Brownie Puppy Chow Mix

Brownie Puppy Chow Mix filled with brownie chunks, pretzels, peanut butter M&Ms, and white and milk chocolate chips!

This tasty and easy brownie puppy chow mix is full of salty and sweet! It is the perfect snack mix. For more snacks, try White Chocolate Puppy Chow, Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow, and S’mores Puppy Chow.

brownie puppy chow mix in a white bowl

Salty + Sweet

We love to make new treats that are a combination of classic treats. It’s like have the best of both worlds!

Today’s recipe for Brownie Puppy Chow Mix is just that – Puppy Chow with new ingredients like brownies, pretzels, milk chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and Peanut Butter M&Ms!

We think it’s the perfect mix for parties or any get together (or movie night!) – especially if you love the sweet and salty combo!

powder sugar coated chex in a red bowl

Making Brownie puppy chow

CEREAL. Pour cereal into a large bowl

COATING. In small pot, heat chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter over low heat stirring frequently until melted. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.

MIX. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour powdered sugar into two-gallon resealable plastic bags and add cereal to the bags. Seal bag and shake until well coated.

Tip: If you do not have a plastic bag, you can spread the chex mix over a pan lined with parchment paper. Use a sifter to evenly coat the cereal mix. Use a spatula to flip the cereal as needed.

COOL + ENJOY! Spread over waxed paper to cool. Once cool, pour into a large bowl and add the remaining ingredients and mix until well combined. ENJOY!

*Note*: Using a larger bowl will help you get everything stirred together more easily.

Caution: Sometimes children will try to share their puppy chow treat with their furry friends. Please make sure your kiddos know that, because of the chocolate, this “puppy chow” cannot be given to actual puppies or dogs. I think this is the reason they are often called by other names like muddy buddies or monkey munch.

Variations:

Change it up by doing the following…

  • Use a boxed brownie mix instead of powdered sugar to get that extra chocolatey flavor
  • Do a sweeter version of this by omitting the salty pretzels
  • Use your favorite type of M&Ms: Peanut, Peanut Butter, Brownie, plain, Caramel etc…
  • Make it mini by using mini chocolate chips, mini m&ms and mini pretzels
M&Ms in a white bowl

Ingredient Tips + Storing info

Keep these tips and in mind…

  • Peanut Butter: Regular peanut butter works best. The natural kind does not bind quite as well. Also, do not use crunchy peanut butter, it will give the wrong texture and make an un-smooth coating for the powdered sugar to stick to.
  • Cereal: Crispix and Corn Chex cereal both work as well as the traditional Rice Chex.
  • Brownies: To make this mix even easier we used brownie bites bought at the store. If you are feeling extra domestic go right ahead and make your own brownies. You can use a box mix or our homemade brownie recipe. Once baked, allow them to cool and cut into small bite sized pieces.

STORE puppy chow in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. However, brownies don’t last quite as long. To prolong the shelf life you can FREEZE  it for up to 3 months.

brownie puppy chow mix in a white bowl

For more Puppy CHow recipes, try:

Brownie Puppy Chow Mix Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Brownie Puppy Chow Mix filled with brownie chunks, pretzels, peanut butter M&Ms, and white and milk chocolate chips!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 481 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 9 cups rice chex any variety
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • brownie chunks (we bought brownie bites from the store and cut in quarters)
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup pretzels
  • 1 cup peanut butter M&Ms or any variety

Instructions
 

  • Pour cereal into a large bowl
  • In small pot, heat chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter over low heat stirring frequently until melted.
  • Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.
  • Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.
  • Pour powdered sugar into two gallon resealable plastic bags and add cereal to the bags.
  • Seal bag and shake until well coated.
  • Spread over waxed paper to cool.
  • Once cool pour into a large bowl and add the remaining ingredients and mix until well combined. ENJOY!

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    This is my movie go-to snack!! I mean, you get a little bit of everything! Sweet, salty, soft, & crunchy makes the perfect treat!

  2. 5 stars
    Such an easy snack to whip together, especially for a party! I have to admit that I have had puppy chow but never with brownie and I can’t believe I was missing out on this one special ingredient!

  3. 5 stars
    I needed a midnight movie night snack and this was perfect. I love the classic mix of sweet and salty, I can not seem to put it down, I’ve been snacking on it all day! This is the perfect snack for any time.

  4. 5 stars
    You really can’t go wrong with this recipe. I appreciated the tip to use brownie bites. They are sturdier than homemade brownies would have been in a mix like this.