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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.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 28 servings (1/2 cup each)
Calories 206kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-ounce) box Rice Chex cereal about 11 cups
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (10 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter such as Skippy or Jif
  • 6 tablespoons butter cut into 6 pieces (3/4 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 1/4 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 1/2 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, 1/2 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 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Seal the bag or close the lid and shake vigorously until the cereal is evenly coated.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 184mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 5mg