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Kit Kat Muddy Buddies

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Kit Kat Muddy Buddies are an easy sweet snack recipe to whip up for your next holiday gathering!


Kit Kat Muddy Buddies - this easy recipe is PERFECT for the Holidays! It's a great party snack or wrapped up as a homemade holiday gift!

You guys, last weekend I spent over 2 hours actively shopping at Walmart. Mel and Jordan went to do some errands and I (stupidly) thought to myself I’ll just run and get a few things and then have a little me time. My family walked in the house about 20 minutes after I got home. But it was worth it: I’m almost done Christmas shopping!

I really can’t help myself when I get into that store. It’s so big and if I have even one thing on my list that’s not from the grocery section it’s no use: I have to buy all the things. Stocking stuffers, make-up, Christmas candy, oh my gosh look at the new dishes! and so much more. By the time I get to the register I have an entire houseful of stuff in my cart. Plus, everything is a great deal (so I buy three!)

Please tell me I’m not alone in this?

Easy Kit Kat Muddy Buddies Recipe - puppy chow full of Kit Kat flavor!

On a shopping trip after Halloween, I found Kit Kat Snack Size Bars on sale. You all know how much Jordan loves her Kit Kats, right? A few bags went into my cart because I knew, at some point, I’d find something to make with them. Then I started my holiday baking and I ransacked my stash.

I do a lot of gift mailing at the holidays: between business gifts and out of town family I probably mail over 30 packages. Almost everything I mail gets a treat of some sort because, well, that’s just how I roll. Trying to decide what to make can be tricky; you don’t want something so fragile it’ll break (like a delicate sugar cookie) or something too gooey they’ll stick together (like a ganache brownie). I find that fudge, toffee, and snack mixes are the best things to mail. Of all the snack mixes in all the land, however, muddy buddies are my favorite.

(If they make it to mailing, that is. I can eat an entire batch all by myself!)

Kit Kat Muddy Buddies in Glad containers

My favorite way to send muddy buddies, or any baked good, is in plastic storage containers like these Glad Food Storage Containers. I can never have too many of these containers in my kitchen. In fact, they’re all I buy. My storage drawer is filled to the brim with them! They’re reusable but they’re cheap enough (especially at Walmart) that if they disappear I can buy more easily.

(Plus, they make great leftover keepers. Every time someone comes to my house they leave with a container of something!)

The large containers are also the perfect way to make muddy buddies. Add the chocolate coated pieces and some powdered sugar, then seal and shake. No mess!

These Kit Kat Muddy Buddies are perfect for muddy buddy lovers and Kit Kat lovers alike.

There are double the Kit Kats in this recipe: melted into the chocolate coating and chopped up in the mix. I ate way, way too much of these. #yogapantsforever

Kit Kat Muddy Buddies - this easy recipe is PERFECT for the Holidays! It's a great party snack or wrapped up as a homemade holiday gift!

A few notes about this Kit Kat Muddy Buddies recipe:

  • It’s totally nut-free (unlike regular muddy buddies), which makes it a great party treat or gift for those with allergies.
  • I used Rice Chex, but you can use any Chex cereal you like.
  • The cereal is coated with melted chocolate chips. You’ll notice it also calls for a little bit of vegetable oil. I add that in so that the chocolate will melt easier and smoother. Sometimes, especially in winter, I have extra trouble melting chocolate chips without them seizing. Adding some oil (vegetable, canola, or even shortening) makes it melt much easier.
  • I highly recommend shaking the coated cereal in the powdered sugar in two batches, otherwise it won’t get fully coated.
  • As with my snowball cookies, I always do a double shake to get the extra powdered sugar look you see in the photos. This makes them much prettier, but messier to eat, so do whatever you prefer!
  • WARNING: get Kit Kat Muddy Buddies out of your house ASAP after you make them, or you risk eating the entire batch without even realizing it. I totally wish I was kidding! 🙂


Kit Kat Muddy Buddies in a bowl
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Servings: 9 cups

Kit Kat Muddy Buddies

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
This Kit Kat Muddy Buddies recipe is so easy to make and totally foolproof! Plus, it makes a great party snack or homemade holiday gift!


