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Halloween Muddy Buddies Snack Mix

Halloween Muddy Buddies Snack Mix

You’ll love this Halloween Muddy Buddies (also known as Puppy Chow) snack mix recipe! It’s a real delight and a must have this Halloween season! Salty, sweet, chewy and crunchy and you can add any Halloween favorite candy to suit your taste! 

Holidays give us all something to celebrate. They are a perfect way to break up any mundane weekly routine. No matter the holiday, I always try to get in the spirit by decorating my house, baking themed treats and even finding fun holiday music to help set the mood.

With Halloween fast approaching, you bet that I have been making my house into the Halloween headquarters! We have decorations, spooky music and, now, it’s time to get baking! We need some perfect Halloween themed foods to make the Halloween scene complete.

Halloween muddy buddies


While I plan to have all sorts of Halloween foods on the 31st, I also wanted to make something that my family and I can snack on in the day’s leading up to Halloween. After all, making the holiday last more than just one day is important! We want weeks of celebrating! So we needed a snack that was Halloween themed to start enjoying right away. That is when I thought of making Halloween puppy chow or Halloween muddy buddies– two names for the same delicious, addicting snack.

Halloween muddy buddies recipe

Why You’ll Love It

I first tried muddy buddies at a friend’s Halloween party (maybe that is why I associate this treat with this holiday!). It was in a big bowl on the buffet table and it was disappearing quickly- everyone was loving it! Naturally, I had to create my own version of this super popular treat. So this year, I will continue that Halloween tradition and whip up a huge batch of my Halloween Puppy chow. And, yes, I have to make a “huge batch” as my kids devour it as soon as I make it!

Here are a few reasons you’ll love it too:

  • Easy – You literally add everything to a bowl and mix it up!
  • Creative – You can add all your favorite candies and toppings.
  • Feeds A Crowd – This recipe makes a huge bowl that will quickly disappear.

Halloween puppy chow ingredients


Luckily, it is very easy to make my Halloween puppy chow recipe. Here are the steps and some pictures of each one, so you can see how I made this spooky snack. All of the steps are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.


1. Add Chex ceral to a large bowl. It all starts with rice Chex mix cereal in a big bowl. Make sure the bowl is not overflowing as you will be mixing all the ingredients in this bowl and want room to toss them easily.

how to make Halloween puppy chow recipe

2. Melt the chocolate coating. In a separate small bowl, chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter are melted together and stirred to make a smooth, delicious mixture.

3. Coat the cereal. While the chocolate peanut butter mix is soft and warm, pour it over the rice cereal and toss quickly, coating the cereal completely in the chocolate. Work fast as it is easier to mix when the chocolate is still warm!

easy Halloween puppy chow recipe

4. Toss with powdered sugar. Once the cereal is nice and chocolatey, it is tossed in a Ziploc bag with some powdered sugar. Extra sugar never hurt anyone! I like to shake the cereal and sugar together in a zippered bag as it coats the cereal more evenly. However, you can just add the powdered sugar to your large bowl and mix everything together there too. Both methods work well!

how to make Halloween muddy buddies

Halloween Muddy Buddy Toppings

The “muddy buddy” part of the snack is complete! Now, to add the extras. Here is what I added to my snack mix:

  • Mini peanut butter cups
  • Black and orange chocolate candies (Halloween M&M’s work great!)
  • Spooky candy eyeballs
  • Candy corn in my mix

I love this combination of Halloween themed candies because it looks great and also has a nice blend of chocolate and fruity sweetness. Those candy eyeballs are an especially nice touch! You can switch up the mix-ins based on your personal preferences and what Halloween candy your local store has in stock. Just keep in mind that this is meant to be an easy-to-eat, bite sized snack so small candies are best.

easy muddy buddies recipe

How To Store Muddy Buddies

This is the perfect Halloween snack to make ahead of time! Store extras in an airtight container or bag and keep them in the refrigerator. They will stay fresh for up to three days.

Easy Homemade Halloween Snack

That is all it takes to make this perfect Halloween themed snack! Pretty easy, right? It really only takes about 5 to ten minutes to put this festive treat together and it will really help you get in the Halloween spirit.

Put together a big batch today and you are sure to be feeling the Halloween season right away! In fact, Halloween muddy buddies should probably be part of your annual Halloween ritual- it is in our house! Make a batch for a Halloween party, to hand out to trick-or-treaters in small baggies or just to enjoy yourself. We all need a reason to celebrate and this month, Halloween is our reason!



