Cake Batter Puppy Chow Snack Mix is a doggone good crispy chocolate-covered snack mix with the flavor of cake batter built in! Also known as Muddy Buddies but everyone will call them addictingly delicious! 

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Pastel colored Cake Batter Puppy Chow snack mix in a yellow bowl

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Cake Batter Puppy Chow Snack Mix

Sometimes you need a quick snack recipe…….and today’s your lucky day………I’ve got you covered!  Do you have 10 minutes?  Then I have a super easy snack mix that kids and adults will devour!

Growing up, we made my mom’s puppy chow recipe for every party or family gathering.  The cereal coated with melted chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar was a snack mix that hardly anyone could resist.  And the reason behind the funny name is apparent to anyone who had ever fed their dog the white powdered Purina Puppy Chow.

Despite the name, this puppy chow recipe is NOT for dogs somewhere along the line, it’s also become known as Muddy Buddies.  Regardless of what you call it, everyone will call it addictingly delicious

a pile of pastel colored cake batter puppy chow snack mix

More Puppy Chow Recipes

Since this is the age of food blogging and pinterest, old recipes get new twists with modern flavors and puppy chow recipes are no exception!  A quick glance around the web and you can find…..

Andes Mint Puppy Chow,   Cherry Vanilla Puppy ChowButterfinger Muddy BuddiesPeppermint Crunch Puppy ChowChocolate Covered Strawberry Muddy BuddiesChocolate Coconut Chex MixCream Cheese and Carrot Cake Muddy BuddiesS’mores Snack MixMocha Cappucino Puppy ChowLemon Puppy ChowBiscoff Sandy BuddiesBailey’s Irish Cream Puppy Chow just to name a few

multi-colored Cake Batter Puppy Chow snack mix in a bowl

Make Puppy Chow Mix Taste Like Cake Batter

A good mom lets you lick the beaters……a GREAT mom turns them off first!

That little quote always makes me laugh.  I remember the fun times in the kitchen when I was growing up and my mom would hand me the beaters.  Cake batter was always one of my favorites, and still is!  Only now, I have to fight my own children for the beaters!

Since I’m a little obsessed with the flavor of cake batter I decided to whip up a batch of Cake Batter Puppy Chow and use pastel-colored candy melts to give it a Spring/Easter feel, but you can certainly make it just using white bark or candy melts.  The cake batter flavor comes from shaking the chocolate-coated candy in dry cake mix as well as powdered sugar!

Cake Batter Puppy Chow snack mix recipe on a blue napkin

How To Heat Treat Raw Flour or Cake Mix

According to the CDC eating, raw/uncooked flour or cake mix can cause food poisoning.  So you will need to heat treat the cake mix in this recipe since it contains flour to ensure that any potential bacteria is not present in the cake mix.  You can use this treatment for edible cookie dough as well.

Heat treat flour using the microwave: Simply place the cake mix (or flour) in a microwave-safe bowl. It’s a good idea to heat a little more cake mix (or flour) than your recipe calls for as you might have some burns or clumps to remove. Place the bowl of cake mix in the microwave and cook on high in 30-second bursts, stirring in between each burst until it reaches 165° F. Making sure to stir well will help keep the flour or cake mix from burning. After a few bursts in the microwave use a thermometer to test the cake mix (or flour) to ensure each has reached 165° F, if it has not reached 165° continue cooking and stirring in 30-bursts checking the temperature each time.


Possibly my favorite snack mix ever.  I would love to hear if you’ve made a fun flavor of Puppy Chow Snack Mix!

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Cake Batter Puppy Chow Snack Mix Recipe

Cake Batter Puppy Chow Snack Mix Recipe

Yield: 5 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Cake Batter Puppy Chow Snack Mix is a doggone good crispy chocolate-covered snack mix with the flavor of cake batter built in!


  • 10 ounces white chocolate candy melts or almond bark (*see notes for multicolor)
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • 5 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups dry yellow cake mix (heat treat 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup multicolor jimmies/sprinkles


  1. Heat Treat Cake Mix (to eliminate potential bacteria in raw flour). place 2 cups of the cake mix in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high in 30-second bursts, stirring in between each burst until it reaches 165° F.
  2. Place powdered sugar and cake mix into a large paper bag or large plastic container with a lid, and shake to mix evenly and set aside.
  3. Melt bark (or candy melts) according to the package directions, adding vegetable shortening. This will help make the coating a little thinner and easier to pour and cover cereal.
  4. Place cereal in a large bowl. Carefully pour warm white chocolate mixture over cereal. Gently, stir with a spatula, trying not to break the cereal pieces. Fold in sprinkles.
  5. Add chocolate-covered cereal to bag or container with dry mix, close bag or container, and shake until cereal is evenly coated.
  6. Discard excess powder and enjoy! Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks


** To make multi-color puppy chow: I used 3 colors (pink, purple and blue) of white chocolate melting chips. Melt 3.5 ounces of each color, adding a little less than a teaspoon of shortening to each. Divide the 5 cups of cereal into 3 bowls. Pour one color of candy melts over one bowl of cereal, add sprinkles, then toss all three colors of candy-coated cereal into powdered sugar cake mix to coat.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 174Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 134mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 0gSugar: 18gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, and freshness of ingredients used.

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