Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow.

Puppy chow snack mix gets a festive twist with pumpkin spices and candy pumpkins.

Yummy Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow at sallysbakingaddiction.com. Be warned, this sugary stuff is dangerously good!

You know how much I love puppy chow, right? The addicting sugary snack makes me weak at the knees. I can never say no when it’s in front of me!

Surely you knew that a pumpkin version was bound to happen.

Puppy chow – aka Muddy Buddies – is not dog food. You would be surprised how many folks contact me about that. “You feed that to your dog?” No, no! Puppy chow is a snack mix – for humans.

October means pumpkin flavored everything...

I have seen many recipes for pumpkin flavored puppy chow. AliMeganAlyssa, and even Land O’ Lakes.  The more of this pumpkin chow, the merrier! (I’m sure there are other recipes out there. Sorry if I am missing you!)

I made this spiced pumpkin snack earlier in the week and let me tell you… it is dangerous to keep around. Especially if you work from home and are knee deep in food props, laundry, and a million other things on your to-do list. Puppy chow is a quick little treat to grab; it’s simultaneously dangerous and amazing.

Making my pumpkin puppy chow could not be easier. It’s really just a few ingredients mixed together. No baking involved, no chilling involved. Less work, more eating.

With pumpkin puppy chow on my to-do list, I got a little excited when I spotted orange candy melts in the store last week. What are candy melts? They are a sugary little coating – wonderful for making cake pops and other dipped candies. Candy melts are not chocolate. Just sugars. And I knew they would make a lovely addition to my pumpkin spiced snack mix!

How to make Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

Here are a few of the ingredients I used to make my pumpkin spice puppy chow. I list substitutes below this photo if you cannot find these products.

Cinnamon Chex cereal.

The cinnamon flavored Chex cereal gives the puppy chow a stronger cinnamon-sugar flavor. It is the perfect base for this puppy chow.  You may use Rice Chex, Crispex, or any plain rice cereal squares you can find.

Wilton orange candy melts.

Again, this isn’t chocolate. It’s a sugary, melting coating. It’s sold online, in baking shops, Walmart, and craft stores like Michael’s and AC Moore. It’s very inexpensive. You will need one 12-ounce bag. If you cannot find orange candy melts, use pure white chocolate instead like Baker’s or Ghirardelli – both sold in all major grocery stores.

Mallowcreme pumpkins.

I love adding to this pumpkin spice puppy chow. You could use candy corn, Hershey’s Pumpkin Spice Kisses, Pumpkin Spice M&Ms or Candy Corn M&Ms, or some festive orange sprinkles.

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This cinnamon-spiced pumpkin snack mix is wonderful to hand out to your little trick or treaters, bring along to fall parties, get togethers, girl’s nights, etc. Or just do what I did this week – snuggle up with a huge bowl on the couch while watching Chopped.

It’s worth every step on the treadmill, I swear.

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If you love pumpkin spiced goodies, you’re going to flip for this puppy chow.

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Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

This sugary snack mix gets a festive twist with pumpkin spices and mallowcreme pumpkins. Be warned - this stuff is addicting! This recipe may easily be halved or doubled.


  • 13.5 oz box (about 7-8 cups) Cinnamon Chex cereal, or Rice Chex
  • 12 ounces orange candy melts or pure white chocolate
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg1
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves1
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice1
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-2 cups mallowcreme pumpkins2


  1. Pour the cereal into a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. In 20 second increments, melt the candy melts or white chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Stir after each increment until melted and completely smooth. Stir in 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, the nutmeg, cloves, and allspice until combined.  Pour mixture over cereal and toss gently to coat each square.  Be gentle, the squares break easily.
  3. Pour the confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon into a large zipped-top bag. Add the coated cereal and shake until each piece is coated. Pour back into a large bowl and discard excess confectioners' sugar. Toss in the mallowcreme pumpkins. Use 1 - 2 cups, whatever amount you prefer.
  4. Cover and store puppy chow for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe Notes:

  1. Instead of nutmeg, cloves, and allspice - you can use 1.5 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice.
  2. Instead of mallowcreme pumpkins, try adding 1 cup of Pumpkin Spice M&Ms or Candy Corn M&Ms, 1 cup of Pumpkin Spice Hersheys Kisses, 1 cup of cinnamon chips, 1/2 cup of orange sprinkles, or even 1 cup of salty pumpkin seeds (which will cut the sweetness of the snack mix).

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Here are a few festive treats to enjoy this season!

Skinny Pumpkin Frappuccino

Pumpkin Spice Frappe

Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs

Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs from Sallys Baking Addiction

Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispie Treats

Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispie Treats

Have a great weekend! I am in Cleveland for a girls weekend until Monday. Talk to you in a few days!

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  1. This would be SOOO dangerous! The photographs are gorgeous, and I love that you threw in the pumpkin candies, just perfect!

  2. I made this today for the game and mixed them with s’mores flavored candy corn. I couldn’t find those cute little pumpkins.

  3. I’m all for pumpkin everything right now too, GAaahhh I just love it! 🙂
    And puppy chow is all too addicting! Can’t wait to try pumpkin flavored!

