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!
Orange 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!
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.
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 😇)
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.
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.)
Puppy Chow Variations
I love all of the easy ways you can change up muddie buddies. Some of my favorite variations are:
- Lemon Puppy Chow
- Classic Puppy Chow
- Sprinkles (Birthday Cake) Puppy Chow
- Banana Cream Puppy Chow
- Brownie Puppy Chow
- S’mores Puppy Chow
I am going to be posting all of these recipes soon… but the basic recipe is there. Chocolate, cereal, and sugar. You got this. 😉
Want More Orange Creamsicle Treats?
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!
- 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
- In a large bowl, add the cereal.
- Melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds, stir, and heat for another 30 seconds. It should be smooth.
- Add in orange extract and orange zest and stir well. (If you are adding food color, do it here.)
- Pour vanilla chocolate over the cereal and stir with a spatula until cereal is coated.
- 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.
- 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.