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Halloween Muddy Buddies #HalloweenTreatsWeek

This post and recipe was created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek. This is a sponsored event but all opinions are my own.

Don't forget the Halloween Muddy Buddies for your party, a snack at home, or as a gift to a friend or neighbor.

Halloween muddy buddies in a cauldron candy dish on an orange napkin.

Muddy Buddies (also known as Puppy Chow) are a great snack. Easily scaled up for large gatherings or down to keep a small batch on hand for a sweet craving.

They're also easily adapted for any flavor preferences or to celebrate any occasion or holiday — like Halloween! Which is why I'm sharing this recipe for #HalloweenTreatsWeek. Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a great prize pack from our sponsor Dixie Crystals! More info at the bottom of the post.

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The base of muddy buddies (also known as puppy chow) is Chex cereal coated in a mixture of peanut butter and chocolate, then tossed in powdered sugar. From there, you can mix and match any number of additions.

Halloween muddy buddies spread out on a cookie sheet.
  • Mini peanut butter cups: these come unwrapped, making it very easy to toss into the mix.
  • Reese's Pieces: if some peanut butter is good, more must be better! These candies are coated in Halloween colors.
  • Candy eyeballs: have some leftover from making mummy sugar cookies? Add them to your muddy buddies!
  • Bone shaped sprinkles: have some leftover from making a graveyard fault line cake? Toss those in, too!
  • Candy corn: the quintessential Halloween candy!
  • Candy pumpkins: similar to candy corn, but pumpkin-shaped.


There are an infinite number of variations on muddy buddies. Use chocolate cereal. Use Nutella instead of peanut butter.

  • Cereal - use chocolate Chex instead of plain rice Chex
  • Peanut butter - use Nutella instead
  • Chocolate - use white chocolate instead of semisweet
  • Mix-ins - use any of your favorite Halloween candy! Fun-size candy bars, M&Ms, tootsie rolls, Milk Duds, use whatever you like.

What to Do with Muddy Buddies

Muddy buddies are a great party snack because it's so easy to make a large batch. However, if you're not having a party, here are some ideas of what to do with it:

  • Bring it to work - bring a festive Halloween candy dish (such as a witch's cauldron) to work, set it on your desk or in the break room, and fill it with Muddy buddies
  • After-school snack - many schools are peanut-free due to allergies, so keep it at home and let your child enjoy it as an after-school snack
  • Boo your neighbor - Who doesn't love a sweet surprise! Scoop some into a festive mug, wrap it in cellophane and leave it on your neighbor's doorstep with a cute "You've Been Boo'ed!" note.
A white-with-black-and-orange striped jack-o-lantern mug full of Halloween Muddy Buddies.


Store the muddy buddies at room temperature in a plastic zip-top bag or a plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for up to a week.

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Halloween Muddy Buddies in a cauldron candy dish.

Halloween Muddy Buddies

Yield: 24 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 7 cups (8.5 oz/240 g) Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup (6.3 oz/180 g) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (4.5 oz/130 g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 ½ cups (6 oz/170 g) powdered sugar
  • 1 (7.6 oz/215 g) package mini peanut butter cups
  • 8 oz (225 g) Reese's Pieces candies
  • ½ cup (4 oz/110 g) candy eyeballs
  • ½ cup (4 oz/110 g) bone-shaped sprinkles
  • 1 bag (16.2 oz/459 g) candy corn
  • 1 bag (16.2 oz/459 g) candy pumpkins


  1. In a microwave-safe dish, combine the chocolate chips and peanut butter. Melt together at 30-second intervals at 50% power, stirring between each, until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Place the cereal in a large mixing bowl. Pour the melted chocolate/peanut butter mixture over top and gently toss with a spatula until the cereal is coated.
  3. Place the powdered sugar in a large zip-top bag. Add the coated cereal, seal the bag, and shake until the cereal is coated in sugar.
  4. Spread on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet and let sit until the chocolate is set.
  5. Transfer the cereal to a serving bowl. Add the peanut butter cups, candies and sprinkles. Gently toss to evenly disperse the mix-ins.
  6. If not serving right away, cover the serving bowl tightly with plastic wrap.
  7. Store any leftovers in an airtight container or zip-top bag at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 65Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

I am not a certified nutritionist. This nutrition information is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only.

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A jack-o-lantern candy dish full of Halloween Muddy Buddies.

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Welcome!!! It is almost Halloween which means it is time for this year's #HalloweenTreatsWeek recipe and giveaway event!!

#HalloweenTreatsWeek is a yearly Halloween blogging event that is hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife  & its a creepy and haunting week-long event is filled with some amazingly wicked Halloween treats, recipes and some frightfully fun giveaways.

For the 4th annual #HalloweenTreatsWeek event we have 28 hauntingly talented bloggers that are sharing their favorite Halloween recipes throughout the week!

Follow the hashtag #HalloweenTreatsWeek on social media and look at the bottom of each post to see all of the Halloween recipes that we’re sharing!

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Giveaway open to US Residents 18 years or older. All entries will be verified. No PO Boxes Please. Prizes will be sent directly from sponsor to winner, bloggers are not responsible for prizes. This giveaway runs from October 11th - October 15th at 11:59PM EST. Winners will be selected soon afterward and contacted by e-mail. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. There are a total of 1 (ONE) prize pack and therefore we will have a total of 1 (ONE) winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week-long event, #HalloweenTreatsWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like to Thank our amazing brand sponsors: Dixie Crystals that provided a prize pack for our giveaways and also sent some samples and products to the #HalloweenTreatsWeek bloggers to use in their recipes. 

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