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Puppy Chow Recipe

This recipe has been a favorite in my family since I was a little girl. You have probably had it before, but know it as another name. I like this recipe because it does not have any extra butter or oil to add like a lot of other Puppy Chow recipes do and it is very simple. A great recipe for little helpers to do.

What You Need:
  • 4-6 cups Chex or Crispix cereal (generic is great)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • 1 large bowl
  • A small pot or a microwave safe bowl
  • Long wooden or plastic spoon


Step 1:  Pour 4 cups of cereal into a large bowl. I buy whatever cereal is the cheapest, which is usually the generic Chex and I will buy one box rice cereal and one box corn to use for this recipe.

Step 2:  Combine peanut butter and chocolate chips. Heat until just melted. I usually use the microwave and stir it every 20-30 seconds. It usually takes no more than 1.5 minutes.

Step 3:  Pour melted chocolate peanut butter into the large bowl over the cereal a little at a time stirring it into the cereal. Try to cover all the cereal with chocolate, so keep mixing. If you need to, add more cereal. How much cereal you add depends on how chocolate coated you want each peace to be. If you use all 6 cups your cereal may be a bit dry.

Step 4: Add the powdered sugar. Stir it in until everything is covered. If you are like my little sister you want a TON of powdered sugar!

Step 5: Enjoy!

  • Once you have mixed in the melted chocolate peanut butter put the mixture in a gallon sized sealable bag. Then add the powdered sugar. Seal the bag and shake. This can be less messy and it keeps the cereal from breaking up like it can when you are stirring with a spoon.
  • Divide up melted chocolate peanut butter mix into smaller sealable bags, so each of your helpers can shake up their own powdered sugar.

A funny story:... a few years ago I made some of this and grabbed a handful to take with us to the playground. A couple of friends heard me calling it Puppy Chow and giving it to my son. They finally came up and asked me what I was eating. When I told them I got the funniest look from both of them. So I opened up the paper towel I was holding to show them and told them how I made it. They both started laughing. They thought I was giving dog food to my son because they always called it something else growing up!


  1. Love this one. Not sure it's exactly like mine. I'll have to check. Thanks so much for linkin it up with my tasty tuesdays!

  2. I can see myself eating waaaay to much! One question though: do you put it in a tin to set or roll it in balls?

    found you on tasty tuesdays


  3. We used to make this at girl scout camp and i'd eat a whole bag by myself. LOVE THIS STUFF!

  4. We usually make this around Christmas time along with a few other chex mixes - Love it!

  5. Sounds great :) Visiting you from Tasty Tuesdays!

  6. I've seen this recipe before but never made it. Looks fun!
    I came from MLC :-)



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