If you grew up in the Midwest, you probably remember Muddy Buddies (aka Puppy Chow) as the star of every bake sale. Now that you're an adult, make and eat a whole batch by yourself and feel like a champion. Here's an easy homemade Muddy Buddy recipe to help you #tbt to simpler times.

Crispy Chex cereal gets a major upgrade when it's coated in melted peanut butter and chocolate, and tossed so lovingly in as much or as little powdered sugar as your heart desired (#YourMuddyBuddiesYourChoice).

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Sweet, crunchy, nutty, and full of chocolate, Puppy Chow is arguably one of the most addictive desserts in existence. All you need is a few simple ingredients, a microwave-safe bowl, and 20 minutes. 

So make this easy Muddy Buddy recipe ASAP. Trust me, when you're looking up from the empty bowl in a few hours wondering how you managed to consume an entire batch so quickly, you'll be darn glad you did.

Easy Muddy Buddy Recipe

  • Prep Time:20 mins
  • Cook Time:0
  • Total Time:20 mins
  • Servings:6
  • Easy


  • 6 cups Chex cereal
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons butter or non-dairy butter - optional
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla - optional
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar - more if desired
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  • Step 1

    In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate by heating in 30-second increments, stirring between each until chocolate is almost (but not completely) melted. This will take 60-90 seconds, depending on your microwave.

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  • Step 2

    Add peanut butter and butter (if using) to chocolate, and continue to microwave again in 30-second increments until both chocolate and peanut butter are melted, roughly 60-90 more seconds.

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  • Step 3

    Mix chocolate and peanut butter mixture well.

  • Step 4

    Add cereal to chocolate and peanut butter mixture, and stir gently to coat the cereal in the chocolate peanut butter mixture, being careful to not crush the cereal.

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  • Step 5

    Pour cereal mixture into a large resealable food bag. Add powdered sugar and shake until cereal is evenly coated.

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  • Step 6

    Spread mixture onto a parchment or wax paper-lined baking sheet, allow to cool, and enjoy. Store in an airtight plastic bag or container.

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