Puppy Chow {& How to Customize}

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Puppy chow is a delicious treat made primarily with chocolate chips, peanut butter, and chex cereal! NO baking required!

Jazz up your puppy chow with some fun additions like adding M&Ms, miniature chocolate chips, Reese’s pieces, etc. This puppy chow also makes a great gift; add it to decorative boxes or tins and give it out for a fun holiday treat.

Speaking of holidays, you can jazz up your puppy chow for any occasion! Use seasonal M&Ms or sprinkles to jazz up this snack mix for a special event, holiday, or birthday! Today I’ve jazzed up this puppy chow for Easter; if you want to gift this snack mix with a free printable bag topper, check out this Easter treats post.

Overhead photo of puppy chow with a child's hand grabbing a piece

Puppy Chow

Puppy chow is a delicious, sweet, & crunchy cereal snack mix made with chex cereal, peanut butter, chocolate, butter, vanilla, salt, and powdered sugar. This treat is especially easy to make as it doesn’t require any baking!

This treat is often called puppy chow because of the close resemblance to dog food. So although this might not make the prettiest treat, you’ll be obsessed from the first bite!  Just make sure you don’t actually feed your dog(s) or pet(s) this snack 🙂

Regardless of what you want to call this snack mix, it’s addictively delicious AND simple to make. I’ve got step-by-step process photos and a quick process list below. 

Process shots-- images of the ingredients being melted and added to the Chex mix

Step by step process

  • Measure: the cereal into a very large bowl. Grab a bowl large enough that everything can be easily mixed together.
  • Melt: the butter, chocolate chips, and peanut butter and mix together. Add in the vanilla (extra flavor) and a pinch of salt (to balance the sweetness)
  • Combine: add the chocolate-peanut butter mixture to the cereal mixture and toss until combined. I use a plastic spatula to gently fold everything together.
  • Coat: transfer the mixture to a large bag, add the powdered sugar, and shake to combine! If you want to add in sprinkles, stir them into the powdered sugar first.
  • Decorate: either eat as is, or stir in some festive colored candies to jazz up this puppy chow! More ideas below.

One of the best things about this snack is how easy it is to customize! You can jazz up this mix for any occasion; below are some ideas.

  • Holiday: add seasonal colored M&Ms to this mix, put the mix in a bag, and attach a free printable bag topper (Easter: Bunny Bait, Valentines: Cupid’s Crunch, Halloween: Goblin’s Goodies)
  • Birthday: add frosting and birthday sprinkles to the mix (check out this recipe)
  • Tailgating: add football decorated chocolate almonds to this puppy chow recipe (chocolate almond tutorial here).

Overhead photo of puppy chow recipe and M&Ms to mix in

Quick breakdown of this puppy chow recipe

  • This recipe doubles well. This recipe also halves well.
  • For storing: store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. We like it best within 3-4 days and after that it begins to taste a bit stale.
  • Freeze: you can freeze it in an airtight container/bag for up to 3 months; thaw at room temperature.

Photo of finished puppy chow in a bowl

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Puppy Chow

5 from 6 votes
Puppy chow is a delicious treat made primarily with chocolate chips, peanut butter, and chex cereal! NO baking required!
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Puppy Chow

5 from 6 votes
Puppy chow is a delicious treat made primarily with chocolate chips, peanut butter, and chex cereal! NO baking required!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword puppy chow, puppy chow recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 222kcal


  • 9 cups (318g) rice chex cereal
  • 1/2 cup (125g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup (178g) milk or semisweet chocolate chips (I like Guittard or Ghirardelli)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt (use less if using table salt)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (176g) powdered sugar
  • 1 cup festive/holiday M&Ms or Reeses Pieces, optional


  • Into a large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
  • In a large microwave safe bowl, combine the peanut butter, chocolate chips, and butter. Microwave in bursts of 15 seconds, stirring in between each burst for 15 seconds until the mixture is melted and smooth. Add in the vanilla and salt. Pour over the prepared cereal. Stir well, but gently, until the cereal is evenly coated.
  • Pour half of the cereal mixture into a gallon sized ziplock bag and pour half of the powdered sugar over it. Seal and shake until the cereal is evenly coated. Repeat with the other half of the cereal and powdered sugar in the same or a different bag. Shake until all the cereal is well coated! (Separating the process makes it easier and allows all the cereal to get evenly coated)
  • Remove into a large bowl and if desired, stir in the M&Ms or Reese's Pieces or any other additions desired. Enjoy!
  • Store leftover muddy buddies in an airtight container at room temperature.


Nutrition Facts

Calories: 222kcal


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  1. I had to stop making muddy buddies at home because I just cannot control myself around it!! haha I blame college – we didn’t have a kitchen so the only dessert we ever made was muddy buddies! These flavors sound awesome!

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