Puppy Chow Recipe

The Best Puppy Chow Recipe EVER! Only 4 ingredients and a few minutes results in an irresistible dessert loaded with chocolate and peanut butter! The perfect sweet treat to feed a crowd! AKA: Muddy Buddies! Plus, it's gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan! 
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas puppy chow, easy puppy chow recipe, muddy buddies recipe, puppy chow, pupy chow recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chilling time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 15 servings
Calories 230.6kcal
Author Laura



  • Melt peanut butter and chocolate together, either on the stovetop or in the microwave.
  • Next, add 3 cups of cereal to a large bowl. Pour 1 cup of your chocolate/peanut butter mixture over the cereal.
  • Add 3 more cups of cereal to the bowl and then pour the rest of the chocolate/peanut butter mixture on top.
  • Stir until the cereal is evenly coated. If there are pools of chocolate/peanut butter at the bottom of your bowl, add more cereal 1/4 cup at a time until all that deliciousness is coating your cereal. Remember we WANT clumps, so do NOT add too much cereal!
  • Let the mixture cool slightly (I throw mine in the fridge or outside on my porch if it's cold out). You do not want it to harden!
  • Once your mixture is at or below room temperature, add 1 cup of powdered sugar. Mix until combined.
  • Let cool for about 15 minutes.
  • Add more powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time until your cereal is coated to your satisfaction.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature, if it lasts more than 0.3 seconds.



Recipe ingredient substitution notes:
  • Any variety of chocolate can be used: Chopped bars, chocolate chips, etc. You can also choose your favorite percentage of cocoa. I prefer 60% dark chocolate or semisweet chocolate. I don't recommend milk chocolate because I think it makes this puppy chow overly sweet, but it's up to you!
  • Choose your favorite peanut butter variety. I have used both natural peanut butter (with only one ingredient, peanuts) and regular varieties like Jif or Skippy. Both work well! If you have a peanut allergy all other nut/seed butters work! Almond, cashew, sunflower butter, etc. 
  • Crispy rice square cereal is the best choice for this recipe, it can be any brand. Feel free to use other cereals too like Crispex!
  • Just a note that chilling the cereal/peanut butter/chocolate mixture before adding any powdered sugar is critical to making sure you have delicious clumpy, not overly sweet, puppy chow! 


Calories: 230.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.6g | Protein: 6.1g | Fat: 12.2g | Potassium: 62.4mg | Fiber: 2.7g | Sugar: 1.3g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 4mg