This classic sweet snack gets a festive makeover with this funfetti puppy chow! Chex cereal is coated in white candy melts, colorful sprinkles, and dusted with a sweetened white cake mix. Perfect for snacking or gifting!

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Funfetti Puppy Chow! This classic sweet snack gets a festive makeover with this funfetti puppy chow! Chex cereal is coated in white candy melts, colorful sprinkles, and dusted with a sweetened white cake mix. Perfect for snacking or gifting! |

About Funfetti Puppy Chow

A long time ago I had big dreams of making a whole series of recipe posts devoted to nothing but different flavors of puppy chow – from classic to fluffernutter to peppermint to red velvet to pretty much anything else you can think of – and I still really want to do it, because quite frankly I absolutely love this stuff.

Classic puppy chow was one of the first treats I ever (successfully) made that tasted great without having to put in a ton of work.

And really, that’s the true goal we all have in life, isn’t it?

To get great results for minimal effort.

Or, at least, I know that’s what I wake up each day trying to do.

So, I guess what I’m trying to say here is that making puppy chow is like the embodiment of my life goals…  and I’m totally okay with that.

Funfetty cake mix puppy chow

I don’t know how or why, but something magical happens when you whip up a batch of this indulgent snack, because I’ve yet to have a batch of puppy chow (or muddy buddies or monkey munch or whatever oddball name we call this stuff we love) that I didn’t like.

Which, of course, is both good and bad, seeing as how I can easily take out a whole batch of puppy chow by myself within a day of making it.

But to get back to the true topic of this post, by now you might be wondering:

With all the flavors of puppy chow out there, why did you go with funfetti?

Well, for one, funfetti has been on my list of must-make puppy chow for quite some time. Like all my puppy chow recipes, this post was long overdue.

And for two…  well, the batch of puppy chow pictured here was actually the second batch I made that day. My first batch was supposed to be the elusive red velvet puppy chow, but the results were…  less can optimal. Basically, my red velvet puppy chow was not red or festive at all – the red and pink sprinkles were completely covered up, and it turned out more of a tan color – and really, how could I possibly call a puppy chow red velvet if it’s not even read? I’ll tell you how: I couldn’t. So I ate all the evidence of my failure (because all puppy chow tastes good no matter what it looks like) and took that recipe back to the drawing board for now.

In the end, I was able to “save the day” by mixing up more sprinkles (from red and pink to all the colors of the rainbow) and swapping out the red velvet cake mix to some white cake mix I still had on hand from last week’s recipe. And voilà, the recipe was saved and I still had a fun and festive birthday cake puppy chow to add to my (slowly growing) list!

And the best part?

I got to enjoy the end result:

Colorful puppy chow with the taste of sweetened white cake.

Life goals really do taste better with sprinkles.

Do you need to bake the cake mix?

Although it’s rare to become ill from consuming flour, it is considered a raw ingredient, so for proper food safety, the cake mix should be cooked before consumption because it includes flour.

To bake the cake mix: Spread the cake mix out on a baking sheet and bake it for five minutes at 350 degrees F.

What is puppy chow?

Despite what the name might imply, this puppy chow recipe is not for dogs. In fact, it’s a very popular and classic childhood treat.

However, if you’re anything like me, you might not have heard of puppy chow until well into adulthood And even still, it might not have gone by the name puppy chow. Some regions of the United States call it muddy buddies or even monkey bunch.

All of these names are correct, and they’re all referring to any recipe where Chex cereal has been covered in a sticky coating (chocolate, peanut butter, etc) and then dusted with something powdery and sweet (powdered sugar, cake mix, etc).

How do you make puppy chow?

Puppy chow is very versatile because it only has two main actions:

Step 1 – Coating Chex cereal in some type of liquid chocolate or candy.

Step 2 – Coating the still-wet Chex cereal with a sugar or other sweet & flavorful powder.

Using the above two steps as a guideline, there are seemingly endless flavor combinations you can come up with.

Most puppy chow recipes usually make a large batch, too, with the main ingredient being a whole box of Chex cereal.

You’ll have plenty of this classic crunchy snack food gifting, parties, or even just for your family and a lazy movie night on the couch.

Funfetti cake batter puppy chow recpie

notes & tips for this birthday cake puppy chow:

  • When making this recipe, you’ll need a big mixing bowl so you have enough room to maneuver and stir. I own a 13 quart mixing bowl for this very reason.
  • Many recipes for muddy buddies call for vanilla extract, but I didn’t feel it was needed in this case; the white cake mix holds the flavor up pretty well. That being said, if you’d still like to add vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon should be plenty.

More puppy chow recipes

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This post was originally posted on February 12, 2016. It was updated on January 10th, 2018.

