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Puppy Chow

Puppy chow is a delicious treat made primarily with chocolate chips, peanut butter, and Chex cereal! No baking required!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword puppy chow, puppy chow recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Calories 592kcal
Author Chelsea Lords


  • 9 cups Rice Chex or other crispy rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup 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 powdered sugar
  • 1 cup festive/holiday M&M's or Reeses Pieces, optional


  • Into a large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
  • In a second 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 cereal. Stir well, but gently, until the cereal is evenly coated.
  • Pour half of the cereal mixture into a gallon-sized sealable plastic 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 into two batches makes it easier and allows all the cereal to get evenly coated.)
  • Remove into a large bowl and if desired, stir in the M&M's, Reese's Pieces or any other additions desired. Enjoy!
  • Store leftover Puppy Chow in an airtight container at room temperature.



Nutritional information does not include the optional candy mix-ins.


Calories: 592kcal | Carbohydrates: 115g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 1043mg | Potassium: 280mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 2048IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 404mg | Iron: 36mg