The Secret to the Best Muddy Buddies: Chocolate Brownie Muddy Buddies

the best muddy buddies ever

There is a secret to making the best Muddy Buddies ever.  Now, when you think about Muddy Buddies you think, rice cereal, chocolate, maybe some peanut butter and lots of powdered sugar, right?  Those are always the staple ingredients, but that ends today.  No more powdered sugar.

Peanut Butter Brownie Muddy Buddies

The Oscars are right around the corner (this Sunday) which means gorgeous dresses, glamorous make up and lots of treats that are perfect to munch on! I made the best Muddy Buddies ever and amped them up by adding some Peanut M&M’s! They’re the best candy to add because it gives the mix color, adds more peanut goodness and that means more protein, right? 🙂 Right.  Plus, who can resist M&M’s?

So what’s the secret ingredient I use?  Brownie Mix.  That’s right, just use brownie mix in place of powdered sugar for the best sweet snack you’ll ever have.  It keeps the treat from being too sweet, but if you’re worried about gluten then just mix up some unsweetened cocoa powder and powdered sugar as a replacement!

How to make the best muddy buddies

Muddy Buddies with M&M’s are always my go-to treat for big crowds because it’s quick to make and it feeds an army! Okay, well not an army…but it does feed a room full of hungry guests!

I’m not sure about you, but I can’t watch a movie and get cozy on the couch without a bowl of popcorn.  Have you tried the classic combo of popcorn and M&M’s?  Oh my, delicious!  Sweet, salty, crunchy and even melty if you pour the M&M’s over hot popcorn!  It’s the easiest way to make a simple bowl of popcorn really “pop!” And it makes every movie more special when it includes chocolate!  You can use microwave popcorn or air popped– whatever you have in the pantry will work.

Movie Popcorn with candy

The Crispy M&M’s are back too! So you could even add a bag full of those to give your treats a crispy crunch! When I got them in my kitchen a few days ago I immediately had a few friends at the door who are obsessed with the Crispy ones and wanted to steal them away!

Chocolate Brownie Muddy Buddies

Chocolate Brownie Muddy Buddies


9 Cups Rice Chex
1 1/4 Cups chocolate chips
1/2 Cup peanut butter
1 1/2 Cups brownie mix, dry from the box
3-4 Cups Peanut M&M's


1. Measure our Rice Chex cereal.
2. In a large microwave proof bowl, place chocolate chips and peanuts butter and microwave until smooth (or you can melt it over the stovetop).
3. Pour cereal into the melted chocolate and gently fold until coated.
4. Put 1 cup of the brownie mix in a large plastic bag (or tupperware) and dump in chocolate coated cereal, then add the last 1/2 cup brownie mix, seal bag (or tupperware) and shake, shake, shake until coated!
5. Dump out onto a cookie sheet or foil and let cool.
6. Put Muddy Buddies in bowl and add M&M's for your final touch!

What are your favorite M&M treats? Anyone have any Oscar traditions?

These Peanut Butter M&M Cupcakes are one of my favorites because I used mini M&M’s to create a confetti cake, they’re red carpet ready!

Peanut Butter M&M Cupcakes

Add the Coconut M&M’s to some rice crispy treats! 

Coconut Rice Crispy Treats

13 thoughts on “The Secret to the Best Muddy Buddies: Chocolate Brownie Muddy Buddies

  1. 1
    Alida says:

    This is definitely the best muddy buddy recipe ever!!

  2. 2
    Karly says:

    What?! This is genius! Brownie mix on muddy buddies…must try!

  3. 3
    TidyMom says:

    a brownie mix!! i LOVE it!! and the M&M’s are just icing on the cake 😉

  4. 4
    Liz says:

    I’d be picking out all those yummy peanut M&M’s first, then going back for the Chex! Such a yummy snack!

  5. 5

    Thanks for sharing your secret, and um, it totally blew my mind. I CANNOT wait to give this a try! Pretty sure I know what I’ll be stuffing my face with while watching Jennifer Lawrence trip and fall….again. Oh wait, she’s not nominated this year? She’ll still be there, falling. Guaranteed.

  6. 6

    Brownie mix in muddy buddies? Mind blown! That’s genius Lizzy! And M&Ms for the win, delicious and always add the best pop of color! Can’t wait to try these!

  7. 7

    Oh my gosh brownie mix would be the best thing ever!! Love these!

  8. 8
    Heather says:

    wow, not sure which one i want to try more. i’ve never mixed m&m’s and popcorn, so definitely trying that … and the cupcakes look crazy good!

    • 8.1

      I tried the M&M’s in the popcorn for the first time (I had heard about it for years and just never bothered to try) but now I LOVE it! Though, I’m a little crazy and I have to make sure to get some popcorn and an M&M with every bite 🙂

  9. 9
    shan says:

    Just putting it out there… reese’s pieces are incredible with popcorn!

  10. 10
    Jill says:

    What ratio of cocoa to powdered sugar would you recommend as a substitute? Thanks!

  11. 11

    Wow…these chocolate brownies are incredible and yummy! Are they gluten-free? Thanks for sharing! I found your post from Pinterest! I’m also gonna pin this post on my Pinterest board my followers will love it. Thanks for sharing!

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