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Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies


My mom always said that once you have 3 kids, you’ve reached your absolute height of insanity. That after 3 kids, it really doesn’t matter how many more you have. You don’t even notice the added chaos.


I think I had my 3rd kid this weekend. A big, fat 20 lb kid.


I have Emma, of course (the only actual human child in this whole scenario).

And then I have Something Swanky, my second baby.

And then I have Online BlogCon. And that one is my 3rd, big baby. A big, big baby. Whew!


The chaos that has ensued as a result of that third child literally knocked me off of my feet for a few days, and I’m just now resurfacing. So sorry to have been so neglectful of your comments and emails lately, I really am. And I’ll be better soon.


Just give me a week to recover from labor and delivery.

We get that with blog babies right? A little maternity leave? Ok, ok, maybe not :)


Anyway. To make up for the shameful sloppiness around here lately, I’ve made my 1st or 2nd favorite fall dessert for you today. I can’t choose between this and the Pumpkin Fudge with Nutella and Fluff Swirl, so they’re both 1st or 2nd. Depends on the moment, I guess.

In accordance with my obsession of all things Pumpkin Hershey Kisses, I’ve replaced the chocolate and peanut butter in the classic Muddy Buddy recipe with Pumpkin Kisses and butter, and I’ve replaced the Rice Chex with Cinnamon Chex cereal (omg). You will love, love, love it!

(well.. if you love pumpkinĀ  and cinnamon, and the taste of pure fall having a party in your mouth!)


Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies


  • 9 cups Cinnamon Chex Cereal
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Pie Hershey Kisses (or any combination* of chocolate, to equal 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese canned frosting
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  1. In a large microwave safe bowl, microwave the hershey kisses, cream cheese frosting, and butter together in 30 second increments, until smooth and melted. Mix in the vanilla.
  2. Using a rubber spatula, gently mix in the chex cereal 2 cups at a time, until all the cereal is completely coated.
  3. Place the powdered sugar in a gallon sized zip top bag. Spoon the cereal mixture into it. Seal it and shake well to coat all of the cereal. Pour and store the coated cereal into an airtight container (I usually just leave it in the bag).
  4. *I've also tried this with 3/4 cup pumpkin kisses and 1/4 c. butterscotch chips-- awesome!

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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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44 Responses to “Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies”

  1. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on October 22, 2012 at 10:38 pm (#)

    OMG stop. I am a muddy buddy/puppy chow freak! And Ashton, you know how much I love pumpkin. This stuff looks dangerous. SO SO dangerous. I don’t think I could be left alone with it! AMAZING!! You are so clever. :)

    • Ashton posted on October 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm (#)

      You are so funny :) So glad I’m back to reading comments– because I love getting to yours!

  2. Gina posted on October 22, 2012 at 11:01 pm (#)

    I have a Halloween baby that is set to turn 17 next Wednesday. I did not give him permission to grow so fast…but I will make him these Muddy Buddies for his party. As I weep into my Halloween spiked cider. cheers!

  3. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on October 22, 2012 at 11:13 pm (#)

    Ashton, this looks soooo good. I sort of have this addiction to snacky-type food, so it would be totally dangerous for me to have this around. I LOVE pumpkin!! Also, I LOVE Online BlogCon–you and Dorothy are doing an awesome job!!

  4. Caroline posted on October 22, 2012 at 11:43 pm (#)

    oh no you didn’t. seriously??? i just got over biscoff puppy chow nad now there’s THIS?! that’s it. as soon as my kitchen is back up & running, this is about to be amazing. thanks ;) and enjoy your maternity leave.

    • Ashton posted on October 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm (#)

      Ooooh! how was the biscoff puppy chow?? I bet that’s amazing! I bet you could use Pumpkin hershey kisses and biscoff together!!!! OMG. DO IT!

  5. Sonya posted on October 23, 2012 at 1:08 am (#)

    my dad has been makong these forever! I had no idea they had pumpkin chocolate chips

  6. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on October 23, 2012 at 7:21 am (#)

    So true on your mom’s theory. Our 4th child slid right into the family. We were already outnumbered, so what was one more! This mix looks delicious!!!!

  7. Sarah E. posted on October 23, 2012 at 8:15 am (#)

    Every single time I see all these amazing pumpkin kiss-using recipes, my heart breaks a little. I cannot find them anywhere up here in the middle of nowhere upstate NY. I cannot wait to be back in civilization. My poor family is going to live on pumpkin kisses 2 years from now! LOL

  8. stacey posted on October 23, 2012 at 8:26 am (#)

    Is the 1 cup of kisses before melted or do you need 1 cup of melted chocolate?

    • Ashton posted on October 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm (#)

      The kisses and the chocolate are one and the same. You need 1 cup of chocolate to melt in step one. You can use Pumpkin Kisses like I did, OR you can use a combination of Pumpkin Kisses and another chocolate– like butterscotch chips, or white chocolate. I’ve used both in combination with the pumpkin kisses before and they’re great :)

  9. lindsay posted on October 23, 2012 at 8:29 am (#)

    thank you for ruining my healthy habits. i’m sure i’ll be eating this stuff like it’s going out of style. :)


  10. Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection posted on October 23, 2012 at 9:10 am (#)

    OOoooohhh good call on using the Cinnamon Chex cereal! I could use a handful or two this morning to give me a good sugar rush. Oy vey. Is it Friday yet?

