Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies)

Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies) is the PERFECT sweet and crunchy party snack, made with only 4 ingredients and ready in under under 10 minutes!

Our party menu is constantly being updated, and this week our kitchen is busy prepping for Pressed Pepperoni Pizza Party Rolls, Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers, and Cocktail Meatballs!


Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies) is the ULTIMATE party food, made from rice chex, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and powdered sugar. It’s sweet, crunchy, and only takes about 10 minutes to throw together.

You can easily keep these 4 ingredients stocked in your pantry to pull out at a moments notice for guests, or just for a quick snack when the kids get home from school.

I always use regular peanut butter for this instead of the natural kind because it has a longer shelf life, and can be kept at room temperature for longer. Plus, it’s just easier to work with.

You can add some flavor to this puppy chow (muddy buddies) recipe with a ½ teaspoon of almond or vanilla extract, or by mixing the melted chocolate with other types of candy.

I’ve also doubled the chocolate peanut butter mixture to use up the whole box of rice Chex instead of having leftovers. When it comes to puppy chow, I don’t think you can ever have enough!


Store the muddy buddies in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 weeks. Honestly though, the bowl always seems to empty itself the day I make it!


Puppy chow is great for making ahead. In fact, I’ll make 2-3 times this recipe when I make this, and freeze most of it. Then when I have company over, or need a quick snack for the kids, I just take this out of the freezer and serve. You can thaw them on the counter, or just eat them cold. It’s also great to make a large batch a few days before a party, so you have one less thing to do on the day of!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies



  • Make sure you stir thoroughly (and carefully!) to completely coat the cereal in the chocolate and peanut butter mixture. This is what makes the powdered sugar stick, giving it a really decorative look! If it’s not completely coated, make more of the peanut butter/chocolate mixture.
  • Add some extra mini chocolate chips, Reese’s, sprinkles, or other candies to the bowl when serving for some pops of color.
  • You can use dark, milk, or white chocolate for this recipe.
  • Mix some instant espresso powder with the chocolate and coat the puppy chow with cocoa powder instead of powdered sugar for a mocha version.
  • Add flavorings like peppermint to the chocolate mixture, then add some crushed candies (like leftover candy canes) to the powdered sugar bag.
  • If your chocolate and peanut butter is too thick, try adding a few drops of coconut oil to thin it out enough to work with.
  • Place some puppy chow (muddy buddies) in decorative little plastic bags or jars with some ribbon to give as gifts during the holidays!
  • If you don’t have a ziplock bag, you can lay the puppy chow on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and dust them with powdered sugar that way, stirring to get both sides. If your powdered sugar isn’t coating the puppy chow (muddy buddies) evenly, try using a sifter to spread the sugar out more.
  • Use peanut butter chips instead of chocolate chips for an all-peanut butter version, or mix in some butterscotch or caramel chips for more flavors!
  • Once it’s coated, stick in the refrigerator to harden the chocolate and peanut butter again.
  • You can really do this with any bland cereal, Rice Chex is good because it has a bland somewhat nutty flavor and crunchy texture that goes well with the peanut butter and chocolate.

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Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies)

Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies) is the PERFECT sweet and crunchy party snack, made with only 4 ingredients and ready in under under 10 minutes!
Yield 24 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder



  • Melt the chocolate and peanut butter in the microwave in 30 second increments in the microwave in a large glass bowl (90 seconds total).
  • Stir well until mixed then add in the cereal and mix well until coated before adding the cereal to a large ziploc bag with the powdered sugar and shaking until fully coated.


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 4.8mg
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Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies)

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Hi Sabrina —
    I had a quick question: do I need to let the chocolatey treats cool any before tossing them in the powdered sugar??

  2. I would suggest using the more expensive higher quality chis. The cheap ones don’t melt-even microwaving on lower microwave power and frequently stirring

  3. I know our recipes differ slightly but shouldn’t there be a Step 3?
    In mine, after shaking the Puppy Chow up in the powdered sugar you dump it out onto parchment paper in a thin layer to let it dry. After the chocolate has dried, then you can put it in an airtight container if you haven’t eaten it all by now.

  4. I make it once a month in my home….my daughter loves it!!!….my honey and i sit up at night snacking on this with a cold bottle of water!!! lol……five stars!!