Whether you call it puppy chow, muddy buddies or anything else this is one addictive snack. It’s perfect for a big party when you want to set something sweet out that EVERYONE will enjoy, or when you just want to whip something super delicious and EASY up to enjoy.
Pro Tips for the Best Puppy Chow
- Try using bittersweet chocolate in your next batch of puppy chow. You can go all on or half semisweet. There’s a lot of sugar coating these pieces so a darker chocolate helps balance things out.
- This recipe calls for Chex but you can use Crispix or any generic cereal with a similar shape.
- Store in an a sealable plastic bag or other airtight container for up to a week at room temperature.
- Puppy Chow is RICH! I like to make a big batch and mix it with regular Chex cereal, corn flakes and some roasted peanuts for a slightly lighter party mix.
- You can add JUST ENOUGH powdered sugar to coat the cereal or totally dose it so they’re snowy pebbles; very much up to you. I suggest starting with less then doing a taste test and adding more if desired.
Frequently Asked Questions
Puppy Chow VS Muddy Buddies
Depending on where you live this tasty snack is either called puppy chow, muddy buddies, moose munch, monkey munch or reindeer chow! The recipes are all quite similar, only the names have changed.
Can you make puppy chow without peanut butter?
You can use any nut butter and even cookie butter to make puppy chow. If you’re not a fan of those flavors this recipe can be made with straight chocolate and a bit of butter. You might need to add an extra pinch of salt if your substitute nut butter is unsalted.
What’s the best way to melt chocolate?
The best way to melt chocolate without burning it is by using a double boiler. Add the chocolate to a bowl and place it on a pot of simmering water. The water must not touch the bowl, the heat needs to come from steam, not direct contact. Heat until almost completely melted. Remove from heat, let stand a minute or two then stir.
The FASTEST way to melt chocolate in in the microwave. Use 50% power in 20 second bursts after an initial burst of 30 seconds at full power. stir occasionally and remove from microwave after mostly melted. Be careful not to burn the chocolate.
Is puppy chow gluten-free?
If you’re using rice Chex then your puppy chow should be gluten free. ALWAYS check labels to make sure you’re using ingredients which are gluten free and not processed in a plant where cross contamination can take place.
Overview of steps to make this puppy chow recipe
1. Melt the chocolate and butter.
2. Add peanut butter and stir in until smooth.
3. Add the salt and pour in the vanilla extract then mix. Set aside until slightly cooled but not thickened.
4. Pour chocolate mixture over cereal. You can stagger the chocolate and cereal into layers to mixing is easer.
5. Gently mix the cereal and chocolate together until the cereal is completely coated. You can add more cereal if there are any pockets of unincorporated chocolate hanging around.
6. Coat the cereal with powdered sugar. You can do this in a big plastic bag or a large bowl. I like to pull all of the cereal pieces apart by hand when coating them so I tend to use the bowl. Add more powdered sugar as needed until everything is sufficiently coated.
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- 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup peanut butter smooth
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 8 cups Chex cereal plus more if needed
- 3 cups powdered sugar plus more if needed
- Add the 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips and 2 tbsp butter to a large bowl.You can either melt it using a double boiler or by microwaving it. To Microwave start with one 30 second zap at full power then stir and do 20 seconds at 50% power, until mostly melted. For a double boiler place the bowl over a pot of simmering water and melt. The water should not touch the bowl.
- Once the chocolate is mostly melted you can stir in the peanut butter. Mix until smooth.
- Add in the salt and vanilla extract and mix. Allow the mixture to cool down a bit. More room temperature than hot, but not cool to the point of thickening back up.
- Add about 6 cups or half a bag of Chex to a large bowl. Pour the chocolate mixture on top and add about two more cups of cereal on top. Gently mix together until all the cereal is coated. Add more cereal if you see unincorporated chocolate.
- Now it's time to coat the cereal in powdered sugar. You can do this by adding cereal in batches to a sealable gallon-sized plastic bag with a cup of powdered sugar at the bottom and shaking until cereal is coated, adding more powdered sugar if needed. You can also do this in a large bowl. I love my puppy chow to be all individual pieces instead of clumps so I add the powdered sugar to a large bowl with the about half of the chocolate coated cereal. I add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar on top and use my clean hands to mix and separate. I bit messy but worth it!