Orange Creamsicle Buddies (Variation on Muddy Buddies)


Ah, creamy, dreamy Orange Creamsicles, aren’t they just amazing?  Indeed they are one of my favorite dessert flavors, that is why I created my recipe for Oranges and Cream Cookies and Orange Creamsicle Popcorn, and now these!  Orange Creamsicle Buddies.  They are woman approved, man approved and kid approved.  I love them, my husband loves them and my kids love them.  I never thought the classic muddy buddies would ever see a competitor, but here it is.  They are bursting with natural, zesty and refreshing orange flavor thanks to the orange zest and pure orange extract they contain.  They vanilla chips and cream compliment the orange flavors perfectly giving these treats that delightful oranges and cream flavor.  Once you start munching on these, trust me, it’s hard to stop!  Before you know it you’ll be reaching in for another handful only to find the last bits of remaining crumbs mingling at the bottom along with some of the sugar dust.  Now don’t go drinking it =).

Try these and it’s very likely this delicious and exciting recipe will find a spot right next to the muddy buddies recipe in your recipe book.


Orange Creamsicle Buddies (Variation on Muddy Buddies)

Yield: 8 cups


  • 8 cups Rice Chex Cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups white vanilla baking chips
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp orange zest (this is the zest of about 1 1/2 large oranges)
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Measure 8 cups Rice Chex Cereal into a very large mixing bowl, set aside. In a microwave safe mixing bowl, combine vanilla baking chips, butter, cream and orange zest. Microwave mixture on 50% power in 30 second intervals, stirring with a fork after each interval, until melted and smooth. Stir in orange extract. Pour mixture over Chex Cereal and gently toss mixture with a rubber spatula until evenly coated. Pour coated cereal into a 2 gallon ziploc bag, add powdered sugar and seal bag. Shake mixture until evenly coated with powdered sugar.
  2. For a crispier version: preheat oven to 275 degrees. Divide prepared Orange Creamsicle Buddies in an even layer among two cookie sheets and bake 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through baking. Allow to cool and store mixture in an airtight container.
  3. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy


  • Lauren @ Pass the Plate: OMG this is such a good idea!! I love the original muddy buddies, but this sounds even better…can’t wait to try this recipe, thanks for sharing! March 5, 2012 at 6:44am Reply

  • Elizabeth: I have to try these! March 5, 2012 at 5:27pm Reply

  • Ellyn: Question! I don’t think I’ve heard of white vanilla baking chips, I’ve heard of white chocolate baking chips. Are these not the same? Is there a brand I can look for? Are these found at Walmart and Meijer? I want to make this so bad, but I want it to taste as dreamy as I’m imagining it will taste so I want all the right ingredients. Help! March 5, 2012 at 9:18pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Ellyn – I just used Nestle Premier White Morsels, they can be purchased at walmart or pretty much any grocery store in the baking section. A lot of people do just refer to these as white chocolate chips. I hope you love these as much as I do =)! March 5, 2012 at 10:12pm Reply

  • scmom (Barbara): I have a peanut allergic kid so we never have classic muddy buddies. He loves orange do these should be a hit! March 6, 2012 at 9:50am Reply

  • Lelly’s Gallery: I love your Ideas! Great Blog :)

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    Please join my cupcake and fashion blog too

    Thank you x March 7, 2012 at 11:05am Reply

  • Five Little Chefs: Thanks for the recipe. My Little Chefs made this and LOVED it! Come check us out. March 19, 2012 at 9:15pm Reply

  • Aileen: I made these tonight. ZOMG. So tasty! I’m definitely putting them in the snack rotation.

    The homemade orange extract might have played a part in making them so good, but I’m giving all the credit to your recipe. :) April 15, 2012 at 4:31pm Reply

  • Anonymous: I am looking for a cookies and cream muddy buddies recipe and cannot find one anywhere! Chex Mix made some and quit making them. These should be good. I will try them.. May 15, 2012 at 8:31am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Anonymous – it’s funny you say that because I myself LOVE those and I’ve had it on my to do list to create a recipe for them. I will move it up near the top of my list thanks to your comment =), you’ve given me a serious craving for them! May 15, 2012 at 4:32pm Reply

  • Anonymous: I girl after my own heart! I love orange cream stuff. I just found Creamsicle Golden Oreos at the store today, friggin AMAZING!!! May 18, 2012 at 6:05pm Reply

  • Kate: I made this and it did not turn out. It was as if there was too much of the coating and not enough Chex. The Chex ended up feeling stale in your mouth. I was so disappointed, I love orange cream stuff. August 12, 2012 at 2:50pm Reply

    • Kelly: I had the same issue:) I’ve compared the recipe with others and this one has 1 Cup fewer chex and more white chocolate chips. January 23, 2015 at 2:04pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Kate – sorry these didn’t turn out how you liked, if you wanted to try them again in the future you could add more chex to coating and you could bake it in the oven 15-30 minutes on a low temp about 250 until desired crunch is achieved. Hope that helps. August 13, 2012 at 8:18pm Reply

  • jill: I made these today, and I think I have gained 20 pounds from snacking on them so much! My new favorite treat!!!! February 18, 2013 at 12:58pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoyed these Jill =), thanks for coming back to leave a comment! February 18, 2013 at 10:09pm Reply

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