Chai Tea White Chocolate Puppy Chow

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Adding the warm spices of a Chai tea latte makes the already delicious muddy buddies even harder to resist. Chai White Chocolate Puppy Chow is a fun version of everyone’s favorite sweet cereal snack mix with the winter flavors you love. But since it is a no-bake treat, it is perfect to enjoy any time of the year!

White Chocolate Puppy Chow with Chai Spice

Some teas are wonderful on their own, or maybe with just a touch of honey or a small splash of milk. However, Chai tea lends itself towards combining those warm spices with something rich, sweet and creamy, just like the ever-popular Chai tea latte. So that makes it a perfect match to be infused into the white chocolate and then coated in powdered sugar. This Chai Tea White Chocolate Puppy Chow is like a latte you can eat.

These white chocolate muddy buddies with the unmistakable flavors in a Chai spice blend will be a favorite snack mix any time of the year. With only four ingredients and a few minutes of prep time, this easy sweet Chex mix might just disappear faster than you can make it. These “muddy buddies” or “puppy chow” or “snack mix” – whatever you want to call them – are seriously snackable. Whip up a batch to snack on while you watch your favorite holiday movie.

And if you like Chai white chocolate muddy buddies, you’ll love all of these Muddy Buddies Recipes.

Chai White Chocolate Puppy Chow in a red bowl

Is Chai tea gluten-free?

This recipe calls for the leaves and spices from a Chai tea bag or loose Chai tea, not a powdered Chai drink mix, as those can contain gluten. Some herbal teas contain gluten, as can the glue in a tea bag. But there are plenty of safe options out there, so just be sure to read labels for gluten ingredients or check with the manufacturer. Recent reports are that Celestial Seasonings, Lipton, The Republic of Tea, and more are gluten-free, but this can always change. So make sure your information is up-to-date before you make these Chai tea muddy buddies.

If you’ve bought some tea, you can use it to make a Chai Smoothie or Gluten Free Chai Sugar Cookies!

Chai Tea White Chocolate Puppy Chow in a blue mug

Ingredients

You only need four simple ingredients to make this fun Chex mix, and it’s even easy to make gluten free.

  • Powdered sugar
  • Chex cereal – you can use your favorite variety. Use Corn Chex or Rice Chex for gluten free puppy chow. You could even use Cinnamon-Sugar Chex for an extra hit of warm spices.
  • Chai tea bag or loose tea – see above for information about ensuring your tea is gluten free.
  • White chocolate chips – a few brands of white chocolate chips, including Ghirardelli, are not gluten-free. Be sure to read the labels if that is a concern for you. Generally Nestle Toll House White Chocolate Chips are gluten-free.
bowls of chex cereal, white chocolate chips, and powdered sugar and a chai tea bag

How to Make Chai Tea White Chocolate Muddy Buddies

Preparations: Now that you have the ingredients, grab a bowl, a spatula, and a large plastic zip top bag. Place powdered sugar in that plastic bag and set it aside. Then line a sheet pan with some wax paper and you are ready to go.

Melt the chocolate: Crush or grind the tea slightly, and add to a bowl with the white chocolate chips. Melt white chocolate gently in the microwave (50% power, stirring after each 15-30 second interval until melted) or over a pot of gently simmering water.

Coat the cereal: Pour melted chocolate over the Chex cereal and toss gently with a spatula until the cereal is completely coated.

Toss with sugar: Transfer the cereal to the bag with the powdered sugar, seal the bag, and toss to coat completely with the powdered sugar. Empty the contents of the bag onto a sheet pan lined with wax paper or a silicone baking sheet to allow to cool and firm up.

Storing Puppy Chow

The white chocolate puppy chow can be kept sealed in a plastic bag or an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. You do not have to refrigerate it, but some people like that it makes it a bit crunchier. It will also last a little longer.

You can even freeze muddy buddies for up to a month.

Make it Ahead

This is a great recipe to make in advance for a party or even to give out as gifts since it can be kept for several days. It is also easy to double to triple the batch to have enough for a crowd.

A red bowl of Chai Tea White Chocolate Muddy Buddies

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Red Bowl of Chai Tea White Chocolate Muddy Buddies.
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Chai Tea White Chocolate Puppy Chow {Muddy Buddies}

A fun, sweet cereal snack mix infused with the rich creaminess and warm, comforting spices of a Chai tea latte. Make sure you double this Chai Tea White Chocolate Puppy Chow recipe for a party!
Prep: 10 mins
Cooling time 1 hr
Total: 1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 12 servings (about 1/2 cup each)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 5 cups of your favorite Chex cereal
  • 1 Chai tea bag or about 1 teaspoon loose Chai tea
  • 12 ounces white chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Place powdered sugar in a large plastic zip top bag and set aside.
  • Place Chex in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Crush or grind the tea slightly, and add to a bowl with the white chocolate chips.
  • Melt white chocolate gently in the microwave (50% power, stirring after each 15-30 second interval until melted) or over a pot of gently simmering water.
  • Pour melted chocolate over the Chex cereal and toss gently with a spatula until the cereal is completely coated.
  • Transfer the cereal to the bag with the powdered sugar, seal bag and toss to coat completely with the powdered sugar.
  • Empty the contents of the bag onto a sheet pan lined with wax paper or a silicone baking sheet to allow to cool and firm up.
  • Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
Chai Tea White Chocolate Puppy Chow {Muddy Buddies}
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cups (approximately))
Calories 234 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 126mg5%
Potassium 99mg3%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 99mg10%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Enjoy! Originally published on Dec 22, 2013

35 Comments
  1. I love chai tea but never thought to add it to a snack mix or turn them into muddy buddies, that’s such a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing Brianne, pinning – these sound so good and can’t wait to try ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. You crack me up, Brianne! I must confess that I have finished more sets of various collections on Ebay than I would like to admit. (Can this be our little secret?)

    Your snow buddies sounds like the perfect sweet snack!

  3. I just love that nice Abominable Snowman guy, he was o friendly! The girls have never seen that one so I must find us a copy. And we are already making tons of Chex Mix this weekend, this one will have to go on the list! Love it!

  4. Love your story, this movie was a classic growing up for us too and I enjoyed watching it with my daughter for the first time this year (even if she couldn’t sit still LOL) I love your snack, so easy yet so yummy! Thank you for sharing!! Happy Holidays!

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