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a bucket of halloween muddy buddies snack mix

Halloween Muddy Buddies Snack Mix

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 7-8 cups 1x


Halloween Muddy Buddies (also known as Puppy Chow) snack mix is a real Halloween delight – salty, sweet, chewy and crunchy!



*For the Muddy Buddies

  • 6 cups Rice Chex Cereal
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, semi-sweet or milk chocolate
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • *For the Snack Mix
  • ½ cup mini peanut butter cups
  • ½ cup orange and black chocolate candy
  • ½ cup candy eyes
  • ½ cup candy corn


  1. Add cereal to large bowl
  2. In a small microwave safe bowl, add chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter
  3. Heat for 1 minute, and stir to combine until completely melted
  4. Pour chocolate mixture over cereal
  5. Stir to coat completely
  6. Add powdered sugar to large resealable bag
  7. Add cereal mixture to powdered sugar
  8. Seal the bag and toss to coat completely
  9. Remove from bag and pour into large bowl
  10. Add ingredients for snack mix and stir to combine
  11. Store in an airtight container


You can add any other candy you would like to this Halloween puppy chow recipe.



Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. 11/06/2020 / 4:31 pm

    I love the Halloween spin on this classic treat 🙂

  2. 11/01/2020 / 1:55 pm

    We have never made Muddy Buddies, since my daughter has a peanut allergy. However, we could use a different nut butter for her so that it would be safe.

  3. Blair Villanueva
    11/01/2020 / 12:18 am

    We don’t have a trick and treat event here in Victoria, so we decided to just enjoy indoors and watch some horror movies. This snack mix is a perfect partner!

  4. 10/29/2020 / 8:35 am

    Wow. This really is so unique and a creative way to jazz up things. I need to try this out with my sister this halloween as we all have a sweet tooth! Will save to my pinterest!

  5. Angeline
    10/28/2020 / 5:04 pm

    I love how creative and theme fitting this is. The ingredients are easy to find as well!

  6. 10/28/2020 / 2:11 am

    What a great idea for the kids. We’re hosting a Halloween party for the kids and I can’t wait to try these snacks with them.

  7. 10/28/2020 / 1:17 am

    Oooh. I’m always trying to make things different and fun. What a great mashup.

  8. 10/27/2020 / 8:45 pm

    This is so cool it gives me an idea what to make for our family halloween party. Treats are always a big hit on my family.

  9. Krystal Miller
    10/27/2020 / 4:38 pm

    This looks perfect for this weekend. Can’t wait to make it with my kids!

  10. Kimmy
    10/27/2020 / 10:53 am

    I love making this during the holidays

  11. Alexis
    10/24/2020 / 3:29 pm

    I made this for a recent party and they didn’t last long, everyone loved it!

  12. 10/24/2020 / 5:50 am

    I think my kids will enjoy this snack mix. It’s such a fun snack for Halloween.

  13. 10/23/2020 / 2:45 pm

    Our whole family loves Muddy Buddies! And I love the Halloween theme. These will be perfect for our little family Halloween party this year.

  14. Alyssa
    10/23/2020 / 12:10 pm

    This is actually the first time that I’ve head of puppy chow and it looks great and perfect during this spooky season! Can’t wait to try this one.

  15. Rosey
    10/23/2020 / 11:21 am

    Hurray! It is Fall and time for the muddy buddies to be broken out. I love that snack!

  16. Erin
    10/23/2020 / 10:22 am

    I love muddy buddy snacks! This is a great version of it for Halloween!

  17. Natalie
    10/23/2020 / 10:17 am

    This is such a fun snack for Halloween. My son will love this. Thanks for sharing this idea.

  18. Mayuri
    10/23/2020 / 8:36 am

    Oh wow! This is such a fun way to enjoy Halloween treats. Kids will definitely love muddy buddy treats on the spookiest day of the year.

  19. Ruth I
    10/23/2020 / 7:00 am

    Wow what a fun way treats. My kids will definitely love this candies. A fun snack even after Halloween. I love this recipe its easy to make.

  20. 10/22/2020 / 10:37 pm

    Muddy buddies are so yummy and this Halloween twist on them looks so good! I would love to try these out!

    cute & little

  21. Patricia Chamberlain
    10/22/2020 / 7:47 pm

    This looks like it would be so much fun to make and eat! My daughter will love this!

  22. 10/22/2020 / 4:15 pm

    We love muddy buddies in our house! They always go fast in our house. What a fun idea to kick it up a notch for Halloween.

