Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow

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

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 5 cups
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


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


  • 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!

Keywords: peppermint puppy chow

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


  1. Wow! Saw this recipe at work, bought the supplies on the way home and just finished making them! I am beyond hooked! Soooo good and easy! Dont if they will last to the weekend lol.

    On a side note I do agree about target! I cant leave w just one thing. They must put something in the air…or so I tell myself :c)

    1. Hey Talitha! – aren’t you just in love with this chow? I still can’t believe how easy it is to make and I’m glad you made it too! I can hardly contain myself in Target. It’s an addiction. 🙂

  2. I told ya I’d be back to comment! =) I absolutely adore peppermint, especially this time of the year, so this looks just amazing to me. Wish I had a bowl in front of me right now – I could use an afternoon sweet pick-me-up.

    1. you’re so sweet Amy and sorry about that earlier – my site has been a little funky the past week with a server upgrade!

  3. I made this and put it in a festive cloth bag for a work gift exchange. The puppy chow was passed around and people wanted the recipe. Plan to make lots this December!

    1. Hi Kathy! Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know how much you and your coworkers liked this recipe! That means a lot! I plan to make it a lot more this holiday season as well. 🙂

  4. Hi Sally! How long do you let your puppy chow mix cool BEFORE covering in powedered sugar? I find that my powdered sugar always melts….but if I wait too long, it doesn’t stick. Any tips?

    1. Hi Caroline! I do not let the puppy chow cool – I immediately shake it up in a large baggie with the powdered sugar. I’ve never had a problem doing so. Perhaps try waiting about 5 minutes? That may help. Thank you!

  5. I made this just the other night as little Christmas gifts for some girls I lead a Bible study for! They loved it and a few have already asked for the recipe! I love the peppermint spin on the puppy chow; next time I might even try adding some peppermint extract to the white chocolate! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. peppermint extract to the white chocoalte – love that idea! I’ll try that next time. Thank you for writing in and reporting back – that means a lot! I’m glad you and the bible study gals enjoyed it 🙂

    1. Hi Carson. My blog is not focused on calories or nutrition stats in food, so I do not post them. You are more than nwelcome to plug the recipe’s ingredients into a calorie counter and divide by however many servings you make.

  6. I made these over the weekend and they tasted so good! My only question – how did you get the peppermint to show up so nicely? When I shook everything up in the powdered sugar, it coated the peppermint, so the mix just looked white. Not as pretty as your pictures. Thanks for any tips!

    1. Hi Lisa! So glad you like this puppy chow – I’m not sure how my candy canes showed up and yours didn’t. Try adding them after you coat the chow with powdered sugar next time or maybe use less sugar in your case. They may not stick as well though!

  7. I feel like this needs a more festive name…like Reindeer Chow! I hope you don’t mind if I call it that. 🙂 I plan on making some for my sister-in-law’s Christmas party this coming weekend. Can’t wait to try it. It looks soooo delicious!!

    1. Thanks Jessica! I thought the peppermint crunch was pretty festive but reindeer chow is adorable! Love that. This recipe is a huge hit at parties – people can NEVER stop munching on it! Handful after handful…

  8. I made something similar! Instead of using white chocolate I melted Candy Cane Hershey’s Kisses! I also prefer Crispix to Chex, but that part doesn’t really matter. It turned out great and I am now the designated dessert maker in the family!

    1. Celina, I love that idea! Those candy cane kisses are one of my favorite kiss flavors. I should try crispix sometime, I love that cereal alone with milk in the morning so why not try it in this dessert mix? I am the dessert maker in the family as well! (obviously!)

  9. It isn’t Christmas at our house until the Cream Wafers are made. I told my Husband I wasn’t going to start making them until his Mother was dead. 🙂 Because they are a pain. But happy to say Grandma Ginny still alive and kick’n!!!! But I have broken down and started to bake them 3 years ago. A to die for cookie that we make once a year.

    1. Homemade Cream Wafers sound wonderful! I have recipes I only make once per year as well – makes them much more special that way.

  10. Hi Sally! I just made a batch of these a couple hours ago and they were gone within an hour! My mom even told me not to make them for our family again because she’s trying to be healthy and she’ll be too tempted to eat all of them! Thanks for another great recipe that was a hit!

