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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Red Velvet Puppy Chow

Give that puppy chow treat we all know and love a fun red velvet upgrade. This sweet and salty snack is perfect for Valentine's Day or any day.

bowl of red velvet puppy chow

      It is almost Valentine's Day.  You know what that means? Red food and plenty of chocolate! So I figured I might as well combine the two in a fun treat.  Puppy chow is always a favorite with our gang and brownie batter puppy chow is even better.  So I just knew a red velvet version would be perfect.

red velvet puppy chow ingredients

      So I went to work and made a big batch.  I thought it would be fun to add in some pretzels for extra crunch and a bit of salt.

   In full disclosure, my husband the puppy chow fanatic said he'd prefer it without the pretzels.  See how he is?

     The good news is they are easy enough to pick around and I loved them so I got more salty crunch.  So in the end it was kind of a win-win!

    If you would prefer to omit the pretzels, feel free. Just replace them with more cereal. 

chocolate pretzel and cereal snack mix

      I had this when we had a group over for games and snack so that we wouldn't accidentally eat the whole batch in a night on our own.  As I expected, people kept going back for more throughout the night.

    A few strategically placed bowls kept the hands going back for just one more piece. And can you blame them?

      It is hard to stop going back for piece after piece of chocolate peanut butter goodness. Muddy buddies have a way of doing that to you. 

        When I originally shared this recipe in 2018, I added sprinkles to the mix because that is what I had. This time I added peanut butter M&Ms and that was much tastier!

       If you want some more chocolate Valentine's ideas, I have you covered.  Maybe your love would like some chocolate rose truffles, they are the combination of the two most iconic Valentine's Day treats! Then of course, there is the surprise inside baked chocolate puddings that have hidden caramel surprises.

bowl and scoop of red velvet muddy buddies

      For something different you could make some pink velvet ice cream with cream cheese frosting swirl.  Or if you aren't in the mood for chocolate, Little Dude and I made some sour cream cut out cookies last year that were a hit.

       Do you have a favorite puppy chow variation? We'd love to try more!


Tips for making puppy chow or muddy buddies

I like melting my chocolate chips in a large glass bowl in the microwave. Melting the chocolate in a bowl that is big enough to stir in the cereal later means fewer dirty dishes.

Warm them in short twenty second bursts, stirring in between, until you can stir them smooth. That way you will avoid scorching your chocolate.

Stir in the peanut butter until mixed, add a dash of vanilla if desired. Then gently fold in the cereal and pretzels.

If you have a 2 gallon plastic zipper bag, this is a great time to use one. That gives you plenty of room to shake it all up and coat the cereal in the cake mix.

You can use a smaller bag, but it is harder to get everything coated. Then let it set up and enjoy, it really is that simple!

little plastic snack bags filled with red velvet puppy chow, ready for gifting.

If you like red velvet treats, you absolutely have to check out the recipe for red velvet cheese ball.  It is like having red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting in a super fun spreadable package! 

red velvet muddy buddy, chocolate snack mix, red velvet snack mix
Red Velvet Puppy Chow fun puppy chow recipe has all of the great flavor with a red velvet twist. We also added pretzels and candies to make it extra fun!
Yield: 12 Servings
Author: Cooking With Carlee
Red Velvet Puppy Chow

Red Velvet Puppy Chow

A childhood favorite treat kissed with red velvet and pretzels. It is sweet, a little bit salty and crunchy. It is perfect for Valentine's Day or any day!
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 2 MinTotal time: 7 Min


  • 7 cups chex cereal
  • 4 cups pretzels
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • 1 Bag peanut butter M&Ms


  1. Melt chocolate chips in microwave. Start with 30 seconds, then stir and return to microwave in 15 second intervals being sure to stir between each until the chocolate is smooth.
  2. Stir in the peanut butter until completely combined.
  3. Fold in cereal until well coated.
  4. Place in a gallon zip topped bag with the red velvet cake mix and shake until coated. Add sprinkles and shake a bit more. Allow to set up before serving.



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Give that puppy chow treat we all know and love a fun red velvet upgrade. This sweet and salty snack is perfect for Valentine's Day or any day.

Shared at The Weekend Potluck


  1. This really is addicting. I was sitting next to two of the snackers. If only I had counted how many times they pushed the bowl and said “I need to stop eating this” only to get back into it again. “Just one more handful.” Yah, right. 🤣

    1. Ha! It was funny to watch people keep going back for more!

  2. This red velvet puppy chow makes me so happy! You know I love anything red velvet and I am all about snack foods right now! This is perfect and made with so much LOVE!

  3. Puppy chow is so addictive! And this one looks amazing! Love the idea Carlee!

    1. It is definitely hard to stop once you start!

  4. puppy chow? must be an American thing - other than as food for dogs:=) cheers S

    1. It probably is an American thing. It's just a cute name for a snack mix. Some people call in muddy buddies, but we always called it puppy chow.

  5. Oh my goodness, this looks divine! I might have to cheat on my keto diet just for this!

  6. I haven't made Puppy Chow in years!! I will have to look and see if I still have my recipe, I've moved quite a few times since the last kitchen I remember making that in!
    Your Red Velvet flavor sounds sooo good! I think that will be a perfect Valentine's Day treat!

    1. It's one of those things that I have to make about once a year. My husband loves it when I do!

  7. Your Red Velvet Puppy Chow looks fantastic! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Hi Carlee, your puppy chow looks far better than it sounds and not at all like anything our dogs should eat. I do like a sweet and salty combination too.


    1. The can see how that name is a bit confusing as it is certainly not for puppies. But that is the name we have always called cereal coated in chocolate and peanut butter coated in powdered sugar. It is definitely an addictive treat if you've never had it. This is my red velvet twist on a childhood favorite ;-)

  9. How fun is this!?! I am excited to try the pretzels in this. I have never used pretzels in puppy chow before. Thank you for sharing.

  10. You know I love anything Red Velvet so this is right up my alley and it would be great to package up and give to the boys! have a sweet weekend!


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