Recipe For Puppy Chow


Recipe for Puppy Chow. I call it, “Mix n’ Munch”. So I’ve got this recipe for Puppy Chow, and I’m sure you’re really interested in finding out how to make the world’s best in-edible snack food. I mean, you’d be a freakin’ moron if you weren’t interested. Puppy Chow can be a challenging recipe to make. When I first tried making it, I failed miserably. But with practice, my puppy chow got better and more delicious. This is my recipe for you.

Recipe For Puppy Chow

Recipe Summary

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Servings: 36


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Original recipe yields 36 servingsIngredient Checklist

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 9 cups crispy rice cereal squares
  • 1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar


Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1 Melt chocolate in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Stir in peanut butter and mix until smooth.
  • Step 2 Remove from heat and add cereal. Stir until coated.
  • Step 3 Pour powdered sugar into large resealable plastic bag. Add cereal and shake until well coated. Store in an airtight container.


Muddy Buddies, also known as puppy chow, is the best recipe ever. An delectable treat laden with chocolate and peanut butter can be made with only 4 ingredients (no butter) and a short amount of time! The ideal sweet treat to satisfy a large group!

Overhead view of a bowl of the best puppy chow recipe in a bowl

Pay close attention—my recipe for puppy chow is not for the weak of heart. Never once will you find flimsy pet food in my kitchen. You get what I’m saying? The item that barely clings to the powdered sugar because chocolate and peanut butter are applied so thinly to it? On my watch, no. I desire large quantities of the delicious chocolate-peanut butter mixture.


Although it’s fairly simple to make, the technique is quite important. Since I consider myself a muddy pals expert, I came up with the ideal recipe for the tastiest puppy chow ever that doesn’t even use butter.


Melt equal amounts of dark or semi-sweet chocolate and peanut butter. To avoid making it too hot, warm it for 60 seconds at first, stir, and then warm it for 30 seconds at a time.

Overhead photo showing how to make puppy chow - combining peanut butter and chocolate chips


The chocolate peanut butter mixture together until it’s smooth and glossy.

overhead photo showing how to make puppy chow - stirring melted chocolate and peanut butter


Melt equal amounts of dark or semi-sweet chocolate and peanut butter. To avoid making it too hot, warm it for 60 seconds at first, stir, and then warm it for 30 seconds at a time.

front view showing how to make puppy chow - pouring melted chocolate mixture onto cereal in a bowl


Then, combine everything, ensuring sure the cereal is thoroughly coated. Then, before adding any powdered sugar, place the muddy pals somewhere to chill off (outdoor in the winter, or in the refrigerator).

This stage is of the utmost importance. I try to use as little powdered sugar as I can because I don’t enjoy sweets that are sickeningly sweet. When added while the mixture is still warm, powdered sugar will absorb completely and offer little assistance in breaking up the pieces.

You can use less powdered sugar overall if you make sure your mixture is just barely chilled.

Overhead photo showing how to make muddy buddies (puppy chow) - peanut butter chocolate mixture stirred onto cereal


Add the powdered sugar and stir until there is a thin coating and some of the pieces start to separate once the mixture is at or slightly below room temperature but not yet firm. Utilizing a bowl with a cover makes it easier to shake the cereal into a uniform coating.


After allowing the muddy pals to cool for another 15 to 20 minutes, add a little more powdered sugar. You want to add just enough dog chow so that you can eat it without getting chocolate all over your hands.


Allow the dog chow to solidify for about 2 hours at room temperature. In the refrigerator, this process can be accelerated. Ensure that it is served at room temperature only!


If it lasts that long, you can keep this dog food in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week or in the freezer for up to two months.

Side view of a bowl of the best puppy chow recipe


There are only 4 ingredients in this muddy buddies recipe! But there are a few ways you can adapt it if you’d like.

  • Chocolate. I recommend using a dark or semi-sweet variety. In my opinion, making this Puppy Chow Recipe with milk chocolate makes it too sweet. But if you have a serious sweet tooth by all means use whatever chocolate you prefer! If you need an allergy-friendly chocolate both Sunspire and Enjoy Life Foods make great options!
  • Rice Cereal. Chex is my favorite cereal to use (or a generic equivalent)! However many people love Crispex!
  • Peanut Butter. You can substitute any nut or seed butter if you’re allergic to peanuts!
  • Powdered sugar. There’s really no substitute for this. You could make your own refined sugar free variety but it will NOT be white. So if you’re OK with that then go for it! 😉
Overhead view of a bowl of the best puppy chow recipe in a bowl with two hands taking some out

Puppy Chow

The easiest recipe for puppy chow (Muddy Buddies), and it tastes AMAZING! This delectable chocolate peanut butter cereal delight will win you over. It is the ideal party recipe and is popular especially around the holidays.

Puppy Chow Recipe

What is Puppy Chow?

One of my all-time favorite treats is puppy chow, and I don’t mean dog food. I swear, I’m not crazy:) I’m referring to the luscious, powdered sugar-coated chocolate peanut butter cereal delight. It resembles dessert Chex Mix in certain ways. Puppy chow was a mainstay in our household, especially during the holidays, and I grew up making and eating it.