    1. Put them in a large ziplock bag and bang on them with something hard. I use a hammer. It’s loud and annoying, but it does the job!

  11. I made this last year around the holidays. It must have left quite an impression because my 13 year old son just requested I make this for his class Christmas party next week! Super Tasty!

  12. Hi Sally! love your blog and thanks for all the great recipes…:) just made this and put the candy canes in the blender..Worked great! some was quite powdery, so I don’t think I need the powdered sugar..Very yummy as is…Is there something it does? Thanks!!!

    1. Hi Jill! The powdered sugar does what your candy cane “powder” did. It coats the chocolate covered cereal. Usually I just crush the candy canes into pieces, so they aren’t necessarily in powder form. That’s why I use powdered sugar.

  13. This looks sooooo yummy and I can’t wait to make it!! Any idea how many candy canes are needed to get 1 cup of crushed candy canes?

  14. Yummy…going to try this, although I’m not a huge fan of peppermint, so I think I will try it with red hits or cinnamon candy canes! Thanks for the idea!

  15. Hey Sally! Did you ever try this with dark chocolate instead of white chocolate? I’m thinking about making it with dark chocolate to give as gifts for co-workers, and I’m curious to know how it turned out!

    1. Hey Brit! Wow, dark chocolate would be perfection! I’ve never tried it. If you try it before I do – let me know how you like it. Though… obviously… it will be delicious. Use 10 ounces of it.

  16. Just wanted to let you know that I loved the new look of your website and I’m so excited that you have a book coming out!! Cannot wait to make this tomorrow!

  17. I will be making this for the first time ever this weekend and I’m super excited! I have never made Chex mix/puppy chow before, but I will be packaging a cup or so of this for each of my coworkers (there’s 18 of them!!!) for their Christmas gifts. I’m afraid that the chocolate will cause the cereal to come out in large clumps, but I love how in your picture they look like individual squares. Do you ever have an issue with the squares sticking to each other? By the way, I made six dozen of your Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies for Thanksgiving and every single one of them disappeared!! You are amazing!

    Thank you (:

    1. Hey Amanda! This puppy chow is a great holiday recipe to make for coworkers – I made them for my old coworkers last year. The purpose of the powdered sugar is to break up the huge chunks of the melted chocolate and the squares. It prevents it all from sticking together too much.

      The chewy chocolate chunk cookies are always a hit! So happy they were enjoyed.

  18. Looks delicious! Similar recipe with popcorn:
    3bags unbuttered microwave popcorn (or homemade popcorn same approximate amount)
    2 bags of Wilton candy cane melts.
    Melt the chocolate 1 minute,mix til smooth.
    (For those of us who like extra crunch, crush a candy cane or two before melting the chocolate.)
    Mix together popcorn & chocolate,then add candy cane. Pour onto wax paper to harden, store in airtight container!!

  19. Just made this and it’s A-MAY-ZING! Thank you so much for this recipe 🙂 Can’t wait to take it to the coworkers tomorrow. They will absolutely love it. Planning to try your cupcake puppy chow soon!

  20. Please be clear! These treats are NOT for dogs!!! I saw the title and thought it was homemade dog treats. There should be a comment SOMEWHERE in the text saying “not for dogs”. I didn’t find it there. No way would I feed these things to my dog…it might kill them and for sure would make them sick.

    1. I would never feed this amount of sugar or chocolate to my dog and I make sure to note “not dog food” in all my puppy chow/muddy buddy recipes. Thanks Deb!

  21. Have made a different version of these in the past and called it “people chow”.   How would this be in a care package to a serviceman?

  22. I’ve seen this recipe pop up on Facebook for the last two years during the holidays. Sooooo I finally made this…and well, it sure looked like it would be good in a bowl with milk. So I did! OH. YUM. Luckily, I was due a cheat day 😉 

  23. This was sooo good and so tasty!! I dressed mine up with some red and green smarties (M&Ms) and divided it in to large green mason jars to give away 🙂 I can’t wait to try your other  puppy chow recipes!

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