Also known as muddy buddies, this classic Midwestern dessert is my go-to no-bake treat for bake sales, parties, and food gifts. If you like peanut butter cups, you’ll love this easy dessert recipe.

Puppy chow on a beige platter.
Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Puppy Chow Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for puppy chow.

Ingredient notes

  • Rice Chex: Feel free to substitute with any type of similarly-textured cereal, such as Corn Chex, Chocolate Chex, Honey Nut Chex, Peanut Butter Chex, or Crispix.
  • Semisweet chocolate chips: Opt for these instead of milk chocolate. The darker chocolate balances out the sweet powdered sugar nicely (I find milk chocolate to be too sweet here).

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, add cereal. In a medium-sized bowl, add chocolate, peanut butter, butter, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir, then continue microwaving in 15-second intervals, until almost melted, about 45 seconds. Stir in the vanilla. Gently pour the chocolate peanut butter mixture over the cereal.
Making puppy chow in a clear glass bowl.
  1. Toss until all the cereal is evenly coated. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time, tossing the mixture each time. Add the remaining ½ cup powdered sugar and toss once more, ensuring cereal is evenly coated.
Puppy chow in a bowl.
  1. Pour onto the prepared baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Allow to cool, about 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week (an empty ice cream pail works great).
Puppy chow on a baking sheet.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 14 cups of Puppy Chow, which makes about 28 servings, ½ cup each.
  • Storage: Store this dessert in an airtight container for up to 1 week (an empty ice cream pail works well).
  • Make ahead: While it’s safe to eat for 7 days, Puppy Chow tastes best within 1 to 2 days of making it.
  • Mess-free method: In a gallon-sized bag or clean 1-gallon ice cream tub with a lid, place 1 cup of the powdered sugar. Add half of the cereal, a second cup powdered sugar, the remaining cereal, and lastly add the remaining ½ cup powdered sugar. Seal the bag or close the lid and shake vigorously until the cereal is evenly coated.
Puppy chow on a beige platter.

More peanut butter and chocolate desserts

Puppy chow on a beige platter.

Puppy Chow

Also known as muddy buddies, this classic Midwestern dessert is my go-to no-bake treat for bake sales, parties, and food gifts. If you like peanut butter cups, you'll love this easy dessert recipe.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 28 servings (½ cup each)
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Calories 206

Ingredients 

  • 1 (12-ounce) box Rice Chex cereal about 11 cups
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (10 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter such as Skippy or Jif
  • 6 tablespoons butter cut into 6 pieces (¾ stick)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt plus more, to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar divided

Instructions 

  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, add cereal and set aside.
  • In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, add chocolate, peanut butter, butter, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir, then continue microwaving in 15-second intervals, stirring after each, until almost melted, about 45 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir until smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Taste and add more salt to taste.
  • Gently pour the chocolate peanut butter mixture over the cereal. Toss until all the cereal is evenly coated. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time, tossing the mixture each time. Add the remaining ½ cup powdered sugar and toss, ensuring cereal is evenly coated.
  • Pour onto the prepared baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Allow to cool, about 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Notes

  1. Rice Chex: Feel free to substitute with any type of similarly-textured cereal, such as Corn Chex, Chocolate Chex, Honey Nut Chex, Peanut Butter Chex, or Crispix.
  2. Semisweet chocolate chips: Opt for these instead of milk chocolate. The darker chocolate balances out the sweet powdered sugar nicely (I find milk chocolate to be too sweet here).
  3. Yield: This recipe makes 14 cups of Puppy Chow, which makes about 28 servings, ½ cup each.
  4. Storage: Store this dessert in an airtight container for up to 1 week (an empty ice cream pail works well).
  5. Make ahead: While it’s safe to eat for 7 days, Puppy Chow tastes best within 1 to 2 days of making it.
  6. Mess-free method: In a gallon-sized bag or clean 1-gallon ice cream tub with a lid, place 1 cup of the powdered sugar. Add half of the cereal, a second cup powdered sugar, the remaining cereal, and lastly add the remaining ½ cup powdered sugar. Seal the bag or close the lid and shake vigorously until the cereal is evenly coated.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 206kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 184mgPotassium: 121mgFiber: 2gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 305IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 5mg
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