This easy to make Puppy Chow Recipe takes only a handful of ingredients, is great for a party, movie night treat or even to give as gifts.
Being born and raised in the Midwest, Indiana to be exact – hence the site’s name “Hoosier Homemade” – Puppy Chow was one of those super easy recipes that was always served at parties and potlucks.
While I have made more batches of this Puppy Chow Recipe than I can count, like this batch of Muddy Buddies for a fun treat to celebrate Cat in the Hat and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday or these Muddy Buddy Cookies starting with Peanut Butter Cookies and coating them in chocolate and powdered sugar – it’s not until now that I am sharing the good old fashioned Puppy Chow using Chex cereal recipe.
A word of warning – it’s a little addicting – it’s a little (or maybe a lot) messy to eat – and everyone will want the recipe – but it’s SO worth it!
All you need are 5 ingredients for this easy Puppy Chow – or do you call it Muddy Buddies?
The base for the recipe is Chex cereal, you can use corn or rice, however I like rice the best in this recipe. Oh and speaking of Chex – do you know where Puppy Chow got it’s name?
Well, the Chex cereal brand started back in 1937, which was made by the Ralston Purina Company – yes, like Purina Dog Food. During World War I the soldiers would call their food, chow. So the company adopted the name to call their feed for animals.
And over the years – Chex cereal evolved into many different variations of Chex Party Mix, with Puppy Chow included.
Puppy Chow Recipe
- Chex cereal – Rice Chex works best in this recipe, but you can also use corn
- Chocolate Chips – semi-sweet or milk chocolate – either are fine. I like the creaminess of milk chocolate with the peanut butter
- Peanut Butter – smooth is the way to go here – however there are variations listed below if you can’t use peanut butter
- Butter – this is optional, but I really like how creamy and moist the mix is with the butter
- Powdered Sugar
Kitchen Essentials Needed
- Large Bowl for mixing
- Medium Microwaveable Safe Bowl
- Rubber Spatula
- Measuring Cup – my favorite for measuring peanut butter (and other ingredients that are difficult to get out of a measuring cup) is the Measure All from Pampered Chef
- Large Resealable Bag – you can also use a large turkey roasting bag, or paper bag
- Colander – optional, but makes getting the Puppy Chow mix out of the bag super easy
How to Make Puppy Chow
- Pour Chex cereal into large bowl. Add Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chips and Butter to medium microwaveable bowl
- Heat peanut butter butter in microwave for 1 minute. There should still be some small pieces of chocolate chips. Stir until smooth and completely combined.
- Pour chocolate mixture over cereal
- Stir to coat cereal until completely covered
- Add powdered sugar to resealable bag, then add cereal mixture
- Toss to coat the cereal completely
Here are a few tips that I have found helpful –
Cook’s Tip #1: Peanut Butter varieties – you can use any type of peanut butter or nut butter that you have in your pantry. If you have nut allergies, Sun Butter or other Nut Butter works fine.
Cook’s Tip #2: Melting chocolate – if you still have larger pieces of chocolate chips left after heating for 1 minute, continue heating in microwave for 5-10 seconds at a time.
The key though is to stop the heating process BEFORE all the chocolate chips are melted. It’s really easy to burn chocolate in the microwave, so it’s best to stop before they are completely melted and stir until they are melted.
Cook’s Tip #3: Powdered Sugar – is also known as Confectioners Sugar
Cook’s Tip #4: Freezing – you can freeze the puppy chow to enjoy while it’s cold. Be sure to store in a freezer safe resealable bag. It will last about 1 month in the freezer.
Cook’s Tip #5: Children – this recipe is a great starter recipe for young cooks, just be sure to give supervision with the warm bowl of chocolate mixture and the microwave.
Puppy Chow Recipe Variations
There are endless puppy chow recipe variations, depending on what you and your family likes.
- You can easily add chocolate candy and make a fun treat bag for a party or classroom treats. This batch has red chocolate candies for Cat in the Hat book reading, and this batch has red and blue chocolate candies along with a fun free printable bag topper for picnics or potlucks.
- What? Chocolate and Banana looks so good in these Chunky Monkey Muddy Buddies from Lemons for Lulu.
- These Snickerdoodle Muddy Buddies from Shugary Sweets are made with Cinnamon Toast Crunch and look incredible.
- If you like chocolate and coconut, this Almond Joy Puppy Chow from Cupcakes and Kale Chips is right up your alley! The recipe also includes options for gluten-free and vegan.
- In case you are not a fan of peanut butter, this Lime Coconut Puppy Chow from Around my Family Table looks refreshing.
- Puppy Chow gets a whole new look with these Puppy Chow Bars from The First Year Blog.
- Or how about adding a candy bar to your Puppy Chow? This Butterfinger Puppy Chow from A latte Food looks yummy!
- And one more – I couldn’t help myself, I love Halloween and fun treats for holidays! This Halloween Puppy Chow from Salt and Lavender looks so fun,
How to Serve Puppy Chow
While Puppy Chow is delicious, it’s also messy. You can serve straight out of a big bowl with individual bowls to fill. Or serve in small cups.
The best way, in my opinion, is straight from a small (or maybe big) resealable bag. It may not look fancy, but trust me, it will save a mess on your table, floor or even couch.
This Puppy Chow Recipe also makes a great gift! Add to a small jar, tie with a ribbon and give to teachers, neighbors, friends, babysitters, and more!
- 6 cups Chex Cereal - Rice is best
- 1 cup Chocolate Chips - semi-sweet or milk chocolate
- 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
- 2 tablespoons Butter
- 2 cups Powdered Sugar
- Add Chex cereal to large bowl
- Add Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter and Butter to small microwaveable safe bowl
- Heat for 1 minute in microwave - there should be a few small pieces of chips
- Stir until completely melted and combined
- Pour over cereal
- Stir to completely cover cereal with chocolate mixture
- Add Powdered Sugar to large resealable bag
- Add cereal mixture
- Seal bag and toss to coat completely
- Remove from bag. Place in bowl or another bag until ready to serve.
- Store leftovers in air tight container or bag.
Tip: To remove excess powdered sugar, use a colander on top of a bowl and pour mixture in.
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