Peanut Butter Puppy Chow is a sweet snack coated in chocolate, peanut butter, butter, and vanilla then tossed in powdered sugar.
This sensational finger food is perfect for parties or a sweet snack on the go. It is easy to make and even easier to enjoy! If you are looking for another snack that is sure to impress, check out my amazing Instant Pot Sticky Popcorn! It may just steal your heart!
As some of you may know, I am the varsity volleyball coach at our local high school. Before the “Crazy COVID” times, we were lucky enough to play at a couple tournaments each year that required a bit of travel and a night in a hotel. I always look forward to these trips. A little extra time getting to know my players is always fun, and just something outside of the ordinary schedule makes for some exciting volleyball.
While playing the game is our top priority, I have to be honest that we always are sure to put together a list of tasty snacks to get us through the long days. And I can’t count the number of times that my players request puppy chow. When I quickly agree, they do a little celebration. What they don’t know is just how easy it is to make.
I’d like to keep it a secret, but here I am, sharing all that deliciousness with all of you! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Chex Mix Puppy Chow Recipe
This easy puppy chow recipe will take your snack game to a whole new level. It uses simple ingredients and gives you that perfect combo of sweet and salty with that satisfying crunch.
If you’re wondering what puppy chow is, think of it as a snack mix made with Chex cereal coated in a delicious mixture of peanut butter, vanilla and butter and then covered with powdered sugar and sprinkles.
It’s such a funny name, I know. Puppy chow. And it’s other popular name, muddy buddy, isn’t much better. The name more or less comes from the appetizer’s resemblance to dog food but it couldn’t be less like dog food!
Puppy chow comes from the Midwest and is a staple at sleepovers and children’s parties. So if you haven’t heard of it before, I hope this explains it. I also hope you give this puppy chow recipe a try. It’s the best.
Ingredients for Peanut Butter Puppy Chow
- Chex cereal
- peanut butter
- milk chocolate chips
- white chocolate chips
- 2 cups powdered sugar
Directions for Muddy Buddies
Find a large mixing bowl that has a cover. (This will be important later on!) Pour Chex cereal in it and set it aside.
In a medium microwave-safe mixing bowl, melt peanut butter, butter, milk chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips in 30-second intervals. Be sure to stir every 30-second to avoid over cooking and burning the mixture. When the mixture is smooth, stir in the vanilla.
Pour chocolate/peanut butter mixture over top of the cereal.
This is where the cover comes into play! Put the cover on and toss the cereal until it is completely coated in chocolate.
Next, sprinkle powdered sugar over top. Put the cover on again and toss until the cereal is coated in powdered sugar.
And now for the finishing touches! Add the M&Ms and sprinkles and enjoy!
Peanut Butter Puppy Chow Recipe Variations
Reading through this recipe you’re probably wondering if you can make substitutions without affecting the muddy buddy essence. Absolutely! Here are a few ideas for making custom puppy chow.
To make peppermint bark puppy chow, add in Candy Cane Hershey Kisses and crushed candy canes.
For Christmas puppy chow, you can easily customize this by swapping out regular M&Ms for green and red M&Ms.
If you want to make a gluten free, dairy free and vegan puppy chow try these ingredients:
- 6 cups rice pocket cereal
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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- 9 cups Chex cereal
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup Valentine M&Ms
- Valentine sprinkles
- In a medium microwave-safe mixing bowl, melt peanut butter, butter, milk chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips in 30-second intervals.
- When melted, stir in vanilla.
- In a large bowl with a cover, pour chocolate mixture over top of cereal.
- Put the cover on and toss the cereal until it is completely coated in chocolate.
- Sprinkle powdered sugar over top.
- Cover again and toss until cereal is coated in powdered sugar.
- Add M&Ms and sprinkles. Enjoy!
Amount Per Serving Calories 209Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 8mgSodium 136mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 1gSugar 20gProtein 3g
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