Chocolate Chex Muddy Buddies Recipe
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Chocolate Chex Muddy Buddies Recipe

Chocolate Chex Muddy Buddies Recipe

We are big snackers in this family. We all love a good snack and we all have our favorites. I like anything with chocolate. I love any kind of snack but I love chocolate and there aren't a lot of chocolate snacks like this one. This combines chocolate and Chex cereal called Puppy Chow. Puppy chow, also known as monkey munch, muddy buddies, muddy munch, reindeer chow, or doggy bag, is the name for homemade candy made in the United States, primarily in the Midwestern States. We hope that this Chocolate Chex Muddy Buddies Recipe post inspires you.

 

Chocolate Chex Muddy Buddies Recipe

Chocolate Chex Muddy Buddies Recipe

Ingredients

Chocolate Chex Muddy Buddies Recipe

Directions

  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using a double boiler melt the white chocolate until creamy. Pour the melted chocolate into a bowl.
  3. Pour the Chex cereal into a bowl. Add 1/2 cup of cereal into the chocolate-filled bowl. Stirring after each addition until all of the cereal has been added.
  4. Add both the M&M's and Snicker bits into a bowl.  Mix well.
  5. Slowly add handfuls of the M&M and Snicker bit combo to the melted chocolate/Chex mix.
  6. Toss carefully with a spoon to coat completely.
  7. Spoon 1/2 of the powdered sugar into a ziploc bag.
  8. Scoop 1/2 of the chocolate-coated mixture, seal the bag, then shake it all to coat.
  9. Carefully pour this onto the lined cookie sheet.
  10. Repeat the process until all of the Chex mixture has been covered in powdered sugar.
  11. Set aside for about  15-30 minutes.
  12. Store chocolate muddies buddy in a sealed container.

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Chocolate Chex Muddy Buddies Recipe

History of Muddy Buddies

Muddy Buddies, also known as Puppy Chow, Monkey Munch, or Reindeer Chow, has a somewhat mysterious past, with a blend of folklore and official history. The core recipe involves coating Chex cereal in a mixture of peanut butter, melted chocolate, and powdered sugar. Variations with different nut butter, chocolates, and even sprinkles exist. The nickname “Puppy Chow” likely comes from the resemblance of the coated cereal to actual dog food. However, many Midwesterners recall enjoying this treat under that name since the 1960s, suggesting the recipe existed independently much earlier.

The recipe likely evolved through generations, passed down in families and community cookbooks, and evolved organically in kitchens across the Midwest, with variations using different cereals, sweeteners, and flavorings. Despite its uncertain origins, Muddy Buddies/Puppy Chow became a beloved treat, especially during holidays and potlucks. Its ease of preparation, affordability, and nostalgic appeal contribute to its enduring popularity.

Recipe for Chex Mix Puppy Chow Bars

General Mills, the owner of Chex cereal, claims to have developed the official “Muddy Buddies” recipe in 2002 and started selling it pre-packaged in 2010. While General Mills has its official story, its widespread presence before 2002 suggests a community-driven origin. Multiple regions claim ownership, making it difficult to pinpoint a single inventor. This recipe prominently features Chex cereal and is printed on the back of Chex boxes. General Mills continues to sell pre-packaged Muddy Buddies alongside the classic peanut butter flavor. The recipe remains popular for homemade versions, with countless variations and flavor combinations.

Chocolate Chex Muddy Buddies Recipe

Fun Facts About Chex Mix Puppy Chow Muddy Buddies

  • The name “Puppy Chow” has caused some controversy due to its potential to mislead people into thinking it's dog food. This has led to alternative names like “Muddy Buddies” gaining wider acceptance.
  • Did you know it has multiple regional names? It's also called Monkey Munch, Reindeer Chow, Moose Munch, and Energy Bites!
  • General Mills trademarked “Muddy Buddies,” but in the Midwest, “Puppy Chow” reigns supreme. This sparked playful debates and even T-shirts declaring allegiance to your preferred name.
  • The original recipe used peanut butter and chocolate chips, but these days, variations explore white chocolate, dark chocolate, and even Nutella!
  • Some swear by the “clumps” – those glorious clusters of Chex pieces stuck together with an extra dose of chocolatey goodness.
  • This treat made cameo appearances in movies like “Elf” and “A Christmas Story,” solidifying its festive association.
  • It even has its own National Puppy Chow Day on March 10th!

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  • Forget boring! People get creative with Chex Mix Muddy Buddies, adding pretzels, M&Ms, sprinkles, and even edible glitter for a festive touch.
  • There are even savory versions using Chex Mix instead of Rice Chex and adding spices like garlic powder and onion powder.
  • This versatile treat has been transformed into cookies, cupcakes, cake pops, and even ice cream flavors.
  • It's a popular choice for goodie bags, teacher gifts, and potlucks, offering a homemade touch with endless creative possibilities.
  • While the exact origin is unknown, many speculate it resembled dog food (hence the “Puppy Chow” name) or was a playful twist on the savory Chex Mix.
  • This simple treat evokes strong childhood memories for many, making it a comfort food and a delicious reminder of happy times.

While the exact origins remain fuzzy, Muddy Buddies/Puppy Chow undeniably holds a special place in American snacking history and in the hearts (and stomachs) of many. Its delicious simplicity, adaptability, and nostalgic charm continue to win hearts and satisfy taste buds across generations. It's a testament to the power of community-shared recipes and the enduring comfort of sweet treats.  We hope that this Chocolate Chex Muddy Buddies Recipe post inspires you. Good luck!

Chocolate Chex Muddy Buddies Recipe

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