Dive into the ultimate snack experience with this Muddy Buddy recipe, a perfect balance of chocolate, peanut butter, and crunchy Chex cereal, all coated in a generous dusting of powdered sugar. This recipe transforms a simple cereal in an irresistible treat, ensuring every bite is packed with the rich, creamy goodness of peanut butter and chocolate. Whether for a party, a movie night, or just a cozy evening in, these Muddy Buddies are sure to be a hit.

This Muddy Buddy recipe stands out for its perfect ratio of chocolate to peanut butter, ensuring each piece of cereal is enveloped in a smooth, decadent mixture. This addition of vanilla extract enhances the flavors, while the powdered sugar adds a sweet finish that makes this snack addictively delicious. It’s a simple yet satisfying treat that’s as fun to make as it is to eat.

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The Chemistry of Muddy Buddies

The magic of Muddy Buddies lies in the melting process, where the heat gently combines the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter into a silky smooth mixture. The mixture acts as a binding agent, adhering to the cereal’s nooks and crannies when mixed. The powdered sugar not only adds sweetness but also creates a dry, non-sticky surface that makes the snack easy to enjoy without a mess. The vanilla extract, though a small addition, plays a crucial role in rounding out the flavors, adding depth to the chocolate and peanut butter.

Can I use different types of Chex cereal?

Absolutely! While corn Chex is traditional, rice or wheat Chex can also be used, offering slight variations in flavor and texture. Feel free to experiment to find your favorite.

How do you ensure even coating of the mixture and powdered sugar?

For the best results, gently fold the melted chocolate-peanut butter mixture into the cereal to ensure even coating, then use an airtight container or a large Ziplock bag to shake the powdered sugar over the coated cereal. This method helps distribute the sugar evenly.

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Can Muddy Buddies be made in advance?

Yes, Muddy Buddies can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week, making them a convenient make-ahead treat for any occasion.

Is there a nut-free alternative for peanut butter?

For those with nut allergies, sunflower seed butter or soy nut butter can be excellent alternatives, offering a similar texture and richness without the allergens.

What is in Muddy Buddies?

Corn Chex Cereal

Provides the crunchy base for the snack.

Chocolate Chips

Melt into a smooth chocolate coating.

Creamy Peanut Butter

Adds richness and depth of flavor.

Unsalted Butter

Helps thin the chocolate-peanut butter mixture for easier coating.

Vanilla Extract

Enhances the overall flavor profile.

Powdered Sugar

Finishes the snack with a sweet, dusty exterior.

Storage Tips

Store the muddy buddies in an airtight container at room temperature to maintain their crisp texture. Enjoy them within a week. This makes them perfect for prepping ahead for parties or as a snack throughout the week.

Freezing Options

My husband loves to freeze these Muddy Buddies! They freeze well for up to a month. You can enjoy them cold or let them sit out for 15 minutes to get back to room temperature.

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Making Ahead

Muddy Buddies are an ideal make-ahead snack. Prepare a batch a day or two before your event. Store in an airtight container to keep them fresh and ready to serve.

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Why make Muddy Buddies?

In essence, this Muddy Buddy recipe is more than just a snack; it’s a joyful experience, from preparation to the final delicious bite. It’s a testament to the power of simple ingredients coming together to create something truly memorable and enjoyable for people of all ages.

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The BEST Muddy Buddies

Author: Madison Reid
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 30 servings
Finally, a Muddy Buddy recipe that has the right ratio. Instead of snacking on plain cereal, delight in the peanut butter, chocolaty goodness.


  • 8 cups corn Chex cereal
  • 3 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup powder sugar


  • Measure cereal out in a very large bowl (preferably one with an air tight lid)
  • In a medium sauce pan over medium low heat melt the butter
  • Add the chocolate chips & peanut butter and stir into the melted butter until everything is combined and melted.
  • Once all the ingredients are melted and smooth, stir in vanilla
  • Pour mixture over the measured cereal and stir with a large wooden spoon until all the cereal is coated
  • Pour powdered sugar on top of cereal and shut container with lid, shake powder sugar until all the cereal is dusted and no longer sticky. If your bowl does not have a lid you can stir the powder sugar in until all the cereal is coated. Add more sugar as needed.
  • Enjoy


Calories: 235kcal Carbohydrates: 27g Protein: 3g Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 6g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0.1g Cholesterol: 4mg Sodium: 115mg Potassium: 141mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 18g Vitamin A: 313IU Vitamin C: 2mg Calcium: 46mg Iron: 2mg

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