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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.

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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!

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Trail Mix Muddy Buddies combines two favorite snacks: muddy buddies and trail mix!

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!
Trail Mix Muddy Buddies combines two favorite snacks: muddy buddies and trail mix!

Ingredients in Muddy Buddies

Chex Cereal: Use any kind of Chex (rice, corn, wheat or any of their flavors) for this recipe. Or use a mix!

Peanut Butter: Use a no-stir (not natural) peanut butter, like Skippy or Jif.

Chocolate Chips: Semi-sweet or milk are perfect for this.

Butter: 1 tablespoon unsalted butter helps the chocolate melt.

Powdered Sugar: For coating the puppy chow.

Trail Mix: Use your favorite kind of trail mix – anything goes – or use the individual components (nuts, raisins, M&Ms, etc).

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!

Step 1: Melt chocolate, peanut butter and butter together in a bowl. I do this in the microwave.

Step 2: 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.

Step 3: Spread the sugar-coated cereal in an even layer on a baking sheet. Cool them for 30 minutes or until the chocolate hardens.

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Trail Mix Muddy Buddy Variations

Once you’ve made the puppy chow, you can add the trail mix ingredients. I like to use traditional trail mix ingredients:

Use your favorite trail mix items to switch up this recipe!


Depending on what you like you can switch up the trail mix – here are some other ideas:

  • Honey roasted peanuts
  • M&Ms
  • Raisins
  • Craisins
  • 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 buddies in bowl


How to store Muddy Buddies?

Store in an airtight container or gallon size bag. Or portion into sandwich baggies for easy snacking.

Can Muddy Buddies be frozen?

I don’t recommend freezing them. If you store them in the refrigerator they’ll last several weeks.

Can you make puppy chow ahead?

Yes it will last 2 weeks if stored in the refrigerator.

Is puppy chow for dogs?

NO! This muddy buddy recipe is also called puppy chow and is not for dogs – dogs cannot eat chocolate.

Why is it called puppy chow?

I think the nickname came because it resembles dog food – before it’s coated in powdered sugar, that is!

Other Muddy Buddy Recipes

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.

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Trail Mix Muddy Buddies

4.67 from 6 votes
Your favorite Muddy Buddies…with trail mix! Added peanuts, raisins, and M&Ms add a depth to the puppy chow, making a fun new twist on an old favorite recipe!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 8 cups
Serving Size 1 cup


  • 5 cups Chex cereal any flavor
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/3 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
  • See notes about trail mix
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  • 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.

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Recipe Notes

Prefer to use a store bought trail mix? Use 3-4 cups of your favorite brand and flavor – anything works! Or mix and match the ingredients I used with some other favorite trail mix ingredients:
  • Craisins
  • Other nuts
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Anything you like!

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 240mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 56g
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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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.

Dorothy Kern

Welcome to Crazy for Crust, where I share recipes that are sometimes crazy, often with a crust, and always served with a slice of life.

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  1. Wishing SO HARD that I knew someone at Columbia!!  Also, these were AMAZING!  I can totally attest to their addictiveness since I was one of your victims.  Mwah! 🙂

  2. Man am I happy that this is at your house and not mine.  You get to deal with that whole “will power” thing and not me weeee!  Okay, no seriously I want this in my house.  I really do but I can’t have it because between my boyfriend and I’s sweet teeth, it will be GONE in a day.

  3. I can’t wrap my head around the fact that I’ve never seen this before but it makes SO. MUCH. SENSE!! Love it!

  4. This is pure brilliance! It is such a simple idea but brilliant! I share your lack of self control when it comes to puppy chow. Can’t stop, won’t stop! I am picturing this with cookie dough chunks mixed in. Horribly delicious? Deliciously horrible? Yum!