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Muddy buddies are full of chocolate and peanut butter flavors with an irresistible crunch. This muddy buddy recipe only requires 4 ingredients and is ready in minutes. It’s the perfect homemade snack or gift idea!

Muddy buddies in a serving bowl on a table - this delicious snack is made with Chex cereal and is also called Puppy Chow

Muddy buddies are an irresistible treat that’s perfect for everyday snacking, holiday parties or just a homemade gift. You might also know it as puppy chow or monkey munch, which are all the same thing!

The recipe is also easy and fun to make with kids.


There are 4 ingredients to make Chex muddy buddies:

  1. Chex cereal: Rice Chex works best with a nice crunch and neutral flavor. Other options include Corn Chex or Quaker Life cereal. Crispix will also work, although the shape is slightly different.
  2. Chocolate: Semisweet baking chocolate coats the cereal the best, although premium chocolate chips (dark chocolate or milk chocolate) will also work.
  3. Creamy Peanut Butter
  4. Powdered Sugar – for the frosted look

This recipe is gluten-free when you use Rice Chex. To make it dairy-free as well, simply use dairy-free chocolate.

Sometimes butter/margerine, vanilla and salt are added, although I’ve found simpler is better!

This Muddy Buddy recipe can be made in advance and stored in a mason jar for a ready-made snack or gift idea


  • You may find it easier to combine in two batches: mix half the cereal with half the chocolate mixture until coated. Remove and then repeat with the remaining cereal and chocolate.
  • Stir in the chocolate mixture using a soft spatula, as the cereal pieces crush easily with a rigid spoon.
  • Chill the coated cereal for 5-10 minutes before adding the powdered sugar. This step allows the melted chocolate to thicken slightly so the sugar coats instead of soaking in.

Chex Mix Muddy Buddies after being coated with powdered sugar in a ziplock bag


Once you’ve mastered peanut butter muddy buddies, try some of these other combinations:

  • Muddy Buddies Cookies and Cream flavored: Use white chocolate chips mixed with crushed cookie sandwiches instead of peanut butter.
  • Lemon Muddy Buddies: Use white chocolate and butter instead of semisweet chocolate and peanut butter. Add in a teaspoon each of lemon zest and lemon juice.
  • Muddy Buddies Without Peanut Butter: Simply substitute sunflower seed butter 1:1 for peanut butter.

For a holiday or seasonal twist, here are a few easy muddy buddy variations:

  • Christmas Muddy Buddies (AKA Reindeer Chow): Follow the original recipe and add in 1 cup of red & green M&Ms or similar candy at the end
  • Halloween Muddy Buddies: Follow the original recipe and add orange and black candy such as Halloween M&Ms, candy corn and chocolate etc.

Closeup of pieces of Muddy Buddies made with Rice Chex cereal, chocolate, peanut butter and coated in powdered sugar

Muddy buddies in a serving bowl on a table - this delicious snack is made with Chex cereal and is also called Puppy Chow
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Muddy Buddies

Muddy buddies are an addictive treat full of chocolatey, peanut butter flavors! This muddy buddy recipe only requires 4 ingredients and a few minutes to make, plus it’s gluten-free!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Chilling Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 10 servings


  • 6 cups Rice Chex cereal, or similar cereal (12 oz)
  • 6 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped, or 1 cup chocolate chips (see note)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1-2 cups powdered sugar, sifted


  • Add the chocolate to a medium bowl.
  • Place bowl over simmering water to melt. Alternatively, microwave on low power in 30-second intervals until smooth, stirring regularly.
  • Stir in the peanut butter until incorporated.
  • In a medium to large bowl, add the Chex cereal.
  • Pour the chocolate mixture on top.
  • Using a soft spatula, gently mix to coat the cereal evenly. Try not to crush the cereal pieces.
  • Chill for 5-10 minutes to let the chocolate firm up slightly. 
  • Add the coated Chex and powdered sugar to a large ziplock bag.
  • Gently shake and invert the bag until the sugar coats the chocolate evenly. It takes about one minute.


  • Baking chocolate such as Baker’s or Ghirardelli is recommended for easy mixing.
  • If microwaving, use low power to avoid scorching.
  • Store muddy buddies in a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid for up to one week. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months.
Nutrition Facts
Muddy Buddies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 272 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 217mg9%
Potassium 209mg6%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 310IU6%
Vitamin C 3.6mg4%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 6.7mg37%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Author: TipBuzz
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: monkey munch, muddy buddies, puppy chow
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