Get ready to fall in love with a new twist on a classic favorite! Introducing Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow, a delightful and easy-to-make snack that brings the cozy flavors of autumn right to your taste buds. Just imagine the irresistible crunch of Cinnamon Chex® cereal perfectly coated in velvety white chocolate infused with the warm embrace of pumpkin spice. It’s a sweet symphony of textures and tastes that’ll have you reaching for handful after handful.

Bowl of Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow (or Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies) with Mini Pumpkins in the Background.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Chex Cereal: The heart of this recipe, Cinnamon Chex® cereal lends a delightful flavor. However, if you can’t find the cinnamon variety, plain Chex works well too. Additionally, you can experiment with other cereal options like Rice Chex or Corn Chex. Remember, Chex cereal’s distinct texture is perfect for that classic puppy chow feel.

White Chocolate Chips: The creamy binder that brings everything together. If you’re looking to switch it up, you could try milk chocolate chips for a richer flavor, or even dark chocolate chips for a deeper, bittersweet twist.

Pumpkin Spice: This is where the magic happens! If you’re a fan of more robust spice notes, consider adding a pinch of ground ginger or nutmeg to enhance the autumnal flavors even further. (Or try my homemade version!)

Close up of a tray of Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow.

How to Store Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

Puppy chow can be stored in an airtight container or zipped bag at room temperature. It will last up to 2 weeks. However, I highly doubt it will last more than a few days once you start eating it!

Bowl of Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow (or Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies) with Mini Pumpkins in the Background.

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Classic Puppy Chow (or Muddie Buddies) is kicked up a notch with a little pumpkin spice! It's surprising how delicious and addicting this simple 10-minute snack is!


  • 1 box (13.5 ounces) Cinnamon Chex® cereal
  • 3 cups (504 g) white chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice
  • 1 cup (125 g) confectioners' sugar


  • Carefully melt white chocolate in microwave. I started at 1 minute, removed and stirred, then heated again in 10-second increments until completely melted.
  • Add pumpkin spice to melted chocolate and stir well.
  • Place cereal into bowl; pour white chocolate mixture over cereal. Stir until well coated.
  • Transfer the mixture to a large resealable plastic bag and add the confectioners' sugar. Seal the bag tightly. Shake the bag until the confectioners' sugar evenly coats the cereal.

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Reader Comments

  1. Interesting name…and whether it has any relevance to puppies or not…since I love puppies, I like it! It looks like delish snacking munch!

  2. Is it sad that I had never had puppy chow until this past christmas? Well, now I’m hooked! And this pumpkin spice puppy chow looks and sounds delicious!

  3. Wondering if pumpkin spice is the same as pumpkin pie spice? This looks amazing… can’t wait to give it a try! Thanks for the recipe.

    1. It definitely can be. I used the Pumpkin Pie Spice from McCormick. The ingredients should be: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. 🙂

  4. This looks amazing! 4 ingredients and I don’t have half of them :p. At least that just means I need to buy two things 🙂

  5. You have nostalgia on your side here, girl!! As a child of the 80’s, muddy buddies were my JOINT, YO. This seasonal twist has me smiling!

  6. I absolutely LOVE puppy chow! And the fact that this is pumpkin spice makes me so excited!! Pinned 🙂

  7. I love puppy chow and I definitely have to recreate your delicious pumpkin spice recipe! It’s really hard to find chex cereal here in Australia so I will have to find a similar cereal as a substitute though.. thanks for the great recipe!

    1. what cereal did you use? i am an america living in australia and want to make this – but unsure what cereal is similar to chex? thanks!

  8. Oh this would get me in trouble if I made it. Pretty sure I would eat it in one sitting!

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