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This Christmas puppy chow mix with powdered sugar, gluten-free rice Chex cereal, and plenty of sprinkles is a fun and family-friendly holiday party recipe! You won't be able to resist snacking on it. 

Christmas Puppy Chow Recipe

This Christmas puppy chow recipe is an addictive festive holiday treat that the whole family will love! Perfect for easy entertaining.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Christmas muddy buddies, Christmas puppy chow, holiday puppy chow
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 9 cups


  • 9 cups rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup Christmas sprinkles optional
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  • Measure out the cereal and set aside (it should equal one standard size box).
  • Microwave the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter for 30 second intervals until it's melted. Give it a good stir and add the vanilla and peppermint extract and stir again.
  • Pour the chocolatey mixture onto the cereal and toss gently until it's coated. Add in the sprinkles and stir so they're nicely coating the cereal.
  • Add the cereal to a large ZipLoc bag along with the sugar, and toss until it's coated. You may want to do this in two batches to make it easier (I did it in one batch and you can see some of the cereal is more coated than other pieces). 
  • Spread the muddy buddies out on a lined baking sheet until it sets (you can pop it in the fridge if you wish). Store in a sealed bag or container in a cool place for up to a week or so. Note: It's normal that some of the sprinkles will come off. I just add them all to the storage bag/container and then sprinkle them over top when serving.


  • Recipe adapted from Chex.com. This version of the recipe uses less powdered sugar than Chex's recipe because I want the sprinkles to be more visible.
  • If you buy a 12.9 ounce box of Chex cereal, you don't need to measure out the 9 cups.