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Halloween Muddy Buddies #HalloweenTreatsWeek

Halloween Muddy Buddies are a delicious treat to share with party guests. The dessert, also called puppy chow, is super easy to make and serves a crowd. The muddy buddy recipe only requires a few ingredients and takes less than 20 minutes to make. 

Muddy buddies in a bowl with Halloween deocrations

This recipe and post were created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek! Sponsor companies sent me samples, but as always opinions are 100% mine.

There are many more bloggers joining in the fun, so be sure to scroll down and find links to their blogs, as well. 

You can also enter #HalloweenTreatsWeek into any social platform and you’ll find the desserts that we’re making this week!

For this recipe I used products from Dixie Crystals, Adams Extract, and Sweets & Treats. 

Muddy buddies with candy corn and pumpkin and bat sprinkles

Muddy buddies, or puppy chow, are a great treat, mainly because you can use them at any party and for any holiday by changing out the extra candies. 

For Halloween, I used candy corn to add some traditional candy and I added some cute pumpkin and bat candy to the mix from Sweets and Treats.

Sweets & Treats also sent the orange and black treat cups that the muddy buddies are in and they are the perfect size to fill up and give to guests at your party. 

What ingredients do I need to make Halloween muddy buddies?

(Full ingredient list and directions at the bottom of the post).

  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Butter
  • Chex Mix
  • Gallon size Ziplock Bags
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Halloween candy
  • Candy corn
  • Large bowl
  • Small containers

Candy corn, pumpkin and bat candy, and muddy buddies in a container.

Don’t you love the little bats and pumpkin candy from Sweets and Treats? 

How do I make muddy buddies?

  1. Measure out and pour the Chex Mix into a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Add the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter to a medium-sized bowl. 
  3. Place in the microwave and melt for about one minute. Stir until melted. Add the ingredients back to the microwave, in increments of ten seconds, if it needs to melt more. 
  4. Pour the melted chocolate over the Chex Mix and gently stir until all of the cereal is coated. 
  5. Scoop half of the Chex Mix into a Ziplock bag and add half of the powdered sugar. Shake gently until all of the cereal is covered. 
  6. Spread out onto a cookie sheet. Repeat with the other half of the muddy buddies. 
  7. Let it sit out for about half an hour. 
  8. Add the muddy buddies to a large bowl and add the candy corn and Halloween candies and stir. 

Recipe and printable instructions listed below

Chocolate chips in a bowl with Halloween decorations on the side

Start by adding the chocolate chips to a medium-sized bowl. 

 

Chocolate chips and butter in a glass bowl

Next, add the butter to the bowl. 

 

Chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a glass bowl

Now, add the peanut butter to the bowl. Melt in the microwave for about one minute. 

 

Melted peanut butter and chocolate, with vanilla extract, in a glass bowl

After melting the ingredients, add the vanilla extract to the bowl. 

 

Melted chocolate and peanut butter in a glass bowl

Stir the ingredients until everything is melted.

Sometimes you will need to stir the chocolate for a minute or so and it will melt more.

If it needs to melt more, put the bowl back in the microwave in increments of 10 seconds. 

 

Chex Mix with melted chocolate in a large bowl.

Pour the melted chocolate over the Chex Mix and stir it until everything is covered. 

 

Powdered sugar in a large Ziplock bag

Add some powdered sugar to a large Ziplock bag. 

 

Chex Mix with melted chocolate in a large Ziplock bag

Place half of the Halloween Muddy Buddies into the bag and shake it gently until all of the cereal is covered. 

Repeat a second time with the remainder of the muddy buddies. 

 

Muddy buddies on a cookie sheet

Spread the Halloween muddy buddies out on a covered cookie sheet to allow the chocolate to harden a little. 

I leave them out on the counter for about 30 minutes and that’s usually enough time. If you’re in a hurry, you can pop them in the refrigerator for about 10 or 15 minutes. 

 

Muddy buddies with candy corn and Halloween candy in a paper dish

Finally, add the candy corn, pumpkins, and bats to the mix and toss. Then, scoop into cups for serving. 

What are muddy buddies made of?

Muddy buddies are made of chocolate chips, butter, peanut butter, Chex Mix, and powdered sugar. They only take a few minutes to make and there’s no baking required. 

Why is it called puppy chow?

Because the dessert tends to resemble puppy chow. 

Does Puppy Chow need to be refrigerated?

Puppy chow does not need to be refrigerated, but it will keep longer if kept in the fridge. 

Puppy chow in containers on the counter with candy corn and Halloween candy

Check out the Halloween Muddy Buddies recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start creating! This is a great Halloween dessert for kids and parties and I think you’ll really love it.

Then, share your comments below and click here to share a picture of your muddy buddies on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share with us so we can try it, too!

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Powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and sprinkles with Halloween decorations

Here are the items I used in the muddy buddies, from the sponsors. Dixie Crystals, Sweets & Treats, and Adams Best Vanilla Extract were all delicious in the treats. 

I shared with one of the girls we drove home from school and she was so excited to get homemade muddy buddies and loved the recipe. 

Yield: 10 cups

Halloween Muddy Buddies

Muddy buddies in a bowl with Halloween deocrations

Halloween Muddy Buddies are a delicious treat to share with party guests. The dessert, also called puppy chow, is super easy to make and serves a crowd. The muddy buddy recipe only requires a few ingredients and takes less than 20 minutes to make. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 9 cups Chex Mix cereal
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Halloween candy
  • Candy corn

Instructions

  1. Pour 9 cups of Chex Mix into a large bowl.
  2. Add the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter to a medium-sized bowl and microwave for one minute.
  3. Stir until melted. If not quite melted, place back in the microwave and heat again, in increments of 10 seconds, until melted.
  4. Pour over the Chex Mix and gently stir until all of the cereal is coated.
  5. Add half of the powdered sugar into a large Ziplock bag and scoop half of the muddy buddies into the bag. Close it up and gently shake until all of the muddy buddies are covered.
  6. Lay out on a cookie sheet covered with tinfoil. Repeat step five with the second half of the powdered sugar and Chex Mix.
  7. Let is cool for about 30 minutes. Add back into the large bowl and toss with candy corn and Halloween candy.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10 cups

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 556Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 593mgCarbohydrates: 88gFiber: 4gSugar: 45gProtein: 8g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Miz Helen

Monday 14th of October 2019

Love your Muddy Buddies! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,453. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon! Miz Helen

Julie Pollitt

Monday 14th of October 2019

Thank you, Miz Helen! I sure appreciate you!

Susan Broughton

Wednesday 9th of October 2019

My favorite Halloween dessert is anything that is pumpkin spice!

Julie Pollitt

Thursday 10th of October 2019

Agreed! Yum!

Judith Tice

Wednesday 9th of October 2019

Can’t wait to surprise my woman’s group with the “puppy” dood

Julie Pollitt

Thursday 10th of October 2019

So fun! They will love it!