Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow


Puppy chow, or muddy buddies, snack mix gets a festive twist with pumpkin spice Hershey kisses, Rice Chex cereal, and Pumpkin Pie Spice.  Be warned – this stuff is dangerously good!

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies) Recipe. Perfect for Halloween or fall!

I don’t think I know a single person who doesn’t love puppy chow (AKA Muddy Buddies or “trash”, whatever you might call it).  And if you happen to be one of those people who doesn’t like it, don’t even tell me.  I don’t want to know that I live in a world with people who don’t like this stuff.

Halloween is coming up in a few weeks and I love that it somehow makes it acceptable for me to make treats and sweets all month long.  For instance, this pumpkin spice puppy chow…and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies….and pumpkin cinnamon rolls…..and homemade donuts….yeah, I’m definitely gonna get fat if I keep this up.

This is the first year I’ve heard of the Pumpkin Spice Hershey’s kisses, but apparently they have been around for a few years.  I found mine at my local grocery store but have done my research and see that there are Walmarts that sell them, as well as Target.  They are only seasonal and they are my new favorite Hershey’s kisses.  You must try them!

This is great just the way it is, but would even make for a perfect mix with some peanuts, pretzels, candy corn and/or M&Ms with it.  You can really get creative with this.  If you’re serving it at a party or the likes and making it ahead of time, I recommend keeping it at room temperature so the sugar doesn’t get all “funny”.  I made it for a baby shower and everyone loved it!

Now I just have to be careful not to eat this all in one sitting the next time I make it.  These little devils are addicting!  Have a wonderful weekend…

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies) Recipe. Perfect for Halloween or fall!

Pumpkin Spice Hershey's Kisses

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow
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Puppy chow, or muddy buddies, snack mix gets a festive twist with pumpkin spice Hershey kisses, Rice Chex cereal, and Pumpkin Pie Spice. Be warned – this stuff is dangerously good!
  • 1 10 oz bag pumpkin spice Hershey's kisses
  • 1 Tbsp shortening
  • 8 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice, plus more for sprinkling
  1. In a gallon size freezer bag, combine the powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice. Set aside. Pour the chex into a large bowl.
  2. In a double boiler, melt the pumpkin spice 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).
  3. Pour the melted kisses over the chex cereal and stir until evenly coated. Add the cereal to the bag with the powdered sugar and shake until all of the rice chex are coated.
  4. Sprinkle with a little extra pumpkin pie spice before serving.

Recipe source:  adapted from whatmegansmaking.com

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40 Responses to “Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow”

  1. October 4, 2013 at 1:08 AM #

    Not only did you make puppy chow (which is SO darn delicious) you added your very own Fall twist on it?! You are my mind reader and the coolest person in the world right now. I’m coming over and eating this! 😛

    • October 4, 2013 at 1:42 AM #

      Come on over! haha!

  2. October 4, 2013 at 1:17 AM #

    What a great pumpkin twist on puppy chow!

  3. October 4, 2013 at 6:33 AM #

    How did you manage to make puppy chow even better?! LOVE!

    • October 4, 2013 at 9:36 AM #

      haha thanks! I do like this better than “original” for some reason 🙂

  4. Melissa
    October 4, 2013 at 9:31 AM #

    Bring me some!!!!

    • October 4, 2013 at 9:38 AM #

      It has all been consumed 🙁 It was for a baby shower.

  5. October 4, 2013 at 10:22 AM #

    Um, how did I not know that Pumpkin Spice Kisses are a thing? Awesome! This sounds so good!

    • October 4, 2013 at 9:17 PM #

      It’s OK – I didn’t know either until this year!

  6. October 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM #

    YUM I never would’ve thought to melt those babies! They are so good so I can imagine they taste awesome in this recipe. I bet they would be good in a cookie too. Hmmmm

    • October 4, 2013 at 9:17 PM #

      OK now I want to put them in cookies!

  7. October 4, 2013 at 11:14 AM #

    What a cool fall twist on puppy chow! Love it! (: Puppy chow is so yummy.

  8. October 4, 2013 at 11:55 AM #

    Would you believe a friend of mine just introduced me to muddy buddies last week when she gave me some, along with the recipe! Needless to say, what’s not to love. Great idea to put this spin on it!

    • October 4, 2013 at 9:17 PM #

      No way! Too funny!

  9. October 4, 2013 at 2:45 PM #

    I love these puppy chows with a little twist!
    No wonder they are dangerously addictive:)

    • October 4, 2013 at 9:16 PM #

      Oh they most definitely are!

  10. October 4, 2013 at 4:27 PM #

    I love puppy chow, love this creative twist. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    • October 4, 2013 at 9:16 PM #

      Thanks for commenting!

  11. October 4, 2013 at 7:02 PM #

    Okay…so I have never heard of ‘puppy chow’ and was quite certain you had made something to be fed to dogs. I take it I’m off on a tangent! I would like to try this but we don’t have that kind of cereal here! The challenges of being Down Under! xx

    • October 4, 2013 at 9:16 PM #

      I was afraid someone would think it was a treat for dogs! haha!

  12. October 4, 2013 at 7:19 PM #

    Perfect Halloween-y and fall treat recipe, Ashley! It’s time to break out those Pumpkin Spice Kisses, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing, girl. Puppy Chow, I don’t think could get much better for those who love all thinks pumpkin and spice!

  13. October 4, 2013 at 7:21 PM #

    Of course, I meant to say all “things” pumpkin and spice. Just goes to show what I’m “thinking” about right now…your Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow, LOL!

    • October 4, 2013 at 9:15 PM #

      Oh I knew what you meant, girl! Thanks!!

  14. October 4, 2013 at 7:28 PM #

    What a festive idea for puppy chow! Love the hershey kisses and the pumpkin pie spice here Ashley. Happy Friday! 🙂

    • October 4, 2013 at 9:14 PM #

      Thank you, Anne!

  15. October 5, 2013 at 3:26 AM #

    I’ve never tried these because we don’t have them over here :(( Looks so good though! I’d be able to eat all of them by myself 😉 Happy weekend! x

    • October 5, 2013 at 5:56 PM #

      Awww what a bummer!!

  16. October 5, 2013 at 11:50 AM #

    Puppy chow is something I’ve never made, but I think your pumpkin spice version may turn me to the dark puppy side!

    • October 5, 2013 at 5:56 PM #

      This was my first time making it!

  17. October 6, 2013 at 4:25 PM #

    What a fun twist on the puppy chow and so perfect for gatherings and Fall season. I crave for pumpkin spices treat a lot especially this time of the year. Thanks for sharing this simple and fun recipe.

  18. October 8, 2013 at 12:37 AM #

    I love this fun twist on a favorite of mine!! 😉

    • October 8, 2013 at 12:52 AM #

      Thanks! It was fun to eat, too 🙂

  19. October 12, 2014 at 9:08 AM #

    Don’t you just love those Hershey kisses! And I love puppy chow too!


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