Chocolate Peppermint Chex Mix

This holiday twist to a crowd-favorite is hands down one of my favorite treats!  Some people call them Muddy Buddies, some call it Puppy Chow, but everyone agrees that Chocolate Peppermint Chex Mix is a hit.  My version has a cool hit of peppermint and bits of crushed candy cane.  one of the greatest tricks is making candy cane sugar to dust them with. It’s literally pulverized candy canes and it’s delicious!  Don’t be weirded out when you see peppermint and peanut butter together here.  It works.  I promise.  The amount of peanut butter isn’t enough that it competes with the peppermint.  It actually enhances everything and rounds out the flavor profile, while at the same time lending itself to the soft chocolate texture.  Just trust me and go with it.  These might change your life (or if nothing else, your pant size.)

chocolate peppermint chex mix in bowl

Step 1: Make Candy Cane Sugar

Place some powdered sugar in a food processor, and break up a bunch of candy canes in there with it.  This can also be done in a high-powered blender like I’m using.

peppermint sugar in blender

Pulse that a few times to break up the candy canes, and then on higher speed until it goes from crunchy to smooth. You can tell when it’s done when you open your food processor and you have fluffy white peppermint snow.  It’s soft powdered sugar with little teeny crunchy bits of peppermint.

This is great on all sorts of things you would use powdered sugar for.  Try making a buttercream frosting with it or my favorite: Peppermint Whipped Cream.

peppermint sugar

Step 2. Crush some additional Candy Canes.

Take a few more candy canes and put them in a ziplock bag Grab a heavy rolling pin, or a mallet, or the bottom of a heavy cup, or anything that can smash stuff.  And smash them.  You don’t need to pulverize them like we did in the food processor.  These little bits are getting tossed in with our cereal mix so you want little bites of peppermint.

Crushed Candycane

Place your Chex cereal in a big (no really, BIG- it will make mixing so much easier) bowl.  I’m showing my crushed candy canes in here, but I actually think it works better if you toss them in after the next step, so you’ll see that reflected in my directions, just FYI.

candycanes and chex mix

Step 3: Make Melted Chocolate Mixture.

melted peanut butter and chocolate

Place chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in a heat-safe bowl.  I know this sounds strange, seeing as we’re using peppermint, but trust me on this one.  If you have peanut allergies, I’ve been told that Sunbutter works great, or I did experiment with 1/2 the amount of coconut oil.  While my taste testers all agreed that the PB version tasted better, the coconut oil did work as a replacement.  Melt it until it’s creamy and smooth and immediately add in some peppermint extract, or peppermint oil.

Step 4: Coat your Cereal Mixture

Pour the melted chocolate mixture over the cereal. The chocolate mix may be slightly thick, and seem like it’s not covering everything at first, but just keep stirring and you’ll soon see that all of those cereal pieces has a nice chocolatey coating.

chex and melted chocolate

Step 5: Dust with Candy Cane Sugar

Once it’s coated well, pour in your prepared candy cane sugar.

Candy Cane Sugar on Chex mix

Quickly toss everything together.  Mix, mix, mix again until it’s all dusted snowy white.

chocolate peppermint chex mix in bowl

Peppermint Chocolate Chex Mix has a creamy smooth chocolate, with cool burst of peppermint, and cute little pieces of red and white candy.  It’s pretty addicting, so consider yourself warned!

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Peppermint Chocolate Chex Mix

Chocolate Peppermint Chex Mix

  • Author: Sara Wells
  • Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Total Time: 15-20
  • Yield: 8-9 Cups


8 cups Rice Chex Cereal
1 cup dark or semisweet chocolate chips (I’ve been told Sunbutter works great if you need a nut substitute)
½ cup creamy peanut butter
4 tablespoons real butter
1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract, or peppermint oil to taste
16 standard sized (the kind that come in a box) candy canes, divided*
1 cup powdered sugar

*As a candy cane connoisseur, I suggest Bob’s or Brach’s (they are owned by the same company now) or even the little round starbrite mints.  I would avoid Spangler brand for baking in general because the flavor and texture is far inferior. 



Place cereal in a large mixing bowl and set aside.  Place 1 cup powdered sugar, and 8 candy canes in a food processor.  Pulse several times to break up candy canes and then process until smooth.  You’ll have very tiny bits of candy cane still visible.

Place remaining 8 candy canes in a ziplock bag and use a heavy rolling pin, or meat mallet,  to crush them into little bits.  Set aside.

 Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl with peanut butter and butter.  Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.  Stir in extract (or oil) and immediately pour over chex mix.  Quickly pour in the crushed candy canes from the ziplock bag over the chocolate and then stir to coat the cereal.  The chocolate mixture might be slightly thick, but keep stirring and it will coat everything.

Once the cereal mixture is coated with chocolate, dump in the powdered sugar mix and stir until everything is dusted in white.

Eat out of the bowl, or package up for sharing!



Allergy Warning:  I think it’s a good reminder, since many of you will be giving this for gifts and sharing at holiday parties, to keep in mind that snacks like this, that don’t *appear* to contain peanut butter, can be especially dangerous for those with nut allergies.  Be courteous, and if you are gifting to someone, or are sharing at a party, include a note clearly labeling that it contains peanut butter.

Recipe Change: If you’ve been around a while, this recipe used to call for Hershey’s Mint Chocolate Chips. Since that product is not readily available anymore, I’ve adjusted the instructions to just call for regular chocolate chips plus extract.  Feel free to adjust extract amount according to your tastes!

Keywords: chocolate peppermint chex mix


  1. I’ve decided to make these for a ‘cookie exchange’ but since I’m hosting, I will be taking creative liberties and making these and putting them in baggies. Oh, I’ve heard people refer to Muddy Buddies as White Trash. I don’t know where people come up with these names.

  2. Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! I love Puppy Chow (sorry lol), and I’m loving all the different versions. I’m really big on mint chocolate too, so I’m betting this will be really good.

  3. I live in your area…where is the best place to find those chocolate chips? I’ve tried several stores today and only found a couple of bags at Fred Meyer.

  4. For what it’s worth, I am NOT diggin’ the summary of the blog post in my email updates. Please change your feed back to show the full post. Like the previous commenter, it makes your updates super hard for me to read on the go. I always click on the post title to go to the actual blog post when I am home and at my computer later. I just need to see it in my email when I’m checking my mail on my phone! Thank you 🙂

    1. Kim, I’ll copy what I wrote to the previous commenter, to make sure you see it too! I’m sorry we had to make that change. Unfortunately, there are dishonest people out there and our content is being stolen and redistributed via that feed. The only way to combat that is to truncate it. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we hope you’ll still take the time to make the one click to come over here!

      1. I can understand wanting to protect your content, but I don’t think faithful and honest readers (and consumers–I have all your cookbooks) should be put through this hassle in the hope that it will prevent bad people from acting bad. If you know people are redistributing your stuff, then you need to send those people a takedown request. One thing you could do, which would NOT be an inconvenience to your readers, is to add your watermark to all your pictures, with your URL on it. If your feed is being directly re-published, the pics will go through with everything else. Then readers can see and type in your URL and visit your site. I *always* find the original site when I can see the watermark doesn’t match up with the web site where I’m seeing it.

        1. On my way down to post a comment on this recipe, I ran across your comment and feel the need to respond. I don’t understand how you’re so concerned with one click but obviously have the time to get one here and write a detailed paragraph expressing your negative feelings toward these ladies. This is their “job” and their decisions. I wouldn’t want someone telling me how to do my job and not make a choice that was going to protect my original work. I think all of us “consumers” need to respect that. I give Sara and Kate a pat on the back for having to read these comments and still be positive through the grind! Thanks Sara and Kate for all you do! 🙂

  5. Yum! My daughter was just diagnosed with Celiac Disease so I’m always looking for special gluten free treats she can have, and these should work!

    PS- I subscribe to your blog in my reader, and I just noticed I actually had to click over to your blog to read the entire post. *gasp!* Only the first few lines show up now, where the entire post used to show up on it’s own. This just makes it harder to read when I’m on the go, because clicking over has to load extra things from your page that has other things going on with it. Is it too much to ask to put it back how it was, and let the whole post load in my reader?! Please? 🙂

    1. Kari- I’m sorry we had to make that change. Unfortunately, there are dishonest people out there and our content is being stolen and redistributed via that feed. The only way to combat that is to truncate it. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we hope you’ll still take the time to make the one click to come over here!

  6. This is probably going to be way too addictive for my family! True fact: many, many years ago when I worked in the office of a manufacturing plant, I routinely spoke with THE Bob of Bob’s Candy Co., maker of the best peppermint sticks – they were a customer of ours. I am happy to report that he was such a nice, polite, down to earth man. 🙂

    1. Candee- I’m not even kidding when I say I would be more starstruck by meeting THE Bob, than I would be meeting any Hollywood celebrity! I’ve been obsessed with Bob’s since I was a kid, and now that I’m a grown up, I realize it’s for good reason. They really are the BEST candy canes around!

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