This recipe, also known as puppy chow, combines two favorite snacks in one – trail mix and addictive muddy buddies with Chex cereal.
You get the nutty goodness from the trail mix with the sweetness from the puppy chow in an addictive snack that’s really hard to resist! This is easy enough you can make it twice: once now and once after you eat the whole batch.
There are many things that, when placed in front of me, I can’t stop eating. Two of those things are muddy buddies and trail mix so when I came up with the idea to combine the two, I knew I’d be in trouble! This recipe takes the best of both snacks and combines into one irresistible treat.
What are Muddy Buddies?
First things first – maybe you’re wondering. what the heck are muddy buddies? It’s a homemade snack that’s made with a few simple ingredients that is completely addicting.
They’re so easy to make with peanut butter, chocolate, and butter. Once the cereal is coated, you just shake it in powdered sugar. It’s not a nutritious snack, and it’s messy, but it’s so good!
Are Muddy Buddies the Same as Puppy Chow?
Yes! Depending on where you’re from you might know them as puppy chow, too. Some people call it puppy chow because it looks like dog kibble, but it’s definitely not for dogs!
Puppy chow is often made during the holiday season – I love to make bags of it to share with friends and family – but there’s no reason you can’t make It all year round! It’s a great dessert or snack for:
- Game-day parties
- Valentine’s day (or any holiday!)
- Birthday parties
- Netflix binge sessions
- Random cravings for this salty sweet snack!
Combine two favorite snacks: classic muddy buddies with trail mix!
I love a classic puppy chow but it’s so fun to experiment with new flavors and combinations. If I’m being honest, the experimenting is also a perfect excuse to make more of this sweet treat. I can’t help it – I love the stuff!
I didn’t want to recreate the wheel because I love the classic flavors so I decided to recreate the mix. Why not combine trail mix with Chex mix muddy buddies to get two great snacks in one? I love a great dessert mash-up and (spoiler alert!) this trail mix version is my favorite combination yet!
With this puppy chow trail mix you get the same total amount as traditional recipes, but the puppy chow part is less because there are trail mix ingredients added. So, it’s a little lighter on the super sweet mix and it also has a lot less butter than other recipes.
How to Make Trail Mix Muddy Buddies (Puppy Chow)
You start with a classic Chex muddy buddies recipe and add in trail mix ingredients – it only takes about 15 minutes to make them. The hardest part is waiting for them to cool!
- Melt chocolate, peanut butter and butter together in a bowl. I do this in the microwave.
- Stir the Chex cereal into the melted peanut butter and chocolate. Transfer the coated cereal to a large resealable bag filled with a cup of powdered sugar. Shake the bag until the cereal is evenly coated in the sugar.
- Spread the sugar-coated cereal in an even layer on a baking sheet. Cool them for 30 minutes or until the chocolate hardens.
- If you want super white puppy chow go ahead and shake them with some more powdered sugar after they’ve cooled. This is totally optional!
Trail Mix Ingredients
Once you’ve made the puppy chow, you can add the trail mix ingredients. I like to use traditional trail mix ingredients:
- Honey roasted peanuts
Use your favorite trail mix items to switch up this recipe!PRO TIP
Depending on what you like you can switch up the trail mix – here are some other ideas:
- Chopped dried fruit
- Different nuts like cashews, walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, and hazelnuts. Or do a combination of nuts.
- Chopped peanut butter cups
- Chopped pretzels
- Chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or butterscotch chips
Place the cooled muddy buddies in a large bag, add the trail mix ingredients and shake it up to combine.
How Long Does Puppy Chow Last?
Once you’ve made your puppy chow it will keep up to five days in an airtight container. But does it ever REALLY last that long??
Muddy Buddy Recipe Variations
Once you know how to make a classic muddy buddies recipe the flavor variations are endless! This puppy chow trail mix is just one of the flavor combinations I’ve made. I love the stuff so you have to check out some of my other favorite puppy chow recipes.
- Oreo Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies
- Kit Kat Muddy Buddies
- Muddy Buddy Krispie Treats
- Peanut Butter Pretzel Muddy Buddies
- Cinnamon Roll Muddy Buddies
Now that I’ve combined my two favorite snacks into one, the only issue I have is not eating it all in one sitting. Trust me, when you try this trail mix muddy buddies you’ll understand – it’s just too good!
Trail Mix Muddy Buddies
- 5 cups Chex cereal any flavor
- ½ cup milk chocolate chips
- ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon butter unsalted or salted
- 1-2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 cups peanuts I like to use Honey Roasted; use your favorite
- 1-2 cups raisins to taste
- 1 cup plain M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces would be good too
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat. Place 1 cup powdered sugar in a large gallon sized ziploc bag.
- Place milk chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a large bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, stir, then heat in additional 30 second increments, stirring after each, until mixture is melted and smooth. Place Chex cereal into the peanut butter chocolate mixture and stir to coat.
- Place the cereal mixture into the powdered sugar bag and seal. Shake to coat the cereal. Turn it out onto prepared cookie sheet. Let the muddy buddies harden and cool.
- Optional: once they cool, give them a toss in another coat of powdered sugar (up to 1 cup) for a super white look.
- Once cooled, place muddy buddies, peanuts, raisins, and M&Ms into a large gallon size bag. I added 1 cup of raisins but if you love them, add up to 2 cups. Shake to mix, then serve or seal for later use. Store in the airtight bag/container for up to 5 days.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Trail Mix Muddy Buddies are an easy snack! Make the original Muddy Buddy recipe and add trail mix for a fun twist on a classic peanut butter and chocolate Chex recipe.
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Published on: January 21, 2020