I have some very fond memories with my grandma and aunts making cookies and muddy buddies for Christmas and family get-togethers. The muddy buddies barely made it out to the party without us eating most of what we made. There are so many different varieties that you can make, but I think these mint muddy buddies are my favorite!
When I tell you that this rarely makes it out of the kitchen, I’m not lying. Once it cools and is ready to eat – WE EAT. If you want to get some of this mint flavored treat, you gotta be fast. The trick is to make it alone and then package it ASAP to give out as gifts. It works. Sometimes.
What are muddy buddies?
Muddy buddies are rice cereal coated in different chocolates and flavorings, then covered in powdered sugar. They are often served as a party treat or gift but they can be enjoyed at any time. Muddy buddies have many different names and depending on where you are from, you may call them something different. No matter what you call them, they are delicious nonetheless! You may also know them by the names:
- Puppy chow
- Monkey munch
- Muddy munch
- Reindeer chow
- Doggy bag
Andes mint muddy buddy ingredients
These Andes mint muddy buddies only require 3 ingredients! And there is a good chance you already have all of them in your pantry. I love recipes that don’t require a ton of ingredients because it’s probably going to be pretty inexpensive to make. Here’s what you need:
- Chex cereal
- Andes Mint Chocolates
- Powdered Sugar
- Cocoa powder, optional
Chex cereal – Chex cereal is a brand of rice, checkered pattern cereal. You don’t have to use the Chex brand, you can use the local store brand if you’d like to save on the cost. You can pick any flavor you’d like as well. I like to use the plain, but honey or even the cinnamon version would be fun to use.
Andes mints – Andes chocolate mints are a chocolate candy that have a creamy mint center and can be found in the candy aisle of your local grocery store. You will need a cup of the mints, so make sure not to eat them all before you make this treat.
Powdered sugar – Powdered sugar, also known as confectioners sugar, is soft and almost feels like flour. You will want to use this over granulated sugar because the flavor and texture will be off if you use the granulated sugar. Regular sugar won’t stick to the melted chocolate at all either.
Cocoa powder – This is optional but really enhances the chocolate flavor!
How to make mint puppy chow
Andes mint muddy buddies don’t take much time at all to make. You will probably have a prep time of about 5 minutes and it will take you another 5 to 10 minutes to make. Here’s what you do:
Step 1: First, you are going to want to get your powdered sugar and place it in a gallon sized ziplock bag and set off to the side.
Step 2: Next, you will measure your Chex cereal with a measuring cup and dump it in a large mixing bowl.
Step 3: Open all of your Andes chocolates and place them in a small microwave-safe bowl and melt for 25 seconds. Stir and reheat as needed.
Step 4: Pour the melted Andes chocolates over the Chex cereal and stir until all the cereal is eventually coated.
Step 5: Scoop the Chex cereal into the bag with the powdered icing sugar, then seal and shake to coat the cereal completely with the powdered icing sugar.
Step 6: Pour the powdered sugar-coated cereal onto a cookie sheet and allow the chocolate coating to set completely, approximately 30 minutes, before storing or serving.
Why is this called muddy buddies?
Muddy buddies is quite a silly name, isn’t it? Although I’m not 100% sure why they are called this, I speculate it’s called muddy buddies because the chocolate and peanut butter mixed together looks like mud. For these Andes mint muddy buddies, it would just be the chocolate making it look like mud.
How many Andes do I need for this recipe?
Your will approximately 1 cup which is about 12 chocolate mints. If you start coating your chex mix with the chocolate mints and you can tell it’s not enough, you can always melt more and add it to your chex mix. Its ok if it ends up being a little more than you need, it’ll just be a little extra thick on the chex.
What type of chex do I need?
There are lots of types of chex mix and even lots of different brands. Don’t get overwhelmed with all the different varieties, It all comes down to personal preference. You can use whatever brand and kind you’d like and it won’t affect the flavor and taste of your Andes mint muddy buddies.
How to store leftovers
To store your leftover Andes muddy buddies, you will want to place them in an airtight container or a ziplock bag and leave them at room temperature. They will stay fresh for about 10 days, possibly a little longer depending on how airtight they are sealed.
Can I freeze it?
Unfortunately, this is one recipe that you can’t freeze. If you were to try to freeze your Andes mint muddy buddies, they would get extremely hard. As I stated above, you can store your Andes mint muddy buddies at room temperature, so you won’t really have a need to freeze them.
Other muddy buddy recipes to try
Didn’t you just absolutely love this muddy buddies recipe?! Here are a few more to try that you will love just as much!
- White chocolate muddy buddies
- Strawberry shortcake muddy buddies
- Lemon bar muddy buddy
- Scotcheroo muddy buddies
- 4 cups Chex cereal
- 1 cup Andes Mint Chocolates (approximately 12 mints)
- 1 cup Powdered Icing Sugar
- Place powdered icing sugar in a gallon-sized ziptop bag and set aside.
- Measure Chex cereal into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
- Place Andes chocolates in a small microwave-safe bowl and melt for 25 seconds. Stir and reheat as needed.
- Pour the melted Andes chocolates over the Chex cereal and stir to coat.
- Scoop the Chex cereal into the bag with the powdered icing sugar, then seal and shake to coat the cereal completely with the powdered icing sugar.
- Pour the powdered sugar-coated cereal onto a cookie sheet and allow the chocolate coating to set completely, approximately 30 minutes, before
storing or serving.