  23. 10/22/2020 / 3:07 pm

    Muddy Buddies are my daughters favorite snack! What a great Halloween version.

  24. 10/22/2020 / 3:07 pm

    What a fun treat for Halloween. I think I’m going to make this. Yum!

  25. 10/22/2020 / 1:41 pm

    This is such a fun and cute idea for snacks. I like it when we can transform pre-made foods into something nicer.

  26. Stefani Tolson
    10/22/2020 / 12:56 pm

    I LOVE this mix! I think I am going to make some for Halloween!

  27. 10/22/2020 / 12:49 pm

    Someone made something like this for my girls last year and they LOVED it! I’m going to make it with them this weekend.

  28. Catalina
    10/22/2020 / 12:03 pm

    wow! This sounds so delicious! A fabulous homemade treat for Halloween!

  29. Jennifer
    10/22/2020 / 11:33 am

    Yum I haven’t made puppy chow in ages. I’ll have to try it with the kids this year.

  30. 10/22/2020 / 10:54 am

    I am Indonesian, never celebrate Halloween, But I love to make this muddy for fun with kids 🙂

  31. Ryan Escat
    10/22/2020 / 8:36 am

    So easy to make yet seems so irresistible and delicious. Makes me so excited for the coming Halloween.

  32. 10/22/2020 / 8:26 am

    These look soooo adorably delicious! Really perfect for Halloween parties for kids. This Puppy Chow is awesome!

  33. Nikki Wayne
    10/22/2020 / 6:44 am

    Looks so good, I’m sure kids and even adults will love this.

  34. 10/22/2020 / 6:12 am

    I find quite a lot recipes of foods for Halloween recently but yours is one of my must-try. Thank you for sharing!

  35. 10/22/2020 / 4:06 am

    I love muddy buddies! They are so easy and tasty. I especially love how you’ve made them “Halloween” themed. So fun!

  36. Monica Simpson
    10/22/2020 / 3:43 am

    I love the eyeballs in this! So fun. Can’t wait to make this and eat it with the kids while watching a Halloween movie.

  37. Sherry
    10/22/2020 / 1:35 am

    My son and I are going to have a movie night this Halloween. I’ll add this to our snack list.

  38. Beth
    10/22/2020 / 1:31 am

    Muddy buddies snack is always a big hit. I love that you included some Halloween candy in this to make it extra fun.

  39. Kathy
    10/22/2020 / 1:13 am

    This looks so good. I love how you put your own Halloween spin on muddy buddies. I think my kids are going to love making this.

  40. 10/22/2020 / 12:18 am

    Muddy Buddies are awesome! This Halloween version is so cool and perfect for the season.

  41. 10/21/2020 / 10:42 pm

    Oh my goodness these look AMAZING! Thank you for sharing the recipe

  42. 10/21/2020 / 7:03 pm

    Yummy! I love the added eyeballs!

  43. 10/21/2020 / 6:17 pm

    I love Muddy Buddies! I normally make the regular version, but this one looks amazing! I’ll be trying it out with the kids.

  44. 10/21/2020 / 6:06 pm

    We love Halloween treats. I make a similar recipe and we call them poppy chows. They are messy to make and so delicious to eat.

  45. 10/21/2020 / 6:00 pm

    That is a real sweet treat for Halloween or any day. I made something like this last December but your ideas are so great and I have to make this soon.

  46. 10/21/2020 / 5:50 pm

    Yummy. This was one of my favorite snacks growing up. I will need to make it for my kids.

  47. Pam Wattenbarger
    10/21/2020 / 5:37 pm

    What a fun idea for a Halloween treat. I enjoy muddy buddies and this is a great way to add a spooky touch.

  48. Ben
    10/21/2020 / 4:53 pm

    BOOYAH! I make Muddy Buddies all the time. You hit the mark on this one. I have to say, I love that you put candy corn in the mix. I love it.

  49. 10/21/2020 / 4:38 pm

    Muddy buddies are one of my favorite treats to make when the holidays roll around. ANY holiday. I can’t wait to make this. I love the added peanut butter cups and the eyes. Super great treat!

  50. 10/21/2020 / 4:30 pm

    This is so cute! I love the flavors, and the eyes are a nice touch. I have to make this for my kids.

  51. 10/21/2020 / 4:05 pm

    These look amazing! I love the addition of those mini Reese’s Cups. They’re the real magic.

  52. Sandra
    10/21/2020 / 3:55 pm

    This looks like a fun snack to make with your kiddos. Thanks for sharing!!

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