This puppy chow recipe is one that will quickly become a favorite — and there’s a (small) fun twist to make it even better!

Small red bowls filled with puppy chow on weathered white deck boards. Text overlay reads "Classic Puppy chow".

Puppy Chow. Muddy Buddies. Where do I begin with my love for these?

Actually, if we’re being honest, I have a love-hate relationship with anything with powdered sugar on it.

I love it because, well, it’s powdered sugar.

I hate it because, well, IT GETS EVERYWHERE! EVVVVERYWHERE. Don’t even get me started on the kids eating stuff like this (They don’t. I do it in hiding.). Even making any recipe that involves powdered sugar is bound to end up with a major disaster requiring a lot of cleaning.

Small red bowls containing puppy chow.

But…it’s powdered sugar. So it’s really worth it.

And when it’s paired with crispy cereal, chocolate and peanut butter — well, I’d clean up pounds of the stuff if necessary. This is what snacking is meant to be. Finger licking good. Literally.

I developed this recipe is a follow up to my Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies — and I gotta say, I think I like this version even better than its seasonal sister.

Okay, I go off the grid a teensy tiny bit if we’re being real. I saw CHOCOLATE Chex cereal at the store and couldn’t resist adding a little more chocolate goodness to this snack. Not at all necessary, but more chocolate is never, ever, ever a bad thing. Ever.

I made this puppy chow for my son’s 1st birthday party. I threw him a “Winter ONEderland” party and the puppy chow attended disguised as “little snowflakes.” They fit the part pretty well, don’t you think? I served them up in little snack cups to cut down on the mess a little bit, and they were a huge hit. How could they not be?


I have a box of that Chocolate Chex calling my name right this very minute, actually. And the great part is, this puppy chow is incredibly easy to make.

About puppy chow

I melt the chocolate in a small saucepan, but you could easily do this in the microwave as well. Just make sure to melt your chocolate slowly so that you don’t overheat it. I typically melt in 30 second intervals. But for our friends who don’t have microwaves – it’s easy to do on the stovetop as well.

So melt that chocolate and peanut butter, toss the cereal in it and then throw the whole shebang in a bag full of powdered sugar. Shake-shake-shake and you have puppy chow.

You should probably go ahead and do that right now.

You can head on over to Food Fanatic for the Muddy Buddies recipe  — or you can also grab it here. Enjoy!

Close up front view of puppy chow in shiny red bowl.

Puppy Chow (aka Muddy Buddies)

Puppy Chow (aka Muddy Buddies)

Yield: 9 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes

This puppy chow recipe is one that will quickly become a favorite -- and there's a (small) fun twist to make it even better!


  • 8-9 cups (14.25 ounce box) rice cereal squares (Chex cereal)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (4 tablespoons)
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Pour powdered sugar into a large resealable plastic bag and set aside. Pour cereal into a large bowl, and set that aside as well.
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate, peanut butter and butter until chocolate chips are melted and everything is combined. OR melt together in microwave in 30-second increments, stirring well each time.
  3. Remove from heat and pour over cereal. Toss together with a spoon or spatula until all cereal is coated. Let set for about 5 minutes to cool slightly. Pour chocolate coated cereal into the bag with powdered sugar, seal and toss until everything is coated. Spread onto a sheet pan to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.


  • Substitute plain rice Chex if desired.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 235Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 106mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 3gSugar: 21gProtein: 4g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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