Samoa Muddy Buddies

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Girl Scout season is probably my favorite season of the year.  And these Samoa Muddy Buddies (or Puppy Chow, whatever you prefer to call them) can bring you Girl Scout season all year long.  Caramel, chocolate and coconut covered Chex cereal, how could you go wrong with that? And if you love Muddy Buddies be sure to check out all my Puppy Chow recipes! I have more than 20 flavors!

Reminder to Utah readers: I’ll be having a book signing for my brand new book “Make it with a Cake Mix”  at the University Village Deseret Book in Orem, Utah on Saturday April 5th from 6-8 PM (during the Priesthood Session of General Conference). I would love to see you there!

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Samoa Muddy Buddies

Samoa Muddy Buddies


6 C. Rice Chex Cereal
7 Milky Way candy bars
1/2 C. butter
2 1/2 C. shredded coconut, toasted and crushed (see photos below)
1/4 C. melted chocolate for decoration, optional
1/4 C. melted caramel for decoration, optional


1. Place cereal in a large bowl and set aside.
2. Over the stove top, melt Milky Way bars and butter on love heat and stir until smooth. Be sure to use low heat and stir constantly!
3. Pour over cereal and gently fold. (The Milky Way bars cover the cereal in chocolate and caramel, which is very Samoa-like.)
4. Dump into a large plastic bag with toasted coconut (crush the coconut before hand, the smaller pieces will stick great to to the cereal!) and shake the bag until coated.
5. Pout out onto foil or cookie sheets to let cool.
6. Drizzle melted chocolate and/or caramel onto the Muddy Buddies and let cool again.
7. Serve alone or with chopped up Samoa cookies!

You can toast your coconut on the stove top or in the oven on broil but be careful! Because coconut can go from toasted to burned really fast! Toast it, let it cool and then put it in a bag and crunch it up.  Small pieces stick better to the chocolate covered cereal.

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Yours may be thicker with the Milk Way bars, when I first did the recipe I only put 2 Milky Way bars in but I thought more Milky Ways would taste better, but the Chex will clump together but it tastes delicious! 🙂

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Who says you need a big photo studio to take awesome photos?  Me and my camera do just fine in my little old house full of roommates…

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15 thoughts on “Samoa Muddy Buddies

  1. 1
    Robin says:

    Wow! I was a Girl Scout leader. I should have tossed the box of Samosa cookies and sell that instead and keep all the profit! We would sell a box for $3.50 and but get only 40 cents out of that and give the rest to the headquarter. I thought that was a rip-off. *smh*

  2. 2
    Sierra says:

    Oh yes. THESE LOOK BOMB.

  3. 3
    stephanie says:

    These look like perhaps the best thing EVER. I have never said that, but this… this looks amazing!

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    OMG I love these muddy buddies but I’m SO in love with that backdrop!!!

  6. 6
    Risa says:

    I am in love with these. I can’t wait to try them.
    p.s. – I totally love the behind the scenes photo shoot picture!

  7. 7
    Kirsten says:

    Did you use regular milky ways or the “simply carmel” ones? Just wondering because everything was going beautifully until the nougat tried to melt and then all heck broke loose! Chocolate seized, globby, sticky mess!


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    Arlene says:

    Just made these for Conference Sunday treats! They are yummy but mine don’t look like yours. Mine are more clumpy. I learned something new…to toast coconut! So, thanks Lizzy! My daughter Chelsea from Fun, Cheap or Free introduced me to your blog. It is great! We made your leprechaun mix at my preschool in Oklahoma. It was a huge hit with the kids and teachers! Love your creativity!

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    Alicia says:

    I tried this 2 times, using 2 Milky Ways and using 4, and it is an awful mess. I’ve never had a fail like this! I used the lowest heat to melt but it wasn’t runny- it was more like I could press it into a pan and make fudge. I even tried the microwave to melt it instead of the stovetop. My daughter is supposed to bring snacks to her meeting tomorrow night and now I don’t know what to do. 🙁

    • 9.1

      Oh I am so sorry! It worked really well for me and I have had emails from others saying they loved it! I altered the recipe to add butter, that should solve the problems with it not melting down thin enough! So sorry! I hate when recipes fail!

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    Diane says:

    I felt silly buying so many individual MilkyWays so I just got two bags of “fun size”. I used a bag and a half but it melted down just fine for me. I have no idea how many regular sized miky ways it equaled but everything seemed coated. I also chopped the milky ways down as much as they could so they would melt faster. I never knew how to toast coconut – thanks for the pictures! I did it in the frying pan on low heat and just kept mixing it around. I only used 7oz of coconut but I swear once it was toasted it looked like much more. I tasted some and I don’t think it is going to all make it to Christmas, It is delicious!

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    Technotard says:

    Just thought i should let you know that the original MilkyWay candy bars are not Gluten-free. The simply caramel and midnight Milky Way candy bars are Gluten-free.

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