Strawberry Muddy Buddies


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Strawberry Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow is a fun, simple, and sweet cereal snack mix. You’ll love this easy Valentine’s Day snack!

With Valentine’s Day coming up real soon, I’m always eager to make up this deliciously sweet snack. If you like traditional Puppy Chow, then you’ll want to give this recipe a try!

Strawberry Muddy buddies for Valentine's Day

Strawberry Muddy Buddies

You might be surprised to learn that I’ve only learned about Muddy Buddies within the past few years. If you’re still not up to speed on what this stuff is, let me give you a quick crash course.

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Muddy Buddies on a spoon

Muddy Buddies are sort of like trail mix’s sweeter cousin who’s more fun at parties. The base is usually a cereal like Rice Chex which is then usually tossed in some sort of powdered, sugar-y mixture. Add in a bunch of other fillings that you like and- there you have it: Muddy Buddies. I’ve had a few of the most popular flavors, but I’ve found this strawberry flavor is my favorite!

Text on image Strawberry Muddy Buddies

I also like to call this stuff by its other popular name: Puppy Chow. It’s always so much fun, making this stuff and giving it out to folks and telling them they’re enjoying some homemade Strawberry Puppy Chow. Haha! Whatever you like to call this recipe, we know your family will love it!

Text on image Strawberry Muddy Buddies

If you enjoyed this Valentine’s Day Recipe, you’ll want to try these Strawberry Recipes next!

  • You’re going to love our Easy Strawberry Pie recipe. If you’ve ever been to a diner like Frisch’s or Shoney’s, you know this stuff is good! Loaded up with strawberries and a delicious homemade jelly filling- yum!
  • If you’re looking for something more warm and comforting, try some Easy Strawberry Crisp. It’s the perfect combo of melty, gooey strawberries and a crisp oat topping. Tastes perfect with a scoop of ice cream on top!
  • For an easy dessert you only need the microwave for, make some Strawberry Microwave Fudge. This easy dessert needs no baking, needs only 2 ingredients, and only needs an hour or two to set in the fridge. Another strawberry treat perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Text on image Strawberry Muddy Buddies

What you’ll need for this Puppy Chow Recipe

  • Rice Chex
  • White Chocolate Chips – You can also use white candy melts for this recipe.
  • Strawberry Cake Mix
  • Powdered Sugar
These 4 ingredients form the base to our Strawberry Muddy Buddies. Outside of this you can also add…
  • Mix-Ins – This is the real fun part to making Muddy Buddies: picking your add-ins! We went with some Valentine’s M&Ms, some freeze-dried strawberries, and some decorative sprinkles.

Ingredients for Strawberry Puppy Chow

How to make Muddy Buddies

This recipe is super easy- all you’ll need is a microwave and large plastic bag. To make your Muddy Buddies…
  1. Mix some melted chocolate and Rice Chex until well-coated.
  2. Toss your coated Chex cereal with your powdered sugar and cake mix.
  3. Add in your candies, fruits, and other mix-ins.

Strawberry cake mix and powdered sugar in a zippered bag

Put your sugar and cake mix in a large, sealable plastic bag and give them a quick shake to combine them before setting aside. Add your chocolates or melting candies to a microwave-safe bowl and place in the microwave. You’re going to heat them in 30 second intervals, mixing between until your chocolates have melted nice and smooth.

White Chocolate added to Chex Rice Cereal

Gently stir together the melted chocolate and your Rice Chex cereal until the cereal is coated and saturated with the chocolates. This is going to get them nice and sticky before we toss them into the bag with our powdered ingredients.

Chocolate covered Chex Cereal added to strawberry mix

After tossing your Chex into the bag, seal it up and give it a good shake. Shake until the cereal picks up the sugar and cake mix and forms a powdered coating.

Strawberry Puppy Chow on sheet pan

At this point, the base of your Muddy Buddies is done! While you could serve it as-is, it looks a little… boring. So take the time to add in some mix-ins like we listed above. They’ll add plenty of color and flavor to your end-product.

Strawberry Muddy Buddies in a bowl

Serve this up in a bowl or bag it up to pack for lunches or give as a gift. Enjoy!

Closeup of Strawberry Muddy Buddy Mix

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Strawberry Muddy Buddies

By: Jen CIncyshopper
Strawberry Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow is a fun, simple, and sweet cereal snack mix. You’ll love this easy Valentine’s Day snack!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 minute
Servings: 12


  • 6 cup Rice Chex cereal
  • 12 oz White Chocolate Chips
  • 2 cup Strawberry Cake Mix
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/8 cup Candy Sprinkles, Optional
  • 1/4 cup M&M's, Optional
  • 1/4 cup Freeze dried Strawberries, Optional


  • Combine the cake mix and powdered sugar In a large zippered bag. Shake to mix.
  • Put cereal in a large bowl and set it aside.
  • Melt the white chips in the microwave by heating for 30 seconds then stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.
  • Pour the melted chocolate over cereal and mix until well coated.
  • Add the cereal mixture to the plastic bag and shake until the cereal is completely covered.
  • Add any additional optional add ins, if desired.


Store the Muddy Buddies in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.


Calories: 370kcal, Carbohydrates: 65g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 330mg, Potassium: 179mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 45g, Vitamin A: 268IU, Vitamin C: 63mg, Calcium: 152mg, Iron: 6mg
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About Jen Cincyshopper

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. Wow, what a sweet treat! Thanks for sharing and linking up with us at the #WWDParty – Happy Valentine’s Day.

  3. Oh boy! This look so good! I love Muddy Buddies, but would never have thought to do this with them! What a fabulous idea! I found you through the Weekend Wind Down. Pinning this recipe for later!

  4. Absolutley delicious!! Not many ingredients at all and so cheap to make!! Make sure you dont burn your white chocolate, microwave and stir extea well EVERY 10 seconds. So easy to make, ill make this for another occasion (: