This Puppy Chow recipe is a classic sweet snack that nobody can resist. It’s made gluten-free with Rice and Corn Chex and can also be made dairy-free and vegan making it a great allergy-friendly snack for any occasion.
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If you’re trying to figure out what’s the difference between this puppy chow recipe and a muddy buddy recipe, you can stop trying to figure out.
Puppy Chow and Muddy Buddies are the same exact thing.
It’s Chex Cereal covered in melted chocolate/peanut butter/butter and then coated in powdered sugar. It’s a super popular party snack, perfect for holidays, potlucks, and parties at any time of the year. You can mix it with fun add-ins like M&M’s, nuts, pretzels, or serve it as is.
Any way you eat it, it won’t be a disappointment. Every single bite is pure chocolate + peanut butter joy.
TELL ME – what do you call this? Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies? OR, something else?? Comment below and let me know!
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Puppy Chow Ingredients
- Chex Cereal – I use a combination of Corn Chex and Rice Chex. To keep it gluten-free, make sure the Chex you’re using is gluten-free, AKA don’t use Wheat Chex in your mix.
- Chocolate Chips – I prefer using semi-sweet chocolate but you can use milk chocolate for a sweeter snack or dark chocolate.
- Peanut Butter – Natural peanut butter or nut butters will not work well in this recipe. They’re too soft and won’t firm up well once mixed with the chocolate and cereal.
- Butter – Salted or Unsalted, your choice.
- Powdered Sugar – You must use powdered sugar in this recipe, not granulated sugar or caster sugar. Powdered sugar coats the chocolate + peanut butter. Without it, this snack would be crazy messy.
- Vanilla Extract – a little vanilla makes gives this snack mix a little depth of flavor. You can omit it if you have to.
Can I Make Vegan Muddy Buddies?
Yes! Just use a plant-based buttery stick in place of the butter. I recommend using Miyoko’s European Style Cultured Vegan Butter. Another great option is Country Crock Plant Butter Sticks with Avocado Oil. I use both these products for baking and cooking and I recommend them over using a “buttery-spread”.
You also want to make sure you use dairy-free chocolate chips. Enjoy Life Foods Mini Chips work great and melt really well.
Can I Make this Peanut-Free?
You can make peanut-free puppy chow by using Sunbutter in place of the peanut butter.
Equipment Needed to Make Chex Mix Puppy Chow
- Microwave-Safe Bowl – I use a 4-quart glass Pyrex bowl. That way, I can add my cereal to the melted chocolate and peanut butter without having to use another bowl.
- Ziplock Bag – you’re going to want a big ziplock bag to shake that cereal up with the powdered sugar! See the “Tips” section for sizing recommendations.
How to Make Puppy Chow
Step 1. Add the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter to a large microwave-safe bowl. Melt at 50% power in 30-second intervals until the chocolate is melted. Stir well after each interval. Do not overheat.
Step 2. Once melted, add the cereal to the bowl and stir to coat all of the cereal with the chocolate mixture. Set aside.
Step 3. Add half of the powdered sugar to a large ziplock bag. Add half of the cereal to the bag and seal it closed. Shake the bag to coat all of the cereal with the powdered sugar. Add extra sugar as necessary for an even coating.
Step 4. Transfer the puppy chow to a serving bowl or air-tight container and repeat the process with the remaining cereal.
Step 5. Store at room temperature in an air-tight container.
Tips for Making Puppy Chow Snack
- You can use one kind of cereal instead of a mix if you prefer.
- It’s ok to use extra powdered sugar to coat your puppy chow. Extra sugar will give it a thicker coating.
- Mix this up in a ziplock bag instead of a bowl. I used a gallon-sized bag and made it in 2 batches. You could use a 2-gallon bag and make it in one batch. A turkey brining bag would also be a great choice.
- Make sure you store this in an air-tight container to keep it fresh for as long as possible!
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- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (not natural)
- 1/4 cup butter (see notes for dairy-free)
- 5 cups Corn Chex
- 4 cups Rice Chex
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- Add the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter to a large microwave-safe bowl. Melt at 50% power in 30-second intervals until the chocolate is melted. Stir well after each interval. Do not overheat.
- Once melted, add the cereal to the bowl and stir to coat all of the cereal with the chocolate mixture. Set aside.
- Add half of the powdered sugar to a large ziplock bag. Add half of the cereal to the bag and seal it closed. Shake the bag to coat all of the cereal with the powdered sugar. Add extra sugar as necessary for an even coating.
- Transfer the puppy chow to a serving bowl or air-tight container and repeat the process with the remaining cereal.
- Store at room temperature in an air-tight container.
- To make dairy free + vegan puppy chow, use plant-based vegan butter in place of the butter. For best results, use a vegan butter stick and not spread. Use dairy free chocolate chips.
- You can use a 2-gallon bag or turkey brining bag to coat the cereal without having to do it in batches.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 183
Nutrition Facts are estimated and aren't always accurate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist if you have special dietary needs. Calories based on 1/2 cup servings.
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