Perfect Puppy Chow

There are many a debated method for the perfect way to make Puppy Chow. Even its name has been controversial! (Muddy Buddies, anyone?) But after lots of experimentation, I decided to write down what OUR family has deemed the absolute perfect Puppy Chow recipe.

I believe there really is a secret ingredient that sets this chow apart from others…patience! These delicious little bites chill for half an hour and are coated not once, but twice with powdered sugar, and then chilled again for optimal snacking. Of course, perfection is in the …mouth…of the snacker, so make and munch to your own liking. 🙂

Perfect Puppy Chow

*45 min. – 1 hour, makes 7 cups


7 c. rice squares (I love Gluten Free Rice Chex!)
12 oz (1 bag) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
1 2/3 c. powdered sugar, divided

Pour the cereal into a large container that has a tight-sealing lid.

In a double broiler – or a small saucepan over a large saucepan of boiling water – melt the chocolate chips. When chocolate chips are almost completely smooth and creamy, add the peanut butter. Pull the mixture off the heat and stir in the peanut butter until you have a smooth and silky texture. Below is before-peanut-butter, and after.

Pour the chocolate/peanut butter mixture over the rice squares and gently stir with a rubber spatula. Mix as little or as much as you like. (I don’t mix too generously, since I love those big, chocolatey chunks!) Add 1 c. of powdered sugar, close the lid to the container and shake to coat the cereal squares. 🙂 The most fun part, right? Chill the puppy chow container in the freezer for 30 minutes. Remove and add the last 2/3 c. powdered sugar.

Here’s a before and after of chilling and adding the last bit of sugar. Beautiful, isn’t it?

To achieve optimal snacking, chill for 15 more minutes. OR… not. 😀

Hubby and I could barely make it to the 30 minute mark to test these out, but there’s just nothing like chilled, powdery puppy chow to cure all your peanut butter and chocolate cravings.

Bundle had to wait for morning snack time to try some, but this stuff sure didn’t last long. Looks like we’ll be making more over the weekend! Darn…



What’s your favorite way to make and eat Puppy Chow?



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