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Halloween muddy buddies

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These spooky Halloween Muddy Buddies are a fun Halloween Chex mix also known as puppy chow!

This spooktacular party treat is perfect for scary movie nights and ghoulish fall festivities. Today I’ll show you how to make these ghostly Halloween nibbles two ways: all-white Muddy buddies with creepy eye balls, and a tuxedo 50/50 snack mix with grated chocolate and Oreos.

PIN HALLOWEEN MUDDY BUDDIES FOR LATER!

Halloween Muddy Buddies in a white bowl. This Halloween Chex mix is on a Halloween table.

Halloween chex mix ingredients

Planning a Halloween party is easy when you have an arsenal of quick-to-make recipes that are time-tested favorites. This Chex mix is one of those essential recipes! It’s made with simple ingredients and pantry staples.

CLASSIC HALLOWEEN MUDDY BUDDIES

  • Rice Chex or Corn Chex cereal
  • Dark chocolate morsels
  • Smooth peanut butter
  • Butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
  • Edible candy eyeballs

OPTIONAL ITEMS FOR TUXEDO HALLOWEEN CHEX MIX

  • Finely-grated baking chocolate
  • Oreos
An overhead image of the ingredients needed to make Halloween Muddy Buddies Chex mix.

HOW TO FINELY GRATE CHOCOLATE

The best way to grate baking chocolate is with a microplane zester/grater. Place both the unwrapped chocolate and microplane in the freezer for 15 minutes. The chocolate will be less melty and easier to handle.

If you only have access to a box grater, use the smallest holes. A serrated knife will also work, but the grating process will be messy.

To save time, buy a pouch of finely-grated American Heritage Chocolate online. It’s the product I’m using here for this recipe.

how to make HALLOWEEN muddy buddies

With this puppy chow recipe, making a batch of spooky snack mix is super easy and delightfully sinister. Here’s how to make a bowl of these creepy treats for hair-rising fun!

  • STEP 1: Measure out the cereal. Add it to a large wide bowl. Set it aside.
  • STEP 2: Add butter, peanut butter and chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir with a vampire spatula. Microwave for 30 to 60 seconds more, or until the mixture can be stirred smooth.
  • STEP 3: Drizzle vanilla over the mixture. Stir until incorporated.
  • STEP 4: Pour the melted chocolate mixture over the Chex cereal. With a spatula, gently fold and stir it in. All pieces should be evenly coated.
4-images showing how to make Halloween puppy chow, step by step.

MAKE THIS HALLOWEEN CHEX MIX 2 WAYS

An elegant switch up from orange seasonal treats, this black/white Halloween snack mix can be assembled 2 ways.

  • CLASSIC HALLOWEEN MUDDY BUDDIES: An all-white Chex mix with powdered sugar, chocolate morsels and candy eyes. It’s wickedly good!
  • TUXEDO HALLOWEEN CHEX MIX: A more prominent black/white snack. It features half the mix with finely-grated chocolate and Oreos. Visually stunning, it’s the perfect treat to satisfy deep chocolate cravings.
Halloween puppy chow Chex mix in a round white bowl surrounded by ghostly black/white decor.

HALLOWEEN MUDDY BUDDY RECIPE

  • STEP 5: Divide coated cereal between two zip-top bags (gallon size).
  • STEP 6: If making tuxedo snack mix, add powdered sugar to just one bag instead of two. Add finely-grated chocolate to the second bag. Gently shake the bags until all pieces are evenly coated. Over the sink, transfer coated pieces to a colander. Shake off excess powder.
  • STEP 7: For the bottom layer, add half the mix to a wide serving bowl. For a tuxedo look, keep chocolate-coated pieces and powdered-sugar pieces on separate sides of the bowl. Add chopped Oreos. Sprinkle with dark chocolate morsels and candy eyeballs.
  • STEP 8: Add remaining mix to the bowl. Sprinkle the top with more chocolate morsels and spooky candy eyes. For an elegant tuxedo snack mix, add chopped Oreos straight down the middle.
4 Halloween muddy buddies images showing how to assemble this Halloween Chex Mix, step by step.

