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Perfectly Sweet Cotton Candy Puppy Chow Recipe

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This Cotton Candy Puppy Chow Recipe is one of my favorites for a reason. It’s not only loaded with flavor but this muddy buddies made with cotton candy is so cute to make as well! I can’t stop grabbing it by the handful. Make certain to check out our other easy puppy chow recipes, too!

This is the perfect serving size for anyone and everyone to reach in and grab a delicious handful! Once you pour over cereal and stir, it’s just about time to eat!

If you’re looking for a sweet and salty Chex mix recipe, this is it. It’s my favorite mix to make for the kids! I love that you don’t have to spend an hour stirring as well!

Cotton Candy Puppy Chow Recipe

This isn’t hard to make at all. Just make certain that you’re using a microwave safe bowl and that you use baking sheets or a roasting pan to let it dry and get ready to eat.

My boys love this simple snack recipe because it really does taste like they’re eating cotton candy. It’s sweet but not too sweet and just has a really fun flavor and taste. It’s so much fun to make and surprise them with!

How do you store this Chex party mix?

Due to the Chex cereal, it’s important to keep it stored in an airtight container. You don’t have to store it in the fridge but you can if you want. The white chocolate does provide a coating but it still needs to be kept out of the air.

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Best Muddy Buddies Recipes:

Once you make this Sweet Puppy Chow Recipe, don’t stop! This is just the tip of the iceberg in the recipes that you can make! Below are some of my favorites that I know you’re going to love, too!

This fast and easy Super Sweet Rainbow Puppy Chow Recipe is so good!

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You’re going to crave more of this Chocolate Mint Puppy Chow recipe.

Take out the sugar and try this Fall Chex Mix!

This Unicorn Muddy Biddy recipe is so much fun to make!

Don’t miss out on the flavor of this Crazy Yummy Saint Patrick’s Day Puppy Chow Recipe!

This Crazy Good Red Velvet Puppy Chow Recipe is going to be the star of the show.

What is another name for cotton candy?

I was shocked to hear that people say that this is a Chex snack mix that tastes like candy floss. Candy floss? It’s true! It’s also a name that people say instead of cotton candy!

Can I make this easy puppy chow recipe in advance? 

You bet! This sweet treat is the best! Easy recipes like this can be made in advance for a birthday party, party, or anything that you’re prepping for. Treat your sweet tooth and have this great recipe on hand for when the craving strikes. 

This is the best puppy chow recipe full of new flavors. Simple ingredients paired with crunchy Chex cereal make the best snack! 

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Cotton Candy Puppy Chow Recipe

Cotton Candy Puppy Chow Recipe

This is such a simple and easy recipe to make!


  • 6 cups of rice Chex
  • 1 pack of White Candy Melts
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of FUN sprinkles
  • 1 teaspoon Cotton Candy Flavor


Put 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and 1 1/2 T of the sprinkles into a 2-gallon bag.

Take and pour the cereal into a large bowl.

Drizzle with cotton candy flavoring. Stir with a wooden spoon.

Melt the candy melts in the microwave according to the package directions.

Once it is melted, take and pour over the cereal.

Stir carefully and coat the cereal.

Once it is coated add it to a sealable bag with the rest of the powdered sugar.

Coat and pout on a baking sheet. Add sprinkles and let dry.

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Saturday 5th of August 2023

Would it be easier to add the cotton candy flavoring directly to the candy melts before mixing with the cereal?

Kelli Miller

Friday 15th of September 2023

Thank you for your comment and suggestion! While adding the cotton candy flavoring directly to the candy melts before mixing with the cereal may seem like a convenient option, I've found that drizzling the flavoring on top of the finished puppy chow yields a more concentrated and enjoyable flavor experience.

By drizzling the flavoring on the surface of the puppy chow, it creates pockets of intense cotton candy flavor that enhance each bite. This allows the sweet and salty profiles to combine harmoniously in your mouth, creating a delicious contrast that is both satisfying and addictive.

If we were to mix the cotton candy flavoring directly into the candy melts, the flavor would be evenly distributed throughout the mixture. While this can still be tasty, it may result in a more subtle presence of cotton candy flavor, potentially overpowering the other elements of the recipe.

Ultimately, the choice is up to you and your personal preference. Feel free to experiment and adjust the method according to your taste. I appreciate your suggestion, and I hope you enjoy making the cotton candy puppy chow!

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