Cupcake Puppy Chow.

Addicting snack mix that tastes like cupcake batter! Made without cake mix.

Addicting snack mix that tastes like cupcake batter! Made without cake mix. @sallybakeblog

I’m really sorry for doing this to you. No really, I am.

I’m putting you in danger of the world’s most addicting, sweetest snack. If you like cupcakes, you’ll like this. If you like white chocolate, you’ll like this. If you like sprinkles… holy moly batman… you will LOVE this.

PS: This is NOT dog food. 

Puppy Chow aka Muddy Buddies is this.

Addicting snack mix that tastes like cupcake batter!  Made without cake mix.

I have received many, many, many requests for a new puppy chow variety. Last summer, I brought you S’mores Puppy Chow. Over the holidays, I brought you Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow. You (and certainly I) LOVE this stuff. It was only a matter of time until I added sprinkles.

I made this chow just last night and I couldn’t wait one stinkin’ second to share it with you. It would be considered a crime if I made you wait.

The idea of this puppy chow came to me at work yesterday. It’s true, I daydream about sprinkles. I’ve seen Cake Batter/Funfetti Puppy Chow being done several times before.  Most recipes I see call for powdered cake mix. I went off the beaten path and came up with my own version, sans cake mix. 

Addicting snack mix that tastes like cupcake batter! Made without cake mix. @sallybakeblog

Today’s snacky little treat tastes like cupcakes. Buttery, funfetti cupcakes infused with sugary sprinkles. Slightly crunchy, very powdery, and covered in my magic “cupcake” formula. This gooey sweet stuff to be poured all over your Chex cereal. Begin by melting butter, heavy cream, and white chocolate candy melts over low heat in a saucepan. Stir everything constantly until the white chocolate is melted. The mixture will be buttery and “goopy” – very thick and very dense. If you are questioning its thickness, stop. It is supposed to be thick.

Remove the white chocolate/cream/butter mixture from the stove and stir in 2 magical ingredients: butter emulsion and almond emulsion. You can use butter extract and almond extract instead. I used almond emulsion and butter extract, as shown in the photo below. When exposed to high heat, the alcohol in extracts causes the white chocolate to seize, so the heavy cream is used to prevent the chocolate from seizing. If you’d like to purchase alcohol-free based flavorings, I recommend the bakery emulsions that I linked above.

If you’d rather make this puppy chow without purchasing emulsions or extracts, simply leave them out. The puppy chow, coated in white chocolate and sprinkles, will still taste like and look like funfetti I promise. 🙂

Cupcake Puppy Chow by

I used almond extract/emulsion and butter extract/emulsion instead of vanilla because I find that the two mixed together bring an impeccable “batter” flavor to the recipe. You may certainly use vanilla extract/emulsion as well (1 teaspoon), but do NOT leave out the butter or almond.

Pour the mixture over the Chex cereal. Using more cereal than 4.5 cups means less cupcake white chocolate in each bite. Since the mixture is so thick, you’ll really have to stir it into the cereal. Careful not to break the cereal as you mix it up. Everything will be warm since the white chocolate mixture just came from the stovetop. Wait a couple minutes before pouring on your sprinkles. Not too long, or else they won’t stick. Cover the coated cereal with assorted sprinkles.

Now comes the fun part. Grab a large zipped top bag, add 1.5 cups of powdered sugar, pour in the coated cereal and shake. Shake shake shake until all the cereal pieces are coated in sugar.  Just wait until you taste what’s inside that bag!

If you thought shaking the cereal in powdered sugar was fun, what until you take that first bite. You have just made the best cupcake-y snack in the entire world.  I realize cupcake-y is not a word, but I can hardly focus on anything but puppy chow right now.

I like to think I have a large amount of self control, but this is something I could NOT stop picking at. I even had a handful before breakfast this morning and again after my run. Scary  addictive. Consider this your warning. PS: this stuff is very sweet.

Addicting snack mix that tastes like cupcake batter! Made without cake mix. @sallybakeblog

Addicting snack mix that tastes like cupcake batter! Made without cake mix. @sallybakeblog

An easy, no bake recipe that only takes about 15 minutes. Dangerous, I tell ya. Put your party hats on, get your balloons ready because having this recipe is certainly something to celebrate! Now, excuse me while I go eat this for the rest of my life.

 *The puppy chow will not be as crunchy on day two. If you prefer your puppy chow to remain crunchy, simply leave out the butter. Melt the white chocolate or almond bark according to package instructions  before adding the extracts/emulsions.

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Cupcake Puppy Chow

Yield: 4.5 cups

Print Recipe


  • 4.5 cups Rice Chex cereal (do not use Crispex - I've found that it breaks easily)
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy cream (no substitutions)
  • 10 oz white chocolate candy melts or pure white chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon almond emulsion or extract (please see note below)
  • 1 teaspoon butter emulsion or extract (please see note below)
  • 2/3 cup assorted sprinkles
  • 1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar


Pour the cereal in a large bowl, set aside.

