Whether you call them Candy Corn Muddy Buddies or Candy Corn Puppy Chow, this no bake fall dessert is guaranteed to be a hit!
Candy Corn Puppy Chow Recipe
Alright, so candy corn itself can be pretty polarizing but I think we can all agree that those cute little candies are a fall staple.
Whether you chose to include candy corn in your candy corn Chex mix, or just use the yellow, orange and white color palette, this dessert will still have a candy corn theme to it. I personally think it’s super cute to add them in and if people don’t like candy corn, they can just pick them out of their serving.
Usually, muddy buddies are made with a mixture of melted chocolate and peanut butter before coating them in powdered icing sugar – and they are notoriously addictive!
This version instead relies on orange, yellow and white candy melts to achieve it’s fun colors before being coated in powdered icing sugar, but is still absolutely delicious. It will be one of the first desserts to disappear from your dessert table!
This is also a great recipe to have the kids help make – my daycare kids LOVE helping shake up the bag of powdered sugar after we add the candy-coated cereal. (And they usually sneak a couple taste tests in, too!)
How long do muddy buddies last? If stored in a covered container or ziptop bag at room temperature, these muddy buddies will stay fresh for one week.
Do I have to use Chex cereal to make puppy chow? No, but I personally think it is the best option for making this recipe. You can opt for their Rice or Gluten-free version, if that is a concern. If you can’t find Chex locally, you can use Crispx or Shreddies cereals for a similar result, or change things up and use Captain Crunch or Cheerios!
This no bake dessert mix is perfect for parties, movie nights, or even a classroom treat if you package up 1/3 cup portions in cute festive cellophane bags. These candy corn bags would be perfect!
Candy Corn Puppy Chow Ingredients
- Yellow Candy Melts
- White Candy Melts
- Orange Candy Melts
- Shortening, if needed
- Chex cereal
- Powdered Icing Sugar
- Candy Corn, optional
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: you can use pumpkin spice candy melts in place of the orange candy melts for a festive flavor, and white chocolate chips in place of the white candy melts, if desired.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Three microwave-safe bowls
- Large ziptop bags
- Cookie Sheet
How to Make Candy Corn Puppy Chow
Grease or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Place the yellow candy melts in a small microwave-safe bowl and heat for 35 seconds. Stir and reheat as needed. If they seem stiff, add some shortening to loosen it up.
Stir in 1 to 1 1/2 cups of the Chex cereal and coat completely.
Place 1/3 cup of the powdered icing sugar in a large zip-top bag and add in the candy-coated cereal.
Close the bag and shake well to fully coat the cereal with sugar.
Empty the cereal onto the prepared baking sheet.
Repeat with the white candy melts and orange candy melts.
Let dry for an hour before packaging or serving.
Add the candy corn and toss to mix.
Grab your free printable for our candy corn puppy chow recipe:
- 1/3 cup yellow candy melts
- 1/3 cup white candy melts or white chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup orange candy melts
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons shortening, if needed
- 4-5 cups Chex cereal
- 1 cup powdered icing sugar
- 1/2 cup candy corn
- Grease or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the yellow candy melts in a small microwave-safe bowl and heat for 35 seconds. Stir and reheat as needed. If they seem stiff, add some shortening to loosen it up.
- Stir in 1 to 1 1/2 cups of the Chex cereal and coat completely.
- Place 1/3 cup of the powdered icing sugar in a large zip-top bag and add in the candy-coated cereal.
- Close the bag and shake well to fully coat the cereal with sugar.
- Empty the cereal onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Repeat with the white candy melts and orange candy melts.
- Let dry for an hour before packaging or serving.
- Add the candy corn and toss to mix.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 305mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 2gSugar: 26gProtein: 3g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
I hope your family loves this super simple dessert recipe as much as mine does!