Everyone loves a Valentine treat of Nutella muddy buddies! This super easy recipe will be a favorite of any Valentine! Made with chocolatey hazelnut spread and Chex cereal, this no-bake treat is great for your sweetheart or to enjoy any time!
An Easy Valentine treat Nutella and Chex Cereal
Looking for a perfect Valentine treat for that special someone? Nutella Muddy Buddies are easy, no-bake, and delicious!
Now, I know chocolate is usually the go-to choice for most, but the deep love of chocolate and hazelnut combination found in Nutella should not be overlooked.
If you love this hazelnut flavor spread, then you know the cult-like following this sweet little ingredient has on folks. You can put it on everything from toast, ice cream, cookies or a just dig in with a good old spoon.
Is it Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies?
I normally do not make muddy buddies or as some call “puppy chow.” I patiently wait for the holidays to roll around because I know a bag of this sweet treat arrives beautifully wrapped from my neighbor. It is an addicting snack and I'm grateful it is only in the house once a year. That, of course, did not last long after searching Pinterest last year for a new Valentine recipe. So many recipes for red velvet and white chocolate…I needed something quick and easy and that's when I came across muddy buddies. I didn't realize they were SO easy.
Most recipes called for chocolate and peanut butter, but I thought let’s add Nutella!
So, I give you a special Valentine treat the Nutella Muddy Buddy- and where I’ve added red, pink and white sprinkles for the day of love, you could custom make this mix for any holiday.
Nutella Muddy Buddies
9 cups Chex cereal (I used Rice)
½ cup Nutella
¼ cup butter (1 stick)
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups confectioner sugar
Pour cereal into a large bowl.
In 2 cup (or larger) glass measuring cup, place chocolate chips, butter (cut in chunks) and Nutella. Cook in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Cook again for 30 seconds. Stir.
Add vanilla to chocolate mixture and stir until smooth.
Pour over cereal and fold gently. Try to cover as much cereal as possible.
Pour coated cereal into bag and seal tightly. Shake well.
Pour out coated cereal onto wax paper to cool completely.
Shake colored sprinkles over cereal (optional)
Store in airtight container.
Other Holiday Suggestions:
- St. Patrick's Day
- Memorial Day
- July 4th
- Football Game
- Mother's Day, Father's Day
- Baby Shower
- Bridal Shower
- Road Trip
- Movie Night
How to Gift Muddy Buddy Treats
This recipe will stay fresh in an air-tight container or in a Zip-Lock bag, however, if you are searching for a way to share as a gift, I have a few ideas to get you started:
- Place in a clear treat bag and tie closed with a pretty ribbon.
- Use festive paper ice cream cups like the one we used.
- Chinese Food Take-out containers are a unique box to share this treat.
You can really customize this Nutella muddy buddies for any occasion and have this delicious, chocolatey, crunchy snack as is or enjoy with add-ins like pretzels, m&m's, marshmallows, nuts, or more cereal! This is the recipe that really can morph into any flavor combo you want!
Say “I Love You” with a Sweet Treat
Nothing says “I love you” more than something homemade. Whether that is a handmade card full of sweet prose or a gourmet meal, taking the time to create something special is the nicest gift of all. Where customary to give flowers or chocolates, try making this sweet surprise for that special someone! They will love it!
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 295 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 10mg Sodium: 203mg Carbohydrates: 52g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 30g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g