My husband is a sucker for puppy chow and has been asking me to make it for forever. And like a good wife, I dutifully put it on my future to-make list…and then it kept getting bumped down and forgotten. Whoops.
So when we were thinking of Super Bowl snacks to make for this weekend, he suggested puppy chow as a sweet treat. Gotta love a patiently persistent man. So this wifey decided to finally oblige.
(On a side note – is it a regional thing to call this stuff muddy buddies rather than puppy chow? Please please enlighten me, my non-Texan readers. I’m curious!)
This snack is super easy to make, plus messy and fun. Clare was definitely entertained as I danced around the kitchen, shaking the bag to coat in powdered sugar. I can see this being a fun thing for kids to help make! (just don’t forget I mentioned the word messy too)
As I bookmarked this classic recipe, my mind started wandering with dozens of different flavor variations possible with this treat. So don’t be surprised if you see more puppy chow floating around in the future! Enjoy and good luck to whichever team you’re rooting for on Sunday!
Classic Puppy Chow
9 cups Chex cereal (I used Rice Chex)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Yield: 9 cups (so about 18 servings)
Measure the cereal into a large bowl and set aside. In microwavable bowl, microwave the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter uncovered on high for 1 minute. Stir to combine. If needed, microwave about 30 seconds longer or until the mixture is totally smooth when stirred. Then stir in the vanilla.
Pour this mixture over the cereal and carefully toss until evenly coated. Pour the coated cereal into a 2 gallon Ziploc or resealable plastic bag. Add the powdered sugar and seal the bag. Shake it until well coated. Spread it onto parchment or wax paper to cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.