coated cereal out on aluminum foil to dry or just let it dry in the bowl.

  6. Store leftovers in an airtight container or bag.

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