Easter Muddy Buddy Mix {aka Easter Bunny Chow}

This Easter Muddy Buddy Mix is an easy and delicious snack recipe, also known as Bunny Chow. Made with Chex® cereal, chocolate, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and lots of different types of Easter candy. And, it is a fun dessert for the kids to help make.

A white bowl filled with Easter Muddy Buddy Mix and three other white bowls filled with pastel chocolate candies.

Muddy Buddy mix is one of my favorite sweet treats to make for any occasion. It’s so easy and so full of delicious flavor and also so much fun to play around with! I’ve been making it for years, and in that time, I’ve served it at holiday get-togethers, potlucks, birthday parties, and even just kept it on hand for after-school snacks when my kids were in school. They and their friends always ate it all in a matter of a couple of days, so I’ve pretty much mastered this dish. Although being as easy as it is, it really didn’t take much to get it down perfectly.

Easter Muddy Buddy Mix

Lots of things are associated with Easter. Chocolate bunnies, Cadbury Creme Eggs, colorful candies, baskets, and the like are all part and parcel of the Easter season. The thing that I associate with the holiday more than any of those – almost as much as family – is sweet treats. Easter is a time for all kinds of delicious, colorful treats, from cupcakes and cakes to colorful Jello desserts, and of course, this Easter Muddy Buddy mix.

I’ve been making this snack mix for the Easter season for years and has become a tradition that my entire family looks forward to. It’s so sweet and filled with so many delicious flavors. It’s also super colorful, as any great Easter treat should be.

Bowls filled with chocolate candies and one filled with bunny chow and pretzels and more candies laying around the bowls.

Why You’ll Love This Easter Bunny Chow Recipe

There’s a lot to love about this recipe. It’s fun. It’s easy, and it’s delicious. I mean, those three alone are enough to make anyone want to make it!

  • This is a fun snack for the Easter season. It’s a sweet finger food snack that people can simply scoop into a small bowl, or grab a handful straight from the batch, and enjoy.
  • It’s a great recipe for letting the kids help in the kitchen. Stirring ingredients and adding the mix-ins are both something the kids can help the adults with.
  • It uses incredibly simple ingredients, which falls squarely in line with the simplicity of the dish as a whole.
  • Storing leftovers is incredibly easy. Just throw them in a container and you’re done!


One of the great things about this recipe – outside of being easy and delicious, of course – is how much fun it is to play with it. One of the hallmarks of any muddy buddy mix is being able to play with the mix-in ingredients to create new and personalized variations each and every time.

  • Add your favorite Easter candy to this mix. Try Cadbury Mini Eggs and even Reese’s Eggs. The sky’s the limit as long as the candy is bite-size or close. Gummies are a nice addition, as well.
  • Mini marshmallows and white chocolate chips are great to add to this snack mix.
  • Use your favorite Chex cereal for this recipe. It comes in a variety of flavors from Rice to Chocolate. Hit the cereal aisle and check them out.
  • Add your favorite nuts of any variety. I love roasted peanuts, almonds, or pecans.
Two bowls filled with candies and one filled with muddy buddies.

Easter Muddy Buddy Mix FAQ

If you have questions about this Easter Muddy Buddy mix, then read on. The following FAQ answers the most commonly asked questions about this recipe.

Is Bunny Chow the same as Easter Muddy Buddies?

Yes. It’s simply a different name for Easter-themed Muddy Buddy mix in much the same way that Reindeer Chow is another name for Christmas-themed Muddy Buddy mix.

Is Muddy Buddy the same as Puppy Chow?

It sure is. Muddy Buddy mix goes by several names. Its original name was Puppy Chow because, believe it or not, it was originally made by Purina. Yes, that Purina.

What else are Muddy Buddies called?

This mix was originally called Puppy Chow but it now goes by several names, depending on what region of the country you live in. Other names include:

  • Puppy Chow
  • Muddy Buddies
  • Monkey Munch
  • Muddy Munch
  • Doggy Bag
A white surface with small bowls filled with pastel candies and one bowl filled with a muddy buddy mix with an Easter theme.

How long will Muddy Buddies last?

It will last for about a week at room temperature or up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator in a tightly covered container.

Do Easter Muddy Buddies have to be refrigerated?

You don’t have to refrigerate it if you plan to eat it all within about a week. If it will take you longer than that, you should refrigerate it.

How to Store Leftover Muddy Buddies

Place your Easter Muddy Buddy mix in an air-tight container and store it at room temperature or in the refrigerator. For longer storage, you can freeze it for up to 2 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag.

