These Muddy Buddies, aka Puppy Chow, are a classic holiday treat everyone loves! No butter or peanut butter needed!
Whether you call it Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow, this chocolate cereal is a must for the holidays. My recipe does not use butter or peanut butter and makes perfect little bites. Melting chocolate with oil prevents it from clumping and makes it perfectly smooth. It will fill the cereal and prevent them from sticking together while coating with powdered sugar. This might not be the classic way to make this snack, but it is my favorite. It works every time!
- Chex cereal (I use corn, rice and wheat)
- semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
- vegetable, olive or coconut oil
- powdered sugar
How to make Muddy Buddies?
- Start by placing the cereal in a large bowl.
- Next, melt chocolate with oil. Stir until smooth.
- Pour chocolate over cereal and stir gently to coat.
- Place cereal in a large ziploc bag (if you are using a smaller bag, you can do it in batches).
- Add powdered sugar to the bag, close and shake.
- Repeat until all the cereal is coated with powdered sugar.
- Serve or pack in gift bags.
I recommend storing this snack in a container with a lid to prevent drying out. You can use a Tupperware or jar with lid, even a cookie jar will work.
How long does it last?
Muddy Buddies will be good for up to 2 weeks if stored in a container with a lid.
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These Muddy Buddies, aka Puppy Chow, are a classic holiday treat everyone loves. No butter or peanut butter needed!
- 6 cups Chex cereal see note
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil see note
- 1/4 teaspoon salt I used sea salt
- 1 cup powdered sugar
Place cereal in a large mixing bowl.
In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and oil. Microwave in 20-second intervals until the chocolate chips start to melt. Stir until smooth.
Add salt to chocolate and stir.
Pour chocolate over cereal and stir gently to coat.
Place cereal in a ziploc bag (if you are using a regular size bag, not sandwich and not the large size, you can do this in batches), add 1/4 cup of powdered sugar, close the bag and shake. Check to see if the cereal is coated evenly. Add more sugar if needed. Place cereal in a bowl and repeat with remaining cereal.
- I use 2 cups of each: rice, corn and wheat cereal.
- You can use vegetable, canola, olive or coconut oil.
- Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.