We make Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow Recipe every year for a special Valentines treat. Whether you call it puppy chow or muddy buddies, this recipe is sure to be a hit.

Valentine's Day Puppy Chow in a white bowl.
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This Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow Recipe is one of our most favorite traditions in February. The kids love to help make it and of course we all love to eat it. Tons of creamy peanut butter, M&M’s candy, cereal and more combine for a sweet no bake recipe everyone will enjoy.

While this is a valentines day treat, we will look for any excuse to make it. It’s so easy that you will have time to also make Valentine’s Day Rolo Pretzel Turtles.

If you love puppy chow, you’ll want to try all our Best Puppy Chow Recipes to enjoy year round. The kids and I also make St. Patrick’s Day Puppy Chow Recipe and Halloween Puppy Chow Recipe.

What is Puppy Chow?

The name originates because of its appearance. However, it is not intended for dogs to eat. It is a fun and delicious treat intended for human consumption.

You will often find this at parties, holidays and other celebrations. Depending on what region you are from, this might be called Muddy Buddies.

Whatever you call it, this recipe is amazing.

Ingredients

Ingredients needed - chex cereal, peanut butter, oil, candy melts, powdered sugar, valentines m&m
  • Rice Chex Cereal
  • Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Red Candy Melts 
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Valentine’s M&Ms 

Scroll to the bottom and find the complete ingredient list.

Muddy Buddies Variation Ideas

  • Make it for different holidays – You can use different colors for other holidays. We also make Christmas Puppy Chow Recipe.
  • Add in Nuts – Another fun idea to add is nuts for a sweet and salty snack mix.
  • Sprinkles – We love to add in Sprinkles they make this recipe so fun and festive.
  • Change Colors – Try different colors of candy melts to make it your own.
  • Chocolate Chips – Add in ½ cup of white chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips to add flavor and texture.
  • Powder Sugar – Try puppy chow without powdered sugar.
  • Peanut Butter – If you have a peanut allergy, you can make this puppy chow without peanut butter. Make sure to increase the chocolate so everything still sticks together.
  • Change the Candy – We used Valentine M&M’s but you can use other Valentine candy.

How to Make Valentines Puppy Chow

Candy coating melted in bowl.

Step 1. Add ingredients to melt in a microwave-safe bowl. Next, combine the red candy melts, peanut butter and vegetable oil. Microwave in 30 second increments until melted and smooth.

Cereal mixture coated in bowl.

Step 2. Place the Chex Cereal in a large mixing bowl. Then pour pour the chex cereal in a large bowl. Pour the melted peanut butter and candy mixture over the cereal mixture and quickly stir to coat.

Mixture coated in powdered sugar and spread on baking sheet.

Step 3. Use a one gallon ziplock bag, pour ½ of the total amount of powdered sugar. Then pour ½ of the coated cereal into the gallon bag. Shake to combine.

Candy and sprinkles added to mixture.

Step 4. Pour the mixture on the baking sheet. Sprinkle the Valentines M&M’s over the top and stir to combine together the puppy chow mix.

Recipe Tips

  • Melt the candy in intervals – Be careful when melting the red candy coating as it will burn easily.  Heat in small intervals. Continue to stir and allow the heat from the rest of the candy to melt the remaining candy.
  • Coat the cereal right away – Don’t let the melted candy coating cool or harden before coating in the cake mix. If you wait too long, it will not stick to the cereal.
  • Cool before serving – Allow the puppy chow to cool on a baking sheet before serving.
  • Gift Idea – If you are hosting a Valentine’s Day Party, make a batch of this puppy and place in a gift bag. It makes for the perfect gift idea.

Storage

Store in an airtight container for up to a week and enjoy! We love this so much that they rarely last a week around here.

Close up image of Valentine's Day Puppy Chow on a baking sheet

More Valentine’s Day Desserts

Surprise the kids with the perfect Valentine’s Day Treat with Valentine chex mix and. Don’t forget to come back and leave a comment.

Valentines Puppy Chow

4.85 from 19 votes
We make Valentine's Day Puppy Chow Recipe every year for a special treat. Whether you call it puppy chow or muddy buddies, this recipe is so delicious.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 258

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • In a microwave safe bowl, combine the red candy melts, peanut butter and vegetable oil. Microwave on high for 30 second. Stir and cook in 15 second intervals until melted and smooth. (mine took about 60 seconds).
  • Meanwhile, pour the chex cereal in a large bowl.
  • Pour the melted peanut butter and candy mixture over the cereal and quickly stir to coat.
  • In a one gallon ziplock bag, pour the ½ of the total amount of powdered sugar. Then pour ½ of the coated cereal into the gallon bag. Seal close and shake to coat the cereal. Follow this process in the 2nd bag as well.
  • Pour onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet and allow to cool.
  • Once the puppy chow is coated with the powder sugar, sprinkle the Valentine's Day M&Ms over the top and stir to combine together.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to a week and Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 258kcal, Carbohydrates 43g, Protein 4g, Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 5g, Cholesterol 2mg, Sodium 160mg, Potassium 111mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 27g, Vitamin A 249IU, Vitamin C 3mg, Calcium 61mg, Iron 7mg

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