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Caramel Apple Puppy Chow

 All your favorite flavors of a delicious caramel apple are in this easy to make apple cinnamon puppy chow drizzled with hot carmel. It’s so addicting, it’s going to be your new favorite fall snack!

Caramel Apple Puppy Chow Recipe

I’m so EXCITED! Not only is it my birthday next month but my favorite “baking” season is knocking on the door…Fall! It’s my favorite time to bake; I can’t wait to share all my favorite apple, pumpkin and cinnamon recipes with all of you in the upcoming months.

So let’s kick off the best season of the year with my favorite  Caramel Apple Puppy Chow (or muddy buddies). No matter what you call it, I know we all are going to agree that this is one delicious snack!

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This caramel apple puppy chow is super easy to make. The ingredients are simple, all you will need is Chex Apple Cinnamon cereal but you can also use regular Chex cereal ( you puppy chow just won’t be as cinnamon-y but it still will be really good). You will also need green and lime green candy melts ( you can find them at Wal-mart or any craft store), vanilla cake mix, ground cinnamon, and some granola ( I used cinnamon granola but plain granola works perfect too) lastly, some hot caramel topping ( I used Smucker’s Hot Caramel Topping) to drizzle on top of the puppy chow.

Mix it all up and you will have a delicious snack to enjoy while watching your favorite football team or (if I had kids, maybe someday…) as a super fun after school snack! 🙂

Here is how to make this Caramel Apple Puppy Chow:

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Caramel Apple Puppy Chow

Yield: 10 cups

Total Time: 15 minutes

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  • 10 cups Rice Chex™ Apple Cinnamon cereal, divided*
  • 1 cup green candy melts
  • 1 cup lime green candy melts
  • 2 teaspoon shortening
  • 1 cup vanilla cake mix, divided
  • 1 cup granola (I used cinnamon sugar granola), divided
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • carmel topping (I used Smucker's Hot Caramel)


Pour 5 cups of Chex cereal into a medium sized bowl. Pour the other 5 cups of Chex cereal into another medium sized bowl. Set aside.

You will need two Ziplock storage bags. In one Ziplock storage bag, mix vanilla cake mix, granola, and ground cinnamon. In the other Ziplock storage bag, mix vanilla cake mix, granola, and ground cinnamon. Set aside.

Melt the green candy melts, and shortening and lime green candy melts, and shortening in separate microwavable bowls. Pour the melted green candy melts over one bowl of Chex cereal. Pour the melted lime green candy melts over the other bowl of Chex cereal. Gently stir to coat the cereal.

Pour one cereal mixture into one of the prepared Ziplock bags and pour the other cereal mixture into the other Ziplock bag. Seal the bags and shake until all the cereal is coated with the cinnamon cake mixture. Pour each mixture together in a large bowl and gently mix together. Drizzle with caramel topping and enjoy!

*You could also use regular Chex cereal, it just wont be as cinnamon-y.

* Store covered in an air-tighter container for up to 3 days.

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Caramel Apple Puppy Chow Recipe

13 Responses to “Caramel Apple Puppy Chow”

  1. Kristi — October 9, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I know this is probably a silly question but I really want to try this cause it sounds amazing! Did I miss were the shortening goes into the recipe? Don’t want to mess it up.

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — October 9th, 2014 @ 12:46 pm

      Hi Kristi,

      Not a silly question at all, the shortening is placed in the bowl with the candy melts. The shortening will help thin out the candy melts when they melt to make it easy to pour the candy melts over the cereal mix. Enjoy, it’s one of my favorite puppy chow recipes! 🙂

  2. Tresa — August 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Question – I’m sending a back to school care package for my college daughter and her roommates. Did the caramel firm up or stay sticky? should I send them the bottle to drizzle on when they receive it? Looks so yummy!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — August 25th, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

      Hi Tresa,

      The caramel did firm up but I would suggest sending them the bottle of caramel to drizzle on top once they get it, just to be safe because your sending it to them in the mail! 🙂 I hope your daughter and her roommates love this caramel apply puppy chow as much as I do! 🙂

  3. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — August 20, 2014 at 9:42 am

    My husband would go absolutely gaga over this!! So creative! Also, loving the new site! 

  4. Thalia @ butter and brioche — August 18, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    ooh i definitely have to try this out for breakfast. looks so sugary and delicious!

  5. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — August 18, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Puppy Chow recipes are the best! I love the cinnamon apple chex! 

  6. Tiffany — August 18, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    What an awesome idea! I love puppy chow and I’m sure I will love this, too! Beautiful photos!!

  7. Betsy | — August 18, 2014 at 9:33 am

    What a great fun, new flavor for puppy chow! Perfect for back to school! 

  8. TidyMom — August 18, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I love all the delicious ways you can make this treat!  I bet Caramel Apple is amazing!

  9. Laura O @PetiteAllergyTreats — August 18, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Wow Jenn!  Now this is an awesome version of muddy buddies!  Love caramel and apples.  Yum!  Pinned!

  10. kristy @ the wicked noodle — August 18, 2014 at 8:07 am

    What a super cute snack!!

  11. Serene @ House of Yumm — August 18, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Love this!!  What a fun flavor for puppy chow!  Definitely pinning, and this will be on our list of things to make 🙂 

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