Thin Mint Puppy Chow

This Puppy Chow tastes like your favorite Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies! With the classic powdered sugar coating and a chocolate mint twist, Thin Mint Puppy Chow will satisfy your Girl Scout cookie cravings all year long.

Do you call these treats “puppy chow” or “muddy buddies”? I’ve loved Puppy Chow for almost as long as I’ve loved Thin Mints. This recipe takes both comfort foods and combines them into one. For more flavors, try our cherry puppy chow next!

Mint puppy chow in a white serving bowl.

The Best Puppy Chow

Don’t worry–no thin mint cookies were harmed in the making of this recipe!

After snacking on several (okay, maybe several DOZEN) handfuls of Thin Mint Puppy Chow, I think I’m ready to declare that I like it even more than the original version.

  • The minty chocolate adds the perfect balance to all the sweetness from the powdered sugar.
  • I love the color of green M&Ms against the white sugar coated chex cereal too!
  • Did I mention this recipe happens to be Gluten Free? If you can’t have gluten and have been missing your Thin Mints fix, this recipe is a great alternative.

Crunchy cereal + chocolate + mint = a sweet snack that tastes JUST like the Girl Scout cookies. You should always have some easy dessert recipes up your sleeve! We’ve got plenty of no bake desserts to choose from too!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make thin mint puppy chow.

Along with the familiar puppy chow players of rice Chex squares and powdered sugar, you need these ingredients to make Thin Mint Puppy Chow.

  • Mint flavored chocolate – chop up some Andes mint candy for today’s recipe, or use the Andes baking bits if you can find them!
  • Regular chocolate melting wafers – Ghirardelli are my favorite!
  • Mint M&M Candies

Easy Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make thin mint puppy chow.
  1. Melt the chocolate

Start by melting the regular chocolate wafers with the Andes mints in the microwave. I stirred after every 30 seconds and continued heating for a total of about 2 minutes (until the chocolate is smooth and combined).

2. Mix with cereal

Toss the cereal with the melted chocolate. Transfer to a large plastic bag, then add the powdered sugar and shake until all the cereal is well coated.

3. Set & Serve

Pour the puppy chow onto a baking sheet and let it sit until the chocolate is set (no longer melty). Combine the M&Ms with the puppy chow and serve in bowls or transfer to a container for storing.

Mint puppy chow spread on parchment paper to set.

Tips & Tricks

  • Line your baking pan with parchment paper. Before transfering the chocolate and powdered sugar covered concoction to the sheet to set, line the baking pan with parchment paper. This makes clean up so much easier and keeps the cereal from sticking.
  • Use good quality chocolate. The chocolate is the prominent flavor in this recipe, so use a chocolate you’d enjoy eating on its own. I love Andes Mint Chocolate bars and Ghirardelli melting wafers to make puppy chow.
  • Storing: I keep my puppy chow in an airtight tupperware container or a ziploc plastic bag. It’ll keep well for a week or two, but mine always disappears within a day or two. My family can’t get enough.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use Crispix cereal or corn chex instead of rice chex?

Yes, you can use Crispix or Corn chex cereals instead of rice chex in this recipe.

What’s the difference between muddy buddies and puppy chow?

There’s no difference between muddy buddies and puppy chow! While I believe the name “muddy buddy” was the name of the recipe on the Chex cereal box and “puppy chow” was on the Kellog’s Crispix box first, the names are now used interchangeably.

Can you make this ahead of time and freeze it?

I do not recommend freezing puppy chow. The cereal will become mushy and the texture and flavor will suffer. Thankfully, puppy chow is super quick and easy enough to make anytime you have a craving.

Thin mint puppy chow served in a white bowl with green min M&M candies.

More Easy Dessert Recipes

Yield: 10 cups

Thin Mint Puppy Chow

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

No Thin Mints are actually harmed in making this recipe! However, this Puppy Chow tastes like your favorite Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies!


  • 16 ounce Ghirardelli chocolate wafers
  • ½ cup chopped Andes mint candy (or Andes baking bits)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 10 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 bag (8 ounce) Mint m&m candies


  1. In microwave, melt chocolate wafers with mint candy together for one minute, stir and continue melting in 30 second intervals until smooth (mine took a total of 2 minutes).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine cereal with melted chocolate. Fold with a large wooden spoon until all cereal is coated.
  3. In a large, gallon sized ziploc bag, add powdered sugar. Spoon in chocolate cereal mixture. Seal bag and shake until powdered sugar is coating all the cereal completely. Pour onto a large piece of wax paper and allow chocolate to set (about 20 minutes). Combine candies with chex and store in an airtight container. ENJOY!