    • pumpkin seems to be the only flavor I am baking and cooking with these days. I can’t seem to get sick of it! Thanks Ari, hope you try this stuff!

  4. Can I move in with you, Sally?!! I think I would eat this in 10 minutes flat!

  5. Heehee October does mean “pumpkin everything” for sure. 😀 This puppy chow looks awesome, Sally! This would make a lovely October snack to bring to work for sure.

  6. Those mallowcreme pumpkins are my favorite, and secretly I like them better than candy corn… haha. Thanks for this recipe – can’t wait to make it!

  7. I just made this today and everyone LOVES it! thanks for sharing!

  8. Hi, Sally! I’m posting a story on my city’s community website that I run about pumpkin recipes, and I’ve included your pumpkin spice puppy chow recipe and a photo. I hope that’s not illegal; I gave you recipe/photo credit, and provided a link to the recipe. I also plugged your cookbook and mentioned that I’ve made lots of your recipes and they’ve all been great! Let me know if it’s not okay; I really, really hope it is! Thanks!

    • Hi Ashley! Yes, that is just fine. You may use my recipe name and photo (with watermark) and providing the link to my recipe so readers can grab it there. Thank you for asking! And for including my recipe. =)

  9. I just love puppy chow!! This seasonal mix looks incredible 🙂 love the little pumpkins!

  10. Can i put in some pumpkin puree into the white chocolate?

  11. Wow! This pumpkin puppy chow is so delicious! I made it this weekend, needless to say it was a big hit. My kids and hubby loved it! Love your blog.

    • Hey Heather! So glad you tried this stuff. And even more glad that you and your family loved it! Thanks for taking the time to report back.

  12. Could you add Biscoff spread to this recipe?

  13. This looks so good. I have yet to come across a puppy chow that isn’t good. This is perfect for those Halloween parties coming up. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Mandi! Hope you get to make this stuff. It’s perfect for parties. People can’t get enough of the sweet snack.

  14. I used white chocolate chips to make this but the melted chocolate was too thick a paste to easily spread over the chex. Many of the pieces couldn’t get coated, and those that did have globs of chocolate on them. If you make this, I’d definitely use candy melts because I’m guessing those melt better.

    • If using white chocolate chips and not pure white chocolate, you will need to add shortening to help smooth the chips out. That is why I recommend white chocolate (or candy melts- made for melting) and not the chips which contain stabilizers.

      • How much shortening, do you think, would properly smooth it out? I hate to add too much and end up with a greasy mess. Thank you!

      • Hey Anna! I’d say 1 teaspoon. OR use 1 teaspoon of canola or vegetable oil. That really helps smooth/thin them out too.

  15. Ok, I made this last week to take to our annual trunk or treat. First things first, I have never had cinnamon chex before now and I love them! Second, I have had puppy chow in the past and this one is just too sweet for me. Great idea but it was hard for me to eat more then just a few pieces of the stuff. I am however looking forward to trying some of your other puppy chow varieties.

  16. Made the puppy chow this week for a work bridal shower luncheon for another lover of anything pumpkin. It was a huge hit, and it is “AMAZINGLY ADDICTIVE!!” according to my co-workers!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

  17. Just made this for a fall family birthday get together. Fast, easy, and oh so good!

  18. just made this for small group tonight. I love all the spices, but it was a little too sweet for me. Next time I’d use plain corn chex instead of cinnamon chex.

  19. I just found this recipe today, and was so excited to try it I went straight to the store to gather ingredients! I was surprised to see wilton now has pumpkin spice candy melts which I decided were worth a try! And it was everything I expected! Delicious! Thanks for a great recipe 🙂

  20. Just made this today for a Halloween party. I almost couldn’t stop eating it–I had to put it away or there wouldn’t be any left! Party is tomorrow, but I have a feeling these will be a huge success 🙂

  21. Oh my sweet tooth. This stuff is craaaazy good! I just made a batch while my son was napping and I told my hubby that he better come home early or there might not be any left. I literally have no self control. I’m also 34 weeks pregnant so…

    Thanks for sharing, Sally!

  22. Just made these…yum!!!  I used ghirardelli white chips and added gel food coloring.  Using the double boiler method, they melted beautifully and evenly coated the cereal.  

  23. I’ve made this a couple times now and started dabbling–I find the white chocolate coats the cereal better if I put 1 tsp cinnamon in there and 2 tsp in the confectioner’s sugar. Either way, this mix is soooo good and the only problem is that I can’t seem to stop “testing” it before packing it up for family and friends!

  24. I made this today! Added reese’s pieces and used pumpkin spice chips instead of orange melts. SO good! 

  25. Do you think using milk or dark chocolate in place of white or candy melts would be a good, different flavour? 

  26. I like to use whole wheat Chex cereal for my puppy chow! It doesn’t break as easy and it’s better for you!! I can’t wait to make this!!!!

  27. I made a 3rd of a batch to celebrate my first weekend at home this fall. Delicious, and I am taking pumpkin spice truffles to work tomorrow for our Cheese Products Day! (Since they are made with cream cheese)

  28. Is this recipe gluten free?


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