Candy Cane Puppy Chow

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This Candy Cane Peppermint Puppy Chow recipe is full of sweet and minty flavors! Made with melted white chocolate, Chex cereal, and crushed candy canes, this candy cane snack mix has Christmas written all over it! 

box of candy cane puppy chow

Oh, how I love candy cane peppermint puppy chow. Sweet, easy, and filled with white chocolate melted over rice Chex with some crushed candy cane, this simple holiday recipe is perfection. Ready in minutes and perfect for gift-giving for the holidays whenever you’ve got someone special on your mind, you will love this simple peppermint muddy buddies recipe!

When winter rolls around, I pull out the festive treats–such as this one and my Winter Wonderland Snack Mix. Powdered sugar, Rice Chex, white chocolate, mint… What else is there to ask for?

You just can’t go wrong with puppy chow. Don’t you agree? Serve it up as the appetizer, as a snack, or at the dessert table while you’re hosting lunch or dinner. This snack mix is destined to please anyone who tries it. 

puppy chow in box with peppermint

What to bring to a Cookie Exchange

So, you got invited to a cookie exchange, it’s time to start thinking about what to bring. For years I hosted a cookie exchange every December, and aside from the obvious – cookies – I loved having an assortment of candy and also fun seasonal snack mixes.

When I make up my cookie trays I try really hard to have a little bit of something for everyone, and lots of flavors and colors. I love chocolate as much as the next guy, but let’s face it, a tray of all brown is just not very festive!


Crispix Snack Mix in a white bowl
Crispix Snack Mix

One year, I made my Crispix snack mix and filled up Pringle cans that I had decorated for the exchange. Everyone loved it! I love having a fun holiday snack mix in the middle of my trays or sprinkled about. This Candy Cane Puppy Chow is perfect for that! I can’t take credit for this recipe though – I got it from another blogger, named Lynn. She was my blog assignment for this fun virtual cookie exchange that I host every year, called Freaky Friday.


Freaky Friday text it's just as good ol' fashioned blog hop

What is Freaky Friday?

Freaky Friday is a group of bloggers that gets together for a good ‘ol fashioned blog hop five times a year; once per season and then for the Holiday Virtual Cookie Exchange, which is today!

We each are assigned a blog to bake from and we all reveal our recipe and who we had on the same day at the same time. That day is today! It’s a great way for our readers to meet other bloggers and to find even more new recipes!


Fresh April Flours

For this round, I was given the blog Fresh April Flours to bake from, hosted by Lynn. Lynn is an incredibly talented baker and actually used to own her own cake company called Lucky Duck Cakes. Funny because she said that up until 2010, she had never baked a thing. She was looking for a hobby, took a cake decorating class, and as they say, the rest is history.

When I was searching Lynn’s site for what to make I had about 25 tabs open on my computer! There is so much to choose from! I narrowed it down to two things though, this peppermint muddy buddy recipe and these funfetti snowball cookies. But the puppy chow won out in the end. 

Speaking of Puppy Chow Recipes

What I didn’t realize when I made the candy cane puppy chow is that Lynn has her own cookbook called The Chowdown Cookbook! It’s a cookbook full of puppy chow recipes! Once I saw that then I realized that she also has her own line of sprinkles called Fresh April Sprinkles . She’s a busy lady!

I wasn’t able to choose her Winter Sangria recipe or her homemade peppermint mocha creamer for this round, to keep with the theme – but I can assure you those will be happening really soon!


one box of puppy chow with candy cane


  • Easy: With only a few simple steps, this Christmas puppy chow is so simple to make! Basic ingredients and steps are just what you need for a relaxing holiday! 
  • Sweet and Delicious: The combination of crushed candy canes, melted white chocolate, and confectioner’s sugar create the perfect amount of sweetness that coats the Chex Mix perfectly.
  • Holiday Themed: What screams, “Christmas!” better than candy cane puppy chow? Red and white candy canes are perfect for Christmas and the holidays. 
  • Perfect Stocking Stuffers: Whether you’re making this peppermint Chex Mix for friends, loved ones, or guests for the holidays, this snack mix is perfect for stuffing in stockings, gift bags, boxes, thank you gifts, and much more. You never know whose day you may make by gifting them this chocolate peppermint puppy chow. 

four bowls of chex mix, candy canes, white chocolate, powdered sugar


Rice Chex: Use storebought Chex Mix or any type of store brand type of cereal that resembles Chex Mix. Crispix is another type of cereal that will work well for this recipe if you do not have access to different types of Chex cereals. 
White Chocolate: Feel free to use white chocolate chips or chopped white chocolate candy bars. Just make sure you choose a good quality white chocolate. 
Candy Canes: You can use leftover candy canes or your choice of peppermint candies for this recipe. If you happen to have a bunch of candy canes left over from the Christmas tree or holiday parties, then this recipe is perfect for them. 
Powdered Sugar: Confectioner’s sugar is light and dusty sweet sugar that is the perfect addition to this snack mix. Sweet, light, and delicious, the powdered sugar adds just enough flavor to this recipe. 



This recipe is easy, quick, and perfect for kids and the entire family. If you’re looking for an extra holiday treat to make this year, then you’ve found the right recipe! This candy cane chow is perfectly displayed in serving dishes, tins, and much more. 

bowl of chex mix with white chocolate


First, add the cereal to a large bowl. Set aside until ready to use. 

