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This Monster Muddy Buddies recipe is chock full of movie snack favorites! Ghoulish chocolatey M&M’s, white chocolate pretzels, yogurt covered raisins, mini white chocolate Oreos and classic candy corn are mixed with candy-coated cereal and buttery popcorn to make a super-rich, sweet and salty movie mix to serve on family Fright Night!
There are times in life when you just have to live a little, and Halloween is clearly one of those times.
I try not to serve up too many sugar-laden dishes, but this is the time of year when I like to surprise my son with little special somethings that cause giant red heart beams to shoot out of his eyes.
Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday, and if we can’t serve our families, friends, neighbors, and kids a sweet treat like Monster Muddy Buddies while watching Hocus Pocus is life really worth living?!?
What are Muddy Buddies?
Muddy Buddies, aka Puppy Chow, is one of the easiest, most delicious sweet treats you can make in extra large batches. Muddy Buddies are loved by nearly everyone who eats them, and they’re a great dessert to make for gifts or ministry meals or to serve at parties, church potlucks, picnics, or movie night!
The classic Muddy Buddies recipe calls for melted chocolate, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, salt, Chex cereal, and powdered sugar, and no hot pans or baking is required!
Basically you throw everything together into a large bowl, melt it, mix it, dust it, and serve it.
Muddy Buddies Without Peanut Butter
The classic Muddy Buddies recipe calls for it, but it is possible to make muddy buddies &/or puppy chow without peanut butter!
There are kids in my son’s class who have nut allergies so if I were to make this recipe for them, I’d just eliminate the peanut butter and the butter.
Just melt the chocolate or candy melts as the recipe states and move forward without those two ingredients and you should be good to go!
Monster Muddy Buddies Movie Mix
To take a standard Muddy Buddies recipe over the top and to match the Halloween theme, I decided to add everyone’s favorite movie snack to the mix!
Monster Muddy Buddies Movie Mix
For the Monster Muddy Buddies Movie Mix:
For the Muddy Buddies Recipe:
- Combine candy melts, peanut butter, and butter (or just candy melts) in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute then stir to combine. Continue to microwave and stir in 20-second increments until the candy is completely melted and smooth. Stir in the salt and vanilla and mix well.
- Pour cereal into a large bowl then add candy melt mixture. Gently toss together until all of the cereal is evenly coated in the chocolate.
- Add candy-coated cereal to a large zip-top bag followed by the powdered sugar. Seal the bag and gently shake, making sure to thoroughly coat all of the cereal in the sugar. Pour onto the prepared baking sheet and allow to cool for 10 minutes before mixing with other ingredients. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.