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

puppy chow

A kid-friendly favorite (that grown-ups love too)

If there is one food that reminds me of my childhood, it’s puppy chow. It’s amazing just how good such a simple food can be. This recipe has less than 10 ingredients but has had a long-standing reign as a top snack in my book.

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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  • Ra’Nesha Wilson

    I created an entire Pinterest board of puppy chow recipes yummy.

  • Jess Rodriguez

    I have to make these! Saving! Thank you so much for this post 🙂

  • Firenze McCowald

    Oh. My. Goodness! You had me sold at “chocolate” and “peanut butter.” I’ve tried this stuff before but never knew how to make, so will have to pin this for future reference! 🙂

  • Kate Finlinson

    I hadn’t thought about puppy chow in forever! It really is a fun and delicious snack. Trail mix always makes me think of childhood. My grandpa used to make his own custom mix with plenty of M&Ms for the grandchildren!

  • Jenni Petrey

    I have never heard of this snack until now! Not sure that my children would eat it though!