Valentine’s Day Muddy Buddies are coated in strawberry cake mix and pink and white candy melts to bring you a delicious — and festive — take on traditional muddy buddies.

A plate of pink and white muddy buddies on a pink plate.

There’s something about making festive treats for any holiday. I love making the traditional sugar cookies for Valentine’s Day, but these pink and white muddy buddies are just too much fun to pass up!


I love the chocolate peanut butter muddy buddies (I probably make them once a month!), so I wanted to find another excuse to make a spin on that delicious treat.

A bowl of white and pink muddy buddies and M&M's against a pink background.

Ingredients

  • White candy melts — Half of the mix will be white
  • Red or hot pink candy melts — Half of the mix will be pink! I used hot pink because I wanted a really vibrant pink color.
  • Rice Chex cereal 
  • Strawberry cake mix — These muddy buddies have a strawberries ‘n cream flavor, thanks to using this strawberry cake mix.
  • Powdered sugar — For coating.
  • Colored M&M’s — You can add these for extra chocolate and fun, but they aren’t required. You can also use Valentine’s Day sprinkles, too.
Rice Chex mix, strawberry cake mix box, powdered sugar, Valentine's Day M&M's, and white and pink candy melts against a white background.

How to Make Valentine’s Day Muddy Buddies

  1. Divide the Chex mix in half. Place 2 ½ cups in a medium sized bowl, and 2 ½ cups in another medium sized bowl. 
  2. Grab 2 Ziplock bags, place the powdered sugar in one and the strawberry cake mix in another. 
  3. Melt the white candy melts in a microwave safe bowl, stopping every 20-30 seconds to stir. Once melted, pour the chocolate into one of the Chex mix bowls. Mix until combined. 
  4. Transfer the white covered Chex mix to the powdered sugar bag. Zip close and shake until the cereal is fully coated. 
  5. Melt the red or pink candy melts at half power in the microwave, stopping every 20-30 seconds to stir. Once melted pour the red/pink chocolate into the last bowl of Chex mix cereal. Mix until combined. 
  6. Transfer the red/pink covered Chex mix to the strawberry cake mix bag. Zip close and shake until the cereal is fully coated. 
  7. Let the chocolate dry and then combine the two-colored muddy buddies and add Valentine’s colored M&M’s or sprinkles if you’d like!
Pink covered muddy buddies in a ziplock bag.

Tools Used for This Recipe

Plastic Bags — I recommend using the gallon sized bags. The quart size are just a tad too small.

Mixing Bowls — My favorite bowls. I use them every single day!

A plate of white and pink colored muddy buddies tossed with pink, red, and white M&M candy.

Recipe Tips

Shaking to coat the Rice Chex pieces in the sugar mixture is better than mixing in a large bowl to coat them. Since the Rice Chex cereal breaks easily, shaking will do a better job at keeping the cereal pieces whole. 

You can use red velvet cake mix if you have mouths that aren’t fans of strawberry cake mix.

Let the white and pink batches of muddy buddies cool/set completely before combining. If you combine too soon, some of the color may transfer to the white Chex pieces. 

You can add more powdered sugar if you’d like. I’ve found this ratio is my favorite. For me, too much powdered sugar takes away from the flavor.

If you don’t like your muddy buddies generously coated in the cake/chocolate mixture, feel free to add more Rice Chex cereal to the mix. 

You can also use mini white chocolate chips instead of red, pink or white M&Ms. 

This is a great treat to put in little bags and give out to those you love on Valentine’s Day!

A close up photo of bright pink and white covered Valentine's Day Muddy Buddies.

FAQs 

Is it muddy buddies or puppy chow?

I feel like this is a common question! There are so many names for this delicious treat. Growing up, my family called it dog food, which is a take on the commonly used puppy chow. Whatever name you call it, it’s muddy buddies, puppy chow, dog food, reindeer food, etc. if it’s Chex cereal coated in some kind of chocolate and tossed in powdered sugar. 

Can I adapt this for different holidays?

Definitely! Play around with different colored chocolate candy melts and different colored cake mixes to adapt this for St. Patrick’s day, Halloween, Christmas, and more!

Can I use a cake mix for the white pieces?

Sure! I’d probably try something mellow like a white cake mix or a vanilla cake mix that will pair well with the strawberry cake mix. If you try one of those options, leave a comment and let me know how it tastes!

A plate of pink and white Valentine's Day Muddy Buddies against a gray background.

More Valentine’s Day Treats


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Valentine’s Day Muddy Buddies

Valentine's Day Muddy Buddies feature white and bright pink chocolate covered chex cereal that has been tossed in powdered sugar and strawberry cake mix. Not only are the colors so fun and festive but the strawberries and cream flavors will surely become a new favorite of yours! You can wrap these in celophane bags and tie it off with ribbon as a cute love day gift.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 3 mins
Total Time: 13 mins
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup white candy melts - about 6 oz
  • 1 cup hot pink candy melts - can use red color candy melts, about 6 oz
  • 5 cups Rice Chex cereal - divided
  • 1/2 cup strawberry cake mix - dry
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • colored M&M's - optional

Instructions
 

  • Divide the Chex mix in half. Place 2 ½ cups in a medium sized bowl, and place 2 ½ cups in another medium sized bowl. 
  • Grab 2 gallon-sized Ziplock bags, place the powdered sugar in one and the strawberry cake mix in another. 
  • Melt the white candy melts in a microwave safe bowl, stopping every 20-30 seconds to stir. Once melted pour the chocolate into one of the Chex mix bowls. Mix until combined. 
  • Transfer the white covered Chex mix to the powdered sugar bag. Zip close and shake until the cereal is fully coated. 
  • Melt the red or pink candy melts at half power in the microwave, stopping every 20-30 seconds to stir. Once melted pour the red/pink chocolate into the last bowl of Chex mix cereal. Mix until combined. 
  • Transfer the red/pink covered Chex mix to the strawberry cake mix bag. Zip close and shake until the cereal is fully coated. 
  • Let the chocolate set and then combine the two-colored muddy buddies and add valentines colored M&M’s if you’d like!

Notes

Nutritional information is an estimate. It does not include the M&M’s or strawberry cake mix (as they can differ per brand). 

Nutrition

Calories: 145kcal (7%)Carbohydrates: 25g (8%)Protein: 1g (2%)Fat: 5g (8%)Saturated Fat: 4g (20%)Sodium: 118mg (5%)Potassium: 18mg (1%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 16g (18%)Vitamin A: 208IU (4%)Vitamin C: 2mg (2%)Calcium: 42mg (4%)Iron: 4mg (22%)
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Recipe adapted from Life, Love, and Sugar.