Saturday, December 11, 2010

Puppy Chow

My best friend introduced me to this sweet snack over the summer, but I had yet to make it...until now. Yesterday I stopped by the grocery store and Chex was on sale, so I figured I'd make some for a get-together at my friend's house.

Puppy Chow (I've also heard it called Monkey Munch and Muddy Buddies) is not suitable as a dog treat, but is a very tasty treat! Crunchy Chex cereal mingles with creamy chocolate and peanut butter, a hint of cinnamon*, and powdered sugar. Try it once and you'll be back for more. Did I mention this is easy, too? I made made this and was out the door within 15 minutes. Now that's the kind of "cooking" I like!

Puppy Chow
adapted from Betty Crocker

9 cups Corn, Rice, Wheat, or Chocolate Chex cereal (or a combination)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup margarine
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

In large bowl, measure and pour cereal; set aside. In small, microwavable bowl, heat chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave 30 more seconds or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into two-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag. Add powdered sugar and cinnamon. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in fridge.

*The original recipe doesn't call for cinnamon, but I'm a huge believer in adding cinnamon whenever possible, especially alongside something sweet with chocolate. Give it a try, it's a good addition! 


  1. I have had this at parties before and didn't know it was really called puppy chow, so I have never been able to find the recipe! I can't wait to make some :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Yay! They are also called muddy buddies. I want to make these when I go up to my cousins after Christmas to exchange gifts & watch movies. :)

  3. My best friend used to always make this when were younger, it's so delish!

  4. I live for puppy chow. It was very popular in my high school, so that is how I got introduced :) Maybe I will make some for the holidays

  5. No matter who eats this, they love it! I have made it many times and it is really yummy! I am going to make some this week :)

  6. Never heard it made with cinnamon! Also, Chex is on sale this time of year because this is definitely a Christmas snack. And the recipe is on the box of the Rice Chex (minus the cinnamon).

  7. Oh man I need a handful of this right now! And your cinnamon thing sounds like my garlic salt thing. Anytime I can add garlic/garlic salt to something, I will!

  8. Yum yum! So funny - I have always made mine with Crispix, not Chex! I have no idea why I have to have Crispix, but I just do for some reason...even though it is essentially the same!

    Anywho - love puppy chow. It was the favor we gave at our wedding!


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