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Easter Puppy Chow

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Easter Puppy Chow is a perfect sweet and salty Easter dessert recipe. Made with candy melts to get soft pastel colors, this holiday snack or appetizer is beautiful and delicious.
A white ceramic bowl with small bunnies full of the Easter Puppy Chow sitting on green grass

Make Easter Puppy Chow for your holiday gathering! This colored muddy buddy makes a perfect Easter dessert recipe, or as a sweet and salty snack or appetizer.

A white ceramic bowl with small bunnies full of the Easter Puppy Chow sitting on green grass

Why You Will Love This Recipe

Having colored puppy chow on hand for a holiday is a fun way to bring a unique and festive recipe to the table.

This Easter Puppy Chow is full of pastel colors in a sweet and salty snack.

Ingredients

This is what you will need to make the puppy chow:

Candy melts are pretty sweet, but they provide the perfect color for colored puppy chow. 

You can get pink candy meltsyellow candy meltslight blue candy melts, purple candy melts, and bright white candy melts for the Easter muddy buddies online or at your local craft store. 

Can I use white chocolate and color it?

I do not recommend using white chocolate and trying to color it, because white chocolate does not melt very well and it takes a lot of coloring to make bold colors. 

If these are too sweet on their own, you could mix them with something salty like little pretzels or peanuts.

Easter Puppy Chow close up

Equipment

This is the equipment you need for the colored muddy buddies:

  • Fine Mesh Strainer
  • Medium Bowls
  • Spoon
  • Large Resealable Bag
  • Measuring Cups

Instruction Overview

Melt your candy melts according to package directions. This can be done in the microwave, but reduce the power. If it is too strong and too hot, the candy will not melt properly.

Then toss the cereal with the candy melts gently to coat.

Immediately place in a large resealable bag with powdered sugar and shake!

Now at some point in the process, you are probably going to think at least one of the following (if not all, like I did):

  • There is NO WAY that little amount of candy melts will cover all this cereal!
  • OH NO the cereal is BREAKING!
  • WHY DO THEY ALL LOOK WHITE! I MESSED UP! I CAN’T SEE THE COLOR!

But it’s okay, all of the above are FINE.  The candy melts DO cover that much cereal, just keep stirring. 

The cereal might break a little but that’s okay!  Just be gentle. 

And the colors DO look pretty white when they come out of the bag.  But shaking them in the fine mesh strainer gets rid of all that extra powdered sugar and you will see the color!  Have faith!

A small white bowl with two bunnies full of Easter Puppy Chow sitting on green grass

Modifications and Substitutions

I do not recommend using white chocolate.

Use as many or few colors as you wish!

It would also be fun to mix in easter candies like mini eggs!

Kim’s Tips

Shaking with a strainer or other fine mesh sieve (strainer) is key to bringing that color though!

Regular white candy melts has a little yellow tint to it, so bright white is best to use. You can also find candy melts at your local craft store.

FAQs

What is the difference between Muddy Buddies and puppy chow?

They are the same thing. When Chex created the original recipe, they branded it as Muddy Buddies.

Why do they call it puppy chow?

The original recipe looks similar to dog food.

Where can I buy candy melts?

You can find candy melts online or at your local craft stores.
I have included links to each color in the recipe and in the post above under ingredients.

Two bunnies on a white bowl with Easter Puppy Chow inside sitting on green grass
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A white ceramic bowl with small bunnies full of the Easter Puppy Chow sitting on green grass

Easter Puppy Chow

Easter Puppy Chow is a perfect sweet and salty Easter dessert recipe. Made with candy melts to get soft pastel colors, this holiday snack or appetizer is beautiful and delicious.
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easter, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings (4 cups total)
Calories: 268kcal

Equipment

Instructions

  • Place each color of candy melts in separate bowls that are large enough to mix the cereal in for each color (I like to use deep soup bowls).
  • Place 1/3 cup powdered sugar in a quart or gallon sized resealable plastic bag.
  • Melt the lightest color (white) of candy melts in the microwave as per package directions. Stir frequently to encourage melting.
  • When fully melted, immediately mix in the Chex mix. (1/2 cup of cereal for white). Gently toss with a spoon to fully coat.
  • Immediately transfer the cereal to the plastic bag with the powdered sugar. Seal and shake. Gently massage the bag from the outside to encourage the cereal to separate, but gentle enough so they do not break.
  • Pour the bag contents into a sieve (fine mesh strainer) over another bowl. Shake to remove excess sugar.
  • Pour the cereal out on a parchment paper or silicone baking mat lined baking sheet to dry. If there are any pieces that were stuck together, you can pull them apart, dunk them into the discarded sugar, and shake again.
  • Let the candy melts that was left behind in the bag dry for a few minutes, then you can crinkle up the bag to remove the candy melts and make it ready for the next color.
  • Repeat the process with the yellow candy melts next, using 1 cup of Chex cereal and fresh powdered sugar.
  • Repeat the process with the pink candy melts next, using 1 cup of Chex cereal and fresh powdered sugar.
  • Repeat the process with the light blue candy melts next, using 1 cup of Chex cereal and fresh powdered sugar.
  • Repeat the process with the purple candy melts next, using 1 cup of Chex cereal and fresh powdered sugar.
  • Mix the colors together, or keep separate, and serve. The puppy chow can be stored in a container or bag for up to 2 days.

Notes

You can use any flavor or variety of Chex cereal that you wish, however rice keeps these gluten free.
Start with the lightest color and work towards the darkest just in case any pieces pick up color from a previous batch in the bag.
Use any ratio of colors that you want.  You need 1 cup of cereal for every 1/2 cup of candy melts and 1/3 cup of powdered sugar.  I got about 6 cups of cereal in an 12 ounce box after pulling out broken pieces.
I like to start melting the next color after I have tossed the previous color in powdered sugar, before shaking in the strainer, to save some time.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving (1/2 cup) | Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 5mg

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By on March 20th, 2023

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Kim has grown up with a passion for cooking good food! You can find her in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes, making dog treats, and eating Italian food!

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