This puppy chow recipe is one that will quickly become a favorite — and there’s a (small) fun twist to make it even better!
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.
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?
Do we need to review? CHOCOLATE. PEANUT BUTTER. POWDERED SUGAR.
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!
- 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
- ⅓ cup butter
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 9 cups Rice Chex cereal (see note)
- 3 cups confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)
- In a large microwave-safe bowl, heat the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in 30-second increments in the microwave. Stir after each increment until smooth. Add the vanilla and stir to combine.
- Add the Rice Chex cereal to the bowl and gently toss with a spatula to coat the cereal in the chocolate sauce.
- When the cereal has been completely coated, spoon it into a large zip-lock bag. (You may have to do this in batches if the bag is not big enough to hold all the cereal). Pour in the confectioners' sugar and seal the bag.
- Toss the cereal in the confectioners' sugar to coat.
- When the cereal is completely coated in the confectioners' sugar, remove it from the bag and put it into a serving bowl.
- Serve at room temperature. Makes 9 cups.
- Substitute other types of Chex cereal (try Chocolate Chex if it's available!) or Crispix cereal, if desired.
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