Next, in a small saucepan over low heat, melt the white chocolate pieces or chips. Stir the white chocolate until it is melted and smooth, but be sure to mix it constantly so it doesn’t burn. Remove the chocolate from the heat once it has melted. 

mixing candy cane into puppy chow mixture


Combine the melted white chocolate and the Rice Chex cereal in the bowl until mixed. Sprinkle the crushed candy canes over the top of the snack mix and stir to evenly coat the candy. 

puppy chow with powdered sugar in bag

bag of puppy chow


Next, place the coated cereal in a large zip-lock bag or a container with a lid. Add the powdered sugar to the mixture and shake to coat. 

puppy chow with powdered sugar


Spread the peppermint muddy buddies in a thin layer on a baking sheet. Allow the mix to completely cool at room temperature. 

Store the puppy chow mix in an airtight container and enjoy it within two weeks! 

puppy chow in box with candy canes


Want to make this Christmas puppy chow this year for the holidays? What are you waiting for–save this recipe to your Pinterest board! 



  • Instead of white chocolate, use your favorite dark or milk chocolate chips. In a pinch, you can use almond bark, too. I actually made it again, and didn’t have any white chocolate, I used vanilla almond bark and added a couple of drops of peppermint extract to it. It was yummy. 
  • Add popcorn or pretzels to the Rice Chex cereal for extra crunch and flavor. 
  • Add Christmas-colored M&Ms to the snack mix recipe before cooling on the baking sheet. 


Mexican Hot Chocolate Chex Mix with sprinkles in a white bowl


Peppermint Bark Popcorn
    1. Take a look at all of our 2021 Freaky Friday Holiday Cookie Exchange Recipes:

      1. An Affair from the Heart – Candy Cane Puppy Chow
      2. The Carefree Kitchen – Christmas Linzer Cookies
      3. Devour Dinner – Peppermint Meltaways
      4. Family Around the Table – Chocolate Overload Cookies
      5. The Foodie Affair – Easy Pecan Pie Crust Cookie Recipe
      6. Fresh April Flours – Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies
      7. The Fresh Cooky – White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
      8. Hostess at Heart – Crumbl Cookie Recipe
      9. House of Nash Eats – Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies
      10. Kathryn’s Kitchen Blog – Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
      11. Lemoine Family Kitchen – Lemon Thumbprint Cookies with Strawberry Jam
      12. Lemon Blossoms – Cranberry Orange Biscotti
      13. Life Currents – Chocolate Mint Rugelach
      14. Life, Love & Good Food – White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
      15. Soulfully Made – Polar Bear Paw Cookies
      16. The Speckled Palate – Saltine Cracker Toffee
      17. Sue Bee Homemaker – Jam Thumbprint Cookies
      18. Take Two Tapas – Sugar Cookie Truffles

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one box of candy cane puppy chow mix with peppermint
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Candy Cane Puppy Chow

Simple to make and fun to eat this 4 ingredient candy cane puppy chow is perfect for the holidays. Add it to your holiday trays, give it as a gift, or just enjoy it while you are watching your favorite holiday movie. White chocolate, crushed candy cane and powdered sugar over rice Chex cereal.
Prep Time5 minutes
Additional Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Popcorn & Snack Mixes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candy cane, Christmas, Muddy Buddies, peppermint, Puppy Chow, rice chex cereal, Snack Mix, white chocolate
Servings: 5 cups
Calories: 303kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 4 1/2 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 8 ounces good quality white chocolate
  • 1 cup crushed candy canes/peppermint candies
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  • Add cereal to a large bowl. Set aside.
  • In a saucepan over low heat, melt the white chocolate. Stir it constantly taking care it does not burn. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat.
  • Pour the chocolate over the cereal and carefully stir to coat the cereal in melted white chocolate.
  • Sprinkle the crushed candy canes over the top and stir to evenly coat the cereal in peppermint candy.
  • Place the coated cereal in a large zippered bag, or a container with a lid and add in the powdered sugar. Shake to coat in sugar.
  • Spread onto cookie sheets covered in foil or parchment paper and let the mix cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container. Consume within 2 weeks.


To melt chocolate in the microwave, add the white chocolate to a microwave safe bowl and heat on high in 20 second intervals, stirring until smooth.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 128mg | Sugar: 40g



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  1. How fun is this sweet treat! I love the ease of this and that my boys can help make it too! What a great holiday gift too. Can’t wait to make this Candy Cane Puppy Chow!

  2. A tray of brown– LOLOLOL– thank you so much for sharing my recipe, and my book, and my sprinkles!! You are just the sweetest and I’m so grateful I got paired with you for this 🙂 as always, you make a lovely hostess! xoxo

  3. Can you believe that I have never tried puppy chow. I love anything with peppermint though, so I need to try this.

  4. I love anything muddy buddies! And peppermint, win-win-win! These would be great on a cookie tray and I love your idea of decorating mini Pringles cans to put this in!!

  5. I made this candy cane puppy chow yesterday for a little gathering and OH MY! They all gobbled it up and asked for the recipe. SO yummy!

  6. My kids love puppy chow, but I hadn’t thought to do a peppermint variation. This is such a good idea as we are loving all things peppermint these days. Looks like a great recipe to make with the kids over Christmas break.

  7. This is just the most fun twist on the classic! My kids will LOVE this, and it’s so perfect for sharing, too. I can see mixing up a batch and sharing them with friends in little individual-sized baggies as a treat.

    Thanks for hosting this awesome exchange once again, Michaela! It is always SO much fun!

  8. This my be messy but it won’t be the holidays without a batch of this! And mopping up powdered sugar from every surface!

  9. This might just be my new favorite puppy chow! I’ve always loved the classic peanut butter chocolate version, but the peppermint flavor and crunch of this winter version is awesome!

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