Puppy chow is an irresistible mix of a crunchy chocolate and peanut butter flavored snack dusted with a coating of delicious white sugar powder. It's so delicious and very hard to resist!
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My family is addicted to the chocolate and peanut butter flavor combination. If you are looking for some other easy snacks/desserts with this flavor profile, try this Special K Bar recipe! Or, make these easy three ingredient peanut butter cookies and add a few chocolate chips. They are so peanut buttery flavored and delicious.
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Other Names for this Treat
There are other names for this so to avoid confusion, this recipe is also called the following names.
- Muddie Buddies - This is the second most used name for this snack!
- Monkey Munch
- Reindeer Chow - Perfect to leave for the reindeer instead of cookies.
- Bunny Bait - Over here Easter bunny!
Why I love this recipe
The peanut butter and chocolate combination with a confectioner's sugar coating is so delicious. All this on a base of crunchy cereal pieces, adds a wonderful texture to this delightful flavor.
This recipe is easy to make! It's also a no-bake recipe. All you need to do is combine 5 ingredients.
You can assemble this in less than 10 minutes! But then you do need to wait a few minutes before eating it.
There is a nostalgia factor with this treat. It's familiar and comforting to many people. Their eyes light up when they see this.
These Muddy Buddies are a great sharable snack. I've also packaged them in a mason jar and given them as gifts.
- 9 cups Chex cereal - I have also used Crispix cereal and Life brand cereal.
- Milk chocolate chips - If you have semisweet at home, those work great too. If you are a dark chocolate chip lover, use those.
- Peanut butter - I use whatever I have on hand. Go ahead and use your favorite brand or even homemade.
- Butter - to help the chocolate melt and have a smooth
- Powdered sugar - also known as confectioner's sugar and icing sugar (for my Canadian friends)
In a large bowl, add all the cereal you will use and make sure there is enough room to add and mix other ingredients.
In a microwave-safe bowl, add butter, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. Microwave 30 seconds then stir. Microwave in additional 20-second increments until everything is melted and stirs together smoothly. When the chocolate chips are mostly melted, you can stir them, and they will finish melting when you stir.
Add melted ingredients into the large bowl containing cereal.
Stir until well combined. Honestly, this is where it's much easier to get the cereal well-coated if you get your hands in there! I use thin, disposable gloves when I do messy kitchen jobs like this!
Add the powdered sugar on top of the chocolate-coated cereal.
Mix gently but quickly to coat the cereal.
Place puppy chow on a parchment paper-lined jelly roll (or cookie sheet) to cool.
This can be stored on the counter in a sealed container for up to 3 days.
Refrigerate up to 10 days (in a sealed container or plastic storage bags). Make sure the puppy chow has been cooled before putting it in the fridge. It gets soggy if it's warm and put in the fridge.
Absolutely! You can easily just make ½ a batch.
Yes, just melt it on low and watch it carefully!
Other Delicious Shareable Snacks
Puppy Chow – A chocolate, peanut buttery, sweet treat!
- 9 cups chex cereal Other options include Chocolate Chex cereal, Life Brand cereal and Crispix
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips You can also use semisweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips
- ½ cup Peanut butter Use your favorite brand.
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar aka confectioner's sugar
- Mix all 9 cups of cereal in a large bowl.
- In a microwaveable bowl, put butter, peanut butter and chocolate chips. Microwave 30 seconds then stir. Microwave in additional 20 second increments until everything is melted and stirs together smoothly.
- Add melted ingredients into large bowl containing cereal.
- Stir until well combined. This is where it's much easier to get the cereal well coated if you get your hands in there (I wear thin disposable gloves)!
- Add the powdered sugar onto the chocolate covered cereal.
- Stir gently but quickly to evenly evenly coat.
- Place on a parchment lined jelly roll (or cookie sheet) to cool.
It's fine on the counter for 2-3 days. I've kept it in the refrigerator for 1 ½ weeks and it still tasted delicious and fresh.
Nutrition information is an estimate only provided as a courtesy using an ingredient database. Garnish and optional ingredients are not included in the calculations.
I hope you like this recipe as much as my family does!