Puppy Chow

There are a few different treats that are an absolute must have during Christmas time for me. One of those is definitely “puppy chow.” Most people are familiar with this sweet, salty, crunchy dessert, but if you are one of the sad folk who have never tried it, now is the time. It’s super simple to make, and is becoming a bit of a tradition with some of my friends.

two girls pouring ingredients into a plastic bag
Kens & Emmy working on the puppy chow

This marks the second time that mcKensey, Emmy and I have attempted to make puppy chow, and it’s also the second time it ended less than perfectly. Last year, they missed the memo that you’re supposed to coat the chex cereal in the chocolate mixture before adding the powdered sugar. It tasted fine, but looked slightly less than appetizing, and had a few solidified hunks of the chocolate mixture dispersed throughout. Not really the worst thing on earth.

This year was even better though. Emmy was having a grand ol’ time mixing everything in a plastic zipped bag when suddenly the entire contents of the bag ended up on our kitchen floor. Apparently she just got a little too vigorous with her mixing technique? Luckily we had just cleaned the floor, and the parts on the top were okay to eat. Five second rule, right…?

Emmy and Kens laughing off our mistake
Emmy and Kens laughing off our mistake

You can probably find about 500 recipes for this online, but here it is one more time! Our secret ingredient is dust…

Puppy Chow


  • 10 cups Chex cereal (we used rice)
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbs. butter
  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar


  1. Measure out cereal into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Melt chocolate chips and stir in peanut butter until smooth. Our peanut butter was slightly dry, so we added about 1 tbs. of butter. This step may not be necessary, but it added some needed smoothness. And it’s butter, so obviously it made it taste really good too.
  3. Once the mixture is smooth, combine it with the cereal and stir until the cereal is evenly coated.
  4. Pour half of the sugar into a ziplock bag along with half of the cereal. Mix together until evenly coated. Be careful not to spill the entire contents of the bag on the floor. *cough, cough* Emmy… Repeat this step with the other half.

+You may need more/ less sugar depending on the consistency of the chocolate mixture.

finished chex

This recipe only takes about 15 minutes from plain ingredients to finished product and clean kitchen. It’s definitely a nice way to get a treat and a quick study break in! I would highly encourage any college students out there who are struggling through finals right now to give this a try. Even if you completely mess the recipe up, it’s bound to create some laughter and memories. After cleaning everything up and finishing our recipe, we had a nice little jam session which added even more fun to the experience.

My beautiful friends
The view from my spot at the stove.

Enjoy, friends!


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