I love pumpkin and I love muddy buddies. When I decided to combine those two to make Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow, well, Fall magic happened.
If you love muddy buddies as much as I do, be sure to check out these awesome Muddy Buddy recipes anyone can make. They’re so epically epic that I seriously can’t help making one of these recipes at least once a week.
Back to the amazing Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies, though, because I don’t want to lose sight of the perfection that is this particular recipe, just because I love puppy chow, no matter how it comes.
Let’s be clear, these muddy buddies are perfect for a Halloween party, an easy fall after school snack, or just a movie night treat. Per-FECT.
That is all.
And, even if you’re making this simple chex cereal snack for a Halloween party or some other fall event, it’s a super easy recipe to double, or even triple.
Also, because it’s nut-free and gluten-free, you can serve it knowing that, for a lot of folks, this is an “allergy-friendly” food that they’ll be excited to enjoy.
How to Make Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow
This is seriously one of the easiest treat recipes you’ll ever make. The basic instructions are to melt your candy melts or white chocolate chips, although in this situation, we’re using pumpkin baking truffles (or pumpkin chocolate chips, but not…so confusing).
Then, you mix in your rice chex cereal, or you can use cinnamon chex, I think that tastes divine. Some people add peanut butter too, but I don’t bother, because, I mean, why?!
Then, you just put your powdered sugar (and maybe some pumpkin pie spice) in a zipper bag with the cereal and toss.
Spread it out to allow it to dry, maybe sprinkle some additional confectioners sugar on it, if you like to, then enjoy.
I put this out in a big bowl on the counter and just let the kids have it as a snack sometimes and, I swear, I’ve never seen a snack disappear so fast! It’s like they know I’m making it and they sneak through the house, grabbing a handful and disappearing like little ninjas.
Ninjas that love sweets, who would have thought?!
The following ingredients are affiliate links on Amazon because they may be a bit hard to find in your normal store. I wanted you to be able to see exactly which things we are using.
- Pumpkin Spice Baking Truffles (or chocolate chips or whatever)
- Cinnamon Chex Cereal (if you want to try that)
- Pumpkin Pie Spice (if you want even more spice)
Reminder, not all ingredients in the Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for
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Make it a Meal:
Main Dish: Boneless BBQ Pork Ribs
Vegetable Side: Two Cheese Squash Casserole
Starch Side: Parmesan Ranch Oven Steak Fries
Refreshing Drink: Candy Apple Mocktail
Best Puppy Chow Recipes:
Once you make this Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow Recipe, you’ll see just how fast it disappears. The kids are going to be begging you to make another batch THE SAME DAY. No kidding.
So, you’ll want some other puppy chow recipes to sate those little puppies. Don’t worry, because I’ve got you taken care of with these awesome ideas:
More Pumpkin Spice Recipes:
Oh, you were just here for the pumpkin spice? Well, me too; in fact, I have so much love for the pumpkin, I can load you up with recipes for that, too! Just check out some of my favorites:
- 2 cups pumpkin spice baking truffles (or chocolate chips--but they're like pumpkin spice chips)
- 1 Tablespoon shortening, if needed
- 4-5 cups Chex cereal
- 1 cup powdered icing sugar
- Grease or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the pumpkin spice chips in a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl and heat for 35 seconds. Stir and reheat as needed.
- If your pumpkin spice chips seem stiff, add some shortening to loosen it up.
- Stir in the Chex cereal and coat completely.
- Place the powdered icing sugar in a large zip-top bag and add in the candy-coated cereal.
- Close the bag and shake well to fully coat the cereal with sugar.
- Empty the cereal onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Let dry for an hour before packaging or serving.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 424 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 2mg Sodium: 577mg Carbohydrates: 97g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 9g Sugar: 23g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 6g