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The Best Peppermint Mocha Puppy Chow

The Best Peppermint Mocha Puppy Chow

Can y’all believe that Christmas is less than a week away? With the most wonderful day of the year just days away, there is so much to get done, presents to wrap and parties to attend. The stress of it all can send you into a tizzy! How can I get last minute gifts? When will I have time to do it all? What can I bring to the party? I can feel the questions swirling in my head now! Sadly, I can’t help you with all of them, but I can definitely help you with one. When going to parties, I always bring dessert and this Peppermint Mocha Puppy Chow will have everyone at the party asking for the recipe!

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A holiday version of one of America's favorite treats. This peppermint mocha puppy chow or muddy buddies will be sure to delight everyone's taste buds!

Speaking of puppy chow, are you on team puppy chow or muddy buddies? I mean it’s all the same thing, but depending on where you’re from you may call it one or the other. I’ve always called it Puppy Chow being from Texas myself. Apparently puppy chow is midwestern and my dad is from Northern Illinois, so maybe that has something to do with it? Either way, it’s the most delicious treat and I love creating different flavors and varieties!

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Pretty much every holiday party I attend, I bring puppy chow along with me. It’s easy to make, I love creating new flavors and it goes a long way. Oh and the best part is that almost everyone loves it! It always feels good to bring the dish that everyone loves!

This peppermint mocha puppy chow was created for my friend Stephanie’s baby shower! It was a winter wonderland theme and her favorite holiday drink is a peppermint mocha, so it just made sense to turn that into a rich, delicious puppy chow recipe.

This peppermint mocha puppy chow or muddy buddy recipe is the perfect addition to your winter treat list! The combination of chocolate, peppermint and coffee brings out the holiday cheer! #holidayrecipe #peppermintmocharecipe #holidaytreat

It’s pretty simple and I’m sure there are ways you can even make this one your own. Here’s what I came up with.

Peppermint Mocha Puppy Chow

A tasty spin on a popular holiday drink!
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert


  • 9 cups Rice Chex
  • 1 1/2 cups Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp Peppermint extract
  • 2 tsp Espresso powder
  • 3/4 cup Powdered sugar
  • 2 Candy canes crushed


  • Add Chex to a large mixing bowl. Melt the chocolate chips on the stove over medium-low heat, stirring regularly until melted and smooth.
  • Remove from heat and add peppermint extract and espresso powder. Stir until completely combined.
  • Poor melted peppermint mocha chocolate over the cereal and stir until coated. Be gentle when stirring as to not break the cereal.
  • Split the mixture. Place about 1/3 of mixture aside on wax paper. Spread it out evenly and sprinkle half of the crushed candy cane pieces on top.
  • Pour the powdered sugar into gallon sized ziplock bag and add the remaining chocolate coated cereal mixture. Zip bag closed and shake it up until all cereal is coated in sugar.
  • Lay out sugared mixture on wax paper to let cool and dry. Add both batches together into one large bowl then mix in the remaining candy cane pieces for some holiday flair!
  • Store in an airtight container for up to a week! Be sure to share with your friends or you might eat it all!
Keyword Muddy Buddies, No bake dessert, Puppy Chow

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I was so pleased with how this peppermint mocha puppy chow turned out. It was rich and chocolatey and the peppermint and espresso flavors really came through. If you’re in need to a last minute dessert for a holiday party this year, head to the store and grab these ingredients. It will only take a few minutes and everyone will be glad you did!

Do you call this treat Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies?

What flavor puppy chow would you be interested in seeing?

I’d love some thoughts and ideas on new flavors to create! It’s so fun to experiment!

A holiday version of one of America's favorite treats. This peppermint mocha puppy chow or muddy buddies will be sure to delight everyone's taste buds! #holidaydessert #puppychow #dessertrecipe
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(17) Comments

  1. Team Puppy Chow!!
    I need a gift for the kids to make for the grandparents…I think I found it! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

    1. Oh great! I’m so glad you liked it. It’s the perfect gift for this time of year!

  2. I LOVE that this is with semi sweet chocolate, not white chocolate. This looks amazing!

    1. I only found recipes with white chocolate, but I think of peppermint mocha as rich! This one definitely satisfies the rich chocolate craving of a mocha!!

  3. So easy and looks delicious! This would be great for holiday parties!

    1. Thank you! I’ve brought it to two parties now and it’s been a hit. So easy!

  4. This looks beyond adorable!! I love that this Peppermint Mocha puppy chow is so easy to make too! It doesn’t require too many ingredients and most of it is probably stuff I already have in my cupboards! Can’t wait to try it!

    1. Yes! All I had to grab was the powdered espresso because you can’t have a mocha without the coffee! Everyone has loved it so far 🙂

  5. Looks delicious!

    1. Thank you Beth! I may be biased, but I think it’s so tasty 🙂

  6. Samantha says:

    This looks delicious, I can’t wait to make this for Christmas Eve!

    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

  7. This puppy chow looks scrumptious! I definitely want to try this next Christmas! Saving for later reference.

  8. Christine says:

    This looks so yummy and easy to make! Me and the kiddos are definitely gonna try this 🙂

  9. This sounds so good! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Omg, this looks beyond delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  11. This looks good and would make a wonderful stocking stuffer or for a holiday party snack. Thanks for sharing this fun recipe. I’ll have to try it next year.

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