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Mint chocolate puppy chow, or thin mint muddy buddies, is a fun and festive recipe to make for the holidays. You can whip mint puppy chow up in about ten minutes and you’ll love how sweet, crunchy and tasty it is. You don’t need many ingredients to make Andes mint muddy buddies, and everyone is going to find this snack irresistible.

A wooden spoon topped with chocolate and green sprinkles, perfect for making muddy buddies or puppy chow.

This crunchy concoction of mints, chocolate chips, Chex cereal, butter, and sugar (along with optional mix-ins) is ideal for the holidays. It’s colorful, appealing and will disappear quick!

If you’re looking for more fun and festive treats, try the recipes for crinkle Grinch cookies or Christmas mug cake! Or what about these pancake nachos for your Christmas breakfast!

A tray of chocolate muddy buddies with a wooden spoon.

Why You’ll Love It

Easy to make:  It only takes about ten minutes to make this muddy buddies snack and you probably already have most of the ingredients for it.
Great for a crowd: Make a big bowl of this is you have friends or family coming over. It’s easy (and probably a good idea) to double or triple the recipe because everyone will love it.
Customizable: You can mix and match what goes into the puppy chow, considering add-ins like creamy peanut butter chips, mini marshmallows, chocolate Chex or corn Chex, and anything else you like.

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Ingredients for Muddy Buddies

You’ll need Andes mints, chocolate chips, butter, Chex cereal, and powdered sugar to make this crunchy texture muddy buddies recipe.

Mint Chocolate Puppy Chow Recipe.

How to Make Chocolate Mint Puppy Chow

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Make the melted chocolate mixture:  Put the mints, chocolate chips and butter in a large mixing bowl and microwave in increments until everything is melted.
Add the other ingredients: Fold in the Chex cereal and stir until evenly coated and then add the powdered sugar.
Let the puppy chow mix set: With the lid (or foil) on the bowl, give it a good shake, and then let the puppy chow cool on a sheet of aluminum foil or parchment paper.
The finishing touches: Put the classic muddy buddies mixture in a serving bowl, add any optional mix-ins you want, and then serve the party mix to your hungry guests!

A close-up of a pile of chocolate and green sprinkles, perfect for creating irresistible Andes mint muddy buddies.

Substitutions and Variations

This Chez puppy chow recipe can be tweaked to your heart’s content, adding in anything from peanut butter chips to mini marshmallows, a cereal other than Chex cereal, and you can use another kind of mint in place of the Andes mints in this sweet treat, or simply omit them.

A bowl of chocolate crinkle chowder and a glass of milk, perfect for enjoying with Andes mint muddy buddies.

Broken up candy canes would work in this mint chocolate muddy buddy too, or you could include green and/or red M&Ms or chopped mint cookies to contrast with the dark ingredients, or a pinch of salt to balance out the sweetness from the sugar.

How to Serve

This puppy chow snack mix is perfect served with your favorite festive drinks, perhaps chocolate cake cocktails or Santa’s hat cocktails. You might want to try some festive bark recipes. I love apple caramel pretzel bark and also cranberry pistachio white chocolate bark.

A wooden spoon filled with chocolate and mint sprinkles.

How to Store Andes Mint Muddy Buddies

Store:  The chocolate mint muddy buddies should stay fresh and crunchy for a week or two weeks if kept at room temperature in an airtight container.
Freeze:  Don’t freeze this Andes mint puppy chows recipe, because it will just become soggy.

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Andes Mint Puppy Chow FAQs

Where do the names Puppy Chow and Muddy Buddies come from?

The name puppy chow stuck to this Chex mix recipe because of its resemblance to dog food. The classic muddy buddies recipe was made with either Chex cereal or Crispix cereal, which are both gluten-free as they’re made from rice or corn. The reason this dish is also called muddy buddies is that’s another name referring to pups that get muddy after walking and playing. But don’t worry – this party mix is puppy chow (and muddy buddies) in name only!

How do you get the chocolate perfectly melted?

The best way to ensure the right texture is to melt the chocolate chips for 30 seconds, stir it and give it ten more seconds, then repeat until it’s melted, stirring well each time. Although the mints melt well, overheating them can mess up the chocolate, and then you’ll have to throw the whole thing out and start over.

A tray of chocolate cheesy chowder with green sprinkles, inspired by muddy buddies recipe.

Muddy Buddies Puppy Chow Recipe

5 from 43 votes

Mint Chocolate Puppy Chow

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Delicious mint chips and Andes Mints combine into a delicious Muddy Buddy treat. Mint chocolate puppy chow is a delicious and easy treat!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 11 minutes
Servings: 7 servings


  • 1 Cup Andes Mints, roughly chopped
  • 1 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon salted butter
  • 7 Cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 2 Cups powdered sugar

Optional Mix-Ins:

  • mint-flavored cookies, chopped
  • Andes mint candies, or mint-flavored baking chunks
  • green M&Ms


  • Place the chopped Andes Mints, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and salted butter in a large, microwave-safe bowl.
  • Heat on high in the microwave for 30 seconds and then stir well. If any unmelted chocolate remains, continue heating in 10 to 15 second increments and stirring well until it is smooth and melted. Do not overheat.
  • Add the Chex cereal and gently fold it until it is coated with chocolate.
  • Sprinkle on ½ of the powdered sugar and shake the bowl as much as possible before adding the other ½ of the powdered sugar.
  • Seal the bowl with a lid or wrap it well with aluminum foil, and then shake the bowl to combine the cereal and sugar until uniformly coated. Gently break up any clumps if needed and shake again.
  • Spread the muddy buddies out on a large sheet of aluminum foil or parchment paper and allow them to set completely.
  • When ready to serve, transfer to a large serving bowl and fold in any optional mix-ins you desire.


Calories: 574kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 252mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 63g | Vitamin A: 563IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 12mg
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This delicious chocolate mint and Chex cereal party mix is perfect for any party and is one of the best sweet snacks you can make. It’s quick and easy to prepare and you can mix and match what you put into it for contrasting flavors and textures. This unusual twist on muddy buddy recipes boasts chocolate, mint and cereal, giving it plenty of fun, festive flair. Whether Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day or any day, they are a delicious treat to try.

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.


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  1. 5 stars
    Mint and chocolate will go down as one of the best classic flavor combos! So good!