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

  • 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).

Keywords: pumpkin spice puppy chow

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  1. Sally, you have this remarkable knack for being one step ahead of me. I was testing this same concept, but with pumpkin puree and couldn’t account for the overwhelming amount of moisture that added. Of course – candy melts are the answer! I should have known you’d figure it out 🙂

    1. Pure pumpkin would NOT work in this for me. It’s too complicated to work with. Too moist, too mushy, too gloppy. This was so much easier!

      1. If you strain pumpkin puree, and mix the pumpkin liquid with white chocolate it might get the pumpkin flavoring without all the glop. I’ll test it and let you know. Or, another alternative would be pumpkin extract mixed into the candy melts.

  2. Such an adorable version of puppy chow! I especially love the mallowcreme pumpkins in this. I’ll take any excuse to eat more mallowcreme pumpkins and/or candy corn.

    BTW, I was one of those folks who was confused when I first saw all these recipes for “puppy chow” popping up on Pinterest. I had always known this snack mix as “muddy buddies.” I was quite concerned when I thought all these people were advocating feeding chocolate to their puppies!! : )

    1. Hahaha! Well I never knew puppy chow as muddy buddies until a couple years ago. So funny, right? The little pumpkins were the best part. I love those things!

  3. Oh Sally. This is simply wonderful. Cinnamon chex = brilliant. Those weirdly delicious pumpkins that always disappear first out of the mixed bag = genius. I love how your mind works! I’m visiting my friends in Seattle this weekend and promised them I’d make them something pumpkin for their housewarming party–this just might be it! 🙂 I hope you have a super fun girls weekend!

  4. I love and hate puppy chow at the same time. Everytime I make this stuff it’s so dangerous for me to keep within reach. Last time I made puppy chow I had to have my mom hide it somewhere I couldn’t find it… and then the next when I got home from school and she was still at work I called her asking where she had hid it… It’s a problem. Haha!

  5. Hey Sally! This recipe is so amazing. I’ve been pouncing on all of your pumpkin recipes this fall, and this is no exception 🙂 One question: could I substitute milk chocolate for chocolate-pumpkin puppy chow?

    1. Hi Allie! I apologize, I have been on vacation the past 2 days and am only getting to this comment now. You could certainly use milk chocolate instead of white (or the orange candy melts). That would be delicious!

  6. Puppy chow–I thought my friend was crazy when she introduced this to me for the first time last year, and now I just sit here and wonder how it got its name…before double-fisting (handfuls of puppy chow, of course–who ever thought of double-fisting with anything else? 😉 ). My favorite version has always been cookie butter puppy chow, but this looks like a must-make.

  7. How do you get the melted mix to Evenly coat the cerel. I always end up with some cerel clumps way over covered and half with nothing on it.

    1. Always make sure there is enough coating for the cereal used. In this case, there is! And it takes awhile to stir it all around evenly.

  8. You’re the puppy chow queen. I think you’ve done to puppy chow what Nikki did to pudding cookies. Girl, if it works, keep on with it b/c I love puppy chow. Can only imagine how simultaneously dangerous and amazing it is, as you said 🙂

    And what a great way to work in pumpkin flavors, minus the glop and slop of pumpkin puree. Pinned!

    1. Beth, you would be very surprised how many people ask me if I feed this to my dog and why I would ever do that haha. Even though I always say in my posts that it’s for humans. 😉

  9. I’m so ashamed to admit this but. . .I’ve never had Puppy Chow. I didn’t even know what it was until I started food blogging and even then in the last two years I’ve yet to make it. I think your version might finally get me to bite the bullet and do it.

  10. I love puppy chow- it always makes me feel like a kid again! I haven’t had it in ages. Love the fact that you included so many substitutions in this recipe, and those mallowcreme pumpkins are the cutest part.

  11. You are the queen of puppy chow and every recipe after the other is incredible! You can never have enough pumpkin spice October- November. NEVER! This looks and sounds so addicting. I think I would eat the whole batch in once sitting! Pinning as always! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Tieghan – and thank you for pinning! I think I need to make a few more varieties to be the puppy chow queen. I already have more ideas swirling in my head!!

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