Orange Creamsicle Puppy Chow

filed under: Candy · Dessert on July 29, 2019

Orange Creamsicle Puppy Chow (aka Muddie Buddies) is a super fun citrus twist on a classic! Sweet vanilla and orange flavor mean you get your favorite ice cream treat in the hand-held form! Don’t miss my traditional Puppy Chow or S’mores Puppy Chow!

Bowl of Orange Creamsicle Puppy ChowOrange Creamsicle Puppy Chow

So you might be wondering what the heck this crazy creation is? Let me break it down for you. Chex cereal coated in vanilla chocolate (although not technically chocolate) that has been flavored with orange extract and a wee lil’ bit of orange zest. That concoction is then coated in confectioners sugar. But then the real test begins… can you stop with one handful? Nope! It seriously tastes like orange creamsicle and I LOVELOVELOVE how stinkin easy it is!

Orange Creamsicle Puppy Chow Ingredients

How to Make Creamsicle Puppy Chow

Five simple ingredients make up this treat!

  • Chex cereal
  • vanilla candy coating
  • orange extract
  • orange zest
  • confectioners sugar

IMPORTANT: You CANNOT use white chocolate morsels in this, the extract will make it seize instantly and be a giant mess and waste of ingredients. In the image above you can see the vanilla candy coating in a block of 8 squares. They come in a handy dandy microwavable tray. You can add the extract and zest right to the melted “chocolate” and stir until incorporated. Just to reiterate, this won’t work with white chocolate morsels.

In case you are wondering, Orange Extract is found at most grocery stores. In the off chance you don’t feel like heading to the store but have all of the other ingredients, you can also get it on amazon.

Adding Powdered Sugar to Orange Creamsicle Puppy Chow

Start by melting the vanilla candy coating. Once it is fully melted and smooth, you can add the orange extract and zest. Stir well. Now pour the chocolate over the cereal and stir with a spatula.

Pour the chocolate-coated cereal into a large sealable plastic bag and then add the confectioner’s sugar. Shake shake shake.

Pour that onto a cookie sheet and spread into a flat layer so that every piece can dry. (We sometimes skip this step and eat right out of the bag 😇)

Overhead View of Orange Creamsicle Chex in a Bowl Next to Orange Zest

If you happen to have extra zest you can sprinkle the rest of it over the puppy chow. I was not a huge fan of this as orange zest can be a tad bitter, but it does add a little color so folks know what they are getting. Speaking of color…

Food Color: Yay or Nay?

If you want a BIG pop of color, you can add orange food coloring. When you are adding the orange extract to the chocolate candy melts, add in 1-2 drops of orange food color. (Or as much as you would like.) Or 1 small drop of red and 1 small drop of yellow. Stir well and then continue the recipe as instructed. If you happen to want a really fun twist on this colorful idea, do half and half.

Pour half of the cereal in one bowl and the other half in another bowl. Add half of the white chocolate candy melts over one of the bowls then add the food color to the remaining chocolate candy coating. Stir, then pour that orange chocolate candy coating over the remaining cereal. Stir to coat well. You should have a bowl of white and a bowl of orange. Add both bowls to a bag and then add the confectioner’s sugar.

Folks LOVE this colorful version but it does take a few extra minutes. (not pictured here)

Again, this can’t be done with white chocolate morsels, only the candy melts.

Close Up of Individual Creamsicle Chex Puppy Chow Pieces

Can This Recipe Be Doubled?

Yes! You can easily double this recipe. Just make sure you have a large enough bowl to mix the ingredients in and that you can work in batches when coating the cereal with chocolate.

How Long Does Puppy Chow Last?

You can store the puppy chow in an airtight container (or in the bag you made it in) on the counter or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, but I doubt it will last that long! (That is the official answer BTW, I have never refrigerated puppy chow.)

Bowl of Orange Creamsicle Puppy Chow

Puppy Chow Variations

I love all of the easy ways you can change up muddie buddies. Some of my favorite variations are:

I am going to be posting all of these recipes soon… but the basic recipe is there. Chocolate, cereal, and sugar. You got this. 😉

Child Taking Handful of Creamsicle Puppy Chow

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5 from 2 votes
Orange Creamsicle Puppy Chow
Orange Creamsicle Puppy Chow
Prep Time
10 mins
Microwave Time
1 min

Orange Creamsicle Puppy Chow (aka Muddie Buddies) is a super fun citrus twist on a classic! Sweet vanilla and orange in a fun no-bake snack!

