Orange Creamsicle Buddies (Variation on Muddy Buddies)

Published March 4, 2012. Updated February 1, 2024

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Orange Creamsicle Buddies are the fruity and fun remix on your beloved Muddy Buddies! The crunch of Chex, sweet vanilla candy melts and powdered sugar, and the tangy orange zest and extract make this mouthwatering snack one that everyone will ask about. 

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.

Orange Creamsicle Buddies in a bowl with an orange peel

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. Muddy Buddies are beloved by all and perfect for parties and small hands, so finding delicious ways to remix that snack is always a quest! Yes, it can be classified as a snack despite all the sweetness because the base is a healthy cereal. Right?

Orange Creamsicle Buddies

They are bursting with natural, zesty, and refreshing orange flavor thanks to the orange zest and pure orange extract they contain.  The vanilla chips and cream compliment the orange flavors perfectly giving these treats that delightful oranges and cream flavor.

We love this as a summer snack or treat, especially if you prefer a fruity flavor over a rich chocolate-peanut butter flavor. Make these for a pool day or road trip and you won’t regret it!

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 this delicious and exciting recipe will likely find a spot right next to the muddy buddies recipe in your recipe book.

Orange Creamsicle Buddies with an orange peel

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Orange Creamsicle Buddies (Variation on Muddy Buddies)

A fun twist on the original muddy buddies - these taste like a zesty orange creamsicle in sweet and crunchy white chocolate covered cereal form.
Makes about 8 cups.
Servings: 16
Prep10 minutes
Cook5 minutes
Ready in: 15 minutes


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

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  • jill

    I made these today, and I think I have gained 20 pounds from snacking on them so much! My new favorite treat!!!!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I’m so glad you enjoyed these Jill =), thanks for coming back to leave a comment!

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • Anonymous

    I girl after my own heart! I love orange cream stuff. I just found Creamsicle Golden Oreos at the store today, friggin AMAZING!!!

  • 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!

  • 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..