COLORFUL ADD-INS: Want to switch up this black-and-white treat with beautiful pops of color? Add M&Ms, candy corn, and gummy worms!

BEST INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTES for recipe success

When assembling Chex mix for parties, keep in mind many children and adults have peanut allergies. For group situations, avoid using peanut butter. Below are two nut-free options for this recipe.

These are helpful ingredient swaps for Halloween muddy buddies.

  • NUT-FREE SUBSTITUTES FOR PEANUT BUTTER: With the closest taste and texture to peanut butter, Sun Butter (natural sunflower butter) and Biscoff Cookie Butter spread are delicious swaps!
  • CHEX CEREAL: Kellogg’s Crispix cereal.
  • BUTTER: Margarine.
  • DARK CHOCOLATE MORSELS: Semi-sweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips.
  • GRATED CHOCOLATE: Brownie mix.
  • OREO COOKIES: Chocolate wafers.
Halloween muddy buddies with candy eyes in a black bowl next to a rat, snake and spider.

PARTY HOSTING IQ: Here are 5 important tips every host should know about peanut allergies. Together we can keep our friends and family safe!

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Halloween muddy buddies


  • Author: Denay DeGuzman
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 Minutes
  • Yield: 18 Servings 1x

Description

These Halloween muddy buddies are spooktacular! This 15-minute recipe can be assembled 2 ways: Keep the puppy chow a classic white, or do a 50/50 tuxedo Halloween Chex mix with grated chocolate and Oreo cookies. 


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Ingredients

CLASSIC HALLOWEEN MUDDY BUDDIES

  • 9 cups Rice Chex or Corn Chex cereal
  • 2 cups dark chocolate morsels, divided
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (confectioner’s sugar) – or 1 cup if making the Tuxedo Chex Mix option!
  • Edible candy eyeballs

OPTIONAL ITEMS FOR TUXEDO CHEX MIX


Instructions

MAKE THIS HALLOWEEN CHEX MIX 2 WAYS

  • CLASSIC HALLOWEEN MUDDY BUDDIES: An all-white Chex mix with powdered sugar, chocolate morsels and candy eyes. It’s wickedly good!
  • TUXEDO HALLOWEEN CHEX MIX: A more prominent black/white snack. It features half the mix with finely-grated chocolate and Oreos. Visually stunning, it’s the perfect treat to satisfy deep chocolate cravings.

RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Measure out the cereal. Add it to a large wide bowl. Set it aside.
  2. Add butter, peanut butter and chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir with a vampire spatula. Microwave for 30 to 60 seconds more, or until the mixture can be stirred smooth. Drizzle vanilla over the mixture. Stir until incorporated.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate mixture over the Chex cereal. With a spatula, gently fold and stir it in. All pieces should be evenly coated. Divide coated cereal between 2 zip-top bags (gallon size).
  4. If making tuxedo snack mix, add powdered sugar to just one of the two bags. Add finely-grated chocolate to the second bag. Gently shake the bags until all pieces are evenly coated. Over the sink, transfer coated pieces to a colander. Shake off excess powder.
  5. For the bottom layer, add half the mix to a wide serving bowl. For a tuxedo look, keep chocolate-coated pieces and powdered-sugar pieces on separate sides of the bowl. Add chopped Oreos. Sprinkle with dark chocolate morsels and candy eyeballs. Add remaining mix to the bowl. Sprinkle the top with more chocolate morsels and spooky candy eyes. For an elegant tuxedo snack mix, add chopped Oreos straight down the middle.

Notes

HELPFUL INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTIONS

  • NUT-FREE SUBSTITUTES FOR PEANUT BUTTER: With the closest taste and texture to peanut butter, Sun Butter (natural sunflower butter) and Biscoff Cookie Butter spread are delicious swaps!
  • CHEX CEREAL: Kellogg’s Crispix cereal.
  • BUTTER: Margarine.
  • DARK CHOCOLATE MORSELS: Semi-sweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips.
  • GRATED CHOCOLATE: Brownie mix.
  • OREO COOKIES: Chocolate wafers.
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Halloween Muddy Buddies, Halloween Chex Mix, Halloween Snack Mix

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