Valentine’s Muddy Buddies

Valentine’s Muddy Buddies are an easy and fun no bake dessert that’s perfect for the holiday! Chex cereal is coated with delicious chocolate and creamy peanut butter mix, then coated with powdered sugar and topped with M&Ms and sprinkles.

It’s the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day!

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Muddy Buddies are my weakness! They’re the perfect mix of chocolate and peanut butter that’s so delicious and not too sweet. Muddy Buddies (aka Puppy Chow) is the easiest no bake dessert recipe that uses common pantry ingredients that you probably already have on hand!

Valentine’s Day Muddy Buddies are a fun festive twist on the classic that’s a perfect way to celebrate the holiday.

Ingredients

For this recipe you’ll need:

Rice Chex Cereal

Chocolate Chips

Peanut Butter

Powdered Sugar

Red, White and Pink M&Ms (I like to buy the Valentine’s version of M&Ms so it’s already sorted and ready to go)

muddy buddies ingredients in a bowl

How to Make

Combine the chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second increments (stir in between) until completely melted (it took me about a minute for it to completely melt)

Pour the chex cereal into a large sealable bag like a Ziploc bag, and then add the peanut butter chocolate mix. Seal the bag and shake until all the cereal is completely covered.

Open the bag and add in about half of the powdered sugar. Seal the bag and shake until the cereal is covered. Pour in the remainder of the powdered sugar, seal the bag and shake again.

Pour the cereal mix into a bowl and mix in the M&Ms and serve!

close up of muddy buddies with m&ms

Looking for more Muddy Buddies recipes? Check out my No Bake S’Mores Muddy Buddies Recipe here.

Nutrition Information

Number of Servings 20 

Calories 247 

Total Fat 11 grams – Saturated Fat 4 grams – Trans Fat 0 grams – Unsaturated Fat 6 grams – Cholesterol 1 milligrams – Sodium 145 milligrams – Carbohydrates 35 grams – Fiber 2 grams – Sugar 24 grams – Protein 4 grams

close up of tray with muddy buddies and parchment paper

What are Muddy Buddies?

Muddy Buddies (aka Puppy Chow) are a dessert that is believed to have originated in the Midwest. It’s an American dessert that’s made up of Chex cereal coated with peanut butter and chocolate – or sometimes nutella – and then covered with powdered sugar. Yum!

Recipe Tips and Variations

This recipe can be customized with different mix ins! Some of my favorites to add in are:

Mini Marshmallows

Raisins

Mini White Chocolate

Mini Pretzel Sticksthese are good to add in with the chex cereal so they also get coated with chocolate and peanut butter! You may have to add a little more chocolate chips and peanut butter to coat.

Sprinkles

Nutellaswap out the peanut butter for Nutella to give it a sweet hazlenut twist

I find the easiest – and cleanest – way to coat everything is to use a Ziploc freezer bag to coat (just shake it!), but you could also use a large mixing bowl.

muddy buddies in a heart shape bowl

How to Store Leftover Valentine’s Muddy Buddies

Leftovers (if there are any 🙂 ) should be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.

This recipe can also be frozen for up to a year! To freeze, store in an airtight freezer bag (like this one) and store in the freezer for a year.

More Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipes

Heart Shaped Cream Cheese Puff Pastry

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Heart Shaped Mini Sugar Donut Holes

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Valentine’s Day Muddy Buddies

muddy buddies in a heart shape bowl
Valentine's Day Muddy Buddies is the perfect no bake Valentine's Day treat! Chex cereal is coated with a delicious peanut butter chocolate mix and topped with powdered sugar. No butter or baking required!
Ali
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine the chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second increments (stir in between) until completely melted (it took me about a minute for it to completely melt)
  • Pour the chex cereal into a ziploc bag, and then add the peanut butter chocolate mix. Seal the bag and shake until all the cereal is completely covered.
  • Open the bag and add in about half of the powdered sugar. Seal the bag and shake until the cereal is covered. Pour in the remainder of the powdered sugar, seal the bag and shake again.
  • Pour the cereal mix into a bowl and mix in the M&Ms and serve!

Notes

  • The chocolate and peanut butter can also be melted on the stove top. Add them into a sauce pan and set on low heat, stirring until melted (about 5 minutes)
  • To make this recipe extra fun, you could also add in mini marshmallows and/or sprinkles!

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Author

  • Ali Van Straten

    Ali Van Straten is the founder and journalist of Champagne and Coffee Stains. She is a Peloton expert, certified running coach and certified nutrition coach. Champagne and Coffee Stains provides information and resources on Peloton Interactive, running and recipes.

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