Say hello to my most favorite recipe in the entire world, EVER.
You might think a cupcake fanatic like myself would save the number one spot in her heart for a recipe involving buttercream, but nope! Cupcakes come pretty close, but THIS stuff takes first place in my book.
I loooooooove puppy chow.
This is my kryptonite. The “meal” I’d choose as my last. The snack I’d eat nonstop in large quantities if only it was healthy.
If you are not a child of the 90s and/or you live under a rock, newsflash: Puppy chow is not dog food.
My version of puppy chow is not a Purina product, but a chocolaty, peanut-buttery, addictive snack that’s been around since the mid-80s and has been my favorite food since I was five. Originally everyone I knew called it “People Puppy Chow” to emphasize its safety for human consumption, but most people these days realize they are not, in fact, eating food designed for animals.
Others (like the back of the Chex cereal box) call this delicious mix “Muddy Buddies.” I’m Team Puppy Chow myself, but whatever you call it, the stuff is amazing.
I will never forget the first time my mom shook up a batch of this stuff. The directions instructed us to put everything in a paper grocery bag and shake like crazy until everything was thoroughly mixed and coated in white. It was cool, but it was also kind of a mess.
After 20 years, we’ve made a few changes to perfect both the method and the recipe. Instead of dealing with globs of chocolate stuck to the inside of a bag, I melt the peanut butter and chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl with a cover, mix in the cereal, dump in a few generous scoops of powdered sugar, tightly cover the bowl, and then shake. Way less mess, very few dishes, and the quickest route to snack time.
As for the recipe itself, if you read one thing in this whole post, read this: MILK CHOCOLATE CHIPS.
Almost every recipe I’ve seen calls for semisweet. No good.
If you’ve never had puppy chow made with milk chocolate chips, you might disagree, but once you try milk chocolate, you’ll never go back. It’s infinitely more delicious. Use whatever brand you want–I do not care; just make sure they are MILK chocolate chips! Semisweet chips are great for lots of things, but puppy chow just isn’t one of them. Milk chocolate chips were made for this stuff!
And now you have the big secret to my perfect puppy chow.
I don’t know how many times I’ve had friends ask for the recipe and then report back that it didn’t taste right. 99 times out of 100, they forgot the milk chocolate.
So what are you waiting for?! Grab some millllllllk chocolate chips (I’ve used both Nestle and Guittard with much success), melt them down with some peanut butter, and shake yourself up some puppy chow! It’s good for a birthday party, a bake sale, or a broken heart.
No matter what the occasion, puppy chow is an acceptable and welcomed snack. You can package it individually, eat it straight out of the bowl with a spoon, leave it in its original dog-food-reminiscent state, or class it up with cute containers and bright accessories.
P.S. That bright Tupperware bowl up there? That is fondly known in my house as “The Puppy Chow Bowl.” It’s about as old as the recipe itself and is the perfect tool for making this recipe. Target also has a nice large container with a snap-on lid that also works great if you can squeeze it into your microwave.
And one more thing: if you are already a puppy chow connoisseur, you no doubt know that these pieces are the best ones:
The big, clumpy ones that barely fit into your mouth. They are still gooey inside and probably about a billion calories, but everybody fights over them.
To get those, just add extra peanut butter. Eyeball the amount in comparison to your Milk. Chocolate. Chips. (Got it yet? :)) and keep adding more peanut butter until the amounts are about even. You don’t need nearly that much to coat all the cereal, but that’s the way to go if you want your puppy chow to be nice and clumpy.
That’s it, guys! My absolute favorite food. Sorry in advance if I just got you as addicted as I am. Don’t make it if discipline isn’t your strong suit! You’ve been warned. :)
- 1 (12.8 oz) box Chex cereal
- 1 bag (11.5 oz.) MILK chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- In an extra-large, microwave-safe, seal-able bowl, combine chocolate chips and peanut butter. Microwave on high for 60 seconds and stir. Continue to melt and stir in 15-second increments until smooth.
- Add entire package of cereal to the melted chocolate mixture and stir well with a spoon.
- 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.