Eggnog Muddy Buddies

Eggnog Muddy Buddies | Delicious puppy chow flavored like your favorite holiday drink!

Eggnog Muddy Buddies | | Delicious puppy chow flavored like your favorite holiday drink!

You know what I haven’t done in awhile?  You know you’re a food blogger when.

So . . .

You know you’re a food blogger when . . .

Eggnog Muddy Buddies | | Delicious puppy chow flavored like your favorite holiday drink!

Your two year old can’t tell blue from red but knows the word “sprinkles.”

It pains you that the brand spanking new idea for your son’s Christmas party treat isn’t going to be made in time to be posted this year.  (Watch out next year though!  It’s clever.)

You run your dishwasher at least twice a day.

You spend more time talking to your OB about food than about the baby, more time looking at pictures of food than at the ultrasound.

A giftcard to Goodwill is on your Christmas list so you can do more prop shopping.

Eggnog Muddy Buddies | | Delicious puppy chow flavored like your favorite holiday drink!

You spend inordinate amounts of time explaining to your husband why you need more props.

You annoy everyone at the grocery store by checking out twice.  Once with the family groceries and once with the blog groceries.

Your family understands that they reeeeeeally have to ask your permission before eating anything in the house . . . Is it going to be used in a blog recipe??  Wait.  Was this photographed yet??

You insist on making Eggnog Muddy Buddies, even when there are insurmountable odds against you.

Eggnog Muddy Buddies | | Delicious puppy chow flavored like your favorite holiday drink!

So.  Here is the thing about baking with white chocolate.  It kind of sucks.  If it gets a little bit of water in it, it losses all of it’s rich smooth and creamy texture.  But you can still taste how delicious the recipe you almost perfected would be!  Doh!

With that I will tell you a few things about this recipe:

  1. Make it as directed with the ingredients listed.  I tried with rum extract, and it did not work well.
  2. The exception to #1 is the eggnog.  All of the other ingredients give the eggnog flavor, the eggnog was just added to smooth out my funked chocolate.  You could also go with creamer.
  3. You really need to spread this out on wax paper as soon as you are done adding the powdered sugar.  If it doesn’t dry properly, it will get all stale and chewy.

Eggnog Muddy Buddies


  • 8 oz white chocolate bark,cut into small pieces (I used Candiquick)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 TBSP rum (not rum extract)
  • 1 TBSP eggnog (you use so little that creamer would be a fine substitute)
  • 8 cups Chex (I used Corn Chex)
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  1. In a double boiler, melt the candy bark. If you don't have a double boiler (and I don't), place a bowl over a pan with a small amount of water. Make sure that no steam escapes around the edges of the pan.
  2. After the chocolate has finished melting, add the cinnamon and the nutmeg.
  3. Now stir in the rum. It's going to get ugly, but hang in there with me.
  4. Quickly stir in your eggnog, going just a little at a time until the mixture smoothes. You may not need to use all of it.
  5. Let it cook a little bit longer. This will make it smooth and make sure that any extra moisture cooks off.
  6. Pour over the cereal and stir, making sure that it coats the cereal as evenly as possible.
  7. Add the powdered sugar until the cereal is completely coated.
  8. Pour the puppy chow out over wax paper so that it is in a single layer. Let it cool completely, about an hour or two, before storing.

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      • Leslie says

        I really wish I could figure it out! But I think I’ll probably just try leaving the rum and eggnog out – with white chocolate, nutmeg, and cinnamon, I’m betting the eggnog taste will come through. Maybe it’s the altitude and/or climate; I’m in Denver and the air is really dry this winter.

        • says

          I wish I could give you an answer that I felt 100% confident in, but white chocolate is so temperamental. Your idea sounds good, or you could also try adding more eggnog, a little at a time until it smooths.

          • Leslie says

            Really? I thought about that and tried a little, but I couldn’t tell a difference. You think more liquid would help? Also…what kind of rum did you use? Maybe different kinds react differently?

          • says

            I used Captain Morgan. I know that the more liquid sounds counterintuitive, but the creaminess of the eggnog (or milk or sweetened condensed milk) reacts differently with the white chocolate. When I was developing this recipe, I was having so much trouble that I asked some other food bloggers for help, and one of the suggestions was more milk, even though that sounds crazy. Though I don’t think your idea of leaving out the rum and eggnog is bad!


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