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. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    Puppy chow is the best! I could snack on this all day, Sally! And I also love the cute little pumpkin candies too!

  2. This would seriously be so dangerous for me to be around!!

  3. Becca @ Crumbs says:

    Aw the little pumpkins are so cute! Definitely make the mix

  4. WOW It really looks incredible! Yumi!

    Love Katie ♥

    Just tried out a new Jamie Oliver recipe please check it out…

  5. Sally, this is SO cute! I love the little pumpkins you tossed in, and the idea of using candy corn or candy-corn m&m’s (probably my favorite m&m’s EVER!!!) are fantastic. Plus, starting with cinnamon chex…great plan. At first I thought you used Cinnamon Toast Crunch, which sounds like it could be amazing too! My favorite photograph is the one of the bowl of puppy chow on top of the plate of puppy chow :D. So much sugar pumpkin goodness in one shot! 😉

    1. Cinnamon Toast Crunch WOULD be amazing, Caley! Good call. I’m glad you like that photo. I just had to include it. Shooting this stuff was fun. So much puppy chow!

  6. Perfection! I am going to make this this weekend!! It’s Canadian Thanksgiving so it’ll be a nice autumn addition!

    1. I hope you all enjoyed the puppy chow this weekend Caitlin! Happy Thanksgiving to you. 🙂

  7. Liz @Life Made Sweet says:

    Sally! I think you are a genius! Puppy chow is so dangerous, I can eat a whole bowl without even knowing it and now that you’ve combined it with pumpkin….well….life just got a whole lot better! Can’t wait to try it!

    1. I hope you enjoy this stuff, Liz! Let me know if you try it.

  8. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life says:

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE your photos. I saw them on Pinterest and my jaw dropped. The lighting, the set up – wow, you did an incredible job. As if puppy chow needed to sound/look more addicting. If I make this, I’m going to have to share, otherwise I will eat the whole thing! Love the idea of cinnamon chex and the marshmallows. Thumbs up Sally!

    1. Thank you so much Mary Frances! I had to get this snack mix out of the house to share with neighbors. It was much too tempting to keep all by myself!

  9. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen says:

    This would be SOOO dangerous! The photographs are gorgeous, and I love that you threw in the pumpkin candies, just perfect!

  10. I made this today for the game and mixed them with s’mores flavored candy corn. I couldn’t find those cute little pumpkins.

    1. I have got to try those s’mores candy corns! I’ve seen them once and didn’t buy them. I’m regretting it!

      Happy you enjoyed the puppy chow, Amanda!

      1. Target!

  11. I love the cookies ne cream any time of year. But honestly? I love the pumpkin spice even more. Any time of year of course. 😉 Thanks Amy!

  12. I’m all for pumpkin everything right now too, GAaahhh I just love it! 🙂
    And puppy chow is all too addicting! Can’t wait to try pumpkin flavored!

    1. pumpkin seems to be the only flavor I am baking and cooking with these days. I can’t seem to get sick of it! Thanks Ari, hope you try this stuff!

  13. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    Can I move in with you, Sally?!! I think I would eat this in 10 minutes flat!

  14. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says:

    Heehee October does mean “pumpkin everything” for sure. 😀 This puppy chow looks awesome, Sally! This would make a lovely October snack to bring to work for sure.

    1. Thanks Jess! October is my free pass for pumpkin…everything of course!

  15. Those mallowcreme pumpkins are my favorite, and secretly I like them better than candy corn… haha. Thanks for this recipe – can’t wait to make it!

  16. I just made this today and everyone LOVES it! thanks for sharing!

    1. I am so glad! Thanks for taking the time to report back, Jenni.

  17. Hi, Sally! I’m posting a story on my city’s community website that I run about pumpkin recipes, and I’ve included your pumpkin spice puppy chow recipe and a photo. I hope that’s not illegal; I gave you recipe/photo credit, and provided a link to the recipe. I also plugged your cookbook and mentioned that I’ve made lots of your recipes and they’ve all been great! Let me know if it’s not okay; I really, really hope it is! Thanks!

    1. Hi Ashley! Yes, that is just fine. You may use my recipe name and photo (with watermark) and providing the link to my recipe so readers can grab it there. Thank you for asking! And for including my recipe. =)

  18. I just love puppy chow!! This seasonal mix looks incredible 🙂 love the little pumpkins!

  19. Can i put in some pumpkin puree into the white chocolate?

    1. Oh definitely not. Pumpkin puree is full of water and the chocolate will not mix properly into it.

  20. Wow! This pumpkin puppy chow is so delicious! I made it this weekend, needless to say it was a big hit. My kids and hubby loved it! Love your blog.

    1. Hey Heather! So glad you tried this stuff. And even more glad that you and your family loved it! Thanks for taking the time to report back.

  21. Could you add Biscoff spread to this recipe?

    1. You could try melting down some biscoff with the white chocolate if you’d like.

  22. Mandi Welbaum says:

    This looks so good. I have yet to come across a puppy chow that isn’t good. This is perfect for those Halloween parties coming up. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Mandi! Hope you get to make this stuff. It’s perfect for parties. People can’t get enough of the sweet snack.

  23. I used white chocolate chips to make this but the melted chocolate was too thick a paste to easily spread over the chex. Many of the pieces couldn’t get coated, and those that did have globs of chocolate on them. If you make this, I’d definitely use candy melts because I’m guessing those melt better.

    1. If using white chocolate chips and not pure white chocolate, you will need to add shortening to help smooth the chips out. That is why I recommend white chocolate (or candy melts- made for melting) and not the chips which contain stabilizers.

      1. How much shortening, do you think, would properly smooth it out? I hate to add too much and end up with a greasy mess. Thank you!

      2. Hey Anna! I’d say 1 teaspoon. OR use 1 teaspoon of canola or vegetable oil. That really helps smooth/thin them out too.

  24. Ok, I made this last week to take to our annual trunk or treat. First things first, I have never had cinnamon chex before now and I love them! Second, I have had puppy chow in the past and this one is just too sweet for me. Great idea but it was hard for me to eat more then just a few pieces of the stuff. I am however looking forward to trying some of your other puppy chow varieties.

    1. It’s certainly a sweet treat as I tried to mention above! Let me know any others that you try. The Salted Nutella has the salt to offset its sweetness. https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/01/28/salted-peanut-nutella-puppy-chow/

      It’s actually my favorite puppy chow of them all. Thanks Kelly!

  25. Made the puppy chow this week for a work bridal shower luncheon for another lover of anything pumpkin. It was a huge hit, and it is “AMAZINGLY ADDICTIVE!!” according to my co-workers!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

    1. YES! Addictive is the #1 word I can think of when describing this stuff. That and “sweet!”

  26. Leslie Stonehocker says:

    Just made this for a fall family birthday get together. Fast, easy, and oh so good!

  27. just made this for small group tonight. I love all the spices, but it was a little too sweet for me. Next time I’d use plain corn chex instead of cinnamon chex.

  28. Chasity Baker says:

    I just found this recipe today, and was so excited to try it I went straight to the store to gather ingredients! I was surprised to see wilton now has pumpkin spice candy melts which I decided were worth a try! And it was everything I expected! Delicious! Thanks for a great recipe 🙂

  29. Just made this today for a Halloween party. I almost couldn’t stop eating it–I had to put it away or there wouldn’t be any left! Party is tomorrow, but I have a feeling these will be a huge success 🙂

  30. 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!

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