  • Store puppy chow in airtight container for up to two weeks.
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 528Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 254mgCarbohydrates: 85gFiber: 4gSugar: 56gProtein: 5g

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

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Everything you love about Thin Mints mixed into muddy buddies! Make this Thin Mint Puppy Chow and you’ll be amazed by how much it tastes like your favorite Girl Scout cookie!

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 February 21, 2022

Comments & Reviews

  1. Oh my goodness — I’m afraid I would eat this entire batch! I adore thin mints and puppy chow. Can only imagine how wonderful they are together! 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness! Why didn’t I think of this?! Pinned for later! 🙂

    I would love for you to join my Blog Hop and Link Up! 🙂



    1. Fortunately, my daughters had a party that they had to bring a snack. You can be sure this was sent right away! I did eat my fair share before it left the house!!

  3. Thin Mints are my favorite Girl Scout cookie flavor because I love chocolate and mint together in any way. This looks delicious, and festive!

  4. youre in good company. I can polish off a whole box of thin mint girl scout cookies. This puppy chow looks dangerously good!

  5. Did people REALLY not know what Puppy Chow was? Wow…alrighty! 🙂

    I love Thin Mints and I love how your P.C. always is so well-coated with sugar, not skimpy…thank you!

    1. At least half a dozen emails, plus facebook comments. Obviously they saw the title and never read the post.
      As for the powdered sugar, I use more than most people, but I like it that way! It’s a little messier when you eat it, but I haven’t heard any complaints so far 🙂

  6. Thin mints are taking over the world and I love it! I dont understand how puppy chow can be perceived as anything but human food but whatever. Green and Blacks is my favorite chocolate, a good choice to pour over the Chex. I can only imagine how addicting this Thin Mint Puppy Chow is!

  7. Love how those green M & M’s stand out. Great combo of flavors here. Wonder if this would last longer than my thin mints??? Doubt it!

  8. Okay, I am going to have to make Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies real soon! Every combination I see on different blogs look so good! I like the addition of the green M&Ms too!

  9. no thin mints were harmed… lol! so funny Aimee. I am in love with puppy chow. As you know. 🙂 And mint and chocolate is such a great combination to throw into the puppy chow mix!

  10. You had me at Thin Mint…I’ve shared on FB and pinned! Thank you for the idea and sharing the recipe!!

  11. LOL, seriously? Too funny. My dog would like this though, and I’d have to keep it FAR away from her, ha!

    LOVE this version Aimee. The best!

    1. Well, my dog would love this too. She is quite a food thief. But if I share that too publicly (like I did back in October how she stole my sugar cookies) more hate emails will come my way!

  12. I’m cracking up, because I had the SAME reaction from people when I posted my Cake Batter Puppy Chow. “Why would you feed your dogs cake batter?…Why are you posting a dog food recipe?…” I brought some to our dog trainer and it took a good 10 minute explanation that it’s called puppy chow, but it is in no way meant to be given to dogs!

    Adding mint to the chocolate sounds fantastic! Must try this soon!

  13. Thin mints are definitely my favorite girl scout cookie. I may or may not have an entire box (or two) stashed in the freezer for emergencies. This recipe sounds like it would be right up my alley! And a bonus that I wouldn’t have to touch my secret thin mint stash. 🙂

    1. Thanks Amber. I will let my family know I am a genius too!! I need a good ego boost every once in awhile!

  14. How do people not know what puppy chow is??? Crazy because puppy chow in any flavor is to die! This definitely sounds like a flavor I would love and devour! 🙂 When you first asked to raise your hand for a sleeve of thin mints I was like a sleeve try a whole box but you covered that didn’t you 🙂

    1. So now I know where you stand with eating Thin Mints. A whole box eater too!?! I agree about Puppy chow, all flavors are delish.

      1. I understand that negative comments would upset you over something that should be clear, unfortunately some people just aren’t educated to know that chocolate is dangerous to puppies. I’ve always known this kind of delicious snack as People Chow! That might eliminate confusion.

        1. Seriously? People don’t know that? Well, we can all rest easy now that you’ve enlightened us all. Please give people some credit next time.

  15. My hands are raised high with you…those mint cookies are way to addicting. I know I would have the same problem with this puppy chow…no way to stop!!! Although I am wondering where my package is????

    1. I knew your hand would be up 🙂 You package is sitting here held hostage until those brownies are delivered!

  16. Yumm! I came up with a recipe for Thin Mint puppy chow/muddy buddies last year, but I love the idea of using M&Ms in it – love M&Ms..I still haven’t tried the mint ones yet! Definitely going to have to try your version asap!

    1. Oh the mint ones are delicious! I’ll have to check out your version. Did you use actual Thin Mints??

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