Muddy Buddies

Muddy Buddies are the ultimate snack food. I don't think I have ever met a person that doesn't like them. They feed a crowd, have the perfect amount of crunch and sweetness, and are so easy to make.

If you like peanut butter and chocolate, you are going to go crazy for this easy snack recipe. It is the ultimate snack food, of all snack foods. It is so easy to make, and is a crowd and family favorite.
It is boating season here in our house, which means I spend Friday’s gathering snacks to take out the next day.
Our favorite snack recipe happens to be Muddy Buddies.  We eat these babies by the handful.  They are so easy and everybody loves them.
They also make quite a bit, so if you have to serve a crowd, then this is your recipe.

OUR RECIPE: how to make muddy buddies

Step 1: Pour cereal into large bowl; set aside. We use Chex cereal for our Muddy Buddies.

We haven’t tried it with any other cereal. The reason we use Chex is because they have little holes in them, and it allows all the goodness to seep in, and it tastes amazing.

Each bite of Muddy Buddies is full of peanut buttery chocolate goodness, and you won’t be sorry you tried them.

If you use a different cereal than Chex in your recipe, let us know how you like it, and what cereal you used, in the comment section below.

Step 2: In 1-quart, microwave-safe bowl combine chocolate chips, peanut butter and margarine.

I used milk chocolate chips, but you could also use dark, semi-sweet, and I have even tried white chocolate and that was delicious as well.

The original Muddy Buddies recipe calls for semi sweet chocolate, and today I am using milk.

Step 3: Microwave  for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until smooth, stirring after every 30 seconds.

This may sound repetitive, but stirring allows the chocolate to spread evenly, so it is all melted evenly.

Step 4: Stir in vanilla, to the melted chocolate mixture. Pour chocolate sauce slowly over cereal, stirring to coat evenly.

Step 5: Pour Chex cereal into large plastic bag. You could also stir the two mixtures in a bowl, however, your spoon may break the cereal pieces, and they taste best when they are whole. They are also easier to eat.

I use a gallon storage bag to do this step, but you could try a bowl. I also like using a plastic gallon freezer bag because the powdered sugar doesn’t get everywhere when you shake it.

Step 6: Add powdered sugar and secure; shake to coat well.

Make sure that bag is zipped tight. You don’t want powdered sugar flying everywhere. I know this first hand, it is not fun to clean up.

Step 7: Spread Muddy Buddies on waxed paper to cool.

I don’t always do this step. Sometimes, like if we go boating, I try to keep the mess at a minimum by keeping it all in the ziplock bag, that I shook it in.

You could also transfer it straight into a bowl for serving, if you don’t want to spread it out on wax paper to cool.

make it gluten free

Did you know muddy buddies can be gluten free? You can use gluten free chex mix to make this recipe. You could also use butterscotch chips, or dairy free chips if you are allergic to dairy.

This really is the perfect snack for everyone.

all the names for muddy buddies

This snack food has been around for a while. Everyone loves it, but it’s not always referred to as, Muddy Buddies.

I have heard this recipe referred to as snowman poop, trash, muddy munch, monkey chow, reindeer chow, puppy chow, etc.

Whatever you call it, I think we can all agree that this is the BEST snack and dessert food around.

watch how to make mint muddy buddies, here:

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Serves: 10

Muddy Buddies

15 minPrep Time

3 minCook Time

18 minTotal Time

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  • 9 cups Chex cereal
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Pour cereal into large bowl; set aside. In 1-quart, microwave-safe bowl combine chocolate chips, peanut butter and margarine.
  2. Microwave for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until smooth, stirring after 1 minute.
  3. Stir in vanilla. Pour chocolate sauce slowly over cereal, stirring to coat evenly.
  4. Pour cereal into large plastic bag.
  5. Add powdered sugar and secure; shake to coat well.
  6. Spread on waxed paper to cool.



2412 cal


30 g


535 g


24 g
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