Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow

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Sweet snack mix made with white chocolate and candy canes. Perfect to serve or give away during the holiday season!

Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow aka Muddy Buddies. Easy, no-bake sweet treat for the holidays.

Oh, just the most addicting little snack in all the holiday land. Crunch crunch crunch.

Puppy chow, muddy buddies, chex mix… whatever you call these sweet, powder sugary, addictive little Chex Cereal bites… I know you won’t be able to get enough. This weekend I turned my beloved Puppy Chow upside down and threw in Christmas’ favorite treat. Candy Canes.

This recipe is actually inspired by the Chew Mix Muddy Buddies Peppermint Bark I spotted at Target the other day. Be still my heart, there is a peppermint version? I knew I had to make this Christmas treat myself once I checked out and headed home.

For the record, I somehow spent $50 on a scarf, candy canes, gum, and dish soap. HOW does Target do that to us?

Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow aka Muddy Buddies. Easy, no-bake sweet treat for the holidays.

We have a simple recipe today. A blessing, especially after all that hard work we put in for Thanksgiving Day!

Four ingredients is all it takes. No bake, no chilling, no sweat, no fret. The magical mixture of rice Chex cereal, white chocolate, crushed candy canes, and powdered sugar shake together to make your new favorite holiday treat. Clearly this puppy chow is not dog food. Ha!

First, melt the white chocolate.  No magic tricks here – just melt in the microwave according to package directions. I used Bakers White Chocolate bars. It’s so smooth, creamy, and melts in the microwave so easily. Once melted, pour the white chocolate over the Chex cereal. I go with the Rice Chex Cereal over the Corn Chex when I’m making puppy chow. The Rice variety hardly has any flavor – perfect for recipes like this. Next, crush up some festive candy canes and throw them into the mix – I went with the green and red striped variety for an added pop of color. Regular candy canes will work just fine. The fourth and final ingredient is your confectioners sugar. This is the fun part. Pour 1 cup of the soft powdery sugar into a large ziplock bag.  Add your melty white chocolate chex/candy canes and go to town.

Shake shake shake!

Sweet snack mix made with white chocolate and candy canes. Perfect to serve or give away during the holiday season!

There!  You’ve got yourself a hefty dose of Christmas crunch right there, folks. Just a warning – eating too much of this at midnight will keep you up for hours. I speak from experience. Hellooo, sugar.

Ok, who’s ready for Christmas treats?

Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow


  • 5 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 10 ounces melting white chocolate OR vanilla flavored Almond Bark
  • 1 cup crushed candy canes
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Pour the cereal into a large bowl. Melt white chocolate/almond bark according to the package directions. Pour melted chocolate over cereal, stirring and folding until the cereal is completely covered. Fold in the crushed candy canes.
  2. Pour the confectioners' sugar into a zipped-top bag. Pour the chocolate covered cereal/candy canes in next. Seal the bag or container and shake until all the cereal is coated with the confectioners' sugar mixture.
  3. Discard excess powder. Store at room temperature up to 2 weeks, if it lasts that long!

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Try my Cookies ‘n Cream version (with Oreos!) next.

Cookies 'n Cream Puppy Chow

Q: Do you have any “addictive” little treat recipes? 

Especially around the holidays, I love things like candied nuts, homemade Chex Mix, caramel corn, chocolate covered pretzels, you name it! We make a slew of treats like this in December and I can’t wait to share them with you!

Super simple 10 minute peppermint crunch puppy chow-- this sweet candy cane snack mix is loved by all!


    1. Thank you for the comment on my photos, I had a hard time with the lighting that day! And thank you so much for the pin Chandra 🙂

  1. I am all about puppy chow! I made white chocolate puppy chow right about this time last year! And I am still thinking about it 🙂 Love the idea of adding peppermint! And Shelly from C & C just posted white choc peppermint popcorn. Something’s in the air – and I want it!

    1. I am a tad obsessed with puppy chow Averie! Anything “chex mix-y” is top on my list. I can NEVER stop munching at it! I haven’t seen Shelly’s recipe yet! I need to catch up on my reader. 😀

    1. when i first spotted it I literally stopped and gawked over it. “totally doing this” I said to myself. I didn’t even TRY the regular version so umm.. I’m guess it tastes like this? hehe!

    1. That would work, definitely! But I didn’t want to add any dye to the white chocolate! Good suggestion though for next time. 🙂

  2. I was wondering what puppy chow was and now I know… I feel so educated on US cereals! 😀 Are these anything like Shreddies? Do you even get Shreddies there? Like knitted pieces of shredded wheat. I’d love to make some of these but trying to think what I could sub them with? Any ideas?

    1. Hi Lisa! It looks like Shreddies are the same thing as Chex Wheat. The chex cereal I used for this puppy chow is Rice chex – made from rice, not wheat. You could try to use the shreddies though! They are denser than rice chex.

  3. I am IN. LOVE. with this. I think you’re the only one in the world who loves peppermint as much as I do. It’s THE BEST! I already know I’d have ZERO resistance around this mix.. yet somehow even with that element of danger, I know I NEED to make it and need to make it soon. It looks SO tempting and delicious!

  4. I love anything similar to puppy chow! I’m not a huge candy cane fan (SO weird, I know!!) but I might try your recipe with toffee 🙂

  5. Can I just tell you puppy chow is probably my very favorite thing in the entire world. I make it every year around the holidays, and this one has me thinking it’s time to change up the normal recipe! Such a great idea Sally!

  6. I have been working on my own version of peppermint puppy chow. I feel like we’re always on the same wavelength, Sally! Totally agree about Target too. I buy candy and soap and spend a ton of money. But candy and soap are life essentials so it’s okay, right? 😉

  7. This is like white chocolate peppermint bark (one of my favorite xmas treats) made 100x better Sally! I’m in LOVE! Can’t wait to make this for my nephews stocking stuffers.

    1. I LOVE peppermint bark too Reeni. Love love love. Of course you would love it too, we like all the same things it seems like! Perfect stocking stuffers – you are a sweet aunt 🙂

  8. It’s decided, I will be making this over the weekend. Puppy chow is an all time favorite, but this is such a great way to tweak it! Target is so bizarre isn’t it? Everything seems so cheap on the shelves, and yet I can never escape that place without dropping $100. They SO know what they’re doing in there.

  9. Brilliant idea for a more festive puppy chow (I’ve also heard it called reindeer chow, though this version could even be snowman chow)! I have a friend who I am convinced would love puppy chow, but can’t eat nuts and this would be perfect for him. Definitely making it for gifts this holiday season 🙂

    1. Hi Emilia! Thank you – and I love the reindeer/snowman chow name! So clever, I’m going to call it that now when I make it again!

  10. First, puppy chow is the cutest name of any baked good. It makes my puppy fever even worse.

    And this?! Ugh. I’ve never tried puppy chow and I desperately want to. Dear Chex, please export your stuff to Germany! This looks amazing. Such a great combination of flavors!

    1. I wish I could instruct Chex to send you some! I’m glad you checked out and like this recipe regardless Erin 🙂 You are the best.

  11. I saw this at Target and totally thought of you:-) Somehow I just knew you would come up with an uber fab at home version. This looks so delicious…and dangerous:-) I’m not sure I would be able to stop eating this if I had it in my hands!!!

  12. I say the same thing about Target each time I leave that place! I can’t leave there empty handed. I was very close to buying a bag of the Chex Mix today but will definitely try to make it at home instead now.

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