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Strawberry Puppy Chow

Strawberry Puppy Chow

Is it just me or what?

But since when did “Puppy Chow” or in other parts of the United States “Muddy Buddies” become such a hot ticket item to make? I haven’t been living under a rock. I have been spending an awful lot of time indoors lately so maybe the lack of fresh air is getting to me.

I came across these “Sweetheart Buddies” over at The Recipe Critic and loved them.  Then I looked around and saw that almost everyone was making some sort of version of it.

So what do I do?  I jump on that bandwagon because I don’t want to be left out.

Strawberry Puppy Chow

Now The Recipe Critic added M&Ms and so did I because I just can’t pass up one of those cute little chocolate morsels.  I’d add M&Ms to almost anything if I could. But I saw a recipe with red hots somewhere, some confetti sprinkles somewhere else, another place had candy corn added, and another added pretzels.

So don’t let your lack of imagination stop you from making these.  Do a Google or Bing search for “puppy chow” or “muddy buddies” and you will have more ideas for flavor combinations than you ever thought was possible.

Strawberry Puppy Chow

*** BTW – this would make one darn cute Valentine’s Day snack for those you love.

Strawberry Puppy Chow

Yield: 10 - 1/2 cup servings

Prep Time: 10 min

Total Time:


6 ounces white candy coating – I used CandiQuik
6 ounces red candy coating – I used Wilton
1 teaspoon of paramount crystals (or shortening or canola oil)
5 cups chex cereal
1 cup strawberry cake mix (1 cake mix has about 3 cups mix)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 – 2 cups seasonal M&M’s


  1. In 2 large zip lock bags, put ½ cup strawberry cake mix and ¼ cup powdered sugar into each.
  2. Next divide cereal into two bowls. 2 ½ cups cereal in each.
  3. In microwave safe dish, melt the 6 ounces of white candy coating.  Add 1/2 teaspoon of paramount crystals or shortening so that the candy coating will spread more evenly.  Microwave 30 seconds at a time until it is all melted being careful not to burn it.
  4. Pour melted candy coating into the first bowl of cereal and mix evenly to coat.
  5. Pour the candy coated cereal into one of the plastic bags.  Close tightly and shake until the cereal is all coated with the cake mix and powdered sugar mixture.
  6. Pour out onto a nonstick mat or wax paper to set.
  7. Repeat with the red candy coating and the other bowl of cereal.
  8. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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34 Responses to “Strawberry Puppy Chow”

  1. #
    Julie — February 10, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Kendra these look SO delicious! Also I love the photograph. So cute and vibrant! The chalkboard sign just makes it feel that much more loving. I really want to try this recipe! I think this would be fun to make with my kids 🙂 And eat!

    • Kendra replied: — February 13th, 2014 @ 4:21 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Julie! These are easy to make with the kids. My 9 year old and I made some more last night and she could have done it by herself.

  2. # (@KathyAMorelli) — February 13, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Hi ! This recipe looks so fun! What a great rainy day idea! Nice photography! Stopping by from #SITSBLOG !

    • Kendra replied: — February 13th, 2014 @ 4:21 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    Gingermommy — February 13, 2014 at 8:21 am

    What a cute idea! Looks tasty

    • Kendra replied: — February 13th, 2014 @ 4:22 pm

      It is tasty and addicting. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

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    Joules (from Pocketful of Joules) — February 13, 2014 at 10:17 am

    YUM, I love puppy chow and this version looks delicious! Sending some SITS Comments LOVE!

    • Kendra replied: — February 13th, 2014 @ 4:22 pm

      I love the regular version of puppy chow with chocolate and peanut butter too but this is a nice change up. Thanks for stopping by.

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    katie — February 13, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I must have been living under the same rock as you, b/c I’ve never heard of these at all!! But they look outstanding! I love the strawberry ones…makes me believe that maybe they are healthier…. lol Love the theme of your blog! Beautiful!

    Stopping by from SITS comment love! 🙂

    • Kendra replied: — February 13th, 2014 @ 4:24 pm

      Funny – that rock must have been big enough for the both of us. 🙂 Go ahead and believe they are healthier because of the strawberry. We can all be delusional at some point. 🙂

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    K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy — February 13, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Not a fan of the ‘Puppy Chow’ name because it reminds me of dog food, but this looks like a great snack recipe! It seems simple enough and would be a breeze make for parties. Visiting from SITS.

    • Kendra replied: — February 13th, 2014 @ 4:24 pm

      I agree – not a fan of the name but a fan of the taste. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. #
    Kim — February 13, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I love puppy chow!!! This one is so perfect for valentines day too!

    • Kendra replied: — February 13th, 2014 @ 4:24 pm

      So glad you stopped by!

  8. #
    Julie S. — February 13, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard it called “puppy chow” cause ew I’d never eat something called that heh. It essentially sounds like trail mix.

    • Kendra replied: — February 13th, 2014 @ 4:25 pm

      Pretty darn close to trail mix. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. #
    Joy — February 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    You had me at strawberry! 😉 I’ve actually never made this but it sure sounds good. I think I need to put it on the list! Sharing the #SITSBlogging love! 🙂

    • Kendra replied: — February 13th, 2014 @ 4:25 pm

      Well that was easy enough if I had you at Strawberry! Thanks for stopping by.

  10. #
    Kat Ryan — February 13, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I LOVE puppy chow!! It is my favorite snack time treat! This is such a great twist on it. Thanks for posting

    • Kendra replied: — February 13th, 2014 @ 4:25 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!

  11. #
    Kelly @ Leafy Not Beefy — February 13, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Oh my, don’t those sound amazing! I wouldn’t trust myself to make something like this, because I know I love muddy buddies way too much and I’m sure I’d eat the whole batch, lol. So pretty too!

    • Kendra replied: — February 13th, 2014 @ 4:26 pm

      These are pretty sweet so not sure if you’d be able to eat the whole batch but I know several kids in my house who would love to try. Thanks for stopping by.

  12. #
    kara — February 13, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Not sure how I feel about the name, but it looks great. #sitsblogging

  13. #
    Keri @ Growing in His Glory — February 13, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I have never heard of strawberry puppy chow but now I’m eager to try it! I like strawberry anything! #SITSBlogging

  14. #
    Joni Mitchell — February 13, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing

  15. #
    Karen Cote — February 13, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Oh these are fantastic!! What a great idea and thank you so much for recipe. I never would have guessed how to make those. Gonna have to try it. Too yummy! #SITSBlogging love.

  16. #
    Julie Jordan Scott — February 13, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    I’ve never heard of this either but looks like something I should know about (and now I do!) Hooray!!

  17. #
    Julie — February 13, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    This is a perfect snack for Valentine’s Day!

  18. #
    Katrina @ Enchanted Savings — February 14, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    I love puppy chow! I will definitely have to try this!

  19. #
    Katie @ Addicted 2 DIY — February 14, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    These look yummy! I have no idea where the whole muddy buddy craze is coming from either, but I guess at some point I’ll have to try them;) This recipe looks like a great start! #sitsblogging

  20. # — February 15, 2014 at 10:14 am

    I love this twist on the old Muddy Buddy recipe! And so appropriate for Valentine’s day! Just spreading comment love from Sits!

  21. #
    Kendra — February 16, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Hi from another Kendra! Thanks for sharing this recipe. One of my boys has a dairy allergy and most call for butter.

  22. #
    Sarah @ Miss Candiquik — February 27, 2014 at 9:40 am

    This sounds so yummy (& addicting)! I love simple treats like these 🙂


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