White Chocolate Strawberry Muddy Buddies

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This White Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Muddy Buddies recipe is a delicious dessert or snack that can be served on Valentine’s Day or any other festive occasion! Colorful, strawberry pink puppy chow is a Chex Mix made with melted white chocolate and freeze dried strawberries to create the best strawberries and cream flavor out there. A festive, fruity and sweet treat! 

If you have been around here for a while, you know that my favorite holiday of the whole year is Valentine’s Day! It’s been that way my entire life. What’s not to love about hearts, and pink and love and frills?? Nothing that I can come up with!

Even before Christmas arrives, I am already thinking about Valentine’s Day and what I will make for my friends and family, and what new Valentine recipes I will add to the blog. 

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YOu’re sure to be sweet on this strawberry puppy chow recipe! It’s one of my favorite Valentine Chex Mix recipes.  Irresistible, crunchy cereal is coated in sweet, melted white chocolate and strawberry sugar to create the best strawberries and cream flavors you will just adore. 

Prepare this strawberry muddy buddies recipe as a Valentine puppy chow recipe for friends, family, kids, or classroom parties! You can even serve this strawberry Chex Mix for Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or even Christmas whenever you are wanting some bright sweet flavors. All you need to do is simply swap out the sprinkles and M&Ms if you’re making this super easy pink puppy chow for other special occasions and holidays. 

This Valentine muddy buddies recipe is perfect for Valentine’s Day because it is the perfect shade of pink and an even blend of delicious strawberries and cream. The red and pink M&Ms are the perfect additions to this white chocolate-covered strawberry puppy chow recipe and are beautiful to look at along with the festive Valentine’s Day sprinkles. 
Any kind of sprinkles and candy will pair well with this strawberry muddy buddies recipe; just stick to your preferred holiday colors so you will have a delicious appetizer, snack, or dessert recipe ready for any celebration. 


  • Easy to Make: This strawberry Chex Mix recipe is prepared in less than 20 minutes and is one of the easiest appetizer recipes out there! Just a few simple steps are all you need for this recipe to create the best strawberry puppy chow. 
  • Sweet and Crunchy: Blended freeze-dried strawberries and powdered sugar create sweet strawberry flavors that coat the Chex Mix perfectly with melted white chocolate. Strawberry puppy chow is going to woo anyone! 
  • Easy to Customize: Switch things up for birthdays or other holidays by a couple of easy swaps. Use different-colored M&Ms to match different holidays and occasions as well as using different themed sprinkles. There are so many creative options when it comes to making strawberry Chex Mix! 
  • Family-Friendly: Kids of all ages will love this easy muddy buddies recipe. Serve this puppy chow in lunchboxes or for classroom holiday parties at school for the littles. 
  • Great for Gifting: Portion out individual servings in gift bags or boxes to gift to your friends and loved ones for a yummy Valentine Chex Mix recipe or another fun mix. 


Strawberry Banana Cheerios: Crunchy, strawberry banana cheerios are naturally sweet and provide plenty of flavor to this strawberry Chex Mix recipe. 
Rice Chex Cereal: The classic Rice Chex is perfect for this recipe because it is neutral and the perfect base for absorbing the sweet sugary strawberry flavors. 
Freeze-Dried Strawberries: Sweet freeze-dried strawberries are blended into a smooth consistency to mix with the sugar. 
Powdered Sugar: Confectioners or powdered sugar is mixed with blended strawberries because it is light, easy to work with, sweet, and creates a yummy sweet strawberry flavor. 
White Chocolate: Melted white chocolate is melted until silky smooth. I like to use Lindt White Chocolate because it is so rich and melts perfectly compared to other white chocolate bars I have used. 


M&Ms: For this strawberry Valentine Chex Mix, I like to use an array of different colored M&Ms such as red, pink, and white. You do not have to use these colors if you’re preparing this puppy chow for other occasions. 
Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits: Much smaller than regular marshmallows, mallow bits are tiny bits of marshmallows that are ideal for easy snack recipes like this one whenever you want just enough hints of creamy fluffy marshmallow. 
Valentine’s Day sprinkles were used for this pink puppy chow, but any colored sprinkles will work for this Chex mix recipe. Get creative! 


First, place both the Cheerios and Rice Chex cereals into a large bowl. Toss two kinds of cereal together until combined. Set aside. 

