Candy Cane Puppy Chow

Who doesn’t love a good puppy chow? (AKA “Muddy Buddies” or “trash”, whatever you might call it).  NO, this is not food you feed to your pet (because I know someone will ask….they always do) :)  I made a pumpkin spice version of this back in October for Halloween with pumpkin spice Hershey’s kisses.  When I saw these fun candy cane striped Kisses, I knew I had to make a Christmas version of puppy chow.

This is such a simple and fun recipe and would be a great addition to any family or friends gathering for the holidays.  My husband doesn’t even care for peppermint and he still thought this was great!

P.s. Did you have a chance to enter my giveaway from Monday? Don’t miss out on this one!

Candy Cane Puppy Chow Recipe (also known as muddy buddies or Trash).  Great Christmas idea!

Candy Cane Puppy Chow Recipe (also known as muddy buddies or Trash).  Great Christmas idea!


6 cups rice Chex cereal
1 Tbsp shortening
1 bag (10 ounces) Candy Cane Hershey’s Kisses
1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar


In a gallon size freezer bag, pour in the powdered sugar. Set aside. Pour the rice chex into a large bowl.

In a double boiler (can also use microwave), melt the Hershey’s kisses until smooth and creamy. If the mixture seems too thick, you can add the shortening to thin it out a little (I did this). Pour the melted kisses over the chex cereal in the bowl and stir until evenly coated.  Stir carefully as not to break the chex  Add the cereal to the bag with the powdered sugar and shake until all of the rice chex are evenly coated.   Put some candy canes around the bowl when serving, for decoration.  Enjoy!

- Craving more? Sign up for the Wishes & Dishes Newsletter for a fresh serving of content delivered every week to your inbox! And stay in touch on Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest and Instagram for all of the latest updates!
Print Friendly

You Might Also Like...

Tags: , , , , , ,


These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, hiking, running, singing, animals, cruises, Disney World, , dining out, the Christmas season, fireworks, weddings, storms, 80's music, musicals, and my favorite pastime has always been baseball. Go Yankees!

29 Responses to “Candy Cane Puppy Chow”

  1. December 11, 2013 at 6:39 AM #

    Yay for puppy chow, the best snack ever! Your version looks delicious :)

    • December 11, 2013 at 1:19 PM #

      Thank you, Jennifer!

  2. December 11, 2013 at 8:49 AM #

    Those candy cane kisses are dangerously addictive. I like the idea of using them for puppy chow, but I’d still be tempted to eat the whole batch!

    • December 11, 2013 at 1:14 PM #

      They are really good!

  3. December 11, 2013 at 9:36 AM #

    Those are the best looking puppy chow I’ve ever seen. Happy Holidays!

    • December 11, 2013 at 1:14 PM #

      Thanks, Monica!! Happy holidays to you, as well.

  4. December 11, 2013 at 9:48 AM #

    the perfect lil snack to set out for Christmas!!!

  5. December 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM #

    I love those Candy Cane kisses, aren’t they good?!! I have made 4 batches of puppy chow over the weekend but I really wish I had some of these to enjoy!

    • December 11, 2013 at 1:13 PM #

      Yes they’re awesome!

  6. December 11, 2013 at 2:31 PM #

    Hmm, I have never heard of puppy chow. Or muddie buddies. Trash I am familiar with, but not this kind, haha. It looks super festive and yummy! :)

  7. December 11, 2013 at 3:15 PM #

    I need a great holiday snack so this seems perfect!

    • December 11, 2013 at 4:15 PM #

      It’s so good!!

  8. December 11, 2013 at 4:33 PM #

    This looks super fun and festive, I looove it! ;–)

  9. December 12, 2013 at 3:15 AM #

    This is such a festive puppy chow! Love the candy cane idea Ashley! Delish! :)

  10. December 14, 2013 at 4:09 PM #

    This is so pretty with the candy can speckles! I love holiday treats like this.

    • December 14, 2013 at 10:32 PM #

      Thanks so much Lisa !

  11. December 14, 2013 at 9:37 PM #

    Wow that sounds upper easy and has great holiday flavours and very addicting. Maybe it is just a problem with my internet here in China but your website is not fully displayed. I will try again later. Wishing you a super holiday. BAM

    • December 14, 2013 at 10:30 PM #

      It’s not your internet. I am changing over to a dedicated server and my site isn’t fully functioning right now but it should be soon I hope! Thanks for the comment!

  12. December 16, 2013 at 3:48 PM #

    This looks so yummy and very festive !

  13. December 22, 2013 at 12:23 AM #

    This is so cute and holiday-y! Love the simple recipe, too.

  14. December 22, 2013 at 3:46 PM #

    Love any kind of puppy chow, but this peppermint version looks especially yummy!

  15. Jeanne
    December 24, 2013 at 3:07 PM #

    Of everything I baked/made this year, this was my all time favorite- and simplest ever. Hint: I discovered that after it has set, you can pour it into a colander over the sink and shake out the excess powdered sugar- still yummy. I used the microwave and didn’t need the shortening. Thank you!

    • December 24, 2013 at 3:22 PM #

      Thank you so much for letting me know!im so glad you liked it!

Leave a Reply

  • RSS
  • Subscibe to Email
  • Facebook
  • Twitter