Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

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

pumpkin spice puppy chow in a bowl

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.

Making 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.

collage of pumpkin spice puppy chow ingredients

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. You need one 12-ounce bag. If you can’t 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.

pumpkin spice puppy chow

pumpkin spice puppy chow in a bowl

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

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pumpkin spice puppy chow in a bowl

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

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


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


  • 13.5 oz box (about 78 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 nutmeg*
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves*
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice*
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 12 cups mellowcreme pumpkins*


  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 mellowcreme pumpkins. Use 1-2 cups, whatever amount you prefer.
  4. Cover and store puppy chow for up to 2 weeks.


  1. Spices: Instead of nutmeg, cloves, and allspice – you can use 1.5 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice.
  2. Pumpkins: Instead of mellowcreme pumpkins, try adding 1 cup of Pumpkin Spice M&Ms or Candy Corn M&Ms, 1 cup of Pumpkin Spice Hershey’s 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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  1. 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.  

  2. 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!

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

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

  5. 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!!!!

  6. 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)

  7. Is this recipe gluten free?


    1. 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.

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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??

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

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

  11. 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.

  12. Looks SO SO tasty! Lovin’ all the fall recipes girl!

  13. Hey girl,

    My name is Kaelyn and I’m a fairly new blogger. I’m writing a blog right now about fall snacks and I was planning on featuring a couple of bloggers that I felt had the perfect fall mixes. Would you be okay with me using one of your photos on my post? I would not be posting your recipe on the post or anything, just guiding my readers to your blog. Thank you! Feel free to email me at [email protected] if you have any questions about the post!

    1. Feel free to use one of my photos. Thank you so much for featuring it!

  14. Im making this right now with the white chocolate morsels.. I added the pumpkin spice and cinnamon to the melted chocolate.. but it looked pretty thick.. so I threw it back in the micro for another 20secs.. and it got thicker! I only bought enough for these 2 boxes of cereal! Help please anyone! Making last minute for my daughter tmrw and stores are closed. How can I still melt this white chocolate (w/ cinnamon/pumpkin spice)??

    1. Hi Keala! A little vegetable oil will thin out the chocolate chips.

  15. These are so good! Quick to make, too.

  16. Always a hit during fall! It’s fool-proof and everyone loves it. Can also easily be made gluten free if all other ingredients used are GF.

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