  • 8 cups Chex cereal
  • 13 snack size Kit Kat bars — or 10 ounces of regular sized Kit Kats
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups powdered sugar — divided


  1. Place Chex cereal in a very large bowl. Unwrap Kit Kat bars. Finely chop 6 snack size bars (about 3 ounces). Break apart the rest of the bars and cut each bar into 4-5 pieces. Keep the two piles separate. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat.
  2. Place milk chocolate chips and oil in a medium bowl. Heat on high power in 30 second increments, stirring well between each, until melted and smooth. Stir in finely chopped Kit Kat pieces, then pour over Chex cereal. Toss carefully with a spoon to coat completely.
  3. Place 2/3 cup powdered sugar in a large gallon size bag or large Glad storage container. Add half the chocolate coated Chex, seal the bag or container, and shake to coat. Pour onto prepared cookie sheet, then repeat with another 2/3 cup powdered sugar and the rest of the chocolate coated Chex.
  4. Let sit until set, about 15-30 minutes depending on the temperature in your kitchen. If desired, do a second coating of powdered sugar by placing remaining 2/3 cup powdered sugar in a large gallon size bag or large Glad storage container and add all the muddy buddies.
  5. Add chopped Kit Kats to cooled Muddy Buddy mix. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 cup) — Calories: 579, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 19mg, Sodium: 267mg, Carbohydrates: 95g, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 68g, Protein: 7g

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Glad & Hidden Valley Ranch. The opinions and text are all mine.


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  1. Oh my goodness. I go into Target just to walk around and look! Usually, I come out with a ton of great items as well, but walking around department stores helps me relax. Dorothy, this mix is perfect for the holidays. I can’t say no to Kit Kats. 🙂

  2. I know for a fact that I can’t walk into Walmart or Target without spending about $200 (more this time of year). I can’t resist. They have PJs! And slipper boots! And makeup! And cookies!
    I would never gift this, either. Kit Kats are the best ever, so I can imagine this would be impossible to stop eating.

  3. These muddy buddies look SO good, Dorothy! I love the kit kat version. And Target is my downfall store. I could shop there every day, I just love it!

  4. How am I going to keep on kidding myself that muddy buddies are health food when you’ve added candy bars!?!?!?! 

    Kidding: this makes them even BETTER. 

  5. Your experience describes me at grocery stores and Target. I can’t just leave with the items on my list! Your muddy buddies look awesome, but it would require me to start off with uneaten Kit Kats. That’s practically impossible at my house! 😉

  6. If I can keep myself from eating my Kit Kats, I can make these muddy buddies. But then again, no Kit Kat is safe with me.

  7. I have those Glad tubs and love them! I use them for so much stuff…nothing quite as tempting as a tub of these muddy buddies would be though! Omg…yes, run and get out of the house!

    Glad you’re almost done Xmas shopping, too! Great feeling!

  8. Aren’t all size Kit Kats snack size?! Just kidding (kind of…) I just bought two boxes of Chex to get ready to make gift batches of  muddy buddies (and the entire holiday section of Target) but I totally might need to go back to pick up some Kit Kats! This looks SO good!

  9. Yum. Kit Kats forever!

  10. Seriously?! This looks fabulous! And you’re not alone at Walmart. I’m lurking on the next isle right along with you at the new Pioneer Woman dishes! 

  11. Oh Wal-mart how I love/hate that store!  They take all of my money, but I get a cart full of stuff! 🙂  There is no way I could gift this puppy chow, it’s way to good!!

  12. Yum! This looks great. I guess there won’t be any left sitting around to munch on at Christmas…??? lol

  13. I made Kit Kat Muddy Buddies a couple of years ago and they are soo good. Muddy Buddies of any kind never last long here. 

  14. I could make a meal out of the buddies.

  15. I just don’t have that kind of stamina for shopping.  I’m like a sprinter.  I can only shop in twenty minute bouts before I start getting distracted.  
    This recipe looks great.  I LOVE that it’s nut free!  And Kit Kats are the bomb, so woohoo!

  16. I freaking love muddy buddies!  I always eat way too much when I make it!!! Kit Kat’s make this fun snack mix so fun!!!

  17. oh wow!! this might be dangerous in our house!!  I love those Glad containers, I pick them up at WalMart to keep on hand to send leftover home with our daughters – one is at college and the other has her own home, but doesn’t cook much.  I think I need to make a batch of this to send with them this weekend!

  18. I can never seem to get in and out of Walmart in less than an hour! I’m easily distracted. These look awesome, btw.

  19. I LOVE muddy buddies too!!  I eat WAY too many of them when I have them though! This recipe is perfection Dorothy!

  20. Girl – I could definitely do some damage on a bowl of this!

  21. Girrrrl, I got straight up LOST in the Pioneer Woman section the other day. I want all the things. (Plus a bowl of these muddy buddies, please!)

  22. My husband loves Kit Kats – these don’t stand a chance in my house!

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