Easter Muddy Buddy Mix Ingredients

It only takes a few simple ingredients to make this sweet Easter treat. Other than the candies, and possibly the cereal, you should have all the other ingredients in your kitchen already.

  • Corn Chex cereal
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter
  • Butter
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar
  • Pastel Easter candy, M&M’s, Robin eggs
  • Pretzels
A light pink bowl filled with muddy buddies and a toddler's fingers picking out a yellow chocolate candy.

How to Make Easter Muddy Buddy Mix

Making this recipe is super simple. The majority of it is simply mixing ingredients together!

Step 1: Prep

Place parchment paper or wax paper on a baking sheet and set aside. Then, add Corn Chex to a large bowl.

Step 2: Make Chocolate Mixture

Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter over low heat in a small saucepan. Cook until melted, stirring frequently. Then, add the vanilla and cinnamon and stir to combine.

Step 3: Coat the Cereal

Pour the chocolate mixture over the Corn Chex and stir gently to coat.

Step 4: Add Powdered Sugar and Cool

After coating the cereal with chocolate, sprinkle powdered sugar over it and stir gently again to coat. Then, pour the mixture onto your prepared baking sheet, spreading it into an even layer. Let it cool completely.

Step 5: Add Mix-Ins

Store the mixture in an air-tight container until ready to serve. When ready, stir in Easter candy, M&Ms, Robin Eggs, Pretzels, and any of your other favorite mix-ins.

A double collage photo of muddy buddy mix filled with Easter candies.

Try This Easter Muddy Buddies Recipe Today

This Easter Muddy Buddy mix is so easy to make, so pretty, and so tasty, it’s the perfect Easter treat. Everyone always loves it, and it will be done in a snap, getting you in and out of the kitchen in no time. Make up a single batch to keep on hand at home, or double the recipe to bring to parties. However you decide to serve it, I know you’ll make it again and again once you give it a try.

A three photo collage of bunny chow showing all kinds of pastel chocolates, and pretzels.

More Muddy Buddy Recipes You Might Enjoy

Valentine Puppy Chow Mix – All the classic chocolate, peanut butter, and Chex cereal combinations with the addition of Valentine theme candies and pretzels. A delicious Valentine’s day treat everyone will enjoy!

White Chocolate Puppy Chow – This puppy chow mix is made with white chocolate and powdered sugar-coated Chex cereal, mint chocolate candies, peppermint bark, chocolate chips, and pretzels.

And, here’s another snack mix, Christmas Muddy Buddies from Deliciously Seasoned that is perfect for the holidays.

Bowls filled with pastel candies and muddy buddies themed Easter snack mix.

Easter Muddy Buddy Mix {aka Bunny Chow}

Great Grub, Delicious Treats

This delicious Easter Muddy Buddy Mix is super easy to make and is filled with all the Easter-themed favorites we all love. It’s a great recipe to personalize to your liking and is always a favorite snack mix to enjoy at parties, get-togethers, pot lucks and family gatherings.

Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 5 mins

Cool Time 30 mins

Total Time 50 mins

Course Appetizer, Snack

Cuisine American

Servings 20 Servings

Calories 205 kcal


  • 9 cups corn Chex cereal
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Easter candy m&m’s, Robin eggs
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar


  • Place parchment paper or wax paper on a baking sheet. Set aside.

  • In a large mixing bowl, add corn Chex cereal.

  • In a small saucepan, melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter over low heat until melted, stirring frequently.

  • Once melted and smooth, add vanilla and cinnamon. Stir and pour chocolate mixture over cereal. Stir to coat.

  • Sprinkle powdered sugar over cereal mixture and stir to coat.

  • Next, pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread out in a single layer.

  • Let cool then store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

  • When ready to serve, top with cadbury mini eggs, pretzels, jelly beans, m&m’s, etc.

  • Stir to combine and enjoy!


Nutritional value is approximate and is based on all ingredients EXCEPT the Easter candies.


Calories: 205kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 259mgPotassium: 81mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 521IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 5mg

Keyword Easter Bunny Chow, Easter Muddy Buddy Mix, Easter Puppy Chow, Muddy Buddies

Here are a few pics that are prefect to save/pin to your favorite Pinterest boards.

Enjoy, Terri

A close up photo of a white bowl filled with Easter Muddy Buddies.
White bowls filled with Easter puppy chow mix with candies and pretzels laying around the bowls.

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