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Muddy buddies or puppy chow? Whatever you call it, this cinnamon Chex mix is a crowd pleaser no matter what you call it. Prepared in just 10 minutes and a great white chocolate, powdered sugar covered treat–Snickerdoodle Muddy Buddies will be your new favorite mix!

Bowl of cinnamon chex mix with powdered sugar.
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This recipe was originally published May 2017 and updated December 2021.

Chex mix, muddy buddies, puppy chow– no matter what you call it, it’s such an amazing treat! This Snickerdoodle inspired, Cinnamon Chex Mix is the perfect ten minute prep recipe you will love!

Huge puppy chow fan here–and while I love this Christmas Puppy Chow recipe, but the Snickerdoodle version is great well beyond the holiday season!

Why you will love this cinnamon chex mix:

  • You only need 4 ingredients. Chex, white chocolate, cinnamon and powdered sugar. You can grab a few optional add ins if you would like, but other than that, you won’t need much.
  • Just 10 minutes to prep. Melt the white chocolate, add it to the cereal and stir. Then shake it all up in a plastic bag. A great treat that is minutes away!
  • A kid friendly recipe–easy for little helpers. This is a great option for the kids to help with. Not a whole lot of ingredients or steps. Pro-Tip: If you have several helpers, divide the mix into separate plastic bags and let each kid shake!
  • Cinnamon, white chocolate and a bit of crunch–such a delicious combo!

What you will need:

  • white chocolate or vanilla candy coating: you can use white chocolate chips, white chocolate bars or candy coating. As long as you can melt it and enjoy the flavor, it will work! A high quality white chocolate will melt much better than the chips but as long as you don’t over heat it, you shouldn’t have any issued!
  • Chex: I use the classic rice Chex. I considered using the cinnamon Chex for this Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow, but I am not a huge fan of it. The cinnamon just tastes a bit off to me. Whatever you prefer should work fine.
  • cinnamon: separated, some will be added to the melted white chocolate and the rest will be added to the powdered sugar.
  • powdered sugar: plenty to coat!
Powdered sugar, white chocolate chips, cinnamon and Chex cereal on counter.

How to make Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow:

  • Pour the measured Chex into a medium mixing bowl.
  • In a small bowl, melt the white chocolate in about 25 second increments, stirring each time. When almost all of the white chocolate is melted, don’t heat anymore. Instead, continue stirring to help melt the rest. This will keep you from over heating the chocolate. (step 1)
  • Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. (step 2)
  • Pour the melted cinnamon white chocolate over the Chex and stir to coat evenly. Using clean hands can make this step a bit easier for sure. If using a spoon, just try to gently stir and fold.(steps 3-4)
White chocolate melted in a glass bowl with cinnamon stirred in and then poured over a bowl of chex cereal.
  • Add powdered sugar and remaining cinnamon to a gallon sized ziplock bag and toss to combine. Add in the coated Chex and toss well until the cereal is coated with the powdered sugar. (step 5-7)
  • Transfer to a bowl or serving dish and allow to cool for about 15-30 minutes before serving. You can place it in the refrigerator to allow the white chocolate to cool and set much more quickly–this should only require about 5-10 minutes.
Plastic bag with powdered sugar, Chex added in and then final image of mixed cereal with powdered sugar.

Recipe Notes and Tips:

  • Do not over heat the white chocolate. If you cook the chocolate too much, it will become thick and seize. This will make it unworkable. When heating, you can use a double boiler method. When microwaving, heat at 50% power for safest melting.
  • Storing: This Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow can last about 1-2 weeks–if you don’t eat it all in just a day! Keep it in an air tight container at room temperature and will keep!
  • Make sure to stir and coat the cereal well. The key to this cinnamon Chex mix is getting all the cereal coated so that the powdered sugar sticks to it.

Cinnamon Chex Mix Add-Ins and Variations:

  • A cup or two of Cinnamon Toast Crunch is a great addition to this Cinnamon Puppy Chow. I like to add some in when serving for a touch of extra color.
  • Add in some extra white chocolate chips just before serving.
  • Sweet and salty fan? Toss in some mini pretzels.
Snickerdoodle puppy chow in bowl with cinnamon stick and cereal beside it.

