A bowl of candy is like a pot of gold (I know, wrong holiday). Whenever you see a bowl of candy especially around Halloween, there is this sort of glow about it. Heavily regarded and often demolished in no time. Now shift gears to a snack mix. They are a dime a dozen and usually involve some salty and sweet components that are also demolished one handful at a time.

Shift back to Halloween (two hops this time). I wanted to get a Halloween snack mix together that was both addicting and nostalgic. A perfect addition to a Halloween party, movie night or passed around a campfire. I thought about the snack mix I had as a kid. Known to many as Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow. Chocolate covered cereal tossed in powdered sugar. Who created this and why don’t they have a Nobel Peace Prize?

This following recipe is a great mix of the classic Muddy Buddy and the simple delights of a Halloween candy bowl. Feel free to get creative with your own and add and subtract parts as necessary. There are no wrong answers here. Live your best Halloween life.

BEWARE: This is a messy project so….enjoy it! But do have a good kitchen cleaning product nearby. Before you begin, here are some headaches to avoid.

  • Use a new Zip-loc or paper bag ever time you shake in the powdered sugar.
  • You need 1 cup of cereal/pretzels for every 1/2 cup of candy melts and 1/3 cup of powdered sugar. 
  • Don’t use too much powdered sugar or too little. Too much and you end up with snow covered snacks. Too little and you end up with brittle. See my photo below for those mistakes.
Too much on the left and too little on the right.

Lastly I used coating chocolate from Michael’s. They had black, purple, green and orange that happened to be PUMPKIN SPICE! It was a good day. Click each color to see exactly what I used.


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  • 4 cups Chex cereal

  • 2 cups Peanut butter filled pretzels

  • 2 cups Pumpkin spice/orange coating chocolate

  • 1 cups Black coating chocolate

  • 2 cups Powdered sugar

  • 1/2 cup Reese’s Pieces

  • 1 cup Chopped Kit Kats or Pumpkin Pie Kit Kats


  • Place 1/3 cup of powdered sugar in a Zip-Loc bag or brown paper bag. Have multiple bags setup.
  • Melt the pumpkin spice or orange coating chocolate in the microwave based on the instructions. Stir frequently to help the melting process.
  • Once melted, immediately mix in the Chex cereal (1 cup of cereal per 1/2 cup of melts). Gently toss/stir with a rubber spatula to fully coat.
  • Transfer the cereal to the bag with powdered sugar and shake gently to coat with powdered sugar. Carefully work the cereal to separate.
  • Pour the now coated cereal into a fine mesh strainer and shake off as much of the excess sugar.
  • Pour the cereal on to a lined baking sheet and let it dry out for 30-40 minutes. Pull apart any cereal pieces still stuck together.
  • Repeat the same process with the black coating chocolate and peanut butter filled pretzels.
  • Once the cereal and pretzels have fully dried, mix together in a large bowl. Add in the chopped Kit Kats and Reese’s Pieces.

Any questions, please let me know!

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