Chex Mix Puppy Chow

Chex Cereal Puppy Chow is a crunchy, chocolate peanut butter treat! Add color to this snack mix with M&M candies and sprinkles for birthdays, holidays and more. Makes 15 servings.

Close up of a bowl with rainbow sprinkles and chocolate-covered candies in Chex Mix Puppy Chow

The first time I tried Puppy Chow—also known as Muddy Buddies,—I was in second grade.

I remember it vividly because I was grossed out by the name, but also a little intrigued. (It should be noted that we also ate pudding cups with gummy worms and “dirt” that evening, too.)

I took one bite and fell in love.

Decades later, I still very much love the combination of crunchy Chex Cereal, creamy peanut butter, semisweet chocolate and powdered sugar.

And today, I’m using this recipe to spread some cheer as I participate in the Good Cookie Valentine’s Day event, which we raised more than $17K for on behalf of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

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    Why I love this recipe:

    There’s something about the combination of the flavors in this party dessert because this Puppy Chow recipe is incredibly well-balanced.

    Instead of making this into the classic recipe we all know and love, I wanted to give it a little flair. So I added M&Ms and sprinkles.

    The best news is that you can do this, too, and make puppy chow fit for various holidays.

    Also, this snack mix recipe is super fun to make with kids, who will have a blast with every step—from the measuring to the melting to the mixing and decorating.

    It’s also great for making and sharing since it makes a lot of puppy chow. You can make a batch, purchase cute little containers to share it in and drop it off on friends’ doorsteps!

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    Ingredients for Chex Mix Puppy Chow in bowls on a pink countertop

    What you’ll need to make Chex Mix Puppy Chow

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    What are the ingredients for Puppy Chow?

    • Rice Chex Cereal — you can also use Corn Chex Cereal if you prefer that. Crispix cereal is also a cereal you could use in this recipe, too, though the shape of the puppy chow will be different.
    • Peanut butter — creamy and unsweetened, if possible. A lot of recipes will tell you that the sweetened, more processed kind of best for sweet recipes, but I still enjoy the natural peanut butter. That said, use what you’ve got in your home, and it’ll work like a charm!
    • Semisweet chocolate chips — you could also use milk or dark chocolate chips in place of these.
    • Unsalted butter
    • Powered sugar — there’s no substitute for this, so make sure you’ve got enough to coat your puppy chow.
    • Milk Chocolate M&Ms — whichever colors make you happy! If you’re making a festive Chex Mix Puppy Chow, grab the holiday M&M bag!
    • Sprinkles — the same goes for the sprinkle colors as the M&Ms!

    Puppy Chow variations

    I added both sprinkles and M&Ms to this puppy chow recipe because I love to add color to them! Here are some color combinations for holiday puppy how:

    • Pink, red and white for Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow
    • Green, white and mint for St. Patrick’s Day Muddy Buddies
    • Pastels for Easter Muddy Munch
    • Red, white and blue for Patriotic Puppy Chow
    • Green and red for Christmas Puppy Chow or Reindeer Chow (how cute is that name?!?)
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    How to make Puppy Chow

    Measure the Chex cereal into the biggest mixing bowl you’ve got in your kitchen.

    We’re going to mix the ingredients in the bowl instead of using a plastic bag for the coating process, so we want there to be enough room. (Alternately, if you don’t have a huge mixing bowl, you can make this in batches!)

    In a glass measuring cup or a microwave-safe bowl, measure out the peanut butter, chocolate chips and butter. Heat in the microwave in 30-second burst until they’re melted together. Stir until smooth.

    You might have to microwave it upwards of 2 minutes, just depending on your ingredients.

    Pour the peanut butter-chocolate mixture over the Chex. Use a rubber spatula to stir the ingredients together, coating the Chex completely. Be gentle while stirring, as the cereal could break if you’re not careful.

    Sprinkle in the powdered sugar, and toss gently until coated. (Alternately, you could toss the ingredients together in the airtight container that you’ll store the Puppy Chow in, and shake it together—your call!)

    Let the chocolate mixture cool for 30 minutes.

    Once set, add the colorful M&Ms and sprinkles.

    Stir them together and then serve or store until later.

    Pro tip!

    Swap out the M&Ms and sprinkles for different holidays (or just because!) This way, you can have Christmas Puppy Chow, Halloween Muddy Buddies, St. Patrick’s Day snack mix and more!

    A sheet tray holds puppy chow

    Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips

    This Chex Mix Puppy Chow recipe would be a tasty addition to any gathering you host in your home because it’s great for nibbling. It’s also well-loved by both kids and adults.

