Recipe for Muddy Buddies – Peppermint Flavored
This snack has it ALL: it’s easy to make (for adults and kids!), fast, inexpensive, and–most of all–delicious. (Ok, so it’s not healthy, but you can’t have everything!)
It’s a great treat to make to occasionally put in your kiddo’s lunch or take to a last-minute holiday party. This peppermint puppy chow mix recipe is also a fun “cooking” project for those long winter days when you absolutely have to have something to entertain your kid or they’ll go stir-crazy (not that I have experience with that!).
This recipe for muddy buddies is a great twist on the classic: instead of chocolate and peanut butter, you’re going to use white almond bark and peppermint oil. The key here is peppermint essential oil: while you can use peppermint extract, I prefer peppermint oil because it gives it an extra boost of peppermint-y flavor, and because peppermint oil has good health benefits–like settling an upset stomach, increasing energy, reducing cold symptoms, and even providing relief from head discomfort, muscle aches, and joint discomfort! Sure, this muddy buddy recipe isn’t what I would call healthy, but the peppermint oil makes it healthier. (Everything in moderation, right?)
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If you’re not a fan of peppermint, or you’re looking for another take on the muddy buddy snack mix, be sure to check out this pumpkin spice puppy chow. (The recipe also gives you ideas for changing it up for the holidays, if you’re sick of pumpkin after Thanksgiving.)
Let’s get into one of my favorite recipes for muddy buddies! (If you’re more of a visual person, take a look at the video showing you how to make this puppy chow mix.)
- 12 oz. white almond bark
- 12 oz. box of Chex, rice cereal
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 3-5 drops peppermint essential oil
- ½ cup crushed peppermint
You will also need:
1. Begin by tossing your peppermints into a small food processor. (You can use large or mini candy canes or just the plain old discs.) If you prefer, you can just pop them in a freezer bag and give ’em a few good whacks with a rolling pin to break them up. (This part is very fun for kids!)
2. Place white almond bark in a large, microwave-safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat this process several times, if necessary: heat, then stir until smooth and totally melted.
3. Remove from microwave and stir in peppermint essential oil. How much you put in is up to you: if you love a strong peppermint flavor, go up to 5 drops–but I wouldn’t recommend going with any more than that. (You know that old saying, you can never have too much of a good thing? Not true.)
4. Add rice cereal to melted chocolate and quickly stir to thoroughly and completely coat the cereal.
5. Top with powdered sugar and stir again to cover all the coated cereal. (You could also do this in a gallon freezer bag if you like–it is a great job for little hands to do without a big mess!)
6. Stir (or shake) in your broken peppermint pieces.
7. Serve and enjoy!
This puppy chow mix recipe will keep in an airtight container for up to 7-10 days.
If your family and friends are peppermint fiends (like mine are), this is one recipe that’s sure to be repeated! I like to have recipes like these–fast, easy, frugal, and popular with everyone–in my back pocket. Having go-to recipes that are a snap helps take some of the stress out of the holiday season. That way, you have one less thing to worry about.
Speaking of go-to recipes, be sure to take a look at my Pinterest boards for even more recipe ideas. You’ll find a huge variety of must-try foods, decadent desserts, and Christmas recipes that are sure to please everyone–from the foodies to the pickiest eaters.