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Puppy Chow - Muddy Buddies

Servings: 16
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 8 cups (250g) rice chex cereal
  • 1 cup (170g) milk chocolate chips*
  • 1/2 cup (140g) creamy peanut butter
  • 4 Tbsp (56g) butter (salted or unsalted will work)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (180g) powdered sugar**


  1. Measure cereal in bowl: Pour cereal into a very large mixing bowl, set aside.

  2. Melt chocolate chips with butters: To a medium mixing bowl add chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter. Heat in microwave*** at 50% power for 30 seconds. Stir.

  3. Continue heating until melted and smooth: Return to microwave and heat at 50% power for 20 seconds, stir. Repeat until chocolate has been melted. Stir in vanilla.

  4. Toss chocolate mixture with cereal: Pour mixture over cereal and gently toss with a rubber spatula to evenly coat (mixture may be thick, it may take a few minutes to toss).

  5. Toss coated cereal with powdered sugar: Pour in powdered sugar and gently toss to evenly coat. Alternately you can pour mixture into a gallon size resealable bag, pour in powdered sugar, seal bag and shake to evenly coat.

Recipe Notes

  • *If preferred 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips and 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips can be used or even 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips for a richer chocolate flavor. I don't recommend using all semi-sweet chocolate chips though because I feel that it really overpowers the flavor of the peanut butter.
  • **If you want them less sweet you can use 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar.
  • ***This can also be heated in a small saucepan on the stovetop. To do so melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, add peanut butter and chocolate chips. Cook, while stirring constantly until chocolate has melted then stir in vanilla. Toss with Chex and let cool slightly for about 5 mins or so in the fridge so coating isn't so runny before tossing with powdered sugar.
  • Puppy Chow should be stored in an airtight container. It keeps at room temperature about 3 days, refrigerated about 6 days (they're also delicious cold), and frozen for about 2 months.