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Muddy Buddies in a white bowl.

The Best Muddy Buddies

These Muddy Buddies, aka Puppy Chow, are a classic holiday treat everyone loves. No butter or peanut butter needed! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword muddy buddies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 238 kcal
Author Anna


  • 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


  1. Place cereal in a large mixing bowl.
  2. 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.
  3. Add salt to chocolate and stir.
  4. Pour chocolate over cereal and stir gently to coat.
  5. 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.

Recipe Notes

  1. I use 2 cups of each: rice, corn and wheat cereal.
  2. You can use vegetable, canola, olive or coconut oil.
  3. 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.
Nutrition Facts
The Best Muddy Buddies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 238 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 227mg10%
Potassium 199mg6%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 337IU7%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 10mg56%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.