I think I’ve already made it pretty clear that I’m a puppy chow fanatic, so let’s keep this simple:

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

Three ingredients. Five minutes. Fall flavors.

That’s all it there is to it! As a matter of fact, this recipe is even easier than the original.

Sure, you can complicate things by using a different kind of Chex, adding spices, substituting whatever chocolate you happen to have on hand…but really, simpler is better in this case. There’s a sweet, prominent white chocolate pumpkin flavor with a blast of cinnamon and the perfect amount of crunch in every handful. This batch came out perfectly on my first try and I am happy to refrain from adding or subtracting anything. It’s hard to beat, so why try?

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

This recipe is a cinch because I used Cinnamon Chex for an extra-flavorful base (Hello, no added spices!), and melted Hershey’s Pumpkin Spice Kisses act as the creamy glue that holds it all together. Those two ingredients, combined with a few shakes of powdered sugar, create the perfect puppy chow storm without requiring anything further. No butter, no pumpkin spice, no chocolate chips…nothing.

This stuff is full of flavor and difficult to resist. This very moment, I have a bowl strategically placed far, far away from me so I can’t see it or smell it and be tempted to finish it off.

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

You’ve still got a whole month to savor all these fall flavors, so what are you waiting for? You’re five minutes and three ingredients away from pumpkin puppy chow.

Plain and simple.

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow


  • 1 box (13.5 oz.) Cinnamon Chex
  • 2 packages (10 oz. EACH) Hershey's Pumpkin Spice Kisses, unwrapped
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Place kisses 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, shake, shake! Add extra powdered sugar as necessary, shaking until cereal is coated and white.


You can certainly use plain Chex or a similar cereal if you can't find the cinnamon variety, but you'll probably want to add cinnamon to the final mix to make up for it. I had no trouble finding Cinnamon Chex at a regular Target.


Nutritional Info:

Calories: 445
Total Fat: 17.3 g
Cholesterol: 5.8 mg
Sodium: 276.8 mg
Total Carbs: 70 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.1 g
Protein: 4.6 g

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November 25, 2013

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September 14, 2014

[…] 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 […]

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