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Fall Harvest Muddy Buddies is filled with Chex cereal, peanut butter, and chocolate chips and coated in powdered sugar. Mix in colorful candy or your favorite sweet and salty treats.
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Table of Contents
  1. Halloween Muddy Buddies
  2. Why We Love This Fall Puppy Chow Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Fall Harvest Muddy Buddies
  7. Tip From Our Recipe Developer
  8. Storage
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Other Easy Chex Mix Recipes
  11. Fall Harvest Muddy Buddies Recipe

Fall Harvest Muddy Buddies, often called fall puppy chow Chex Mix, is a family favorite munchable, crunchable, sweet, and salty snack with a Fall twist.

This quick and easy no-bake recipe can be made in 15 minutes simply by coating Chex cereal with chocolate chips, peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar, and tossing in candy corn and your favorite Halloween treats.

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Halloween Muddy Buddies

This Fall Harvest Muddy Buddies recipe makes a big batch of puppy chow snack mix; it’s perfect for Halloween parties or fall-themed festivities because it’s filled with autumn colors and plenty of holiday candy.

With the same crunchy texture as my Halloween Puppy Chow Chex Mix, Hot Chocolate Muddy Buddies, and Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix, this Halloween harvest Chex Mix is dangerously delicious and so hard to resist the next handful.

I love making muddy buddies recipes because each batch can be customized with your favorite sweet and savory snacks. Don’t care for candy corn? Take it out. Craving more chocolate? Mix it in! It couldn’t be any easier to make each mouthful your best munch.

Why We Love This Fall Puppy Chow Recipe

  • Quick and easy to prepare in 10 minutes.
  • Only uses a handful of base ingredients and then you can customize your mix to make it your own.
  • Make-ahead fall-themed treat that tastes sweet and salty with a satisfying crunch.
  • Fun activity to cook with kids and let them toss in their favorite treats.
  • Big batch recipe is great for potlucks, celebrations, and gift-giving.
  • Serve some at your Halloween and Thanksgiving parties and save the rest for lunch bags and late-night snacks.

Other Easy Fall Dessert Recipes

Fall Harvest Muddy Buddies in a bowl

Ingredients

  • Chex Mix cereal
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter: For best results, use smooth peanut butter for this recipe.
  • Butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar
  • Candy Corn: I love using the Autumn Mix because it has pumpkins in it too!
  • Mini pretzels

Substitutions and Additions

  • Choose Your Chex: Feel free to use Rice Chex, Corn Chex, Chocolate Chex, Cinnamon Chex, or even Crispix cereal in your mix.
  • Add-Ins: Make this autumn Chex Mix your own! You can add peanut butter chips, M&M’s, Reese’s Pieces, crushed candy, cookie pieces, bugles, chopped nuts, sprinkles, or even Rolo’s.
  • Customize Your Crunch: If you are making these Muddy Buddies for the holidays, you can toss in some colored M&M’s or holiday-themed candy for an extra festive touch.
  • Gluten Free: You can easily make this recipe gluten-free. Make sure you do not use Wheat Chex in your Muddy Buddies and be sure to use gluten free pretzels.
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  • Large mixing bowl
  • Spoon/spatula
  • Gallon ziplock bag
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
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How to Make Fall Harvest Muddy Buddies

  1. Make The Chocolate Mixture: Microwave the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in 20 second bursts, stirring until smooth. Once melted, add the vanilla extract.
  2. Coat In Chocolate: Pour the melted chocolate mixture over the Chex Mix and stir to coat the cereal.
  3. Cover In Sugar: Transfer the Chex Mix into a Ziplock bag, add the powdered sugar, and shake to coat the cereal. Cool on a baking sheet.
  4. Make The Mix: Once cooled, mix in the candy corn and pretzels. Enjoy!

Tip From Our Recipe Developer

  • Muddy Buddies do not need to be refrigerated, although if you like your snack cold, feel free to keep it in the fridge.
  • Processed peanut butter, like Jiff or Skippy, works best in this recipe. All-natural nut butters may not set well at room temperature. If you have a peanut allergy, sunflower seed butter should work too.
  • If you can’t find the autumn candy mix, you can buy candy corn and pumpkins separately.

Storage

  • To Store: Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for 5-7 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can This Recipe Be Doubled?

Yes, you can easily double this recipe. Just make sure you have a large enough bowl to mix the ingredients. You may also have to work in batches when coating the cereal.

Can I Make Muddy Buddies In Advance?

This is a great recipe to make ahead, especially during busy party prep! If stored properly, your snack mix will stay fresh for 5-7 days.

Is Puppy Chow The Same As Muddy Buddies?

Muddy Buddies are often called puppy chow because it looks very similar to dog food. Did you know that Chex was originally made by Ralston Purina, the maker of Purina dog food? According to Wikipedia, this sweet and savory treat has many names, like monkey munch, muddy munch, reindeer chow, or doggy bag.

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Other Easy Chex Mix Recipes

5 from 2 votes
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Fall Harvest Muddy Buddies

Serves — 10
Fall Harvest Muddy Buddies is filled with Chex cereal, peanut butter, and chocolate chips and coated in powdered sugar. Mix in colorful candy or your favorite sweet and salty treats.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cool Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 8 cups Chex Mix cereal
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter (smooth)
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Candy Corn (I love using the Autumn Mix – it has pumpkins in too)
  • 1 cup mini pretzels

Instructions
 

  • In a small microwave safe container, combine the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter.
  • Microwave in 20 second bursts, stirring until smooth.
  • Add the vanilla extract and combine.
  • In a large bowl, add the Chex Mix and pour the melted chocolate mixture over. Stir until the Chex Mix has been evenly coated.
  • Transfer the Chex Mix into a large, gallon sized Ziplock bag and add the powdered sugar.
  • Seal the bag and shake to coat the cereal in the sugar.
  • Pour the mix onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and allow to cool.
  • Once cooled, combine the mix with the Candy Corn and pretzels.
  • Enjoy!

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for 5-7 days.
Tips:
  • Muddy Buddies do not need to be refrigerated, although if you like your snack cold, feel free to keep it in the fridge.
  • Processed peanut butter, like Jiff or Skippy, works best in this recipe. All-natural nut butters may not set well at room temperature. If you have a peanut allergy, sunflower seed butter should work too.
  • If you can’t find the autumn candy mix, you can buy candy corn and pumpkins separately.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 454kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 425mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 580IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 8mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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