Sweetheart Buddies

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My obsession with muddy buddies is no secret… here, here, here,here or here.  But the sweetheart edition of my favorite snack were definitely the best!  I could have seriously eaten the whole entire bag by myself.  These are a highly addictive and delicious snack!  And how cute and fun are they for Valentines Day??  They are so incredibly easy and take 10 minutes and something that you have got to try!  

Rating: 5 stars Difficulty of Recipe: 2 stars
Review: This was the first time I melted the chocolate in the microwave.  It made it so easy!!  I especially loved the strawberry cake mix in these to give them a great flavor.  Will definitely be making them again!

Ingredients:
5 ounces white almond bark or white chocolate chocolate chips
5 ounces red candy melts (I found them at Michael’s craft store)
1 teaspoon shortening
5 cups chex cereal
1 cup strawberry cake mix
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 package valentines chocolate M&M’s

1. Start by dividing the chex mix into two bowls.  (2 1/2 cup in each)
2. In microwave safe dish, melt the 5 ounces white almond bark or white chocolate chips.  Add 1/2 teaspoon shortening so that the almond bark will spread evenly.  Microwave 30 seconds at a time and be careful not to burn the almond bark.  Dump this in the first bowl of chex and mix evenly to coat all of the chex cereal.
2.  Melt the red candy melts next also checking and stirring the candy melts 30 seconds at a time.  Once this is melted, pour this over the second bowl of divided chex and mix until coated.
3.  In two gallon size ziplock bags, put 1/2 cup strawberry cake mix and 1/4 cup powdered sugar in each bag.  Dump each bowl of chex mix in each bag and shake until coated with the powdered sugar and strawberry powdered cake mix.  
Recipe adapted from here

Alyssa

Comments

  1. says

    This is perfect for Valentine’s Day! Just one question…did you add M&Ms to the recipe? I see something that looks like them in the picture, but I don’t find them in the recipe. If so, how much? Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Debbie!! Thanks for noticing that! I have gone ahead and added it to the ingredients. I just used a half of a package but of course you can use more or less to your liking! :) :)

  2. says

    I made this but when I added the red food color to the white chocolate it got clumpy. I put it back in the microwave to remelt it and it wouldn’t so I threw it out. Any idea why?

    • says

      Grrr I have had that happen to me several times with almond bark. But I don’t think it is from the food coloring. I feel like I over cooked it and them it turned clumpy. It is such a bummer to have the whole thing ruined. Did you add a little shortening to it? I did use white chocolate chips on this particular recipe. It turned out so perfect! Maybe try using white chocolate chips.. Sorry that is such a bummer. These are really amazing!

      • amycakes says

        whenever your chocolate does that it’s called ‘seizing up’. even a drop of water can seize up chocolate. To keep this from happening add 1 tablespoon of shortening to a 16 oz bag of chips. You’ll be amazed!

    • says

      Water (found in most dyes, especially the liquid kind) causes chocolate to seize up and become unmanageable. It is best to use an oil based dye (specially made for candy) if you are going to dye chocolate.

    • says

      It is the food coloring. You can’t add any liquid to almond bark. I didn’t know until I had it happen to me once. I looked at the back of the package and it says to make sure you don’t add ANY liquid to it. Even just a few drops of food coloring will botch up your whole batch :( I’d suggest using Wilson’s brand of candy melts. I couldn’t find red, but I did find pink. I find mine at Wal-Mart or Hobby Lobby. I’m sure Michael’s would have them, too. We just don’t have one where I live. I used white chocolate chips with shortening and pink candy melts. Although, they aren’t much of a different color, they taste a bit different.

    • says

      Ok that is good to know! Thanks! I must have an oil based food coloring but that is good to know on the liquid food coloring. Thanks again for your input! :) And yes I used the candy melts for this batch and they were perfect!

