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.

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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!

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Posted on February 21, 2022

Comments & Reviews

  1. Oh my goodness, this looks sinful! My husband’s grandma makes all of her grand kids a huge batch of puppy chow every Christmas. I am going to have to try this version. I love mint and chocolate!

  2. Oh Aimee, this looks like heaven in snack form.Such a pity that the UK doesn’t have literally ANY of the ingredients to make thhis. No muddy buddies (only wheat chex-like cereal), no mint M&M’s and no thin mints.

    Le sigh. I’ll just stiick to rubbing the computer screen instead! 😆

  3. I love this combination! Thin mints and puppy chow are two of my favorite things. This will keep me going when girl scout cookie season is over.

  4. Oh my!!!! I’ve been making Puppy Chow for 20 years now! Everyone in my family loves it but me (I don’t like peanut butter). This! Well, Thin Mint Puppy Chow is absolutely for me!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe! I can’t wait to make it!

  5. Yes, nowadays I do love thin mints and all chocolate mint combos in general. This also is perfect for St. Paddy’s Day 😉

  6. Thanks for the clarification. I was wondering what puppy chow meant also. This is a GREAT idea that can work for many cookie recipes.

  7. I just tried your cherry vanilla version… And it was like crack to me! So I am excited to try this thin mint version! 🙂

  8. I loveee puppy chow but a thin mint version? Holy moly. I usually don’t make puppy chow since I have a huge problem with eating way too much… but this is just calling to me : ) haha I can’t believe people thought it was for their dogs though! How funny!

    1. I know!!! HUMAN food. I have a problem with it too. Fortunately, with my big family, we all devoured it. And then sent the remainder to a party my girls went to!

    1. Whole foods… And around here Kroger. But there is a “where to buy” locator on the Green and Black’s website that is linked above.

  9. I didn’t know puppy chow could get better–but thin mint??? YUM. I could totally eat an entire sleeve (or 4) of thin mints in one sitting. They are daaaangerous in my house, and this would be too!

  10. It’s like everywhere I go girls scouts perpetually ask me to buy their delicious cookies, and I have to duck quickly into the grocery store before buying a gajillion boxes. Because there are never enough in one box (duh) but this puppy chow is like the answer to my prayers! 😀 WOO for Puppy Chow!

    1. I know, fortunately I’m able to duck away at the store because I shop on school day mornings 🙂 But at church and home I can never say no!

  11. Ahh I love this idea! Thin Mints are by far my favorite Girl Scout cookie, so this puppy chow sounds amazing! Love the pops of green candies in there too. Perfect for St Patty’s day!

  12. You could totally crush up some cokoies, and the “harm” would be worth it!! I’m becoming a chex mix lover over here. Something I had growing up is totally back in style. 🙂

    1. Yeah, actual cookies in the recipe would have made this OVER THE TOP!!! I may have to give it a try next time 🙂

  13. I admit I’ve never had puppy chow before because the name totally freaks me out. But this is so pretty and I love the idea of a thin mint variety!

  14. This sounds like a great combination. We are addicted to puppy chow so I can’t wait to give this one a try!

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