In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the butter, cream, and white chocolate. Stir constantly until the white chocolate is fully melted. The mixture will be very thick and buttery. Remove from heat. Stir in almond extract and butter extract.

Pour warm white chocolate mixture over cereal. Stir it all together gently, making sure not to break the cereal. Wait about 3-4 (no longer) minutes and gently fold in the sprinkles - you don't want the sprinkles to lose their color.

In a large zipped top bag or covered container, add the powdered sugar. Pour the white chocolate covered cereal into the large bag or container. Seal the bag or container and shake until all the cereal is coated with the powdered mixture.

Discard excess powder and enjoy. Store at room temperature up to 2 weeks - please see note (in red) above about the "crunch" factor.

Additional Notes:

*You can make the puppy chow without emulsions/extracts still maintaining a funfetti look and basic white chocolate flavor.

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Love & Cupcakes

{Words to live by! I still need to hang it.}


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192 Responses to “Cupcake Puppy Chow.”

  1. #
    debbieposted November 26, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    If you leave out the butter for the cupcake puppy chow do you still use the cream with the extracts or the extracts only?


    • Sallyreplied on November 26th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      Yep, the cream and extracts.


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    Lori Bposted December 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I can only find the white chocolate chips, no candy melts available at my grocery. can I use these anyhow and do any ingredients need to be changed?


    • Sallyreplied on December 19th, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      Yes it will work with white chocolate chips, be extra careful melting them over the stove top with the butter – stir them constantly. Thank you!


  3. #
    Connieposted December 23, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    These were super easy and tasty. Mine tasted mostly like almond. I used Watkins almond extract (and McCormick butter flavor) and noted to try reducing the almond amount next time. This made me question if different brands and extract vs emulsion really can influence the taste. I love your blog and our family already has recipes that have become favorites…skinny double chocolate chip muffins, monster cookies…yum! Thanks.


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    jamie leeposted January 15, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Are you getting tired of me commenting all over your blog? I’m a teacher and sometimes all I can think about at school is getting on your blog to recipe read your latest recipe! Anyway, I have like 4 containers of vanilla icing invading my cabinets leftover from gingerbread house decorating with the kindergarteners. I’ve been wondering what would happen if I used melted icing as a puppy chow ingredient…do you have any thoughts? PS…had your latest peanut butter chocolate smoothie the other night for dinner. O.M.G. Thanks Sally!


    • Sallyreplied on January 16th, 2014 at 11:09 am

      I am very, very intrigued with the idea of using frosting in this puppy chow Jamie Lee! I have never melted canned frosting before but something tells me this could work. You must try it. I mean, it won’t possibly taste bad!

      Love that smoothie so much. And I always love hearing from you. Never tired of the comments!


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    Jessiposted January 30, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    If I’m going to omit the butter, do I leave out the cream as well?

    Looks great!


    • Jessireplied on January 30th, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Never mind! Saw the comment above.


    • Sallyreplied on January 31st, 2014 at 9:39 am

      No, you’ll want to melt the white chocolate and cream together. Enjoy!


  6. #
    Jacquieposted March 26, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I made these the other day for my cousin’s birthday party, and they were gone in about 5 minutes!!! And I doubled the recipe! That’s how good they are!! I love love love cake batter and puppy chow, and what’s better than the two together? Seriously, they tasted like HEAVEN in puppy chow form. Haha. Thanks so much Sally!!


  7. #
    Trinityposted April 19, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Just made a batch for an Easter get together tomorrow and of course my husband and myself HAD to try a few bites 😉 Delish! I can’t wait to see the kiddos try it tomorrow!


  8. #
    Janetposted April 27, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Any suggestions for substituting the chocolate chips? I want to make this for someone with a nut and chocolate allergy. Thanks!


  9. #
    Stephaneposted May 13, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Bless you – I have Celiac and can’t eat the versions with the cake mix. I will definitely be trying it!


  10. #
    Anelaposted June 5, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    LOVE!!!! Cant wait for my little sister to try this! This will definitely be a go to.


  11. #
    Sofifiposted June 12, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I just finished making this for a party tonight and they taste SO good! I didn’t follow the recipe exactly – I used white chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream- but they still taste amazing. I was planning on serving them as appetizer but they’re so deliciously sweet, I could even use them as dessert. Thanks for the recipe!


  12. #
    Sandiposted June 28, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Sally, I used Vanilla Chex….YUM!!!!!


  13. #
    Natalieposted July 4, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Im wanting to make these for our 4th of July potluck today. The problem is that its an outside party and we live in Arizona. So whatever i bring needs to be able to withstand 110 degree temperatures for a couple hours! Im wondering if I adding merengue powder would help prevent the puppy chow from getting so sticky and melting in the heat?


    • Sallyreplied on July 4th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      Natalie, I think these will be fine. Perhaps you can keep in the shade? I’ve never tested it with meringue powder, so I’m just unsure.


  14. #
    Geoffposted July 20, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Stumbled upon your blog this morning, and decided to make this today. Wow! So good! The only think I screwed up was not adding enough sprinkles. It looked like a ton when I as pouring, but the final product isn’t as “fun” as yours. The taste, though…delicious!

