This simple twist on classic puppy chow combines the flavor of your favorite brownies and Chex cereal to create sweet, salty, and crunchy brownie puppy chow.
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Table of Contents
- About Brownie Puppy Chow
- But wait, what is puppy chow?
- What are the other names for puppy chow?
- What can you add to puppy chow?
- Do you need to bake the BROWNIE MIX?
- Can you use out of date brownie mix?
- What brownie mix should you use?
- How long is puppy chow good for?
- Can you make puppy chow ahead of time?
- Notes & tips for puppy chow recipe variations like this
- More puppy chow recipes
- How to make brownie puppy chow
- Recipe Details
About Brownie Puppy Chow
Whatever you call this fun snack, one of the best things about it is that there are countless puppy chow recipe variations (or muddy buddy recipe variations, if that’s what you grew up calling it) to choose from.
And, you guys, this recipe has to be my favorite version yet.
Brownie puppy chow takes everything that’s great about the original (in all it’s sweet & crunchy) and taps into the richness of a classic brownie. Plus, if you’re a fan of trying new things to make with brownie mix, this treat is worthy of a whole box OR a great way to use up some leftover mix!
But wait, what is puppy chow?
Despite the funny-sounding name, this recipe isn’t for the dogs – it’s for anyone who loves a sweet and crunchy treat with the slightest hint of salt.
Ultimately, “puppy chow” refers to any recipe made with Chex cereal that’s been coated in various sweet candies and sugars.
What are the other names for puppy chow?
Depending on where you’re from, you might have learned to call this sweet-and-crunchy treat by another name. Here are some of the most popular:
- Monkey Munch
- Muddy Buddies
- Muddy Munch
- Reindeer Chow
What can you add to puppy chow?
Puppy chow is always good by itself, but sometimes it’s fun to jazz it up with some other candy. Here are a few of my favorites:
- M&M’s, any flavor
- Hershey bars, chopped up
- Reese’s Pieces
- Sprinkles, any type
Do you need to bake the BROWNIE MIX?
Although it’s rare to become ill from consuming flour, it is considered a raw ingredient, so for proper food safety, the brownie mix should be cooked before consumption because it includes flour.
To bake the brownie mix: Spread the brownie mix out on a baking sheet and bake it for five minutes at 350 degrees F.
Can you use out of date brownie mix?
If you’re anything like me, recipes like this strike you on days when you don’t want to leave the house and you’re raiding your cabinets for options. And, inevitably, you’re going to run across something that looks fine but has a date that’s long since passed.
So, when it comes to expired brownie mix, what do you do? Can you use it or not?
First off, make sure that the brownie mix has been properly stored. This means that it’s been in a cool, dry place, and that either the seal is still intact or that it’s been stored in a sealed container since it was opened.
Once you confirm the storage, check the date printed on the package. Brownie mix is typically good four to five months beyond the “best by” date.
If you have a product that’s older than this, I would not recommend using it for something like a dip. If you’d like to read more about the concerns of expired brownie mix, check out this article. It’s about cake mix, but the same concepts would also apply to brownie mix.
What brownie mix should you use?
For the dry brownie mix, I used Betty Crocker Milk Chocolate Brownie Mix, simply because I tend to like the flavor. However, there are plenty of brownie mixes to pick from – choose your favorite brand and brownie flavor (or even use a homemade mix!)
How long is puppy chow good for?
Once made, cooled, and stored in a sealed container, puppy chow will remain good at room temperature for up to one to two weeks.
Can you make puppy chow ahead of time?
Yes, you totally can! Because it can last up to two weeks, it’s great for making in batches for parties or giving away as gifts.
Notes & tips for puppy chow recipe variations like this
- When making this recipe, you’ll need a big mixing bowl so you have enough room to maneuver and stir. I own a 13 quart mixing bowl for this very reason.
- Many recipes for puppy chow call for vanilla extract, but I didn’t feel it was needed in this case; the brownie mix holds the flavor up pretty well. That being said, if you’d still like to add vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon should be plenty. Quickly mix it in after the chocolate and peanut butter has been melted.
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How to make brownie puppy chow
This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.
Step 1 – In a microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate chips and peanut butter. Melt them in the microwave, then mix together until nice and smooth.
Step 2 – Add the Chex cereal to a large mixing bowl (I like using a 13-quart mixing bowl), then pour the melted chocolate mixture on top. Use a spatula to gently toss to mix until all the cereal is coated. Tip: while mixing, dig under the cereal, then pull up.
Step 3 – Add dry brownie mix to a ZipLoc bag. Working in batches, scoop in a portion of the coated Chex cereal, seal the bag, then shake to coat the cereal in powdered sugar. Repeat this step until all the puppy chow is coated.
Step 4 – Spread the puppy chow out on a flat surface (like a baking sheet) and allow it to cool, dry, and set.
Step 5 – Serve and enjoy!
Brownie Puppy Chow
- Food Safety Step: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread brownie mix out on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Allow brownie mix to cool completely before using.
- Add Chex cereal to a 13 quart mixing bowl. Pour chocolate-peanut butter mixture on top and gently stir with a spatula until all Chex cereal is coated. Set bowl aside.
- Add dry brownie mix to a Ziploc bag. Working in batches (about 1-2 cups at a time), add coated Chex cereal to bag with brownie mix, seal or twist the top of the bag closed, and then shake the bag until the Chex cereal is coated with brownie mix. Remove finished brownie puppy chow and spread out on prepared baking sheet. Repeat step until all the puppy chow is made. When finished, discard plastic bag and any dry brownie mix that remains inside.
- Let brownie puppy chow cool completely before eating.
I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.