Easy Christmas Treat: Candy Cane Muddy Buddies
Christmas is the best. Everyone is more willing to give, be cheerful, and think of others! But we don’t want to let our giving stress us out. So we need some simple recipes to make for neighbors so that we can get all those neighbor gifts (or gifts for co-workers, friends, clients) and done in less than an hour! These only take about 10 minutes to make but if you want to package them up with bows and cards, you’ll need some extra time for that! These Candy Cane Muddy Buddies are gluten free and nut free too! So you won’t make any of your neighbors end up in the ER from allergies… This Chex Mix treat is commonly referred to as “Puppy Chow” so call it whatever you, it’s delicious either way but only for people! Not for dogs!
Christmas Movie Munching
Yes, you can give these Muddy Buddies away as gifts or you can keep them for yourselves! These and my White Chocolate Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels are my favorite movie munching snacks! Just cozy up to a old Christmas movie (or a cheesy Hallmark one) and munch away! The candy cane coating gives these a fun peppermint crunch and as far as calories go, these are fairly guilt free since there really isn’t too much chocolate on each piece. It’s just a sugary cereal really… ha!
How to make Christmas Muddy Buddies:
Okay, let’s get started with some step by step photos! Most Muddy Buddy recipes call for peanut butter but not theses! I prefer to keep my peanut butter away from minty flavors and I love gifting peanut-free Christmas treats to neighbors. The easiest way to crush your candy canes is to use a blender! Unwrap them all and place them in a blender or food processor and crushhhhh! I’m pretty obsessed with my blendtec.
Muddy Buddy Tip:
Some people coat their chocolate covered Chex in a tupperware and some do it in a bag… whichever way you like to do it, place some of the coating mixture (In this cake it was crushed candy canes but most recipes use powdered sugar) at the bottom of the bag or tupperware before you put in your chocolate covered Chex! This will help to coat the cereal and not just make your bag covered in chocolate. For this recipe I put some crushed candy canes at the bottom of a gallon ziplock bag, put in my cereal, and then put more crushed candy canes on top! Then I sealed the bag and shook!
You can melt your chocolate on the stove top but I like to do it in the microwave, just make sure you use a microwave-safe bowl! It’s best if you use chocolate that is meant to be melted! Ghirardelli makes chocolate melts that are sold in most grocery stores now!
Oooooh, doesn’t that look good?! It’s like peppermint bark cereal! Just seal the bag with the crushed candy canes and chocolate covered chex and shake and toss around!
This is my favorite shot. You can see all the candy canes stuck in the chocolate on these Candy Cane Muddy Buddies! Santa would be glad to have a stocking full of these… if you want to decorate these a bit you could add in some green sprinkles!
No Bake Christmas Recipe
Christmas is all about baking! But I love to have a few incredible no-bake recipes up my sleeve. These Candy Cane Muddy Buddies and my White Chocolate Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels are my favorite! I make them every year and add them to my neighborhood gift bags!
Candy Cane Muddy Buddies
- 8 cups Rice Chex Cereal divided
- 16 regular sized candy canes
- 1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips
- 1 1/4 cups milk chocolate semi or dark chocolate chips
- 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil divided
1. Use two large bowls and divide your Chex cereal evenly, 4 cups in each. Set aside.
2. Unwrap candy canes and use a blender (or in a plastic bag rolling a rolling pin over them) to crush them.
3. In a microwave safe bowl add white chocolate chips and 1 1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Microwave to melt, stir every 25 seconds! Pour over one of the bowls of Chex and stir to coat. Then pour into a large plastic bag and add half of the crushed candy canes. Shake to coat. Then pour out onto a cookie sheet to cool.
4. Repeat step 3 with milk chocolate chips and the remaining bowl of Chex.
5. Once cooled, combined both the white and milk chocolate pieces! Enjoy!
If you use Melts or another melting chocolate, you don't need the vegetable oil!