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Holiday Muddy Buddies Recipe

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Looking for a fun and easy snack to make for your next party? Look no further than Muddy Buddies! This tasty treat is perfect for any occasion, and can be easily customized for different holidays, including Christmas Muddy Buddies! Simply mix together some peanut butter, chocolate chips, and powdered sugar, then coat your favorite cereal in the mixture. Add a little Christmas cheer by sprinkling on some red and green sprinkles, then let the muddy buddies dry. Once they’re dry, they’re ready to enjoy! Christmas Muddy Buddies are the perfect snack to help you celebrate the season. So what are you waiting for? Get muddy and have some fun!

A close up of Original Muddy Buddies.

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It’s hard to find good recipes that are festive and easy to make, especially during the holiday season.

Between all of the parties, family gatherings, and work events, it can be tough to find time to cook a big meal. And even if you do have time, sometimes you just don’t want to deal with the hassle.

This recipe for Muddy Buddies is perfect for those moments when you need a quick and easy dessert that still feels special. These chocolate-covered Chex cereal treats can easily be customized for any holiday, so they’re perfect for Christmas or any other winter celebration.

What are Muddy Buddies?

Muddy Buddies are a snack mix made of Chex cereal, covered in melted chocolate and peanut butter, and coated in powdered sugar. Yum.

A bowl of Muddy Buddies with Red, White, and Blue M&M’s for the 4th of July and a Letter board sign that says “Red White and Blue Muddy Buddies Recipe”.

I’ve heard some people refer to Muddy Buddies as Puppy Chow, but I just can’t call them that. I don’t know why?

Holiday Muddy Buddies

The great thing about making Muddy Buddies is how versatile they are. You can customize this recipe for almost any holiday. One way to do this is to add holiday-appropriate colored M&Ms.

4th of July

In this Patriotic Muddy Buddies recipe I used special Red, White, & Blue M&M’s that are sold around the 4th of July.

A bowl of Muddy Buddies with Red, White, and Blue M&M’s for the 4th of July.

I found these at both Target and Walmart as well as smaller grocery story chains. You can also find them here on Amazon.

Halloween

There are so many possibilities for Halloween Muddy Buddies! You could add Halloween M&M’s, but it would also be fun to add candy corn!

Halloween M&Ms

Looking for more Halloween recipes? Check out my Mickey Halloween Cupcakes, Mickey Mummy Macarons, and Disneyland’s Graveyard Cupcakes!

Christmas

M&M’s does release Christmas colored candy but I’ve also seen white chocolate and peppermint versions as well. Both of those flavors would be really good in a Muddy Buddies recipe.

I also have a delicious Christmas Crack Chex Mix recipe that I promise you will love and will make every year!

A measuring cup pouring Chex cereal into a bowl

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day would be a fun holiday to make Muddy Buddies! Not only could you do pink, red, and white M&M’s, but you could add conversation hearts or red hot candies!

An open ziplock bag with Muddy Buddies inside.

Easter Muddy Buddies

Easter has a lot of fun candy choices to spruce up Muddy Buddies. You can your M&Ms Eggs or my favorite Cadbury Mini Eggs

A spoon of melted chocolate.

Ingredients for Holiday Muddy Buddies

*Ingredient amounts are located in the recipe card at the end of this post.

Cups Chex Cereal- You can use any variety of Chex Cereal that you want. I like to use a combination of Corn Chex and Rice Chex.

Chocolate Chips- Use milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate or dark chocolate chips for this recipe.

Peanut Butter– For this recipe you will want to use creamy peanut butter.

Butter– Either salted butter or unsalted butter will work for Muddy Buddies.

Vanilla Extract– Using vanilla extract will help to enhance the flavor of this sweet treat. I prefer real vanilla instead of imitation vanilla.

Powdered Sugar- This is used to create the sweet coating on the Muddy Buddies.

Holiday (or regular) M&M’s- Using M&Ms is a great way to add some flavor and color to your Muddy Buddies.

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Instructions

[1] Add the Chex cereal to a large mixing bowl.

A glass bowl of Chex cereal.

[2] In a separate, smaller bowl, add the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter.

A bowl of chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter to make original Muddy Buddies.

[3] Place the bowl in the microwave and cook for 1 minute and stir.

A spoon stirring melted chocolate and peanut butter.

[4] Continue to cook in 30 second increments until the mixture is completely melted. Stir in the vanilla.

A spatula dripping with melted chocolate.

[5] Pour the melted chocolate over the cereal. 

Melted chocolate being poured over a bowl of Chex cereal to make Muddy Buddies Recipe.

[6] Use a spatula to gently stir until all of the Chex is coated.

A bowl of chocolate covered Chex cereal.

[7] Add the powdered sugar to a 2 gallon size ziplock bag

A measuring cup pouring powdered sugar into a ziplock bag.

[8] Scoop in the chocolate cereal mixture.

A spoon scooping A bag of chocolate covered Chex cereal in a ziplock bag with powdered sugar.

[9] Seal the bag and shake to coat.

