Ok. For those of you who follow my blog, you know I can cook. And bake. And make up recipes with ingredients I have on hand. But, my teen regularly went out to BUY puppy chow. And, it’s expensive for what you get! These are also called Muddy Buddies in some stores. One day, as a surprise, I made a huge batch. They are so easy to make and use really common ingredients normally found in your pantry.
***For those of you not familiar with what Puppy Chow is, it is a HUMAN SNACK. Not one for puppies. Chocolate is harmful to dogs!! Thanks to the reader who was concerned about humans feeding this to puppies!***
This stuff can be addictive! With chocolate, peanut butter and then some icing sugar, who can resist? My kids came home and were thrilled that I had made them puppy chow! Sometimes, just sometimes, I get told that I am an AWESOME Mom!
This is super easy to make.
(Take a look at the step by step instructions, then print out the recipe at the bottom).
9 cups square woven cereal (I used 3 cups each of Chocolate Chex, Life and Crispix)
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Mix all 9 cups of cereal in a large bowl. You can do the same kinds I did, or any kind of similar cereal.
In a microwave safe bowl, add butter, peanut butter and chocolate chips. Microwave 45 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 and they will finish melting when you stir. Add vanilla and stir in.
Add melted ingredients into 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!
After everything is well coated, divide evenly into two one gallon plastic zip lock type bags.
Add about 1 1/2 cups of powdered (icing) sugar into each bag.
Close and shake until evenly coated.
Place puppy chow on a parchment lined jelly roll (or cookie sheet) to cool.
Once this deliciousness cools, place into a sealed container. I’d suggest refrigerating it if you have room. Otherwise, just eat it : ).
Hope you like this recipe as much as my family does!
Let me share another family favorite snack. This one makes a huge batch and I always make this around Thanksgiving. My college kids may just get this in a care package!