I love how the Strawberry Banana Cheerios are heart-shaped!! 

Next, we need to blend the strawberries into a sweet strawberry powder. Place the freeze-dried strawberries into a food processor or blender and blend until a powder-like consistency is formed. 

Mix the blended freeze-dried strawberries with the powdered sugar in a small bowl with a whisk. 

Next, melt the white chocolate in fifteen-second intervals until smooth and creamy. Stir the chocolate with a spoon to make sure all of it is melted. 


pouring white chocolate into cereal, stirring, and then adding powdered sugar and strawberries to shake and coat with sugar

Pour the melted chocolate over the Chex Mix cereal. Stir everything with a rubber spatula to coat it all until evenly covered.

Next, pour the strawberry powdered sugar over the cereal and shake everything together until covered with the sugar.

close view of strawberry cereal mix

 cereal ingredients for pink valentine's day puppy chow

Finally, stir in the fun M&Ms, sprinkles, and mallow bits.

white bowl with strawberry chex mix

Get ready to dig in!


two images of puppy chow in bowls with text


Be sure to save this strawberry muddy buddies recipe for the next time you want to impress your friends or loves ones with a sweet strawberry puppy chow recipe. You won’t regret it and you can use it over and over again for all kinds of holidays. 

top view of rice chex in bowl with other pink puppy chow ingredients


  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for one week. 
  • Instead of using a white chocolate bar, you can easily use white chocolate chips to melt the chocolate. 
  • Garnish and serve with whole pieces of freeze-dried strawberries for an extra nice presentation.


top view of strawberry chex mix in heart dish  

Serve this strawberry Chex Mix recipe alongside your other favorite appetizers and snack recipes. It makes a great snack for movie night, too! 


overhead of Better Than Sex Chex Mix in a heart shaped bowl


one bowl of strawberry chex mix

Fall in love with this White Chocolate Strawberry Muddy Buddy Recipe!  M. logo An Affair from the Heart

white bowl with strawberry chex mix
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White Chocolate Strawberry Muddy Buddies

Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheerios, Chex mix valentine muddy buddy recipe, freeze dried strawberries, M&M's, Mallow Bits, powdered sugar, Rice Chex, sprinkles, strawberry Chex mix, strawberry muddy buddies recipe, strawberry puppy chow, Valentine Chex mix recipe, Valentine muddy buddies, Valentine puppy chow, white chocolate covered strawberry muddy buddies, white chocolate covered strawberry puppy chow recipe
Servings: 10 cups
Calories: 171kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 5 cups Strawberry Banana Cheerios
  • 5 cups Rice Chex Cereal
  • 1 1.2 ounce package of freeze dried strawberries (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 4.4 ounce bars Lindt White Chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup Valentine M&M's red, white, pink in color
  • 1 cup Jet Puffed Mallow Bits
  • 1/4 cup Valentine sprinkles


  • Pour both kinds of cereal into a large bowl. Set aside.
  • Using your food processor, pulse the freeze dried strawberries until powdery.
  • Mix powdered strawberries and powdered sugar together in a small bowl with a whisk.
  • Melt the chocolate at 50% power in the microwave in intervals of about 15 seconds, stirring until smooth.
  • Pour melted chocolate over the cereal, and stir to coat.
  • Pour powdered sugar mixture over the top and stir/shake to toss it all together until the cereal is completely coated in the strawberry sugar.
  • Stir in M&M's, mallow bits and sprinkles.
  • Store in an airtight container.


I used Strawberry Banana Cheerios (I love the heart shaped cereal!) if you can't find them, you can substitute frosted Cheerios or Honey Nut Cheerios.
adapted from the food network


Serving: 1g | Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 74mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g

two images of puppy chow with text

This week I got together with some of my blogger buddies and we are sharing some great chocolate recipes in honor of Valentine’s Day. Here are some more recipes for you to check out for #ChocolateWeek:

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  1. This is such a great idea for Valentine’s Day. It’s a lovely combo of sweet flavors and it looks so pretty. I will definitely make this.

  2. What a fun flavor this makes me think Spring so I will enjoy it all year long in winter to think Spring!!

  3. This recipe is pure genius. I just bought some of the heart cereal the other day and made this today. Absolutely delicious.

  4. I have marked this to try. It looks SO GOOD! And that color! I love the strawberries in there. I can’t wait to make this.

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