If there is one treat that brings me back to childhood, it is puppy chow! Puppy chow is a delicious mixture of chocolate, peanut butter crunchy clusters covered in powdered sugar. This is a perfect summertime snack because it’s so quick to throw together and go, but I remember it a lot during the holidays while we watched Christmas movies in our pajamas in front of the lit-up Christmas tree.
I’ve always known this treat to be called puppy chow, but I have also heard it called muddy buddies, monkey munch, reindeer chow, or doggy bag. I love the idea of the puppy chow being called reindeer chow and giving it out to family and friends. I never thought of this before, but I bet my 4 year old would be excited to leave it out for the reindeer on Christmas eve!
After I made the puppy chow I thought that this would be cute to give it out to friends and family. So, I whipped up some cute tags and applied them to the jars using modpodge. Aren’t they adorable?!
I decided that they are too cute to keep to myself, so I have them available for you to download below in all three of these designs!
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- Measuring cups
- Medium microwave-safe bowl
- Large bowl
- Rubber spatula
- Glass jars
- Labels – Download them for free below!
Instructions on How to Make Puppy Chow
Puppy Chow is literally one of the easiest recipes you can make!
In its simplest terms, you are microwaving peanut butter and chocolate chips together until it is smooth and creamy. Then, pour the mixture over the cereal until it is evenly covered throughout. Finally, you add the powdered sugar and mix until it is well covered. See?!! How easy is that?!
There are a couple of tricks to know to ensure that you have the perfect Chex to chocolate to confectioner’s sugar ratio. Nobody wants an overly goopy or dried cereal mixture.
First, start with 6 cups of Chex cereal, and only add additional if you have a chocolate puddle on the bottom of the bowl after you have stirred up the mixture and the cereal is evenly covered.
How long will puppy chow last?
Puppy chow should last up to 1 week in an air-tight container or ziplock bag. If you are in a very warm climate, you may want to place it in the refrigerator so that it doesn’t melt.Print
If there is one treat that brings me back to childhood, it is puppy chow! Puppy chow is a delicious mixture of chocolate, peanut butter crunchy clusters covered in powdered sugar. This is a perfect summertime snack because it’s so quick to throw together and go, but is also a Christmastime treat!
- 1 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 6–7 cups Rice Chex cereal
- 1–2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- Melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter in a medium food safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, then microwave for 10 second increments until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Make sure you are stirring it between each microwave session.
- Place 6 cups of Rice Chex cereal into a large bowl.
- Pour the chocolate/peanut butter mixture onto the Rice Chex and stir together until the cereal is thoroughly covered. If you find that there is a chocolate puddle on the bottom of the bowl, you can add additional cereal- 1/4 cup at a time until you find that the puddle is absorbed. I found that the 6 cups was perfect, but you may want to add more.
- Once you have it well mixed, allow the mixture to come to room temperature or cooler before adding in the confectioner’s sugar. I put the bowl into the fridge for a few minutes. It is important to allow the chocolate to cool down or the confectioner’s sugar will absorb into the chocolate and become a chocolate disaster when you try to eat it!
- Once the chocolate has cooled down, add in 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar and mix well. Add more confectioner’s sugar if needed to ensure even coverage.
Stores well for up to one week in an airtight container. If you live in a hot climate, you may store it in the fridge to prevent the chocolate from melting.
- Category: Snacks
- Method: No Bake
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