Puppy Chow Mix

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Whether you call it Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies, you’ll love this recipe! It’s so easy to make and includes Chex cereal, powdered sugar, & yummy melted peanut butter and chocolate chips!!

Snack mixes are one of the best party foods. Especially for game nights with friends, we love to make White Trash, Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn, or these Muddy Buddies!

Aka Muddy Buddies

This recipe is loved by many, but there’s a little bit of controversy surrounding the name of it. Some people call it “Puppy Chow”, while others call it “Muddy Buddies”. I’ve always called it Puppy Chow, but which side of the fence are you on?!

Regardless of what you call it, I think we can all agree that it’s one of the easiest, tastiest, and most addicting treats to ever exist! I wanted to share our version of it with you today because it’s just one of those snacks that is perfect for ANY get together, party, or holiday!

Pouring melted peanut butter chocolate over chex cereal

How to Make Puppy Chow

You can break the process down into three easy steps. This really takes less than 10 minutes to make, and that’s including gathering and measuring all of the ingredients!

CEREAL. Measure your cereal into a large bowl and set aside.

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER. In 1 quart sauce pan, heat chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter over low heat stirring frequently until melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.

POWDERED SUGAR. Pour into two gallon resealable plastic bags. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag and shake until well coated. Spread over waxed paper to cool.

Recipe notes:

  • It may be tempting to add more cereal to the peanut butter sauce, but don’t. You want each piece of chex to have an ample amount of chocolaty peanut butter sauce for the sugar to stick to. If you like your mix extra saucy try reducing the Chex amount to only 7-8 cups. 
  • This recipe is for the basic puppy chow and can be mixed with so many yummy treats like marshmallows, nuts, pretzels, M&M’s, reeses pieces. You can also customize it to whatever holiday candy is being sold at the time. 

Covering puppy chow mix with powdered sugar

Is puppy chow gluten free? Yes! Chex makes 7 cereals that are gluten free including the plain Rice Chex that are used in this recipe. This can also be made dairy free by using the right chocolate and a butter substitute like margarine. If you’re allergic to peanut butter you can use a different nut butter. 

How to Store: Store puppy chow in an airtight container. It can stay at room temperature for up to 10 days, or kept in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. However, at my house it never lasts that long! You can also freeze it for up to 3 months. Allow it to thaw before eating.

puppy chow recipe in a red bowl

Full disclosure: This little snack mix is ADDICTING! Once you start eating it, you can’t stop!! I also have to mention—be sure to tell your children it’s not actually for puppies. 😉

If you love Puppy Chow Chex Mix, you might like these other versions:

Puppy Chow Recipe

4 from 1 vote

Our Favorite Puppy Chow Recipe!! So easy to make-which includes chex cereal, powdered sugar, & yummy melted peanut butter and chocolate chips!!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 277 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 9 cups chex (any variety)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Into large bowl, measure cereal, set aside.

  2. In 1 quart sauce pan, heat chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter over low heat stirring frequently until melted.
  3. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.
  4. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.
  5. Pour into two gallon resealable plastic bags.
  6. Add powdered sugar.
  7. Seal bag and shake until well coated.
  8. Spread over waxed paper to cool.
  9. Store in airtight containers.

 

Author

Kristyn Merkley

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. Growing up in IN, we used to call this puppy chow too. But when I moved out west, people didn't have a clue what I was talking about. I guess Chex calls it Muddy Buddies, but I always made it with Crispx. Either way they are a heavenly treat. I plan on making some too. Already bought the ingredients.