Mint Chocolate Chip Muddy Buddies - FOOD PHOTO SHOOT

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Happy March you guys!

I’ll do you guys a favor and skip talking about how it got here so fast, even though it did, and get right to the recipe today. I don’t know if I’m the only one, but I always seem to forget about any holidays in March because there aren’t any major ones. I honestly don’t consider St. Patrick’s Day much of a holiday, but who am I to pass up a chance to make some Irish recipes and minty chocolate treats? Now that, that I can do.


So I’ve made a few versions of this stuff (btw, what do you call it? I’ve heard it “puppy chow”, “muddy buddies”, and “crack mix”) I’m thinking since the original stuff that you can buy is called muddy buddies, that might be the most common, but I also like to call it puppy chow too. Whatever you call it this stuff is addictive.


So earlier this year a family member was in the hospital for a while. I’m pretty terrible in these kinds of situations, especially when there isn’t much I can do. Well, something I did really enjoy was getting to bring food to those staying at the hospital room for company. My mom probably spent the most time there, so when she asked me to pick up some snacks for the room I was so happy to do that.


I know my mom’s taste pretty well too, so I grabbed some salty sweet type stuff and one of the random items that ended up in my cart were Chex mix muddy buddies. I’ve actually never bought them before so I wasn’t sure about them, however my mom said even though they were probably not the healthiest option, she really enjoyed having them at the time.


Anyway, now that, thankfully, the time at hospitals is passed my mom reminded me that I used to make a version of these addictive treats using oatmeal squares cereal instead of Chex, because at the time we were living in Chile where I couldn’t find Chex cereal. She also hinted that she wouldn’t mind if I felt the need to try making them again. 😉

It was really good with the oatmeal cereal, but I must admit there’s just something way more addictive about the lighter crunch of the Chex. It’s nearly dangerous actually. There are so many flavor combinations I thought of when trying to decide on this recipe but with it being March I thought I’d go for this one.


I know I said this the last time that I made these, but wow they’re so easy and fast. Like, this would be the perfect last-minute treat if you find out you’re having company and don’t have time to make up something more complicated. The ingredients are pretty basic as well and they’re actually an accidentally gluten free treat also.



9 cups rice, wheat, or corn Chex cereal *see note
1 cup (180g) mint baking chips
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 teapoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar for coating
2/3 cup (about 120g) semi-sweet dark chocolate
2 teaspoons coconut oil


  1. Melt butter and mint chips in a medium sauce pan slowly over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt. Pour cereal into a large bowl and pour mixture over it. Use a large rubber spatula to carefully mix and coat all of the cereal pieces.
  2. For the powdered sugar coating you can either use ziplock freezer bags and shake with powdered sugar until coated or just pour it on top and toss gently until coated.
  3. After cereal is coated with powdered sugar, spread it out on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper and melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat until smooth. Drizzle it over the coated cereal pieces then allow it all to dry for at least 1 hour.
  4. Store in an airtight container at room temp.


If you cannot find Chex cereal this recipe can be made with Quaker oatmeal squares cereal instead. **If you prefer to skip the dye, or simply cannot find mint baking chips you can replace them with regular white chocolate and add 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract.


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Your mint chocolate filled my mouth with water. I also want to share mint chocolate with you, I hope you never mind. Mint filled inside this chocolate which also taste so yummy.


Very nice treat for St. Patricks day!

Damn I'm hungry .. The recipe looks great
Thanks for the pictures .. well done

This looks so tasty! The green mint with chocolate chips must be very good. I hope these made you feel better for your family member in the hospital, and I hope they feel better <3. I never knew you could buy chex mix muddy buddies. Nice photos and great lighting. I like the chocolate sauce dropped on them. Have you ever thought of marketing these and packaging them? I could see them flying off of the shelves! Heck, I would buy it.

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Look delicious I miss to taste it

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At first I fell in love with photos and then when I made it to recipe i realized that I could actualy eat those since I could make these without wheat. Thank you :)

did it turn out well for you?

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it was definitely a very tasty recipe which was handy

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Wowww! Looks so Y U M...Y U M... So D E L I C I O U S... :)
You are so Awesome! :)

well, you're awesome for commenting on my post, thanks @amitsharma

I am way into this, I can't wait to try it

so awesome to hear from you @freerunner. I hear that you are under the weather, I hope you get well sooon

Hey @gringalicious.
I know it can be hard when a family member gets admitted, but Its not really as long as you can eat food like this one ;)
Also, I wanted to ask if you're using natural light for your images?

Yes, I always use natural light. Thanks @backpackingmonk!

Muddy Buddies were my thing before kids! I love the delicate Crunch! And the balance of sweetness and salt. We'll, salt because I added pretzels, but anyway, all of that is a no-no in my house now anyways, but always fun to reminisce about food! Yum!

