Puppy Chow Snack Mix

First thing’s first:  This is a delicious snack food for people, not for feeding our puppies, dogs, or other pets that shouldn’t eat chocolate. It gets its playful name for its resemblance to dry dog food kibble. This quick no-bake mix will also answer to other names such as Muddy Buddies, Muddy Munch, Monkey Munch, or Reindeer Chow. Think of it as sweet chocolate and peanut butter Chex mix.You need only pantry basics to make a big batch of this snack, so you might have already have everything on hand. The recipe makes a lot, but it keeps well for a few days. It’s a fun afterschool, lunch box, or desk drawer snack. Just scoop portions into small reusable airtight containers and a week’s worth of grab-and-go treats are at the ready. It’s also great low-key party fare.

Puppy Chow Snack Mix
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8 cups


  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (not all-natural)

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 8 cups Chex cereal

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Pour the cereal in a large bowl.

  2. Place the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a medium-size glass bowl and microwave in 30-second intervals until the chips begin to lose their shape. Stir until melted and smooth. (You can also do this in a small saucepan over low heat.) Stir in the vanilla. Pour over the cereal and stir gently until it’s coated. Transfer to a large zip-top bag or airtight container.

  3. Sift half of the powdered sugar over the cereal, close securely, and shake well. Repeat with the remaining powdered sugar.

  4. Spread onto a baking sheet and let stand until cool, separating any large clumps.

  5. Store in an airtight container.


You can add things to your Puppy Chow once it has cooled, such as peanuts, M&Ms, or dried fruit bits.

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