A bag of chocolate covered Chex cereal in a ziplock bag with powdered sugar.

[10] Pour the Muddy Buddies out onto wax paper to cool.

Muddy Buddies covered in powdered sugar being poured out of a ziplock bag.

[11] Once cool, place the Muddy Buddies in and airtight container or serving bowl.

A close up of Original Muddy Buddies.

[12] Carefully stir the colorful M&M’s or other holiday candy into the mix. Store in the airtight container for up to 5 days.

A bowl of Muddy Buddies with Red, White, and Blue M&M’s for the 4th of July.

Hopefully you can make these Holiday Muddy Buddies for your next friends and family party!

Variations to this recipe:

If you want to change up this recipe, you can try using different kinds of chocolate chips or peanut butter. You could also add in other holiday-themed ingredients like candy canes or sprinkles. Just be creative and have fun with it!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why is Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies) Called Puppy Chow?

Puppy Chow (or Muddy Buddies) got its name because it looks like something that a puppy would eat. The combination of peanut butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar in a large bowl during the holiday season is so delicious that even humans can’t resist it!

What are Other Popular Names for Muddy Buddies?

Muddy Buddies are also commonly known as Puppy Chow, Snack Mix, Reindeer Food, Reindeer Chow Muddy Buddies or Bait. No matter what you call them, they’re sure to be a hit at your next holiday party!

How Do I Customize This Recipe for Different Holidays?

This easy recipe is already pretty festive, but if you want to make it even more holiday-specific, you can try using different kinds of chocolate chips or peanut butter to create different flavors. You could also add in other holiday-themed ingredients like candy canes or sprinkles. Just be creative and have fun with it!

Who Invented Puppy Chow?

There is no one definitive answer to this question, but Puppy Chow (or Muddy Buddies) has been around for many years. It’s a popular snack food that can be enjoyed by people of all ages!

Can I Freeze Puppy Chow?

Yes, you can freeze Puppy Chow (or Muddy Buddies). Just store them in an airtight container and they should last for up to 3 months. This sweet snack can be made early, put in the freezer, and then given out at your next Christmas party!

What are Different Cereal Options for Muddy Buddies?

There are many different types of cereal that you can use for this recipe that you can use to create a perfect holiday treat. Some of our favorites include Rice Krispies, Corn Pops, and Chex Mix cereal. Just be sure to use a cereal that has a nice crunch to it so the Puppy Chow (or Muddy Buddies) don’t get too soggy.

What are Different Chocolate Options for Muddy Buddies?

There are many different types of chocolate that you can use for this recipe. Some of our favorites include milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate. You could even use a combination of all three to create a tasty chocolate mixture!

What are Different Peanut Butter Options for Muddy Buddies?

There are many different types of peanut butter that you can use for this recipe. Some of our favorites include creamy, chunky, and natural peanut butter. Just be sure to use a peanut butter mixture that you like the taste of since it is such a key ingredient in this recipe!

Can I Change the Mix-Ins?

Yes! There are many different mix-ins that you can use for this recipe. Some of our favorites include candy canes, sprinkles, and chocolate chips. You can also add green candy melts or red candy melts to this festive holiday treat. Just be creative and have fun with it!

Add Some Extra Flavor: If you want to add some extra flavor to your Puppy Chow (or Muddy Buddies), you can try adding in a teaspoon or two of vanilla extract. This will give the snack mix a nice, subtle flavor that everyone is sure to love at any time of year.

Be sure to serve your perfect Christmas version with hot chocolate!

Let me know which holiday you make them for in the comments below!

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Holiday Muddy Buddies
A bowl of Muddy Buddies with Red, White, and Blue M&M’s for the 4th of July.

Holiday Muddy Buddies

Yield: 18 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

An easy and fun snack made with Chex cereal and holiday M&M’s. Perfect for any holiday party and easy enough for kids to make! Customizable for different holidays.

Ingredients

  • 9 Cups Chex Cereal (your choice)
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Cup Holiday (or regular) M&M’s

Instructions

  1. Add the Chex cereal to a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate, smaller bowl, add the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Place the bowl in the microwave and cook for 1 minute and stir.
  3. Continue to cook in 30 second increments until the mixture is completely melted. Stir in vanilla.
  4. Pour the melted chocolate over the cereal and use a spatula to gently stir until all of the Chex is coated.
  5. Add the powdered sugar to a 2 gallon size ziplock bag and scoop in the chocolate cereal mixture.
  6. Seal the bag and shake to coat.
  7. Pour the Muddy Buddies out onto wax paper to cool.
  8. Once cool, place the Muddy Buddies in and airtight container or serving bowl.
  9. 9Carefully stir the colorful M&M’s or other holiday candy into the mix. Store in the airtight container for up to 5 days.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 274Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 174mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 27gProtein: 4g

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Molly

Wednesday 27th of November 2019

In the ingredients it said we needed vanilla but when I was making the recipe I realized that I didn’t use the vanilla. So I am a little confused 😐 but overall a pretty good recipe

Mindy

Saturday 30th of November 2019

Thanks for letting me know! Just got it fixed :)

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