Recipe Details

Funfetti Puppy Chow! This classic sweet snack gets a festive makeover with this funfetti puppy chow! Chex cereal is coated in white candy melts, colorful sprinkles, and dusted with a sweetened white cake mix. Perfect for snacking or gifting! |
4.27 from 19 votes

Funfetti Puppy Chow

20 mins prep + 1 hr Cooling Time
930 kcal
Yields: 4 servings
This classic sweet snack gets a festive makeover with this funfetti puppy chow! Chex cereal is coated in white candy melts, colorful sprinkles, and dusted with a sweetened white cake mix. Perfect for snacking or gifting!



  • Food Safety Step: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread cake mix out on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Allow cake mix to cool completely before using.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, add white candy melts and heat in the microwave for 1 minute, then stir. Continue to heat in the microwave for 30 second intervals until candy is soft. Using a whisk or a fork, stir candy until smooth.
  • Add Chex cereal to a 13 quart mixing bowl. Pour melted white chocolate on top and gently stir with a spatula until all Chex cereal is coated.
  • Sprinkle about 2-3 tablespoons of sprinkles on top of coated Chex, then gently toss once. Add another 2-3 tablespoons and toss again. Continue to do this until all sprinkles have been used, but be careful not to overmix – you don’t want the candy melt to begin covering the sprinkles. Set bowl aside.
  • Set a baking sheet nearby and cover with parchment paper.
  • Add white cake mix and powdered sugar to a Ziploc bag (gallon sized), seal the bag, then give it a thorough shake to combine the sugar and cake mix. Once mixed, reopen the bag.
  • Working in batches (about 1-2 cups at a time), add coated Chex cereal to the bag with white cake mixture, seal or twist the top of the bag closed, and then shake the bag until the Chex cereal is coated with the white cake mixture. Remove finished funfetti puppy chow and spread out on prepared baking sheet. Repeat step until all the puppy chow is made. When finished, discard plastic bag and any dry white cake mixture that remains inside.
  • Let funfetti puppy chow cool completely before eating. Once cooled, transfer to a sealed container and store for up to 5 days.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 930kcal | Carbohydrates: 200g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 1104mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 110g | Vitamin A: 740IU | Vitamin C: 8.9mg | Calcium: 364mg | Iron: 23.3mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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    • Usuk
    • 1 star

    Is it really necessary to babble so much and not have the courtesy to have a “jump to recipe ” option?

    • Jennifer

    Please realize that uncooked cake mix ,eggs or not, is dangerous because of ecoli in the flour. the eggs could have salmonella and I know that there are no eggs in this just being clear. you have to heat any thing with flour in it to kill the bacteria. You can microwave about 3mins or until 160 degrees internal in a bowl or on cookie sheet in oven at 350 degrees for 10 mins. Then it is safe to eat with no worries. Happy cooking!

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    • Carrie

    Did the sprinkles “bleed” at all? Sometimes the colors will do that when wet. I was wondering if you had that happen stirring with the white chocolate.

    • April
    • 5 stars

    sprinkles make everything better!!!

    • Dana DeVolk
    • 5 stars

    This is the prettiest puppy chow I’ve ever seen!

    • Angie

    Yum! This looks really great!

    • Kristen

    Woah. Puppy chow and funfetti. My favorite things are colliding! This looks incredible! Thanks for sharing! I cannot wait to make this.

    • Sara

    So I am planning a princess tea party for my girls and I think I might have to put this on our menu! Rice chex or corn chex? And how many days do you think I could make it in advance?

    • This would be so perfect for a tea party 😀 I used rice Chex (blue box) and it should last 2-3 days in a sealed container. Any longer and the Chex might start getting a little soft.

    • Amber

    I’m a sucker for puppy chow, and this actually seems like a pretty easy recipe. I’ll definitely have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Laurie

    This looks good! What a great idea for a Valentines day snack 🙂

    • Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Okay, so I love this puppy chow recipe — funfetti — come on! Now could you please, please, please work on that puppy chow series you mentioned 🙂
    My an old friend of mine actually brought back a bag of puppy chow mix from the grocery store the other night. I thought it was sort of funny! Thanks for this version – I love it!

    • Ha, I can definitely work more on that series 😀 And – wait – I had no idea you could BUY this stuff? That’s dangerous! In like, the best possible way 🙂

    • Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

    My kids would have a blast making (and eating) these!

    • Thanks Kimberly! If you make it, I hope the kids love it 😀

    • Mistle

    Puppy Chow is my weakness! I could also eat a whole bag of it in one sitting. It’s addicting. I have never had funfetti but it sounds amazing! Maybe I will venture out and make my own. Thank You for sharing!

    • Thanks Mistle! I’m totally with you on the puppy chow weakness 😀

    • Trish – Mom On Timeout

    My favorite snack of all time! So fun!

    • Dee Dee (My Midlife Kitchen)

    A) I love that you use cake mix in this! What a great alternative way to use it! And B) anything with festive sprinkles is fantastic! I’d eat the whole thing in one sitting, too!

    • I know, right? Sprinkles are <3!