Puppy Chow (a.k.a. “Muddy Buddies”)

So after a few weeks of eating pretty healthy in the new decade, I totally caved to a craving this week.  One of my friends had mentioned making puppy chow to enjoy with some friends for her pup’s first b-day party, and I couldn’t seem to get it off my mind.

So pretty sure I woke up on my morning off and whipped this up…before breakfast.  And of course, enjoyed some of it…for breakfast.  :)  And enjoyed “chowing” on every bite.  Yum.

For a classic like this, no revisions to the recipe needed.  Just that yummy chocolate-PB-goodness, the crunch of Chex, and that fabulous powdered sugar that gets everywhere (and requires much licking of the fingers).  And in case you’ve never heard of it before, it is just for humans, and not man’s best friend.  As much as my little puppy sniffed and sniffed while I was making it, his little tummy would not appreciate it!

Anyway, cheers to an old classic!  Enjoy!!

Puppy Chow (a.k.a. “Muddy Buddies”)

Everyone will love this Puppy Chow ("Muddy Buddies") recipe! Perfect recipe for this fun, easy, and delicious snack!


  • 9 cups corn, rice, or wheat Chex cereal (or a combination)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


Into a large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.

In a 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on "High" for 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla (optional). Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.

Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well-coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container or bag in refrigerator.


***Please note that this recipe is for humans to enjoy only!!! Any form of chocolate is no good for pups. So buy them a fun little doggy treat to enjoy while you "chow" on this. :)

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Ali’s Tip:

This is also good frozen as well!!  A little extra crunch – still the same, great flavor!  :)

Leave a Comment:


  1. The Nervous Cook — January 20, 2010 @ 7:54 am (#)

    That looks like something I could really do some damage on. Tasty!

  2. Scott in Wichita — January 20, 2010 @ 8:55 am (#)

    These look very good, I am going to try and make these when I get off work today. I am not the baking/desert making type, but this looks simple enough and it has got the two most basic elements I love, chocolate and peanut butter.

    Thanks for sharing this!!!!

  3. Natalie (The Sweets Life) — January 20, 2010 @ 10:20 am (#)

    i love love love puppy chow! in fact i have all the ingredients at home but i’ve been holding out on making it because i know i will eat the majority of it in one sitting!!!

  4. Lianne Nichols — January 20, 2010 @ 11:10 am (#)

    My sister LOVES puppy chow!!! I can’t wait to make it with her.

  5. Erica — January 20, 2010 @ 3:38 pm (#)

    This is sooo insanely addicting and delicious! This is a staple at our house during the holidays.

  6. Alex — January 20, 2010 @ 8:59 pm (#)

    So addicting. I’ve never tried it frozen but then again, when does it last long enough for me to put it in the freezer? :)

  7. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — January 20, 2010 @ 10:48 pm (#)

    Yum! One of my favorites… I am craving this now, so I think I’ll have to make some!

  8. Mandie @ (roaring)mama — January 21, 2010 @ 5:30 am (#)

    Squeee! In my family, this is a Christmas only staple. If we don’t have puppy chow, it ain’t Christmas yet. My mom and I made two huge batches of it in the beginning of December, and we ate about 85% of it. LOL

  9. Linwood Blakely — October 4, 2010 @ 11:51 pm (#)

    That is certainly a really great point. I hadn’t thought of that

  10. King — January 11, 2017 @ 7:55 am (#)

    Was wondering why the calorie content is not posted, as well as with all the sugar why is this weight watchers?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 11th, 2017 @ 12:50 pm

      Hi King — we currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  11. lynda — March 5, 2017 @ 2:10 pm (#)

    have been making this for years,,its so addicting

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 8th, 2017 @ 9:08 am

      It really is! :D


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