    If you’re going to make it for a party, whether you’re celebrating a holiday, a birthday or just because, here are some ideas to making homemade Puppy Chow for sharing:

    • Make the Puppy Chow a day in advance. It keeps well and won’t get soggy on you, so you can mix it, store it in an airtight container on the countertop and then share it the next day.
    • Feeding a lot of people? Double the recipe. I know this recipe makes a lot, but if your friends and family are going to nibble on it for a long while, making double the amount might be a good idea, especially if you know that they like this combination of flavors.
    • Celebrating a holiday? Customize it! This Puppy Chow recipe can turn into Christmas Puppy Chow (also known as Reindeer Chow) with green and red M&Ms and sprinkles. You can do the same and make this for Valentine’s Day, Independence Day and more!
    Close up of chocolate candies and sprinkles on top of a sweet snack mix

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Why is it called puppy chow?

    Because it looks a little like some dog foods, which are also known as puppy chow. This is not dog food, so please don’t feed it to your pup.

    Is it called puppy chow or muddy buddies?

    It’s called both—so what you call it is up to you! It’s also referred to as Monkey Munch, Muddy Munch and Reindeer Chow.

    Does Puppy Chow need to be refrigerated?

    No. It can be kept at room temperature for 4-5 days, but it will last for a week if refrigerated.

    How long does Puppy Chow last in the fridge?

    Chex Cereal Puppy Chow will last in the refrigerator for a week. Though I dare you to make it last that long.

    Can I feed this to my dog?

    NO! This would be terrible for your pet’s health because this puppy chow is for humans only. If you’re looking for treats for your pet, check out Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pupcakes and Sweet Potato and Apple Pupcakes.

    Quick tips for making Chex Mix Puppy Chow

    • Read over the ingredients. This puppy chow recipe should be gluten free, but confirm everything that’s going in is, especially if you’ll be sharing with friends who have Celiac or a gluten intolerance.
    • Store Chex Mix Puppy Chow at room temperature in an airtight container. It will keep for up to 4-5 days, but chances are, it won’t last that long! If you want it to last longer, it will keep for a week in the fridge.
    • Swap out the colors of M&Ms and sprinkles for different holidays and celebrations. This recipe can be transformed into Christmas Puppy Chow (also known as Reindeer Chow) with green and red M&Ms and sprinkles. You can do the same and make this for Valentine’s Day, Independence Day and more! Add rainbow sprinkles for a birthday, too!
    • Don’t want to make as much puppy chow? Half the recipe and call it a day!

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    How to make Puppy Chow

    Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate
    Chex Cereal Puppy Chow is a crunchy, chocolate peanut butter treat! Add color to this crunchy dessert with M&M candies and sprinkles for birthdays, holidays and more.
    4.92 from 59 votes
    Servings 15 servings
    Calories 406 kcal
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 1 minute
    Cooling/Drying Time 30 minutes
    Total Time 41 minutes

    Ingredients
      

    • 10 cups Rice Chex Cereal
    • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
    • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1 ½ cups powered sugar
    • 1 cup milk chocolate M&Ms
    • ¼ cup sprinkles

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    Instructions
     

    • Measure out the Rice Chex Cereal into a large bowl, and set aside.
    • In a large glass measuring cup or a microwave-safe bowl, combine the peanut butter, chocolate chips and butter. Heat in 30-second bursts in the microwave until mostly melted, then stir until smooth.
    • Pour the peanut butter-chocolate mixture over the Chex cereal, and stir using a rubber spatula until coated.
    • Sprinkle in the powdered sugar, and toss gently until coated.
    • Let the chocolate mixture cool for 30 minutes, then top with M&Ms and sprinkles.
    • Stir them together and then serve or store until later.

    Notes

    Quick tips for making Chex Mix Puppy Chow

    • Read over the ingredients. This puppy chow recipe should be gluten free, but confirm everything that’s going in is, especially if you’ll be sharing this with friends who have Celiac or a gluten intolerance.
    • Store Chex Mix Puppy Chow at room temperature in an airtight container. It will keep for up to 4-5 days, but chances are, it won’t last that long! If you want it to last longer, it will keep for a week in the fridge.
    • Swap out the colors of M&Ms and sprinkles for different holidays and celebrations. This recipe can be transformed into Christmas Puppy Chow (also known as Reindeer Chow) with green and red M&Ms and sprinkles. You can do the same and make this for Valentine’s Day, Independence Day and more!
    • Don’t want to make as much puppy chow? Half the recipe and call it a day!

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1servingCalories: 406kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 6gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 240mgFiber: 3gSugar: 38g
    Keyword chex mix, dessert, no bake dessert, puppy chow, snack mix
    Course Desserts & Sweet Treats
    Cuisine American
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    About the Author:

    Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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    5 Comments

    1. WOW. Made this yesterday and cannot get enough of it! I’m going to make this again for Superbowl Sunday. Having people over for the game and I know this will be a big hit! Thanks for another awesome recipe!

      1. SO happy you’ve been loving this, Min! Our family can never stop eating it, too. I hope y’all made it for Superbowl Sunday because we definitely did and ate the whole batch!

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