Does anything say Christmas more than peppermint? That perfect combination of sweetness melting on your tongue with fresh peppermint flavor. I saw candy canes on sale and couldn’t resist. A little tinkering with my favorite basic muddy buddies and we have Peppermint Muddy Buddies. Also known as Candy Cane Puppy Chow.

Peppermint Muddy Buddies are a great alternative for those looking for muddy buddies without peanut butter.

If you like these, you should check out the entire page dedicated to “Muddy Buddies (& Bark)“.

Peppermint Muddy Buddies/ Candy Cane Muddy Buddies. Easy, delicious snack loaded with peppermint flavor. Perfect treat for Christmas.

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I use a Magic Bullet to crush the candy canes. Click here>>> Magic Bullet <<<to check out the one I use. It’s cheap and I also use it to make homemade dressings.

If it’s not Christmas season (and you can’t find candy canes), try using Brach’s Star Brites Peppermint Stripes <<<click there to find them.

I use paramount crystals to reduce the thickness of the candy melts. There are two options: CK Paramount Crystals (smaller bag, but cost more per unit) and 16 oz. bag paramount crystals (larger bag, but cheaper per unit). You can also substitute shortening, though.

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Peppermint Muddy Buddies

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mise en place. Divide cereal between two large bowls, 5 cups in each bowl. 
  • Crush candy canes to a fine powder. Place 1 C. of powdered sugar and half of candy cane powder in one Ziploc bag. Place other cup of powdered sugar and other half of candy cane powder in a second Ziploc bag. Set aside. 
  • Heat red candy melts and 2 Tbsp. paramount crystals for one minute on 50% power in microwave. Stir. Continue heating at 30 second intervals (at 50% power), stirring after each cycle, until chocolate melted. 
  • Stir in 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract. Pour over 5 cups of cereal. Stir until well-coated. 
  • Add coated cereal to one of the prepared Ziploc bag. Toss and mix until all the cereal is coated. Spread out on baking sheet to dry. 
  • Heat white candy melts and 2 Tbsp. paramount crystals for one minute on 50% power in microwave. Stir. Continue heating at 30 second intervals (at 50% power), stirring after each cycle, until chocolate melted. 
  • Stir in 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract. Pour over 5 cups of cereal. Stir until well-coated. 
  • Add coated cereal to the other prepared Ziploc bag. Toss and mix until all the cereal is coated. Spread out on baking sheet to dry. 
  • Mix red and white puppy chows. Serve. 
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