I bought some ingredients today for some possibilities, stay tuned

Cool! Can't wait to hear more! Let me know if you have any questions. Some of that stuff can be finicky to work with. 😊

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Chocolate is the first luxury. It has so many things wrapped up in it: Deliciousness in the moment, childhood memories, and that grin-inducing feeling of getting a reward for being good.

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Tasty and very tantalizing, this is a suitable meal on a weekend holiday.

well, what do you know, its the weekend, so take a go at it @amil92. Thanks for commenting

Lovely color and lovely photos!

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I like the term puppy chow. These look smashing!

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That looks great! I think it's delicious. Although it is very unusual for me, I have not tried. Thank you for your past tips about my blog. I started adding more photos to my posts about cooking, and it really became more interesting and colorful. Come visit, I have a few new recipes. Maybe you'll want to cook them too.

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Hi dear! Happy Saturday ! Those great for weekend! Looks so yummy! We have in Morocco some snacks like this one, the sweet one and other salted, we call them fekass, I will share them soon with you.

thanks so much @creativewoman, sorry I missed this one. Fekass, I would like to know more

Hi again my dear! Soon I will share the recipe with you.

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Looks like delicious, about "crack mix", well its illusory dude, but i liked it:)
Hope better days come..

these are so yummy and beautifully photographed!!

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You had me at mint. Love those things. Everything looks delicious here:) A great treat idea for St, Paddy's:)

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They're a think in the states. Actually becoming more popular recently

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Thanks For Sharing This Recipie.I will try at home.

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I love chocolate. Especially mint chocolate.
I hope this tastes as great as it looks :D

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Oh man this looks so good, I'm such a cereal addict, I get Lucky Charms whenever I can but they stopped selling them here YEARS ago! I don't think we've ever had Chex or the Quaker alternative over here, gutted! Just had a google and apparently Shreddies (which we have here) are like Wheat Chex but a poor substitute for Muddy Buddies. The worst part is I now feel like I MUST find them. Extortionate import shop online here I come!

remind me @skiesandsports, what country are you in now?

England, we're quite lucky in that we CAN get most things imported, but theres usually a hefty premium! Obvs worth it for Lucky Charms and Twinkies!

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haven't heard of a muddy buddie before? but it looks good! mint chocolate chip is one of my favorite flavor combos, great post!

oh, well now I've turned you on to a whole new snack. You can buy them in most US grocery stores at the moment

Perhaps a future post from @doitvoluntarily on how muddy buddies are new fad? LOL Maybe not, Thanks so much for stopping by and saying Hi!

@gringalicious that just looks delicious I will try to reproduce the recipe at some point. Greetings from Venezuela

flakes look great. tasty and sweet as I like. well done. such cereal is in the store. but they are not tasty. good post.

I love your oatmeal cookies and adore chocolate AND mint so guess what I am making to take to a birthday party tomorrow. Yes. These muddy buddies.

My sister is really good at making quick and tasty snacks but she has never made these. Aha!

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Delicious food is very good friend served in while relaxing, thank you for sharing the recipe ..

you are welcome, friend

Now that's something simple and easy to do

I hope you give it a try @teevmoore

Oh, yummmm! You cannot go wrong with mint and chocolate.

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Wow looks delicious, will definitely give this a try for St. Pattys day. Thanks for sharing @journeyfreedom

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Are those Muddy Buddies for me! I could totally use a Muddy Buddy right about now! I was thinking you are way overdue for Travel Pro Comment. Sometimes it get's a little lonely traveling and traveling without a muddy buddy to share it with, so I'll have to find a buddy, as long as they are good and muddy!

Glad to see you are still Kickn' ass and taken' names here on Steemit. So happy and proud of you! From Piura Peru! Your Muddy Buddy! -Dan "World Travel Pro!"

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It's all good. From one Sndboxian to another! I'm just happy to know you! :) Muddy Buddies! lol Love that!

I have never seen anything like what you are presenting here but I am so interested in trying it. I am Thai and as I ma sure you know, our food is very different than this and we do not have many things in the color green except vegetables but as I said earlier I want to give it a try. Is this your own recipe?

Yes, it's my recipe. I love Thai food more than most. Thanks @thaicryptokitty

I am following and will look for other recipes you post. thanks. And glad to hear you love Thai food. I am going to have some right now! Chat soon.

Thank you for sharing this recipe. I looooove the matrimony of mint and chocolate.

thanks so much

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Thank you for the delicious and easy recipe. I was conquered by the green color, it's definitely mint )

I am so glad the green caught your eye

they match your gringalicious logo almost perfectly! haha and look delicious... you have such great presentation on your blogs...any plans for dtube in the future?

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