Why then is it known as puppy chow? Well, because it resembles actual puppy food in some ways…ha! Nevertheless, don’t worry—I haven’t even tried actual dog chow yet—it is SO much better. Just be careful not to feed your dog this dish because it contains chocolate, which is quite safe for people but not for dogs. This is animal food.

One of the best treats ever is puppy food, as anyone who has made it can attest. You are going to adore this simple dish, so if you haven’t tried it yet, you are in for a wonderful treat!

Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies?

There is some disagreement over the naming of this common treat. It goes by the names Puppy Chow and Muddy Buddies. Muddy Buddies is the official name of the snack produced and sold in stores by General Mills, the company that creates Chex cereal. Puppy chow is the name we will use today because that is how I was raised, but Muddy Buddies is also OK. Additionally, I’ve seen it referred to as Monkey Munch, Muddy Munch, and Reindeer Chow. Whatever you want to call it, it will still be great! People absolutely adore it, so you KNOW it must be delicious:)

How to Make Puppy Chow

Puppy Chow Ingredients

You will need the following ingredients to make puppy chow aka muddy buddies:

  • Rice Chex cereal-I use Rice Chex cereal to make puppy chow.You can use Corn Chex cereal, but I prefer the rice cereal flavor. You can also use Crispix cereal, but the shape of your puppy chow will be a little different.
  • Chocolate Chips-I use semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you can use milk chocolate chips.
  • Peanut Butter-I use creamy peanut butter and not natural peanut butter. Think JIF or Skippy for this recipe!
  • Butter-I usually use unsalted butter, but if you want a little salt kick, salted butter works too!
  • Vanilla Extract-add a little vanilla extract for a nice vanilla kick. You can never go wrong with vanilla!
  • Powdered Sugar (Confectioners’ Sugar)-the powdered sugar gives the puppy chow the perfect sweet finishing touch and gives the puppy chow it’s signature look.

Easy, right? I make sure I always have these ingredients on hand so I can make puppy chow anytime and all of the time!

How to Make Puppy Chow

Puppy chow is a no-bake treat, which makes it even better. You can whip up a big batch of puppy chow in no time!

A few tips for making puppy chow:

  • Melt the butter, peanut butter, and chocolate chips collectively in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Heat for the first minute on high, stir, and then heat for another 30 seconds or so. Again, stir. You can heat the mixture for an additional 10 seconds while stirring if it hasn’t melted. Avoid overheating. Just enough heat should be used to make the mixture smooth.
  • Add the vanilla extract and stir.
  • Six cups of Rice Chex cereal are required. Only SIX cups, yes. However, my buddy Rachel informed me that the ideal quantity for maximizing the chocolate peanut butter flavor is six cups. Many recipes call for nine cups. Again, I prefer Rice Chex, but you could also use Crispix or corn.
  • The chocolate peanut butter mixture should be poured over the cereal in the big bowl. CAREFULLY stir with a spatula. Make sure to keep the cereal in whole pieces; you don’t want to split it up.
  • Put the coated cereal in a big Ziploc bag along with the powdered sugar once it has been well coated. Depending on how coated you want it, you’ll need 1 1/2 to 2 cups. Be sure to shake the bag after sealing it. Children enjoy to assist with this task:) Shake the cereal until it is completely coated with white powder.
  • Puppy food should be poured out of the bag onto a large sheet of wax or parchment paper. Spread the puppy chow out evenly so it can cool and separate as it cools. Wait until the chocolate is completely firm. You can put it on a tray and place it in the refrigerator to hasten the process.

How To Store Puppy Chow

When the puppy food is dry, you can store it on the counter for up to two weeks by placing it in a sizable airtight container. In order to prevent the chocolate from melting in a warm kitchen, store the puppy chow there. However, I’ve never had an issue with it being on the counter. The only issue I have is actually eating it, lol! This tasty breakfast treat is ADDICTIVE.

Puppy chow can also be placed in festive Christmas tins or bags to be distributed to friends, family, and neighbors over the festive season. This inexpensive homemade holiday gift is beloved by all!

Perfect Party Snack

Puppy chow is a great treat to bring to a party if you need something quick. I can assure you that if you set out a large bowl, it will be gone by the end of the evening. It also makes for a great topic of conversation. People may be confused as to why it’s named puppy chow or muddy pals, and there may even be some disagreement! The finest chocolate-peanut treat exists! Additionally, because it resembles snow, it is ideal for holiday celebrations. You should be aware that the powdered sugar on your fingertips won’t be all bad:) ENJOY!


Puppy food is freezer-friendly.

Yes! This puppy chow recipe can be frozen for up to two months in an airtight container!

How long is puppy food still edible?

When kept in an airtight container, this puppy food can stay fresh for up to a week (although it normally gets consumed much more quickly)!

What if I have a peanut butter allergy?

In place of peanut butter, you can use sunflower seed butter, almond butter, cashew butter, etc.

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