15-minute Chex Mix Muddy Buddies with a holiday flair for the 4th of July! The most delicious and addicting snack ever!
Do you call them Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow? The internet is divided. And I always spend way too much time deciding what I should label them. I went with Muddy Buddies!
The third option was to just call them Crack. Because that is essentially what they are.
Ingredients for these Muddy Buddies
- Rice Chex cereal
- white chocolate chips
- unsalted butter
- powdered sugar
- food coloring
That’s it! So easy.
I’ve seen these made with peanut butter and other nut butters, but I omitted that for these Red, White, and Blue Muddy Buddies. Milk chocolate is also more popular to use than white chocolate, but I didn’t want even a spec of brown poking through – because Red, White, Blue, and Brown Muddy Buddies? Nope! Plus, I love white chocolate.
I prefer food gel over liquid dye because the colors are deeper and produce a truer color, but gel (as opposed to liquid dye) makes the mixture set up pretty fast, so it doesn’t really drizzle. If using food gel, just gently spread it (with a spatula) over the cereal in sections. Everything will get coated once combined with the powdered sugar.
I’ve never been addicted to anything, but if I was, I imagine it would feel something like how badly I want and need these little gems.
The biggest lie you tell yourself is that you’ll only eat a handful. Impossible!
I’ve made so many varieties over the years – Lemon, Chai, S’mores, Birthday Cake, etc. Isn’t the red, white, and, blue fun? Perfect for 4th of July!
Other recipes for the 4th of July!
Red, White, and Blue Muddy Buddies
- 12 ounce box Rice Chex Cereal , divided
- 12 ounce bag white chocolate chips , divided
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter , divided
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar , divided
- Red food coloring
- Blue food coloring
- Place half of the cereal into a large mixing bowl.
- In a microwaveable safe bowl, melt half the white chocolate chips and half the butter together on high for 45 seconds; stir. Continue to microwave in 15 second intervals, if necessary, until the chocolate is melted and the mixture can be stirred smooth.
- Stir in a few drops of red food dye; whisk vigorously until completely combined and smooth.
- Pour the melted chocolate mixture evenly over cereal, folding gently with a spatula until evenly coated. Separate any pieces that are stuck together. (If the mixture doesn't drizzle, just dollop it in sections, but make sure to do it before it sets.)
- Transfer to a gallon sized re-sealable food storage plastic bag. Add half the powdered sugar, seal bag and toss gently until all the cereal is well-coated.
- Repeat the entire process with the other half of ingredients, using the blue food dye this time.
- Place both mixtures in a large bowl and toss to combine.
- Try not to eat it all in one sitting! HA.