    I have an idea to try a chocolate mint version…


  15. #
    Mollieposted July 24, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    This is truly goin g to take some self restraint after the kids go to bed!!!! I made it with vanilla rice chex bc they didn’t have a small box of plain rice and it turned out heavenly! I couldn’t find butter extract so I left that out but can only imagine how fab that would make it! Fun to use seasonal sprinkle colors too!


  16. #
    Lindsayeposted August 29, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I made this for my son’s birthday treat at school and it was a HUGE hit! I also found the Wilson’s Candy Melts made with sparkles in it, bought those and was able to skip that step. Will keep this in my recipe arsenal for future needs. Thanks again!


  17. #
    Jenposted September 1, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    This might seem like a ridiculous question, but which of these sweet type snack mixes (puppy chows) would hold up best in heat? We are holding a celebration of life this week and I would love to have a sweet snack mix to go with the savory, but it seems like these would all be problematic in the desert here. If you have ANY suggestions I am ALL ears! Love the blog by the way, I need to post some comments on here cuz I have made tons of your recipes and LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!


    • Sallyreplied on September 1st, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      Hi Jen! This would be fine for a couple of hours – I suggest trying to keep it in a cool place and not directly in the sun if at all possible.


      • Jenreplied on September 2nd, 2014 at 12:42 am

        Worth a shot! Thanks for the advice. Keep up the tastiness!

      • Jenreplied on September 4th, 2014 at 6:57 pm

        Quick update! Made these for an event and they were perfect!!! They held up long enough to make it until they were all eaten. Even the people who have “given up refined carbs” dug in and couldn’t stop. Thanks for the delicious recipe

  18. #
    Erinposted January 22, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    I so want to try this!!


  19. #
    Benposted February 24, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    You know, my roommate has a bag of standard puppy chow, and I’ve devoured a large amount of it. I need to try making my own (possibly this recipe) sometime. I was wondering if you ever thought of making a cinnamon sugar (snickerdoodle) puppy chow?


    • Sallyreplied on February 24th, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      That sounds delicious! Might be something I try. Thank you Ben!


  20. #
    Stephanieposted March 18, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Good morning, I want to make this today for 4k snack tomorrow (Letter X day!). I’d like to use the butter/cream/extracts as I bought all of it. 🙂 Will it still be tasty in about 24 hours? I just don’t want to mix it up and have be unedible by tomorrow. Let’s keep in mind my audience is 4 year olds. 🙂 Thank you! (not super crunchy is fine, just don’t want soggy.)


    • Sallyreplied on March 18th, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      It will still be great tomorrow. Hope they enjoy.


  21. #
    Whitneyposted June 7, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Just made this for a special event at school. Absolutely delicious! I omitted the butter extract and replaced it with butter because I realized we didn’t have any. It ended up just fine (: Just a heads up if anyone else is in the same situation! Personally, I would never omit the almond extract though, it really adds in the ‘cake’ish flavor.

    Great recipe and so easy!


  22. #
    Johannaposted June 15, 2015 at 3:45 am

    Hi there Sally! Your puppy chow looks like a really delicious treat that I want to try making myself, yet I live in germany and would need a substitute cereal for the american “Chex”. Does anybody now  about an alternative?


    • Sallyreplied on June 15th, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      Hmm. I’m unsure of the cereals available to you! Maybe take a look at all the varieties in the store?


  23. #
    Feliciaposted July 1, 2015 at 12:46 am

    I so badly want to try this – however, I may have a silly question: my best friend/roommate is allergic to tree nuts, and I’m afraid the almond extract will set off that allergy (seriously, she broke out in hives when she had to use almonds in ice cream a month ago [when she worked at Coldstone] and the oil got on her skin, she’s that allergic).  Does almond extract/emulsion affect those with allergies?  If so, is there something I could substitute, or would it be a better idea to just omit the extracts entirely?  Thanks!


    • Sallyreplied on July 1st, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Felicia– leave it out and use vanilla extract instead.


  24. #
    Katieposted December 15, 2015 at 8:40 am


    I plan on making this tonight or tomorrow and would like it to still be crunchy on day 2. If I leave out the butter to melt the white chocolate, do I also leave out the buttermilk? Sorry if this is redundant! 


  25. #
    Lauraposted February 20, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Just made this with my daughter tonight and it was awesome! It did get a bit soggy, so I may try it without the butter to see, but you made an amazing treat, thank you for sharing!


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    Krisilynposted March 11, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Hi, I am wanting to make this and send it overseas to my husband who is active duty military. His birthday is coming f up and I thought that this would be a great alternative to  actual birthday cake. Do you have any suggestions on how to package it in order to keep it fresh? It takes about 1-2 weeks for packages to arrive 


    • Sallyreplied on March 12th, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      I’d put it all into a tightly sealed ziplock bag, then put that bag in another ziplock bag. Box it up with some bubble wrap/shipping peanuts/etc and you’re good to go!


  27. #
    Diane Negron Perezposted April 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Looks mouth-watering!


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