Muddy Buddies.
Puppy Chow.
Whatever you call it, it’s a glorious snack!

It’s Chex, butter, peanut butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar. It got so popular to make at home, Chex actually sells it bagged! I’ve made it numerous times and it’s just SO DARN GOOD! Only negative thing? Nut allergies! It’s hard to bring to parties because of the use of nuts. Enter white chocolate and cake mix for the solution!
A few weeks back Lowe’s Foods had a sale on cereal and if you bought 3 boxes, you saved 25 cents per gallon of gas (so if you bought 6 boxes you saved 50 cents…). I ended up with a big box of Kix & another of Honey Kix (in addition to all the other cereal). Kix is a corn puff and Chex is corn (one of the types at least) so I thought I’d use those to make a treat.

The results were glorious and I loved the way they looked so much, I thought I’d make more for an Easter treat for my kids to hand out in class. The labels I made were simple on the outside: “Happy Easter” on one side and ingredients list with allergy info on the back (Nut Free. Contains gluten & dairy) so a kid could eat it right away and know it was safe (or not)). The inside (tricky, tricky mommy) had a description and invitation to our church’s Easter Block Party. We invited everyone as our guests and I hope maybe 1 person takes us up on the offer 🙂
Well, since my version has neither chocolate or peanut butter and is kinda the opposite of what was originally intended. I will refer to these as Non-Muddy buddies (since they are white) aka Cat Chow.


6-7 cups Kix
6 squares Almond Bark (half a package)
2-3 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 cups cake mix (I used a white vanilla)
1 cup powdered sugar
  1. Melt almond bark according to directions (should be 90 seconds for 6 bars stir and 15 seconds more).
  2. Stir in 2-3 teaspoons of veggie oil and mix well.
  3. Pour over the cereal and stir to completely coat.
  4. Whisk together powdered sugar & cake mix. (Note: you can also add colored sugar just to give some color – sprinkles & non-pariels don’t seem to stick).
  5. Add powdered mix quickly to coated cereal and stir to cover completely. I start with a spoon but finish with my hands.

WARNING: this is addictive!

After making this, I can’t wait to get  my hands on Cocoa Puffs and doing it this way… and just making all kinds of wacky flavor combos!

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