Hot Chocolate Muddy Buddies
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Hot Chocolate Muddy Buddies Recipe

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Hot Chocolate Muddy Buddies: Chex Party Mix is a crowd favorite that doesn’t require lots of time and effort. It keeps you out of the kitchen, and enjoying the party.

Hot Chocolate Muddy Buddies

Do you have those “go-to” recipes for when you’re hosting a party? I sure do, and you can almost guarantee that they’re recipes that are quick, easy and if possible… made ahead of time.

A Party Favorite | Or Anytime Snack Favorite, Really

When I was a little girl, I fell in love the first time my mom made Muddy Buddies! I watched her make them, and when I realized how easy they were, I started making them myself. From that moment on, it has been a snack that gets made all year long, ESPECIALLY for parties. Whether it’s a savory or sweet recipe, Chex Party Mix is an easy, crowd-favorite recipe to make for the holidays, so I want to share this fun spin on a classic recipe with you.

Hot Chocolate Muddy Buddies Recipe

When thinking about a fun spin to put on the original Muddy Buddies recipe, we took the time of year in to consideration and thought that incorporating “hot chocolate” would be VERY fitting, and potentially delicious! Boy were we right. I can’t wait to share this recipe with you below, and walk you through the quick and easy steps.

Rice Chex with General Mills - Muddy Buddies Recipe


For this recipe, I chose Rice Chex, but you can use Corn Chex or even Chocolate Chex!

I love using ingredients that can shave off time, and Chex is NO exception! Chex gets the party started with recipes made in 15 minutes or less.

Hot cocoa muddy buddies ingredients recipe

Hot Chocolate Muddy Buddies Tutorial

You’ll start by measuring your Chex in to a bowl, and in a separate bowl you’ll melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter, butter, and vanilla.

Hot Cocoa Muddy Buddies Recipe using CHEX

Once melted, you’ll poor the chocolate peanut butter mixture over the top of the Chex.

Hot Chocolate Muddy Buddies Recipe

Stir to coat the Chex, completely.

Coat the Chex with chocolate and peanut butter - muddy buddies

You can then pour them in to a 2-gallon food storage plastic bag, with the powdered sugar and hot chocolate mix! Seal and shake!
(We mixed ours in to a super large bowl, but shaking in a plastic bag is MUCH easier!)

Add powdered sugar in for muddy buddies

Hot Chocolate Mix - Muddy Buddies Recipe with Chex

Hot Chocolate Muddy Buddies Recipe

As much as I love the original Muddy Buddies recipe, I can’t help but swoon over the addition of the hot chocolate mix. It gave it a whole new fun flavor.

Once the Chex are fully coated, toss in some mini marshmallows to bring in a bit more of a “hot chocolate” feel! Then…you’re all set for snacking!

Hot Cocoa Muddy Buddies Recipe

Hot Chocolate Muddy Buddies

Hot Chocolate Muddy Buddies Recipe

Jessica Burgess
Rich chocolate, creamy peanut butter, and sweet powdered sugar cover these Chex mix cereal for a delicious snack! Make this easy recipe for a crowd-pleasing holiday recipe.
4.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 18 servings
Calories 200 kcal


  • 9 cups Rice Chex™ Corn Chex™ or Chocolate Chex™ cereal (or combination)
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 individual serving packets of Hot Chocolate we used .73 oz. packets
  • miniature marshmallows optional
  • crushed peppermint optional


  • In a large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
  • In a 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir.
  • Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.
  • Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag. Add powdered sugar and hot cocoa powder. Seal bag; shake until well coated.
  • Add marshmallows and crushed peppermint candies if desired. Shake.
  • Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.


Serving: 1serving (1/2 cup)Calories: 200kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 3gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 189mgPotassium: 127mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 335IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 5.3mg
Keyword muddy buddies recipe, snack recipe kids, snack recipes sweet
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Creative Tip: Take one of your “go-to” recipes, and add a little spin to mix things up a bit.

Adding a few crushed peppermint candies to the mix was a seasonal touch that brought in the holidays perfectly!

Hot Chocolate Muddy Buddies with Peppermint Candies Recipe

I so hope you enjoy this recipe! But feel free to take a classic Chex Party Mix recipe and add your own personal spin to spread the holiday joy! Visit for more fun recipes like this one!

Hot Chocolate Muddy Buddies

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Hot Chocolate Muddy Buddies Recipe

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