Overhead view of bowls of Puppy Chow (AKA Muddy Buddies)

Puppy Chow (AKA Muddy Buddies)

  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: About 10 cups 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American


What’s better than a quick & easy snack that involves cereal, chocolate, peanut butter, and lots of fun mix-ins? Puppy Chow is a family party food favorite!



  • 1 (12-ounce box) crispy rice cereal squares
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Mix-ins (optional):

  • M&Ms
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Pretzel rods
  • Peanuts
  • Chocolate chips


  1. Pour cereal into a large bowl.
  2. Place chocolate chips and peanut butter in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each increment, until fully melted, about 2 minutes total.
  3. Stir in vanilla and salt. Pour melted chocolate mixture over cereal and stir gently until well coated.
  4. Pour powdered sugar in a gallon sized zip-top bag, add coated cereal, and seal. Shake bag until the cereal is well coated.
  5. Add mix-ins, if desired, and serve.


Recipe adapted from Allrecipes

Store leftovers in an airtight container.

You can melt the chocolate and peanut butter on the stovetop, if desired.

Keywords: puppy chow, muddy buddies, kid-friendly

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