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Cute + Easy Valentine’s Day Muddy Buddies


This recipe only takes fifteen minutes to make and is made with all the best fun treats of the season. So fun and easy.

bowl of finished snack on red and white towel.

❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Easy and fast to make – just 15 minutes of prep time
  • Perfect for kids and adults alike
  • Delicious, sweet flavor that everyone will love
  • Versatile recipe – can be customized with any candy or topping your heart desires!

This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of the page.

ingredients on marble counter.

You’ll need the following for this yummy snack:

  • Rice Chex cereal
  • semisweet chocolate chips
  • creamy peanut butter
  • butter
  • powdered sugar
  • Valentine’s M&Ms
  • frosted animal crackers
  • Valentine sprinkles
  • large mixing bowl
  • plastic zip-top bag (2 gallon or larger)


Step One: make the chocolate peanut butter coating

small bowl of melted chocolate mixture.

Measure the cereal into a very large bowl and set it aside. To make the coating, put chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter into a microwavable bowl and microwave them for 90 seconds. Stir halfway through. Pour the mixture over the cereal and stir well until everything is coated evenly.

Step Two: coat and shake in powdered sugar

mixing bowl with chocolate coated chex and bag of powdered sugar.

Measure the powdered sugar into a big plastic bag. Shake the bag until the sugar coats everything inside. Then, spread it out on waxed paper to cool down.

Step three: add cookies and candy

bowl of valentines day muddy buddies.

Add animal cookies, M&Ms, and sprinkles to the cereal that has been coated and shake it again. Serve in a clean bowl or eat it out of the bag.

🥫 Storage instructions

This Valentine’s Day treat can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week, or in the refrigerator for two weeks.

🔍 FAQs

Is there a good substitute for the peanut butter?

Yes! Cashew butter works perfectly.

Can this be made with different types of cereal?

Sure! Corn or rice Chex are both fine.

Is it okay to skip the sprinkles?

Of course! Sprinkles are just for decoration and can easily be left out of the recipe.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Use a big enough bowl to mix the cereal and coating. The biggest one you’ve got.
  • Don’t be tempted to mix the sugar in the bowl. It will make a huge mess.
  • Make sure to add the candy and sprinkles last, or they’ll stick together.

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close up view of finished muddy buddy mix.

Valentine’s Day Muddy Buddies

5 from 2 votes
A fun, sweet, and colorful mix that your kids will ask for every February.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 529kcal
Author: Katie Shaw
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  • Large mixing bowl
  • large plastic bag


  • 9 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup butter
  • cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups Valentine’s M&Ms
  • 2 cups frosted animal crackers
  • Valentine sprinkles


  • Measure cereal into a very large bowl and set it aside.
  • Make coating. In a microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter for 90 seconds, stirring halfway through. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring well until evenly coated.
  • Measure powdered sugar into a very large (2 gallon or larger) plastic bag and shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool.
  • Add animal cookies, M&Ms, and sprinkles to coated cereal and shake again. Serve in a clean bowl or directly out of the bag.


Don’t have a 2-gallon bag?  Just split the cereal roughly in half for the shaking portion.  


Calories: 529kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 304mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 459IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 7mg
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