The kids will go crazy over this Halloween Puppy Chow Recipe and it is so simple to make and delicious. The entire recipe looks so festive with candy corn, candy eyes and more.

Halloween Puppy Chow in a black bowl
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This Halloween Chex mix muddy Buddies is really simple and the kids can help make it. Ever since my kids were little we have been making Puppy Chow Recipe year round and it never disappoints.

Halloween No Bake Treats make the best Halloween Treats. We love making these Witch Hat Cookies, Halloween Dirt Cups, and these Halloween Chocolate Covered Strawberries for all our parties.

For another easy Halloween Treat, make Halloween Cake Pops or Halloween Popcorn.

Do you call this Treat Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies?

This recipe goes by different names. We call it puppy chow but some call them muddy buddies.  What do you call it?

Regardless of names, this is one delicious treat and so easy to make. I don’t know if it is regional or perhaps what you grew up calling it, but I have heard it called both puppy chow and muddy buddies recipe.

Ingredients:

Ingredients needed - chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, chex cereal, powdered sugar, candy corn, candy eyes
  • Chocolate Chips
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Peanut Butter, divided
  • Butter, divided
  • Vanilla, divided
  • Chex Cereal, divided
  • Powdered Sugar, divided
  • Candy Corn
  • Candy Eyeballs 

See the full recipe, ingredients and notes in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Recipe Variations:

  • Sprinkles – Add sprinkles to this favorite Halloween muddy buddies recipe. This adds an extra festive touch and looks great.
  • Change the Colors – You can use different colors for other holidays. We also make Christmas Puppy Chow Recipe and Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow Recipe
  • Add in Nuts – Another fun idea to add is nuts. This get way to add in some additional crunch.
  • Use Different Chocolate –You can use semi sweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate or milk chocolate for different flavors.
  • Use different candy – Add Halloween M&M candies or Reese’s Pieces to the recipe. Yum! You can really use any leftover Halloween candy that you have.
  • Plain Puppy Chow – Try puppy chow without powdered sugar

You can easily adapt this recipe for what you have on hand. This sweet treat is so delicious and perfect for your Halloween party.

Step by Step Halloween Muddy Buddies:

  • Step 1 – Combine Ingredients – In a microwave safe bowl combine the peanut butter and chocolate chips, and butter. Then stir in vanilla.
Melting the chocolate and peanut butter together
  • Step 2 – Melt in Microwave – Place in the microwave and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Step 3 – Continue cooking until melted – Stir and microwave again for 30 seconds. Continue doing this until the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter is melted through and all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Step 4 – Add Cereal to bowl – Place the half of the chex cereal in a large bowl.
  • Step 5 – Coat the Cereal – Pour the melted chocolate mixture over the cereal.
Mixing the cereal with the chocolate and peanut butter mixture
  • Step 6 – Gently stir the ingredients together – Use a spatula to fold the cereal to coat it completely in the chocolate.
  • Step 7 – Add powdered sugar to bag – Pour 1 cup of the powdered sugar into a gallon ziplock bag.
The cereal mixture being covered with powdered sugar in a zip lock bag
  • Step 8 – Add cereal mixture to bag – Pour the chocolate covered chex in the ziplock bag.
  • Step 9 – Seal and Shake – Seal the bag and shake to coat the chex in the powdered sugar.
  • Step 10 – Repeat using white chocolate chips – Follow the same steps 1-9 with using the white chocolate chips.
  • Step 11 – Place on baking sheet – Combine both of the puppy chow mixtures onto a baking sheet. 
  • Step 12 – Add Candy – Sprinkle in the candy corn and the candy eyes. Gently stir to combine these ingredients. 
Halloween puppy chow spread out on a baking sheet
  • Step 14 – Store, Serve and Enjoy – Allow to cool and serve in a big bowl. Store In an air tight container or gallon size ziploc bag.

Recipe Tips:

  • Melting Chocolate – When melting chocolate, watch closely so it doesn’t burn. You want to melt in 30 second intervals.
  • Coat Cereal – Coat cereal completely for the best flavor.
Halloween Puppy Chow in a black bowl

Recipe FAQs:

Can you Freeze Halloween Puppy Chow Chex Mix?

Yes, we love doubling the recipe when we make it so we can freeze it. Store in an freezer container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. When you are ready to serve, take out of the freezer and it is good cold or at room temperature.

How to Store Puppy Chow Halloween Chex Mix:

Store in an airtight container for up to a week and enjoy. Ours never lasts that long though because we eat it quickly. We really love it.

What type of Chex Mix is good for Puppy Chow?

The Chex Mix cereal that we used for this recipe is rice but you can use corn as well. I usually stick with these two Chex Mix cereal so that it doesn’t change the flavoring of the puppy chow.

Halloween Puppy Chow in a black bowl

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If you try Halloween Puppy, make sure to leave a comment. We love hearing from you!

Halloween puppy chow recipe

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The kids will go crazy over this Halloween puppy chow recipe and it is so simple. The entire recipe looks so festive with candy corn, candy eyes and more. 
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 468

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter divided
  • 1/4 cup butter divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla divided
  • 9 cups Chex cereal divided
  • 2 cups powdered sugar divided
  • 1 cup Candy Corn
  • Candy Eyes
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Instructions

  • In a microwave safe bowl – combine the chocolate chips, ¼ cup peanut, ⅛ cup butter and ½ tsp vanilla.
  • Place in the microwave and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Stir and microwave again for 30 seconds. Continue doing this until he chocolate is melted through and all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Place the half of the chex cereal in a larger bowl.
  • Pour the melted chocolate combination over the chex cereal
  • Use a spatula to fold the cereal to coat it completely in the chocolate.
  • Pour 1 cup of the powdered sugar into a gallon ziplock bag.
  • Pour the chocolate covered chex in the ziplock bag.
  • Seal the bag and shake to coat the chex in the powdered sugar.
  • Follow the same steps 1-9 with using the white chocolate chips.
  • Combine both of the puppy chow mixtures onto a baking sheet. Sprinkle in the candy corn and the candy eyes. Gently stir to combine these ingredients.
  • Allow to cool and serve! Store In an air tight container.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 468kcal, Carbohydrates 83g, Protein 8g, Fat 14g, Saturated Fat 6g, Cholesterol 13mg, Sodium 400mg, Potassium 263mg, Fiber 7g, Sugar 47g, Vitamin A 630IU, Vitamin C 6mg, Calcium 128mg, Iron 15mg

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