Despite the name, puppy chow isn’t dog food. It’s a snack mix that’s great for parties. The catch is that it resembles dog food – so you might not want to bring it to any high-class bourgeoisie gatherings.
However, if you’re hoping to impress some friends or if you just want a delicious snack to keep in the kitchen, then you’ll be happy to know that puppy chow is simple to make.
This article will provide you with an easy and reliable recipe for making puppy chow that will satisfy your friends, family, and – if they manage to get into it – even your dogs.
History of Making Puppy Chow
The recipe for Puppy Chow is deceptively simple. The original puppy chow recipe was found on the back of a Chex cereal box. Most recipes on the internet are faithful to this original recipe.
Lucky for you, that recipe is extremely simple and only calls for a few ingredients: Chex cereal, chocolate chips, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and sugar. However, some people have refined the recipe and there are even simpler and more delicious (although perhaps just as unhealthy) varieties available online.
The recipe that we’re using here today requires using the whole box of Chex cereal. You’ll get more bang for your buck this way and you won’t be left with half a box of cereal left over.
Best Puppy Chow Recipe
Here’s the best recipe for puppy chow you’ll ever need.
- 1 12-ounce box of Chex cereal
- 1.5 cups of semisweet chocolate chips
- 3/4 cups of smooth peanut butter
- 6 tbsp or 3/4 stick of butter (unsalted)
- .25-.5 tsp of salt
- 1.5 tsp of vanilla extract
- 2.5 cups of powdered sugar
- Add the Chex to a mixing bowl. Once this is done, line a baking sheet with some parchment paper.
- Mix together the chocolate chips, peanut butter, butter and salt in a microwave-safe bowl. Insert into the microwave on HIGH for one minute. Stir the mixture. If it’s not completely melted, return to the microwave for 15 seconds before removing and stirring again. Repeat until smoothly melted.
- Add the vanilla to the mix.
- Pour the melted mixture into the bowl with the cereal. Toss until everything is evenly coated.
- Add 1 cup of your sugar into a 1-gallon ziploc baggie. Layer the cereal like a lasagna: add half the chocolate–covered cereal to the bag. Next, add another cup of sugar, then add the rest of the cereal, and finally the rest of the sugar.
- Coat the cereal by shaking the bag until the sugar coats the chocolate.
- Pour onto the baking sheet and evenly spread it. Let it sit here to cool before storing in an airtight container or a separate ziploc bag.
If you’ve ever wondered why puppies keep coming back to the same food, over and over, while always seeming excited, now you can understand. This puppy chow recipe is so scrumptious that you could easily get excited about it every day.