A Blast from the Past
Did you have puppy chow every fall while you were growing up? If there is one holiday snack I remember from my childhood it is definitely puppy chow. It is a decidedly Ohio thing and 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 homemade 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! I miss it so much since moving away from Ohio)
Every time I make a batch of my favorite puppy chow recipe it takes me back to my youth in all of it’s early 90’s glory. It’s definitely a holiday 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 puppy chow 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. Do be careful, though. 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. Considering the large amount of powdered sugar used in this recipe, it’s always a good idea to make a few healthy swaps whenever possible.
For a little extra fun, you can throw sprinkles, candy, or even pretzels into this versatile puppy chow recipe. It’s all up to your family’s favorite flavor combinations. There are a million different ways that you can make this puppy chow recipe your own!
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
- 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.
- Add vanilla to the chocolate and butter mixture. Stir well to completely mix vanilla with chocolate.
- Pour chocolate mixture over the cereal in a deep bowl. Mix to incorporate all chocolate into the cereal.
- 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.
- 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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