April 11, 2013

Muddy Buddy Bars

I didn't eat this for dinner on a Friday night.  I didn't eat this for dinner on a Friday night.  I didn't....okay, I did.

And I think it was worth it.

Scott was upset that I "fed" him puppy chow (He calls it puppy chow, I call it muddy buddies...it's a confusing house to live in).  You see, he came home from work early one day after working an overnight shift and got into the bowl of muddy-buddy goodness (I had artfully hidden it on top of the fridge).  He claimed it was my fault, and I was trying to fatten him up again. 

Uh, no.  I do not force the crunchy chooclatey-peanut-buttery goodness down your throat, darling. 

And trust me: Had I known he was coming home from work early, I wouldn't have left it out in plain sight.  Usually I  stash these kinds of treats away for myself.

Do you call them Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow?? (Kate Gosselin calls it Monkey Mix...did you see that episode years ago??)

I made these S'mores Bars last year and they were really good.  This recipe, I think, is more or less my own perfected version of that.  Like with the Cake Batter Rice Krispy Treats, the addition of frosting makes these bars so rich and chewy.

Also, like with those rice krispy treats, I ate most of this straight from the bowl.  The glass pan thing was a blog formality.

Muddy Buddy Bars

2 cups marshmallows
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup cream cheese frosting
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 T. butter
1/2 cup powdered cake mix (I used White.)
4-5 cups of Rice Chex

In a large microwaveable bowl, melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter together for about 45 seconds..  Stir well.  Stir in the frosting, marshmallows, and powdered cake mix.  Heat for another 45 seconds, until it's well-combined. 

Fold in the Rice Chex until coated.  The marshmallows hold the mixture together in clumps, unlike regular muddy buddies.

Spread into an 8x8 pan (actually 9x12 would work, but I ate so many out of the bowl...).  Store in an airtight container.


  1. My family always called them Muddy Buddies, bu I won't eat them because I don't like peanut butter and I only semi-like chocolate. But I have to admit, I have similar strategies to you when it comes to trying to keep the food that I love most out of the hands of my husband. I love you honey....but some of the food I make is really delicious! :P

  2. I've never actually tried them under any name, partly because no one I know has made them/offered to share, partly because I'm afraid it would be a slippery slope to addiction. They sound amaaaaaazing.

  3. I have always loved Puppy Chow ;) and have been guilty of almost eating an entire bowl. But that's what girls nights are for, right?

  4. You and your cream cheese frosting! My boyfriend LOVES everything you bake because it always has cream cheese frosting in it :) Can't wait to try another one of your recipes!

  5. Hmmm. We never got stuff like this growing up, so it has no special name for me ;)

  6. These look tasty...and I've never heard of using cake mix! When I was a kid we called them muddy buddies if they didn't have powdered sugar coating, and puppy chow if they did...

  7. I can feel my waistline expanding haha! Yum!

  8. How did you know I was coming here to look for your Cake Batter Rice Krispy Treat recipe?! I didn't even have to search for it! You linked right to it! It's like you knew! You are just THAT good! :)

  9. I don't really call it anything... I've never really made it. BUT I think around here more people call it Puppy Chow. This one sounds totally delicious!

  10. yum!! puppy chow is one of my favorite desserts!!

  11. I hadn't heard of puppy chow before Pinterest. I've never tried it either. I probably shouldn't. Then i would have to blame you for making me fat.


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