    • Elizabeth says

      Hi~Just made this for Valentines Day and it turned out great!!! Alyssa~I used the red Wilton Melts “about $2.50″ a bag~ and it turned out perfect~also I used a double boiler to melt the almond bark~any almond bark or chocolate will sieze up on you like that if moisture gets into it~so sorry that happened~next time use the melts to color it :-)

  3. says

    I wondering – could you do this with lemon cake mix? I’m having a yellow and grey party and thinking if I adjusted the colors, that could turn out cute.. or maybe lemon would be too strong of a flavor?

    • says

      Oh my heck that sounds amazing! Another great variation for me to try!! I would say that if you use lemon, then still mix it with some powdered sugar. For example: I would try adding 3/4 cup cake mix with 1/2 cup powdered sugar. That way the lemon is not to overpowering but very subtle! I love lemon! Will you let me know if you make this and let me know how it turned out??

  4. says

    This look so good…even though I’ve never tried Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow before. I’m thinking it’s time I finally tried! Have a great weekend Alyssa!

    • Terri says

      The mention of puppy chow made me laugh. It reminded me of a funny incident. This year at my daughters’ school’s Christmas tree lighting, they had an activity to make reindeer food. My youngest wandered over there without me noticing. When I finally found her, she was munching on something. I couldn’t figure out what it was, then realized she was munching on the cat chow they had to add to the reindeer food. LOL!

  5. says

    Hi – I tried melting ghirardelli classic white chips, adding shortening while melting in micro in 30 sec intervals. The chips ended up browning and clumping up to a near crust like consistency. (idea for later, maybe hehe). Was I not supposed to add shortening when using the chips, could I have used the wrong kind of chips, or not microwaved on a low enough setting? Please advise…trying to save my other half bag of white chips from the same fate as the last. :) Cheers.

    • says

      Dang! I have had that happen to me before. It is such a bummer! I added the shortening with the chips and then would stir every 30 seconds. It should have worked just fine with the classic white chips that you used. I would suggest a couple of things:

      1- If you are doing it in the microwave, make sure that it is a microwave safe bowl and spray some non-stick cooking spray in the bowl before putting the chips in. That way it shouldn’t stick to the sides of the bowl. Start by doing 10 seconds at a time. It is better to have them melt slowly than to burn and become clumpy.

      2- You can also melt them on the stovetop on a low setting stirring constantly.

      I really hope that this turns out for you! It really is one of the best little treats that I have made.

  6. says

    Just finished making this for my 9 yr old’s class. Of course as the cook, I had to try it to make sure it was delish and boy is it!! The strawberry cake mix adds so much to the flavor. I will be making this again next year for my Preschooler’s class! :)

  7. says

    I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about this one. I grew up on what we called Puppy Chow. There was seriously a zip lock bag in the pantry at all times!! It’s basically the same thing but with chocolate and peanut butter. I decided to make this for my Life Group at church and OH. EM. GEE!!!! It is FANTASTIC!! The strawberry flavor is amazing!! Strawberry cake mix is one of my favorites. I should have never doubted the white chocolate and strawberry :)

  8. says

    I am so excided I love puppy chow and for the last ten years have not had it bexause my husband is allergic to peanuts now I can make something that taste great and can use any kind of cake mix I want thanks. I might tey two different kinds of mix

  9. says

    To those having clumping issues after adding food coloring…I have tried twice and had the same outcome. I tried with both almond bark and white choc chips, both were thrown away. So, I did a search to find that you cannot add a liquid food coloring to the chocolate since oil and water do not mix (yeah, I know. I did learn this in grade school I guess I just forgot). So, you need to either have an oil or paste food coloring. Or, do as I am going to do and go to Hobby Lobby and buy red melting chips. Hope this helps!

  10. says

    Made this last night for classroom treats! Only had pink and white chocolate to melt so I didn’t get the pretty contrast of colors.:( Boo. But, they tasted delicious!

  11. says

    Just a suggestion, to put in the recipe use oil based food coloring. If I hadn’t taken the time to read through the reviews I would have made the same mistake and ruined mine also.

