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. Rebecca on November 3, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    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!

  2. Sheryl on October 13, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    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.  

  3. Sara on October 20, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    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!

  4. Casey H on November 12, 2015 at 1:11 pm

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

  5. Hayley on December 16, 2015 at 9:47 am

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

  6. Kamila on September 3, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    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!!!!

  7. Allyson on September 18, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    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)

  8. Alexis on October 6, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Is this recipe gluten free?


    • Stefanie on September 25, 2017 at 8:02 am

      It can be. If you use rice checks, they are gluten free. I know wilton candy melts are if you substitute another chocolate you will have to check and make sure it is gluten free.

  9. Adria on November 17, 2016 at 11:48 am

    I added cinnamon toast crunch to it. This stuff is addicting.

  10. Christina on November 19, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    I just made this tonight for our Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. I think it will be a huge hit, tastes so great. Thank you! 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. Lydia on October 18, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I am making this for our Halloween get together on the 30th to “test” before I make for goody bags for Thanksgiving..how far in advance can it be made??

    • Sally on October 18, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Up to 1-2 weeks! It tastes best when prepped just a few days in advance though.

      • Lydia on October 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm

        Ty ! Very much for you quick response ! I am soo excited. Try a few recipes!

  12. Jana on November 20, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Love this! I like to add regular m&m’s in the fall colors and the candy corn harvest mix. I do think the clove flavor is a bit overpowering so would suggest using less.



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