The Best Halloween Muddy Buddies Mix


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This recipe for the best Halloween Muddy Buddies mix comes together so quickly it’s scary! If you’ve never made them before you’ll find they are addictive.

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What do I need to make Halloween Muddy Buddies Mix?

Muddy Buddies are a popular treat. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I am a sprinkle hoarder. This recipe is perfect for using some up. 

  • Rice Chex cereal – You could use Corn Chex but don’t use Wheat Chex. They are thinner and not right for this recipe. Crispix would be another good choice. Crispix is not gluten-free.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips – I’ve also used milk chocolate chips with tasty success. The same goes for dark chocolate.
  • Smooth peanut butter – Crunchy varieties don’t work well here and neither do natural varieties. They tend to separate.
  • Butter – I used unsalted but salted is OK too.
  • Vanilla extract – I always advocate for pure vanilla extract for the best flavor.
  • Powdered sugar – Also known as confectioners’ sugar. Sift it if it’s lumpy.
  • Halloween M&Ms – You can usually find the Halloween mix in October. If you are a peanut butter lover, you could substitute Reese’s Pieces. That would certainly be delicious and very Halloween-like in color.
  • Candy Corn – Or the fall pumpkin candy if you aren’t a fan of candy corn.
  • Halloween SprinklesCandy bones, candy eyes, sprinkles, or a fun mix with a variety of Halloween theme candies.

Can I substitute something for peanut butter in puppy chow?

While I’ve not tried substituting anything for the peanut butter, I’m sure any other nut butter would work, such as almond butter or cashew butter. Cookie butter sounds tasty too. If you try it, let me know in the comments.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • IYKYK – Muddy Buddies! They are addictive and when you mention them, people know exactly what they are.
  • You can mix up candies to suit your favorite flavors. Replace the M&Ms with Reese’s Pieces.
  • Use any kind of Halloween sprinkles you have on hand or like.
  • You might know this as a Halloween trail mix recipe.
  • Puppy Chow recipes, which muddy buddies are also known as are very adaptable.
  • Easily increase the quantities for a larger crowd or if you are gift-giving.
  • It’s ready in about 15 minutes.
  • It’s a relatively economical treat.
Halloween snack mix in a witch bowl.

A few recipe tips:

These tips and suggestions make Halloween Muddy Buddie Mix easier.

  • Make sure your bowl is large enough to melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. You want a smooth consistency and the ability to stir it in a right-sized bowl.
  • When pouring the chocolate mixture over the cereal, stir as you go along. You’ll get a better and more even coat of chocolate.
  • Be very gentle when you stir. Use more of a folding motion so as not to break up the cereal too much.
  • Put the powdered sugar in a large, gallon-size, zip-lock bag, then add the chocolate-coated cereal. Close the bag, making doubly sure it’s secure, and gently shake the mixture to coat it with the sugar. 
An assortment of Halloween candies and treats next to a Halloween themed gift bag on a board.

This Halloween muddy buddies mix is ideal for a Halloween party treat or to give to neighbors as a sweet surprise. If you make BOO! bags, or gifts, for friends and neighbors, this would be a delicious addition. I’ve included it this year in the one I’m giving to my next-door neighbor.

I also included some Halloween cake mix sprinkle cookies in the Boo! bag.

How do you store muddy buddies?

Store this Halloween snack mix, in an airtight container, for up to a week, but it probably won’t last that long. I like the OXO pop-top containers.

More Muddy Buddy Recipes

This Halloween Chex Mix muddy buddies recipe isn’t the only delicious mix. Here are a few other favorites.

  • Cookies and Cream Muddy Buddies – this is a treat for anyone who loves cookies and cream. Make it for a movie night or game day.
  • Easter Muddy Buddies  – a fun and festive addition to a brunch dessert table or candy display.
  • Original Chex Mix – a treat my Mom made every Christmas and a tradition I’ve continued. This is the original, with no pretzels or bagel chips.

More Tasty Halloween Treats

In addition to this Halloween muddy buddies mix here are more Halloween snack ideas try my fun mummy cupcakes, easy donut hole mummies, or Halloween haystacks.

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The Best Halloween Muddy Buddies Mix

This recipe for the best Halloween Muddy Buddies mix comes together so quickly it's scary!
5 from 35 votes
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Desserts and Sweets
Cuisine: American


  • 9 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup smooth peanut butter
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar I used Dixie Crystals
  • 1 cup Halloween M&M’s
  • 1 cup candy corn I used Brach’s
  • Edible Bones
  • Halloween Sprinkles Mix


  • Place Chex cereal in a large bowl. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter for 45 seconds remove from microwave and stir. Return to microwave for 25 seconds and remove and stir again. If still not melted, repeat process, lowering the number of seconds each time.
  • Stir in vanilla extract once the mixture is smooth.
  • Combine chocolate mixture with Chex cereal. Gently stir until evenly coated.
  • In a gallon Zipoc bag, combine cereal and powdered sugar; mix until well coated.
  • Add candy corn, sprinkles, M&M's, and bones.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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