  12. says

    Hi – I can’t seem to reply on my original post – but I melted the chocolate on the stove (in bowl over pot of simmering water) and it worked out much better.

    I’m sure I had the power up too high in the microwave though, otherwise it probably would have worked fine. :) Thanks for the tip and the recipe. These were a hit. :)

  13. Rachel says

    Hello Friend!
    I just came across this recipe on Pinterest the other day! I pinned it for a future reference (because I’m ready for fall treats!) but then I wondered how you got the strawberry in the flavor. As I looked through the recipe I thought, “Cake mix as powdered sugar? Why have I never thought of that?!” And then I started thinking about all the possibilities! How about a lovely Spice cake mix for fall?
    So I modified the recipe a bit and I think you’ll love it! I still divided up two kinds of chocolate, to give it that colorful look, but went with white and semi-sweet morsels. Then, before I added the powdered sugar/cake mix, I added in Sunny Cranberry Trail Mix from Target. It contains cranberries, almonds, golden raisins, sunflower kernels, and pepitas. I thought about tossing in a bag of fall colored M&Ms (possibly the pumpkin flavor?), but I decided there was already a lot going on in the mix.
    The white and brown of the two chocolates is really pretty! You can’t really see the trail mix, since it’s covered in chocolate, but boy can you taste it! It’s incredible!

    And then I started going through your other muddy buddy inspired recipes and noticed you already had a fall mix, but very different. I thought I’d share anyway since it’s clear you have a tiny addiction to the stuff. ;-) Can’t wait to try your other recipes! Keep dreaming up new creations to fill my tummy with! LOL

  14. Annie says

    Alyssa,
    Do you know of anyone trying this with Jello? I’m wondering if that would work, I’m trying to look for a gluten free alternative & all of your other ingredients are (gf). I know there is Gluten Free cake mixes out there just trying to make it cost friendly as well. :)

  15. Colleen L. says

    I wonder if instead of the cake mix you could use freeze dried strawberries (run through a food processor to make them powdered)? It works great when making strawberry popcorn (which also gets mixed with powdered sugar).

  16. Sarah says

    If you are a chez mix freak like me, boy have I got one for you! Trader Joes’s has this peanut butter type spread called Cookie Butter! Delicious, well to top it off they have one with a “Nutella” type mixture! I used that instead of peanut butter and used white chocolate chips. You will NOT be disappointed! I don’t know if that recipe is out there so I am totally not trying to steal anyone’s thunder! Just a mix up of another good chez mix recipe!

  17. Lauren says

    How long do these hold up for after you have made them? I’ll be going out of town in a few days and I’d like to make them before I go so I don’t have to make them the day I get back in time for V-Day. I just don’t want them to go stale while I’m away…

  18. sabrena says

    i just made this and like all the others, its fantastic! I do have one question though. In your photo it look like some of the cereal pieces turned out red. Both of my bags came out the same color, a light pink. Was all the cake mix supposed to go in one bag and the powdered sugar in the other? I read the directions several times and that was not my interpretation.
    thanks

    • says

      Mine look the same color too, and then I saw that some people added red food coloring – I’m thinking to the red melts. I’ll get some past coloring and try that next time. But they are really good!

    • Nati says

      I just finish making this. I just kept mixing the bag with the melted red chocolate melts/powdered sugar/strawberry cake mix until I started to see the red color again. It came out perfect.

  19. Lisa Fitz says

    Does strawberry cake affect kids with allergies to strawberries? Making for my kiddo’s daycare party and planning to use red velvet cake mix to get the red color.

  20. says

    Is there a way I can print off the recipe? I tried highlighting it and then right-clicking print, but when it printed off, it was in a very light gray font that is very hard to see..

    • Alyssa says

      Sorry about that! All of my old recipes don’t have a print friendly button and I am currently getting a new design with black font.

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