Holiday Puppy Chow

Have fun this holiday season by making a big batch of Holiday Puppy Chow! This colorful Christmas treat is easy to make with white chocolate and rice cereal.

Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow? The name is up to you. Try this Peppermint Puppy Chow for your holiday festivities next!

Holiday Puppy Chow: festive red and green muddy buddies for Christmas! Get snacking!

Why this Recipe is Best

The kids will enjoy making this recipe almost as much as they love eating it. This recipe gives Classic Puppy Chow a festive holiday twist!

  • White chocolate puppy chow with only 4 ingredients!
  • Festive and east no-bake holiday treat
  • An easy recipe the kids can make!

Ingredient Notes

Making today’s recipe is simple enough with ingredients you may already have in your pantry. Be sure to scroll down all the way to the recipe card for a complete list with exact measurements.

  • Rice Cereal. Chex squares are the traditional choice, but any rice squares you like will do.
  • White Chocolate Chips. I use Ghirardelli white chocolate melting wafers for this recipe. Vanilla almond bark or your other favorite white melting wafers are a great choice too.
  • Powdered sugar. Also called confectioner’s sugar, this extra fine sugar helps the chocolate and food coloring adhere to the rice cereal squares.
  • Food coloring. Red and green gel coloring works best for treats with fun seasonal colors!

Tips and Tricks

  • Divide the melted white chocolate. Add red food coloring to one half. Stir the green food gel coloring into the other half.
  • Best colors for holiday puppy chow. Mix half the cereal into the red white chocolate and the remaining half into the green chocolate. Once coated, toss the two colors of cereal together for best mixture of colors!
  • Storing: Store holiday puppy chow in a sealed container at room temperature. Enjoy within 5 days.
Holiday Puppy Chow: festive red and green muddy buddies for Christmas! Get snacking!

Recipe FAQs

Are Christmas Muddy Buddies the same as Christmas Puppy Chow?

Yes, muddy buddies and puppy chow are names for the same deliciously easy treat! This homemade Christmas candies goes by many names, each as sweet and delicious as the next.
This recipe simply outlines my very method for making colorful Christmas puppy chow for the holidays!

Can you freeze puppy chow?

Holiday Puppy Chow is a perfect make ahead treat to freeze. Thaw it at room temperature or eat it straight from the freezer for an extra crunchy Christmas snack.

Can I use white chocolate chips instead?

You can use white chocolate chips but the texture on the finished puppy chow won’t be as smooth. I much prefer the consistency and flavor of vanilla or white chocolate melting wafers.

How do you store puppy chow?

Store puppy chow (muddy buddies) in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

More Holiday Desserts

Yield: 12 cups

Holiday Puppy Chow

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes

Have fun this holiday season by making a big batch of Holiday Puppy Chow! This colorful Christmas treat is easy to make with white chocolate and rice cereal.


  • 12 cup rice squares cereal
  • 16 ounce white chocolate, melted (I use Ghirardelli melting wafers)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Red and Green gel food coloring


  1. In two large bowls, add 6 cups of the cereal. Set aside.
  2. In a glass, microwave safe bowl, melt vanilla wafers (or almond bark) according to package directions.
  3. Pour half into a separate bowl. Add red gel food coloring to one and green gel food coloring to the other. Pour one color over each bowl of cereal, mixing until combined.
  4. In a large plastic resealable bag, add powdered sugar. Add contents of bowl to bag. Seal and shake until powdered sugar covers all the cereal.
  5. Store puppy chow in airtight container for up to 5 days. ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

½ cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 0gSugar: 29gProtein: 3g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Bring extra cheer to the party with a batch of homemade Holiday Puppy Chow. Everyone loves this easy Christmas candy, especially when it’s red, green and full of festive cheer!

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on December 5, 2014

Comments & Reviews

  1. I found it works with just the frosting. I used 1/2 cup of frosting and roughly 8 cups of cereal. It wasn’t too sweet.

  2. Made these for my sons class for his christmas party, was really yummy right after i made it. He brought extras home after school and they were chewy and yucky and not good. Wont be making this again 

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