With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the end aisles at Target are packed with pink and red treats and have been since the day after Christmas. As usual, I find them hard to resist…

And that’s how this puppy chow came to be.

Chocolate Raspberry Puppy Chow

After experiencing the goodness that is Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow, I was inspired to make another recipe that is just as easy, just as holiday-appropriate, and, I hoped, just as tasty.

I followed the same simple formula as before: three ingredients and five minutes till crunch time. Two bags of the seasonal Raspberry Hugs, one box of regular Chex, and a cup-and-a-half of powdered sugar.

I also may have added a teensy bit of extra milk chocolate, because I was feeling extra-indulgent that day. This is really unnecessary and is not reflected in the recipe below, although you can follow my lead by all means if you’d like!

Chocolate Raspberry Puppy Chow

Although I will always love the original puppy chow first and foremost, this is another fun version to add a little variety to the old standby. It’s not as overtly sweet as the other versions I’ve made, because the Raspberry Hugs are primarily made of milk chocolate with ribbons of white chocolate on the outside. In contrast, the Pumpkin Spice variety is made of white chocolate and is pure sweetness. This raspberry version is a bit more tart, not unlike the fruit itself.

Chocolate Raspberry Puppy Chow

It’s no secret that I’m a girl who loves her sweets. “The sweeter, the better” is my unofficial life motto, so naturally I also prefer the sweeter puppy chow recipes that have already earned my steadfast affection. But this is a fun version, too! It also caters more to the strange, perplexing people in this world that don’t share my life motto. My dad, for one, isn’t much into sweets, but he loves raspberries and he took down a good portion of this recipe by himself, grabbing another handful whenever he was near the bowl…and then another…and then another.

I experienced the same gravitational pull. Somehow puppy chow of any flavor tends to make that happen.

If you’re into more subdued sweets and you like raspberries, this is the puppy chow for you! Hunt down a few bags of the Valentine’s-themed Hugs before they’re replaced by Easter goodies, and treat yourself today!

Chocolate Raspberry Puppy Chow

Chocolate Raspberry Puppy Chow

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

Chocolate Raspberry Puppy Chow


  • 1 box (12.8 oz.) Chex
  • 2 packages (10 oz. EACH) Hershey's Raspberry Hugs, unwrapped
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Place Hugs in an extra-large, microwave-safe, seal-able bowl. Microwave on high for 60 seconds and stir. Continue to melt and stir in 15-second increments until smooth.
  2. Add entire package of cereal to the melted chocolate and stir gently but thoroughly with a spoon.
  3. Once cereal is completely coated, sprinkle powdered sugar on top. Tightly seal bowl with a cover and shake. Add extra powdered sugar as necessary, shaking until cereal is coated and white.

Nutritional Info:

Calories: 306.3
Total Fat: 8 g
Cholesterol: 6.7 mg
Sodium: 290.1 mg
Total Carbs: 55.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.1 g
Protein: 4.2 g

More From Get Sweet Smart

Comments (2)

February 14, 2014

I really must give puppy chow a try, I never seem to get around to making it and it seems so simple. I must head to a shop and get this sorted out!

February 15, 2014

It’s the best! You’ll have to let me know how you like it if you try it!

Comments are closed.