Puppy Chow – Recipe

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There are so many names for just puppy chow, I remember a friend told me they called it “trash” while growing up. I’ve heard people calling this yummy snack muddy buddies, reindeer chow, muddy paws or even monkey munch, they are still referring to puppy chow. Think of puppy chow as an appetizer or a dessert, whichever works for your taste bud. Let’s dig deep into how you can make the Puppy Chow.

Food Origin and History

Puppy Chow got its name from sharing semblance with a popular dog food, the Dog Chow brand. Mostly eaten in the United States, the chocolate-based snack can be said to originate from the United States. The Northern Midwest states of the United States, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, and Wisconsin is quite notable for its consumption of Puppy Chow.

Depending on the area, there is often a change in the Puppy Chow recipe, but it all ends up achieving same taste. Depending on the event, different flavors can be added to spice up the taste. Children even learn about the Puppy Chow recipe, more like a rite of passage thingy.


To make a Puppy Chow of 10 to 14 servings, the following are required;

  • Chex Cereals ( 12 Cups)
  • Melted Chocolate Chips (1 Cup)
  • Peanut Butter (1/2 Cup)
  • Melted Butter (1/4 Cup)
  • Vanilla (2 Teaspoon)
  • Powdered sugar (3/2 Cup)

Preparation Time

10 Minutes

Cooking Time

2 Minutes

Ready In

12 Minutes


10 to 14 Servings


  1. Start by taking out the Chex cereals out of the box and place into a large bowl. It’s better to use the entire box rather than leaving a few to waste, if you’re like me, it’s end up wasting. If you cannot locate your very large bowl (I’ll assume you have one), then grab a fresh garbage bag. In the good old days, a garbage bag used to be the mixing place of my puppy chow.
  2. Next is to melt your chocolate chips, butter, and peanut butter by placing in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 60 seconds and ensure it all melts entirely. If it doesn’t then, heat at a 30 seconds interval.
  3. Pour the melted mixture of chocolate, butter, and peanut over the Chex cereals in the large bowl. If you are using a garbage bag, shake the bag gentle to arrive at an even spread.
  4. Your powdered sugar is next. Pour on the cereals and keep mixing until the entirety of the Chex comes out in white.

Extra Tips for Puppy Chow Recipe

  • Remember to use the entire box
  • Over-mixing will spoil the taste and feel
  • Don’t apply powdered sugar than necessary
  • The best time to eat is when it cold or not warm
  • Remember to store in an airtight container

Nutritional Content

  • 90 Calories
  • 14.7 g Carbohydrate
  • 3.2 g Fat
  • 1.7 g Protein
  • 70 mg Sodium
  • 0.0 g Cholesterol

Puppy Chow Variations

  1. Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow
  2. Caramel Apple Puppy Chow
  3. Snicker doodle Puppy Chow
  4. Reese’s Pieces Brownies Puppy Chow
  5. Thin Mint Puppy Chow
  6. Cupcake Puppy Chow
  7. Cookies and Cream Puppy Chow
  8. Red Velvet Puppy Chow
  9. Movie Theater Puppy Chow and Snickers

Final Words

You’ve succeeded in making the best Puppy Chow ever. Try to remember the taste as you’ll long for the crunchy, chocolatey, and buttery feel for a long time. Don’t forget to make enough to serve you for a week. Either as an appetizer or a dessert, your Puppy Chow is ready to go down the throat lane.

Source: adapted from the Chex cereal box

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