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Monday, January 7, 2019

The Original Chocolate Peanut Butter Puppy Chow

Original puppy chow was a childhood favorite of almost everyone I know. It's only 4 ingredients and full of chocolate and peanut butter goodness.

bowl of powdered sugar coated chocolate and peanut butter muddy buddies

The puppy chow recipe that started it all. This favorite snack has the perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate with a bit of crunch and leaves you fun powdered sugar fingers just waiting to be licked. We have to have a batch every Christmas, but love it all year long.

      It seems a little silly sharing a recipe for the tried and true original puppy chow. So many people I know already know and love it.

      But judging by the comments I get on some of my puppy chow variations, not everyone grew up with it like we did.

      So for those of you who are unfamiliar, let me start by saying this is not meant to be fed to puppies. Chocolate can make dogs sick.

    I am not sure how the name got started. Perhaps because the shape and chocolate coating my remind you of kibble.

chocolate chips and peanut butter in glass bowl

    The flavor however will definitely not make you think of dog chow! It is sweet heavenly yumminess!

     Some people call this mix muddy buddies instead, probably to avoid the confusion. But where I'm from almost everyone calls it puppy chow.

     It really doesn't get much more simple to make. It just takes 4 ingredients and a few minutes of your time.

     Start by melting chocolate and peanut butter together. I've always used semi-sweet chocolate chips for this.

     You are welcome to try your favorite kind of chocolate. I just find that with the powdered sugar coating, you don't need to start with a sweet chocolate.

     The creamy peanut butter and melted chocolate just take a minute or two to melt in the microwave. You want to stop as soon as you can stir it into a smooth consistency. You don't want to scorch the chocolate!

      Then stir in the cereal. Just keep folding it until it is all coated.

      Now for the fun bit. Add it to a zipper topped bag with powdered sugar and give it a shake shake shake.

     This helps set the coating and gives it that trademark finish. Those powdered sugar fingers are a sign of a good time!

bowl of chocolate and peanut butter coated chex cereal

     While the different variations we've made over the years have all been good, this version still reigns supreme. Perhaps it's due to the nostalgia or maybe it just is the perfect combination of flavors.

       No matter the reason, if this is something you've never tried before you definitely need to change that. If it's just been a while, you should change that too!

    Have you tried a fun and different kind of puppy chow? I'd love to hear all about it!

More fun puppy chow recipes:

  • Reindeer Chow  is a fun Christmas snack mix with dark chocolate and bits of candy cane. Rudolph would love it for sure!
  • Red Velvet Puppy Chow is a fun pink-ish version of puppy chow. It uses red velvet cake mix for color and flavor!
  • Brownie Batter Puppy Chow is an extra chocolaty twist on the original. It uses brownie mix to really drive home the chocolate flavor.
  • Caramel Puppy Chow skips the chocolate all together and is loaded with caramel goodness!
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puppy chow, muddy buddies, chocolate peanut butter muddy buddies
Yield: 14 servings

The Original Chocolate Peanut Butter Puppy Chow

The Original Chocolate Peanut Butter Puppy Chow

Original puppy chow was a childhood favorite of almost everyone I know. It's only 4 ingredients and full of chocolate and peanut butter goodness.
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 2 Mtotal time: 7 M


  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 7 cups rice chex
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


How to cook The Original Chocolate Peanut Butter Puppy Chow

  1. In a large microwave safe bowl, heat chocolate chips and peanut butter for 30 seconds on high. Stir well and then return to the microwave, heating in 15 second bursts. Stir after each trip to the microwave and stop once it stirs smooth.
  2. Add the cereal and carefully stir to coat. You don't want to crush the cereal, but it all should be well coated.
  3. Add powdered sugar to a gallon zipper bag, then add the chocolate coated cereal. Close the bag and shake to coat.
  4. Allow to set completely before serving. Store in an airtight container.
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Original puppy chow was a childhood favorite of almost everyone I know. It's only 4 ingredients and full of chocolate and peanut butter goodness.


  1. It’s fun that this is still one of your favorites. I’m pretty sure you are the one who introduced this to me back when you were in grade school. You came home from a bake sale and said it sold out quickly at every sale and that we needed to make it. We found the recipe on the cereal box and have enjoyed it ever since!

    1. <3 That sounds about right! It's hard to imagine life without it ;-)

  2. Such a classic yummy treat! No devices will let me comment as me so it’s Andrea Nine and I hope you have the BEST Monday!

    1. Hi Andrea! The devices are out to get you today, huh? Or keep you incognito at least!

  3. I didn't grow up eating puppy chow so it's fairly new to me but it's absolutely a favorite treat. This looks so good right now!

  4. I've seen this, but I didn't grow up eating it. I'm sure it's tasty though as it's been around forever. Pinned.

    1. It really is good, just be warned that if you make some it will be hard to share!

  5. This looks like a great snack Carlee! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen


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