White Chocolate Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies)

White Chocolate Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies) are crunchy and sweet, made with ONLY 4 ingredients, Chex cereal, peanut butter, white chocolate, and powdered sugar, and ready in under 5 minutes!

Sweet treats are always on our table at holiday parties, and right now we’re getting ready to make Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies)Oreo Balls, and Buckeye Balls.

White Chocolate Puppy Chow

White Chocolate Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies) are the PERFECT party dessert, made with crispy Chex cereal coated with peanut butter, melted white chocolate chips, and powdered sugar. They’re great to put out in a bowl for guests to enjoy all night, or on the dessert table with the other sweets. The best part is that you probably already have these ingredients in your pantry!

I’ve also made these with other ingredients like pretzels, peanuts, cheerios and other crunchy cereal, and even mini marshmallows. You can wrap these up and give them out as gifts, or as party favors with puppy chow recipe cards. I’ve also made these with different flavored chocolate chips for holidays!


Muddy Buddies can be stored at room temperature for about 2 weeks. You can also keep them in the refrigerator if you want to keep them an additional week, or because chocolate puppy chow tastes great cold, too!


You can definitely make muddy buddies ahead of time and freeze them in a large ziplock bag or airtight container. Then just pull them out and leave them on the counter the night before you want to serve, and they should be defrosted with enough time.

You might have to toss the puppy chow in a large bowl with some extra powdered sugar if some of it fell off the cereal in the freezer.



  • Use regular peanut butter instead of the natural kind, because the sugar in the product can help keep everything together and add some sweetness.
  • Try adding other ingredients to this puppy chow recipe like mini chocolate chips, butterscotch pieces, caramel sauce, pretzels, or peanuts for more party mix variety. Or sprinkle with crushed peanuts for decoration.
  • Any plain crispy cereal will do for puppy chow, like Crispix cereal or Corn Chex (instead of Rice Chex) cereal. I prefer Chex because it has a really nice crunch that I like with this recipe.
  • Finish off this puppy chow recipe with some cinnamon sugar for a white chocolate snickerdoodle version!
  • The white chocolate chips and peanut butter are what make the powdered sugar stick to the cereal, so make sure the muddy buddies are thoroughly coated. Or use peanut butter chips, melted, and coat the muddy buddies with that for a sweeter peanut butter puppy chow.
  • You can also make this puppy chow recipe with dark or milk chocolate chips instead of white chocolate chips if you want to. You can also try using almond bark to coat the Chex instead of chocolate, for a richer flavor.
  • Add a few drops of vanilla or peppermint extract to the melted semi-sweet chocolate chips for some different puppy chow variations.
  • Add a drop or two of coconut oil to your melted white chocolate chips if they are too thick to work with.
  • You can also melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter in a double boiler on the stove, instead of in a microwave-safe bowl.
  • This recipe is naturally gluten free as long as you use the rice or corn Chex!
  • Lay the puppy chow out on a cookie sheet with parchment paper or wax paper, and use a sifter to dust with powdered sugar to make sure everything is coated, as an alternative to the plastic bag method.
  • Make sure you have a large bowl ready, the mixture is sticky and this will make it easier to stir the puppy chow together without spilling.

White Chocolate Muddy Buddies

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White Chocolate Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies)

White Chocolate Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies) are crunchy and sweet, made with ONLY 4 ingredients, Chex cereal, peanut butter, white chocolate, and powdered sugar, and ready in under 5 minutes!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword White Chocolate Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies)
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 219 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 10 cups Rice Chex
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Melt the white chocolate and peanut butter in the microwave in 30 second increments in the microwave in a large glass bowl (90 seconds total).

  2. Stir well until mixed then add in the cereal and mix well until coated before adding the cereal to a large ziploc bag with the powdered sugar and shaking until fully coated.

Recipe Notes

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

Nutrition Facts
White Chocolate Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 219 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 151mg7%
Potassium 113mg3%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies

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  1. What a delicious sweet treat! I love that this recipe only has four ingredients and comes together quickly. This would be a big hit at a party!

  2. Puppy chow or muddy buddies, how ever you choose to call them, are a definite winner in my book! Combination of the white chocolate and pb is just heavenly. So many fun ways to make this sweet treat, can’t wait to give this a try!