Halloween Muddy Buddies

Halloween Muddy Buddies

Halloween Muddy Buddies

Hello friends! It’s already October and Halloween is not far away. The year has already flown by and I feel like September was just a blur. I was able to enjoy a wonderful week’s vacation in Virginia visiting family. My sister turned 40 and we had a fun party for her with friends and family. My trip also included shopping, movies, games and lots of snuggles with my niece and nephews. The humidity was a bit much, but the company more than made up for it!

Everyone loves Chex Muddy Buddies and I thought it would be fun to make a Halloween-themed variety for parties. This is definitely a very sweet snack, but always a hit with the kiddos. Make a big batch of Halloween Muddy Buddies for the kids to take to their friends at school or to serve when guests stop by.

This recipe literally comes together in minutes and the ingredients are relatively affordable. Get the kids involved and have them help with the measurements and stirring. When kids spend time in the kitchen, they not only learn, but it helps build a passion for cooking. Let them pick their favorite candies to add to the muddy buddies.

Traditional Muddy Buddies use Rice Chex Cereal as the base, but for these Halloween Muddy Buddies, add some Cheerios for a fun eyeball shape.

halloween muddy buddies

To the cereal mixture, add a combination of chocolate chips, creamy peanut butter, butter and vanilla.

halloween muddy buddies

Next, add the wet mixture to the cereal mixture and stir until well combined.

halloween muddy buddies

The final step to traditional muddy buddies is to add powdered sugar, but we aren’t going to stop there. For Halloween Muddy Buddies, add some colorful candies. I chose Reese’s Pieces, Milk Chocolate M&M’s and Candy Eyeballs to make this fun batch. However, the possibilities are endless. Gummy worms would be a fun candy to add, or little skull candies.

After you combine all of the ingredients, lay a piece of parchment paper out on a cookie sheet and spread the muddy buddies out to allow the wet ingredients to dry.

halloween muddy buddies

Part of the fun with Halloween is of course costumes, but also fun decorations. For kid-friendly events, leave the scary stuff out and stick to fun, colorful decor. I picked up this adorable monster eyeball bowl at my local supermarket for $1 and this spiderweb tablecloth at Target for $5. There are plenty of affordable options out there to make a fun party that will stay within your budget.

halloween muddy buddies

I love the little eyeballs staring out at you from the bowl!

Because parties filled with little ones include lots of sticky hands, individually package some of the Halloween Muddy Buddies for each guest. I found these cute spiderweb bags also at Target for $1 and they came with ties included.

halloween muddy buddies

Aren’t they adorable? Individual bags also help the kids with quantity control. If you leave a big bowl just sitting out, it will be hard for them to stop eating. They also make a great take-home gift to send them home with. I think this goes without saying, but I will say it anyway – this recipe does include Peanut Butter, so if your child or child’s friends have peanut allergies, leave the peanut butter out and just stick to chocolate and butter for the wet ingredients.

Wishing you all a very fun and safe Halloween. I hope you’ll give this fun take on Muddy Buddies a try and snap a photo and tag #ketchumkitchen. Also, be sure to subscribe to my mailing list so you don’t miss out on any new recipes.

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Halloween Muddy Buddies

Yield: 12-18

Halloween Muddy Buddies

Ingredients

  • 8 cups Rice Chex cereal (or generic version)
  • 2 cups regular Cheerios (or generic version)
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Reese's Pieces
  • 1 cup plain M&M's
  • Edible Eyeballs

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, microwave the chocolate chips, peanut butter and unsalted butter for 1 minute. Stir, add the vanilla extract, stir until well combined.
  • Combine the chocolate mixture with the cereal. Stir until evenly coated.
  • Combine cereal and powdered sugar, mix until well coated.
  • Add candy, stir again.
  • Store in an airtight container.
  • Note: Substitute any candies you like for the Reese's pieces, M&M's and edible eyeballs. For peanut allergies, omit peanut butter and just use butter and chocolate chips for the wet mixture.
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