Hot Chocolate Puppy Chow


 Muddy buddies made with Rice Chex, hot chocolate mix, and melted chocolate for an easy holiday or winter snack!  This will be your new favorite version of puppy chow.

Muddy buddies made with Rice Chex, hot chocolate mix, and melted chocolate for an easy holiday or winter snack!  This will be your new favorite version of puppy chow.

Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays!  I am home sweet home again as of Saturday.  I was out of town last week on the greatest vacation ever with Mr. Wishes and our two friends Jake and Cheryl.  We took a beautiful Royal Caribbean cruise to the Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. We had absolutely perfect weather and a blast hanging out together all week.  I think we have some new cruise addicts on our hands.  Cruises really are the best type of vacation:  no agenda, no worrying about driving anywhere or where you have to be and when.  Now that we are home, I feel like Christmas has really snuck on up on me more so than ever after missing that week at home last week.  I’m playing catch up in these last few days I have left, which means baking up a storm, obviously.

One of my all time favorite snack foods around the holidays are muddy buddies, or puppy chow, or whatever you like to call them.  Have you checked out my Peppermint version?  This hot chocolate puppy chow is great cold weather food – or if you live someplace that’s warm year ’round (I’m jealous of you) then you can still enjoy this in your flip-flops and t-shirts while you lay by the pool in the middle of December.  Again…..jealous.  This treat is an explosion of chocolate in every bite.  You really can’t go wrong with delicious hot chocolate mix coating Rice Chex cereal and marshmallows, now can you?

Hot Chocolate Puppy Chow made with Rice Chex, hot chocolate mix, and melted chocolate for an easy Christmas or winter snack!

I hope you have fun plans for Christmas to look forward to and that you make this hot chocolate puppy chow part of your holiday tradition in years to come.  Merry Christmas to you and your families, my friends!

Puppy Chow muddy buddies made with Rice Chex, hot chocolate mix, and melted chocolate for an easy Christmas or cold weather snack!

Hot Chocolate Puppy Chow
Recipe type: dessert, snack
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: about 10 cups
Puppy Chow muddy buddies made with Rice Chex, hot chocolate mix, and melted chocolate for an easy Christmas or winter snack!
  • 8 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 16 ounce bag miniature marshmallows
  • 5 Tbsp instant hot chocolate mix, divided
  • 1 tsp hot water
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or melting chocolates
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup baking cocoa
  1. Combine Rice Chex and marshmallows in a large bowl and mix together.
  2. In a different microwave-safe bowl, stir 1 Tbsp of the hot chocolate mix with the water until the mix is dissolved. Stir in the chocolate chips, butter and cinnamon. Microwave for 1 minute and stir. Continue microwaving in 20 second intervals until mixture is melted and smooth. Stir every 20 seconds. Pour the mixture over the cereal and stir until well coated.
  3. In a different bowl, combine the powdered sugar, the remaining 4 Tbsp of hot cocoa mix and the baking cocoa. Once this has been well mixed, pour the dry ingredients over the chocolate-coated cereal and stir until the cereal is well coated.
  4. Spread in a single layer on waxed paper to cool and then store in an airtight container.
  5. Enjoy!

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These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

18 Responses to “Hot Chocolate Puppy Chow”

  1. December 23, 2014 at 8:05 AM #

    Your vacation sounds amazing! And this puppy chow sounds even better!

  2. December 23, 2014 at 8:09 AM #

    Totally jealous of your cruise 🙂 It sounds like you had a fantastic time!

    I loveee puppy chow … although it’s so dangerous to have in the house – I eat it way too fast!

  3. December 23, 2014 at 8:14 AM #

    You certainly can’t go wrong with a bowl of puppy chow on the table. Happy holidays and sorry I missed you while I was in ROC.

  4. Lora @cakeduchess
    December 23, 2014 at 9:03 AM #

    Perfect little bites of chocolate to enjoy on a cold winter’s day. I’m imagining also a cup of hot cocoa! Merry Christmas to you, Ashley!!

  5. December 23, 2014 at 12:51 PM #

    My daughter brought home puppy chow once and other than that, I’ve never had it – so thank you for this recipe Ashley! Y’alls cruise sounds like it was a blast! Here’s hoping your Christmas is just as much fun!

  6. December 23, 2014 at 1:36 PM #

    Between this and Chex Mix, I am going to be fat and happy all week!

  7. December 23, 2014 at 2:33 PM #

    Welcome home ~ these look like the perfect treat for the holidays!

  8. December 23, 2014 at 2:57 PM #

    I absolutely LOVE puppy chow! I hope you had a fantastic time!

  9. December 23, 2014 at 6:14 PM #

    What a fun and easy treat!

  10. December 23, 2014 at 9:03 PM #

    Now I wanna go on a cruise. Sounds fun! I’d also like some of this to snack on — right now! Yum! Merry Christmas!

  11. December 24, 2014 at 8:26 AM #

    I LOVE puppy chow. I have been making it since I was a kid. I’m totally digging the addition of hot chocolate.

  12. December 24, 2014 at 8:35 AM #

    confession time, I have never made or eaten puppy chow. I always drool when I see it though… I should really get on the ball. This recipe looks great and so easy!

  13. December 24, 2014 at 11:49 AM #

    So my husband was giving me a hard time because I bought a huge container of cocoa mix at our local club store… and NOW I know what to do with it (besides drink it of course..) Such a perfect sweet treat! Merry Christmas Ashley!

  14. December 24, 2014 at 12:52 PM #

    Ugh. I hate seeing these delicious looking puppy chow recipes – because I’m jealous I can’t make then! We don’t have Chex Mix over here. :'( It looks great, though! Happy holidays. 🙂

  15. December 24, 2014 at 2:25 PM #

    Totally one of my favorite snacks!

  16. December 26, 2014 at 5:52 PM #

    yay! I hope you had a great Christmas!! This puppy chow is so brilliant-looove that you used hot cocoa mix!

  17. December 29, 2014 at 3:26 PM #

    Puppy chow is the best! Love this twist on it. It’s so fun to play around with the flavor combinations.

  18. January 2, 2015 at 3:11 PM #

    If I started snacking on this, I don’t think I could stop.

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