Puppy Chow : A Kid-Friendly Snacking Favorite (that grown ups love too!)


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A Blast from the Past

Did you have puppy chow every fall while you were growing up? If there is one snack I remember from my childhood it is definitely puppy chow. It is a decidedly Ohio thing but one that will always take me back to church craft sales, cookie walks, and everything else that is involved in the lead up to the holiday season.

Sure they sell it in stores now but that bagged stuff just can’t compare to the containers of puppy chow made by sweet little old Amish ladies. (Can anything? Seriously, I have yet to try something from Ohio Amish country that wasn’t amazing)

Every time I make a batch of puppy chow it takes me back to my youth in all of it’s early 90’s glory. It’s definitely a recipe that I enjoy sharing with my kids during the colder months of the year. (It’s pretty good during spring and summer too, but something about it will always make it a fall and winter treat for me.)

Quick and Easy Puppy Chow Recipe

This recipe seriously couldn’t be any easier. It can get a little messy though so be sure you have some little mess-makers, er, helpers along for the fun. Just be careful. The peanut butter and chocolate is like napalm if you get it on your skin at the right temperature!

For a healthier option, you can dust with protein powder, or use an organic powdered sugar. I highly suggest using a natural peanut butter in this recipe. More often than not regular peanut butter is full of sugar and other additives that are generally best avoided.

For a little extra fun, you can throw in sprinkles, candy, or any other treats that your family likes. There are a million different ways that you can make this recipe your own!

Puppy Chow : A Kid-Friendly Snacking Favorite

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 10 servings

Puppy Chow : A Kid-Friendly Snacking Favorite

A family favorite mixture of chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar that comes together in just a few minutes!


  • 9 C chex cereal (or rice cereal if you prefer gluten free)
  • 1 C chocolate chips, semi-sweet
  • 1/2 C peanut butter, natural
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla, pure
  • 1/4 C butter
  • 1 1/2 C powdered sugar


  1. Melt chocolate and butter in the microwave, in 20-30 second intervals until smooth. Stir between each time in the microwave to ensure that you don't overcook the chocolate.
  2. Add vanilla to the chocolate and butter mixture. Stir well to completely mix vanilla with chocolate.
  3. Pour chocolate mixture over the cereal in a deep bowl. Mix to incorporate all chocolate into the cereal.
  4. Divide powdered sugar among two large freezer bags. Divide chocolate and cereal mixture and spoon into freezer bags. Shake to completely cover chocolate and cereal with powdered sugar.
  5. Let cool in freezer 30 minutes to 1 hour


For a dairy free option the butter can be omitted. For a gluten free option the cereal can be substituted for a rice cereal variety. For a healthier option, the powdered sugar can be substituted for protein powder.

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Dorky Mama is a USAF spouse and mom of two living in the South. She lives on comic books, horror movies, and nachos.