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamsicle muddie buddies, creamsicle puppy chow, Puppy Chow
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 8 ounces vanilla chocolate, Candiquick
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1-2 drops orange food color (optional, I did not use)
  • 4 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  1. In a large bowl, add the cereal.
  2. Melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds, stir, and heat for another 30 seconds. It should be smooth.
  3. Add in orange extract and orange zest and stir well. (If you are adding food color, do it here.)
  4. Pour vanilla chocolate over the cereal and stir with a spatula until cereal is coated.
  5. Carefully pour cereal mixture into a large plastic bag and then pour the confectioners sugar over top. Seal the bag and shake until every piece is coated with sugar.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Apparently, I need to specify that this is a HUMAN treat, not one for dogs. In the midwest we refer to these as “Puppy Chow” and others refer to them as “Muddie Buddies”, but they are NOT meant for dogs.

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  • TJ says:

    I can not wait to make this! I make the classic Puppy Chow every Christmas for family members. I missed a year one time and boy did my family let me know about it. How surprised will they be this Christmas when they get Creamsicle Puppy Chow! Thanks for sharing!

  • D. Wheeler says:

    Just a quick question, since I can’t eat chocolate (white or otherwise), would you have an alternative source of chocolate to making this recipe?

  • Ellie says:

    Where can I find the white candy?

  • janie davis says:

    This sounds amazing and I want to make it. . My question is; with the addition of orange zest do you need to refrigerate the mix? I would think it would be subject to mold.

  • Peggy says:

    Have you made the buddy’s using the chocolate candy, with the orange flavors❓gotta make this. Thanks for all ur goodies‼️ How do u stay so thin , I sure can’t 🤣🤣

  • Teresa says:

    I love this idea. I love chocolate and orange, so after I make the first batch I might see if they still make chocolate cereal and then mix the white/orange combo on that.

  • Cheryl Hill says:

    I used vanilla candy coating & it seized up when I added the extract. Could I use more zest & no extract?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Hum…it shouldn’t! Sorry about the experience nonetheless. You can definitely use more orange zest but it is quite bitter so too much can be overwhleming. You can also try sprinkling extract over the cereal, but this should be down when the cereal is laying flat and even and you can evenly sprinkle the extract.

  • Teresa Matkin says:

    Can u use not concentrated orange juice instead of orange zest. If so, how much?

  • C McCuan says:

    Why call it Puupy Chow I wonder. It could confuse some people who would feed it to their dogs and make them very sick.

  • Linda says:

    It seems like not too many of people’s comments/questions have replies from you, but I thought I would try anyway. Or maybe you reply to them personally, but I know I would have liked to have seen the answers to some of their questions. Thanks! I have been wanting a recipe for muddy buddies without peanut butter and finally I have one! Do all of the other Puppy Chow variations have PB? Also…are the vanilla discs/wafers okay to use? I know where to find them, but I’m not so sure about the bars. Thank you !

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Hi Linda- the vanilla candy coating is actually in your grocery store, right under the chocolate chips! (It’s usually on the bottom shelf or the very top shelf). They can be easier to find than the discs! 🙂 You can use vanilla or almond bark. As far as the discs, I have used them in a recipe similar to this, but they do not accept the extract as well as the vanilla candy coating and could seize. Hope that helps!

  • Debra says:

    Can I just use orange oil?

  • Wayne Young says:

    Too Sweet!! Sent my blood sugar through the roof.Like the taste but maybe something less sugary.

  • Edd says:

    I made sure to use candy coating (Wilton’s candy melts) instead of chocolate and I got it super smooth and creamy but as soon as I added the extract it seized. I couldn’t recover it. Major disappointment.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Hi Edd… sorry you had that experience! I did specify Candiquick in the recipe. Wilton candy melts will not work with extracts, they will seize. You can only use oil based extracts with Wilton.

  • Janette says:

    I just love all of your recipes, with that being said I followed the recipe exactly and as soon as I added the zest and flavor to the white chocolate it was a mess!! It did not cream together. Thank goodness I was making a double batch so I melted the chocolate put it on the cereal then added the zest and flavoring and worked like a charm!! It is delicious!!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Janette! I will retest and see if I can improve the method for this recipe. 🙂

  • Joan Burton says:

    SOUnds delicious! Can’t wait to try it.

  • Terri Davis says:

    Love your videos, you’re so funny I laugh the whole time and the way things are today , everyone needs to laugh and also your recipes are great.
    Thanks for all you do 😃

  • Debra M Trevino says:

    I love your site. Such good recipes. I’ll have to try all these puppy chow recipes. Thank you.

  • Kris says:

    Easy and tasty!

  • Mishi says:

    I did use vanilla flavored candy coating.
    You really should’ve updated your recipe to state, only use Wiltons Oil Based Extracts, otherwise regular extracts ( that have alcohol as an ingredient in them ), will make the candy bind up.
    In my opinion, recommending someone sprinkle the extract over the cereal was foolish 👎

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Thanks for sharing your opinion. I tested the candy coating (almond candy bark like in the picture is not the same as wafers) and was able to successfully use extract. I don’t make recommendations willy-nilly and think you calling me foolish is really uncalled for.

  • Mishi says:

    I DID use almond bark and the extract still made it bind up!!!