About Puppy Chow Chex Mix
In preparation for my cooking extravaganza, I needed to make sure I had something to snack on while I whipped together my ever first homemade Thanksgiving dinner. Because strangely enough, working with food makes me hungry (crazy, right?!) and I need something to give me strength as I fumble my way through this without having to resort to Boston Market takeout.
Thankfully, I only have an old friend of mine to please with whatever I cook up, and he’ll probably just be happy that there’s food, but still – it matters to me that I get it right.
As for my snack food options, you’d think I’d already have a house full of snacks with the way I’ve been baking lately, but alas, an old friend of mine and I (and even some of the neighbors) have polished off my stockpiles of baked sugar. So, naturally, I needed to replenish the resource. Puppy Chow Chex Mix seemed like the best solution. It’s sugary and crunchy and not too rich, so I can graze on it (or in other words,
So, naturally, I needed to replenish the resource.
Puppy Chow Chex Mix seemed like the best solution, because… chocolate.
And peanut butter.
I mean, c’mon! You know what I’m talking about there. It’s sugary and crunchy and not too rich, so you can slowly graze on it (or in other words, stress eat) to help you get through the day.
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
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 this puppy chow recipe
- 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.
More puppy chow recipes
Puppy Chow Chex Mix
The classic puppy chow: crunchy Chex cereal covered in chocolate, peanut butter, and sugar. It's the best winter snack food (and perfect for gifting, too)!
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the chocolate chips and peanut butter, stirring frequently until chips are melted and smooth.
Remove saucepan from heat and stir in vanilla.
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 powdered sugar to a Ziploc bag (gallon sized). Working in batches (about 1-2 cups at a time), add coated Chex cereal to bag with powdered sugar, seal or twist the top of the bag closed, and then shake the bag until the Chex cereal is coated with sugar. Remove finished 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 powdered sugar that remains inside.
Let puppy chow cool completely before eating. Once cooled, transfer to a sealed container and store for up to 5 days.