No, this isn’t a recipe for dog food! This is a recipe for a snack dessert mix with corn/rice cereal covered in peanut butter, chocolate and powdered sugar for humans only. Why is it called puppy chow? I am not quite sure, maybe because it’s so addictive it makes you want to put your head in the bowl and just chow it down like a dog eating food. I haven’t got to that point yet, but I wouldn’t put it past me! Puppy chow is also sometimes called Muddy Buddies, which is the name Chex coined for it.
I was first introduced to puppy chow at my elementary school’s career day. Yes, my elementary school had career day but it wasn’t like a college or high school career day. It was more like fun activity day where you got to try things like cross country skiing, cake decorating, cooking, sewing, basket weaving, aerobics, and other fun crafty activities. I don’t think it helped us to actually choose a career. The activities I picked during the time I am remembering was cooking and making stained glass. During our cooking class we learned how to make Puppy Chow.
*Note-Please do not feed this “puppy chow” to you pets. Despite that name, this treat is not for dogs and could actually be harmful to your pets because it contains chocolate.
- 9 cups of Crispix or 4½ cups of Corn Chex and 4½ cups Rice Chex
- 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup butter (1/2 stick)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1½ cup of powdered sugar
- In a large bowl, measure out cereal and set aside.
- In a medium sized heat proof bowl add chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Cook in microwave for 1 minute and stir. Repeat in 30 second intervals, stirring in-between each turn until completely melted and smooth. Stir in vanilla extract.
- Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal stir until all the cereal is evenly covered.
- Add coated cereal into a 2-gallon re-sealable bag and add in powdered sugar. Seal the bag and shake together until all the sugar has coated the cereal. This step can be done in two parts if you don’t have a large enough bag. Just make sure to split the cereal and the powdered sugar.
- Once the cereal is coated with sugar, pour out onto a waxed paper lined baking sheet. Let cool and enjoy. Keep in an airtight container.
Source- Adapted from Chex