I’m a sucker for a theme. I’m known for going all out with holidays and parties. Holidays are my favorite though. Christmas will always be number 1 in my heart, but since having kids, Halloween has crept up towards the top. And for a girl who loves themes, Halloween is the best way to go big or go home. I mean, we’re rocking some awesome family costumes this year along with my sister’s family. They’re sure to be a hit. (Here’s a hint, check out my Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween post to see what Chloe and I are going to be!) Not only can you get into the spirit with costumes, you can also change up some staple recipes to make them themed. Enter Halloween Cookies & Cream Puppy Chow.
Puppy chow or Muddy Buddies? What do you call it? I’m obviously a Puppy Chow girl, but what to call it aside – it may be one of my most favorite treats to make and eat. There are a ton of different ways to make this resulting in countless flavors that I literally cannot stop eating.
You can munch just a few pieces or completely devour half of the batch. It’s totally up to you – and by you, I mean your will power. I don’t recommend eating too much though. I’ve had my fair share of belly aches from eating too much of this goodness at once! Like it said, it’s addicting. It’s the perfect snack to put out for a party, tailgate or gathering of any sort because a little goes a long way and everyone seems to love it!
This Halloween version is really only Halloween because of the pops of orange from the Halloween cream in the seasonal Oreos. I’m thinking of adding a drop of orange food coloring to the white batch next time I do this for some added Halloween spirit! Orange would definitely make it more on theme.
Halloween Cookies & Cream Puppy Chow
- 10 cups rice Chex, divided
- 1 cup vanilla candy melts
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 10 Halloween Oreos, crushed
- 4 Halloween Oreos, crumbled
- Add 5 cups of Chex into large mixing bowl. Melt the vanilla candy melts in pot over stove stirring until smooth. Poor melted vanilla candy over the cereal and stir until coated. Be gentle when stir as to not break the cereal.
- Pour the powdered sugar into gallon sized ziplock bag and add the vanilla coated cereal mixture. Zip bag closed and shake it up until all cereal is coated in sugar.
- Add the other 5 cups of Chex into the mixing bowl and melt the chocolate chips over the stove. Again, stir until completely smooth and poor over cereal. Mix until cereal is fully coated.
- Smash together Oreos in another gallon sized baggie until they are finely crushed. Add in chocolate cereal mixture and shake it up until the cereal is coated in Oreo bits.
- Pour both batches onto a cookie sheet to let cool and dry. Add both batches together into one large bowl then mix in the larger crumbled Oreo pieces to give it a Halloween orange pop!
- Store in an airtight container for up to a week! Be sure to share with your friends or you might eat it all!
If you like this recipe, be sure to check out my Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow. It’s the perfect fall sweet treat! Tasty like this Halloween version, but with a fall flavor spin that any pumpkin spice lover will enjoy.
And since I’ve been speaking of themes and desserts, I also created this awesome Patriotic Pizza Cookie that I make every year for any patriotic holiday I can think of: Presidents Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Veteran’s Day, you name it. If it has something to do with America, I have a good reason to make it. Just throwing it out there in case you have the urge to be patriotic. Veteran’s Day is around the corner!
I hope you like my Halloween Cookies & Cream Puppy Chow! Maybe make it for a Halloween Party or add it to a bucket when you boo your neighbors. Let me know what you think!