Forget the Apple Orchard

Now that fall is here I have really been wanting to go to the apple orchards. I blame pinterest really.. all of these delicious recipes and cute crafts for kids. Of course, then there is facebook, all of your friends posting their pics of fresh apple doughnuts, hot apple cider and kids smiling from ear to ear, apple in hand, under the trees.

Reality check. It’s like a 2 hour drive to the closest orchard. You have to wait in line and they may call “no more pickers” before you even get there. The kids can’t reach most of the apples and the cider and doughnuts.. ok.. I’ve got nothing on them. I’m sure they are fantastic, lol, but you get the idea. If you can’t make it out to the orchard, it’s ok! Just make a fun Apple Cider snack and call it a day! The best part is.. no apples actually needed.

Apple Cider Muddy Buddies


1 cup cinnamon chips
1/2 cup cream cheese frosting (not whipped)
1 tablespoon butter
5 cups of Apple Cinnamon Chex Mix
1 1/2 – 2 cups Powdered Sugar


1. Place 5 cups of Apple Cinnamon Chex mix in a large bowl and set to the side. Place powdered sugar in a large bag or bowl with lid and set to the side.

2. Melt cinnamon chips, frosting and butter in microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals for 1 minute.


3. Pour melted mixture on top of chex mix and stir until covered. Stir quickly, before the melted mixture cools.

4. Once coated, pour chex mix cereal plastic bag (or bowl) with powdered sugar and shake to coat.

Yields: 5 cups

So forget the orchard and whip up a couple of batches of these! They are so good, I could eat them all day. They were a big hit with my friends too! One of them even suggested I call them apple cider heavenly goodness. Not a bad idea except most people have a name for the powdered sugar coated chex mix snacks. Some call it muddy buddies, some call it puppy chow. What do you call it?

Recipe Source: All Things Moms original

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  • Lydia

    I woke up early this morning and was so excited when I saw this recipe in my inbox!! I LOVE the regular muddy buddies that are made with peanut butter, but one of my daughters has a peanut allergy. She is going to be thrilled when I make this version. Thanks!

    • Yay! So glad you like the recipe! I have a niece with a peanut allergy and she was excited to be able to eat them too! Enjoy!!

  • Judy Price

    These are so good my family just couldn’t stop eating them! All ages just kept coming back for more! The longer they are in your mouth the better they taste. That last little hot bite taste like “Red Hots” but there are no “Red Hots” used. These are so good. Delicious! Addictive!!

  • This look yummy! I love Muddy Buddies!

  • Kristin Habermas

    I just found his recipe recently thanks to pinterst. I’ve alway though muddy buddies and great recipe idea but I’m not a fan of peanut butter so this was great alternative. I couldn’t find the cinnamon chips so I used the caramel bits that you can find around the holidays. They melted very well and it’s so good. I meant to and some cinnamon to the caramel and frosting mixture bu forgot this time. I will do my best to remember next time just to amp up the cinnamon flavor since I subbed the caramel for cinnamon chips. Such an easy recipe and my 5 year old was able to help make it, which make it 10 times better in my book 🙂

  • Those look amazing. I may have to bring them to tailgaiting this next weekend

  • Um, yum! These look so good, and convenient that you don’t need actual apples!

  • Oh my gosh, these look heavenly! Perfect for a fall party!

  • is it too early (6:05AM in NY) for my mouth to be watering over all of this? 😀

  • These sound so, so good! I think I need to make some!!! <3

  • This looks like a perfectly good substitute to the Apple Orchard to me! YUM! I’m definitely going to make this!

  • Oh man, these look sooooo good! Pinned it! 🙂

  • Mim

    What a great post! I love your opening lines and the sarcastic humor! Lucky for me, the school took my younger two boys to the apple orchard, of course now I would like to take them as well.
    I love that your recipe uses quick and easy ingredients! I will have to try it sometime!

    • Lucky you! I ended up having to go last year and let me tell you. Everyone talks about the cider and doughnuts.. no one warned me about the rotting fruit on the ground, many bees, and the mile long walk with your freshly picked bushel of apples in the scorching heat. These are so much easier, and delicious 🙂

  • this looks so yummy, i love apple and cinnamon anything