  11. Liz posted on October 23, 2012 at 9:18 am (#)

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried Muddy Buddies but these make me want to try them all the more! My 3 kids would love them I’m sure! Thanks for sharing :)

  12. Ala posted on October 23, 2012 at 1:51 pm (#)

    Good luck with the online con baby! I’d say that one’s more of a baby-whale sized kid; glad you’re holding up enough to share this fun recipe.

  13. Heather @French Press posted on October 23, 2012 at 4:43 pm (#)

    pumpkin pie kisses – where have I been hiding? blogcon has been SO MUCH fun – thaks for putting in all of the hard work

    • Ashton posted on October 25, 2012 at 2:53 pm (#)

      THanks so much! I hope you can find those kisses. Some people don’t have them in their area and it’s a CRIME!

  14. Peggy posted on October 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm (#)

    I love this. Please link it to my linky party & anything else you have to share. It just went live a little early :) Thanks, Peggy.

  15. Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik posted on October 24, 2012 at 9:11 am (#)

    These sound amazing!!! Also…love the new blog design – p.s. I can comment now!!

    • Ashton posted on October 25, 2012 at 2:49 pm (#)

      Woo-hoo! Yay :)

  16. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on October 24, 2012 at 1:37 pm (#)

    OMG I think this is my new favorite thing ever. I’m not sure if I should hug your or be angry. Especially since your mom didn’t buy ME any of those kisses. Now I have to go hunting…

    • Ashton posted on October 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm (#)

      I think I’m going to have to send you some. I’ll buy out Target in Raleigh this weekend when I’m at the meet and greet :)

  17. Kassi @ Truly Lovely posted on October 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm (#)

    Dude… Two of my most favorite things! Pumpkin. Muddy buddies. I’m sold!

  18. Meg @ Sweet Twist posted on October 24, 2012 at 8:13 pm (#)

    Well you did an amazing job taking care of your third baby. Loved Online Blogcon.

    I also really wish we had pumpkin kisses in Canada… I could eat large bowls of this treat!

    • Ashton posted on October 25, 2012 at 2:41 pm (#)

      Seriously. We need to talk to Hershey about their lack of pumpkin kisses in the world. Why do so many people not get these?????? It’s immoral! Oh well. Thanks for coming to OBC! :)

  19. Meghan posted on October 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm (#)

    This look so yummy! I love pumpkin pie and I love muddy buddies! I am so excited to make this I would love if you would come share it at my new linky party, FriDays Made Sweet! at

  20. Kari posted on October 29, 2012 at 2:15 am (#)

    I would love to see the pumpkin, nutella, fluff recipe, where can I find it?

  21. Dia posted on October 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm (#)

    Where do u find pumpkin pie Hershey kisses?

  22. posted on November 1, 2012 at 10:56 pm (#)

    wow I can’t wait to try these! I have always loved muddy buddies/people puppy chow/monkey munch…I have no will power when it comes to this stuf! And the pumpkin and cinnamon would be Sooo good!

  23. Rachel posted on November 2, 2012 at 6:47 pm (#)

    this sounds amazing, I Love anything pumpkin!!! Only thing, I can’t find the pumpkin kisses ANYWHERE! I even tried chocolate chips with pumpkin but yeah.. that didn’t work so well. Any alternative ideas, since pumpkin kisses are no where to be found?! I would seriously LOVE TO make this!

    • Ashton posted on November 5, 2012 at 11:34 pm (#)

      hmmm…. my only thought would be to mix in some pumpkin instant pudding mix into white chocolate. You’ll have to hurry to go find some though, I bet they’re about to sell out for the season!

      It’s such a shame that not everyone can get to those kisses!!

  24. angiepangie posted on August 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm (#)

    but what size box of chex did you use???

  25. candice posted on September 9, 2013 at 9:32 pm (#)

    I have never seen pumpkin Hershey kisses here in New Jersey, but this recipe sounds delicious.

  26. Beverly posted on September 12, 2013 at 7:44 pm (#)

    Sounds Awesome!!! Can’t wait to try Pumpkin Pie muddy buddies

  27. barb dellinger posted on September 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm (#)

    Is the coating completely set (dry) before you toss it in the powdered sugar?

    • Ashton posted on October 12, 2013 at 10:53 pm (#)

      No! Not at all! You want it to be wet so that it sort of “clumps.”

  28. Brittany posted on September 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm (#)

    Making these tonight! My daughter will be taking these in for her class snack :) so excited!

  29. Kathleen posted on October 11, 2014 at 5:13 pm (#)

    I’ve made this twice, but the cereal is spongy…. Any suggestions??

    • Ashton posted on November 4, 2014 at 3:43 pm (#)

      Try cutting down (or eliminating altogether) the canned frosting! I moved this year a more humid climate, and I’ve found that the canned frosting doesn’t do as well in these mixes as it did when I lived at other elevations/drier climates.

  30. Nicole posted on October 17, 2014 at 8:57 pm (#)

    These were so yummy. But, mine are not nice and white like the picture. More like light brown goo. But good goo. Did I do oak ethnic wrong?

    • Ashton posted on November 4, 2014 at 3:30 pm (#)

      Hm….. that certainly is interesting! I’m not quite sure! The only thing I can think of would be to increase the amount of powdered sugar you use to coat the chex mix..? I hope that’s an easy fix for you!


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