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Muddy Buddies {aka Puppy Chow}

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I don’t think I know a single person who doesn’t love Muddy Buddies. And if you happen to be one of those people, don’t tell me. I don’t want to know that I live in a world with people who don’t like this stuff.

Essentially, the original Muddy Buddy (sometimes called Puppy Chow) recipe consists of 4 basic ingredients: peanut butter, chocolate chips, Rice Squares cereal (Chex), and powdered sugar. The first two ingredients are melted together to coat the cereal pieces. Once coated, the cereal is tossed with powdered sugar to add yet another layer of deliciousness.

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It’s served out of a bowl at parties, during movie nights, and pretty much any other time you want to eat the best sweet snack of your life. It’s known for being highly addictive, which is a claim I can personally vouch for. Ahem.

I like eating it best after it’s chilled for a few hours, but just be warned that the powdered sugar coating will be dissolved by condensation. So if you’re serving it at a party or the likes, keep it room temperature.

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Muddy Buddies {aka Puppy Chow}


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (I like crunchy)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 8 cups rice squares cereal (Chex)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. In a large bowl, microwave the peanut butter, chocolate chips, and butter for 1 minute. Mix together until smooth, microwaving for an additional 30 seconds if necessary.
  2. Pour the cereal into the bowl and use a large spatula to mix and coat the cereal.
  3. Pour the powdered sugar over the cereal and toss to coat -or- spoon the cereal into a zip top bag, and pour the powdered sugar in (seal and shake to coat).
  4. Serve immediately or chill and serve.
  5. 16 servings

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Another reason for the ever-increasing popularity of Muddy Buddies? There are so many tasty variations you can make!

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Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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14 Responses to “Muddy Buddies {aka Puppy Chow}”

  1. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on June 17, 2013 at 9:32 pm (#)

    I looove muddy buddies (or puppy chow as I call it)!

  2. Liz Fourez posted on June 17, 2013 at 9:46 pm (#)

    You just can’t go wrong with Muddy Buddies! P.S. What are you using as the background/base for your picture?

    • Ashton posted on June 18, 2013 at 8:15 am (#)

      Oh my gosh– it’s a stroke of genius on Dorothy’s part. She found this wooden plank patterned butcher paper at JoAnn’s. I literally bought mine in California and carried it back through all the planes and airports with me to VA :)

  3. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen posted on June 17, 2013 at 11:09 pm (#)

    Muddy buddies were a staple at youth group retreats when I was in high school. I love seeing all your varieties!

  4. Michele posted on June 18, 2013 at 6:00 am (#)

    Yum! I do love muddy buddies. Good idea for our next movie night!

  5. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on June 18, 2013 at 8:49 am (#)

    Love this classic recipe! For some reason my family only does it at Christmas, I prefer all year round!!

  6. TiffanyAzure@CremedelaCrumb posted on June 18, 2013 at 10:57 am (#)

    Okay I just have to share because I know that you would love these little babies as much as I do
    LOVE muddy buddies, this is my new favorite.

    #MuddyBuddyADDICT!!! :)

  7. Nessa posted on June 18, 2013 at 11:00 am (#)


  8. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats posted on June 18, 2013 at 11:10 am (#)

    LOVE all these classics you are sharing. Sometimes you just can’t beat a tried and true recipe :)

  9. Sarah @ Miss Candiquik posted on June 18, 2013 at 2:21 pm (#)

    There cannot be people out there that don’t like muddy buddies – at least 1 variety. I think my favorite so far are the lemon ones :). Thanks for sharing, love your photos….and your new(er) blog background!! :)

  10. Joanna posted on June 18, 2013 at 9:39 pm (#)

    These are always so delicious, they’re dangerous to make! And I just saw that they make Vanilla Chex, so there’s another possibility for flavor matching…

  11. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on June 24, 2013 at 10:22 pm (#)

    I could live on muddy buddies! LOVE.

  12. Beth posted on June 25, 2013 at 5:55 pm (#)

    We call it “trash” here in North Carolina! But, it’s really good trash! Can’t wait to try the variations you’ve shared. Thank you!

    • Ashton posted on June 25, 2013 at 11:17 pm (#)

      I grew up in NC! We always called it Muddy Buddies– I thought it was so weird when I moved out west for college and people called it “puppy chow!”