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5 from 13 votes

Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow

Muddy buddies or puppy chow? Whatever you call it, this cinnamon Chex mix is a crowd pleaser no matter what you call it. Prepared in just 10 minutes and a great white chocolate, powdered sugar covered treat–Snickerdoodle Muddy Buddies will be your new favorite mix!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients 

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Instructions 

  • Pour cereal into medium bowl.
  • Melt white chocolate chips in 25 second increments at 50% power in a microwave safe bowl, stirring well in between. When most of the white chocolate is melted, just keep stirring to melt the rest so as not to over heat it. Stir in 1 ½ teaspoon of cinnamon into the melted white chocolate.
  • Pour the mixture over the cereal and stir until cereal is evenly coated.
  • Pour powdered sugar and the rest of the cinnamon into the a gallon sized plastic bag. Transfer cereal mixture into the bag and toss until evenly coated.
  • Transfer back to a bowl and dig in and allow to cool for about 15 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Do not over heat the white chocolate. If you cook the chocolate too much, it will become thick and seize. This will make it unworkable. When heating, you can use a double boiler method. When microwaving, heat at 50% power for safest melting.
  • Storing: This Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow can last about 1-2 weeks–if you don’t eat it all in just a day! Keep it in an air tight container at room temperature and will keep!
  • Make sure to stir and coat the cereal well. The key to this cinnamon Chex mix is getting all the cereal coated so that the powdered sugar sticks to it.

Nutrition

Calories: 299kcal, Carbohydrates: 52g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 202mg, Potassium: 196mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 338IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 123mg, Iron: 10mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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28 Comments

  1. Kim @ Berly's Kitchen says:

    5 stars
    This is one of my favorite snacks!! I could eat loads of it. The flavors you’ve used make a great combo, and I can’t wait to give it a try. 🙂

    1. Lorie says:

      Hope you love it Kim!

  2. Jenni LeBaron says:

    5 stars
    I was just talking to someone last night about how I love puppy chow but haven’t had it since college. I’ve never tried snickerdoodle puppy chow, but it looks super tasty!

    1. Lorie says:

      Oh you better get on making some fast! ?

  3. Liz says:

    5 stars
    WOW!!! This is 100% so my style! I love puppy chow!

    1. Lorie says:

      My FAVE!!

  4. Holly says:

    5 stars
    This puppy chow looks like the perfect sweet snack! And I love that you used pure maple syrup for the sweetener!

    1. Lorie says:

      I could literally drink maple from the bottle… ?

  5. Meme says:

    5 stars
    As a huge fan of snickerdoodle this will be the first thing I make next time I hit the grocery store!!!

    1. Lorie says:

      Yay! Enjoy Meme!

  6. Kelly Anthony says:

    5 stars
    Well, this is absolutely genius! I am totally trying this out for Christmas!

    1. Lorie says:

      It will be perfect!

  7. Sherri @ Sweet Enough says:

    5 stars
    This is such an awesome snack! The combination of flavors is amazing, especially the maple syrup and almond butter together ! Totally drooling!

    1. Lorie says:

      Thanks so much Sherri!!!

  8. Jagruti Dhanecha says:

    I can see these puppy chow is going to be my favourite snack 🙂 What a lovely idea and these look so tempting. Easy and fuss-free recipe.

    1. Lorie says:

      Thanks!!! One of our faves!

  9. Jordan says:

    Mind = blown. Churro puppy chow?!?! This is so happening.

    1. Lorie says:

      It’s a favorite in our house! We never have leftovers!

  10. Bethany @ athletic avocado says:

    This healthified puppy chow is literally screaming my name from miles away! Holy moly puffins are my fave cereal and I have all the ingredients in my kitchen as we speak, I think this is heaven-sent 🙂

    1. Lorie says:

      Let me know how you like it! I’m a fan of Puffins as well! I thought of using the cinnamon flavor as well…