Puppy chow snack mix gets a festive twist with pumpkin spices and candy pumpkins. 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!
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.
Surely you knew that a pumpkin version was bound to happen.
I have seen many recipes for pumpkin flavored puppy chow. Ali, Megan, Alyssa, 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.
I’ll take another handful as I type this…
…ok, I’m back.
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!
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.
All you really do is melt the candy melts (or white chocolate if you are using that instead) down. Stir in some cinnamon and other pumpkin spices. Then, pour it all over a giant bowl of your Chex cereal. Stir it around to make sure each cereal square is coated.
Now here somes the fun part. Seriously. Grab a huge zipped-top bag. Pour 1 cup of powdered sugar and a bit more cinnamon inside…
(Umm… did I mention this stuff is sweet yet? Sugary pumpkin goodness.)
Then transfer the coated cereal to the bag. Seal the bag and shake it all around to coat each square with the cinnamon/powdered sugar. Little baking helpers love to do that step! Who wouldn’t love to shake a giant bag full of sugary snack mix?
Add the mallowcreme pumpkins to the mix and the pumpkin spice puppy chow is ready to serve. Wasn’t that easy? Takes 10 minutes, tops.
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.
After I snapped these photos, I added a handful of salty pumpkin seeds to the mix. This made each bite salty and sweet. Oh my goodness, it was fabulous. I added the pumpkin seeds (and a bunch of other goodies) as an optional add-in to the recipe below.
If you love pumpkin spiced goodies, you’re going to flip for this puppy chow. You-are-welcome.
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.
Yield: 10 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Pour the cereal into a large bowl. Set aside.
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.
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. Cover and store puppy chow for up to 2 weeks.
*Instead of nutmeg, cloves, and allspice - you may use 1.5 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice.
*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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Do you like puppy chow/muddy buddies?
You should check out all of my puppy chow recipes.
Be warned: there are a lot of them!
Here are a few festive treats to enjoy this season.
Have a great weekend! I am in Cleveland for a girls weekend until Monday. Talk to you in a few days!