This classic homemade Puppy Chow (aka Muddy Buddies) recipe will have you going back for seconds, and thirds. The crunchy Chex cereal covered with powdered sugar, chocolate, and peanut butter snack is simply irresistible!

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Best Chex Puppy Chow Recipe

Puppy Chow was a staple snack when I was a kid, and it’s so much fun to see that my kids love it just as much as I did. This recipe is so easy to make that I’ve actually pawned it off on my kiddos to make for themselves. 

They have so much fun getting in the kitchen to make this beloved treat. And the reward of a job well done is oh so sweet when you have this delicious crunchy, chocolate, peanut butter snack to enjoy in the coming days. Now if I could just get them to clean the kitchen while they are at it…

Why we love Chex Puppy Chow

  • Classic puppy chow recipe -just like when your mom made it!
  • Super easy to make, even the kids can do it.
  • Ready to eat in less than 30 minutes.
  • Crunchy chocolate, peanut butter snack.
  • Only requires 5 simple ingredients.
chocolate puppy chow

Puppy Chow Ingredients

  • Rice Chex -You can use Crispix cereal in place of the Rice Chex. You can also use rice and corn Chex for the mixture, or just corn Chex if you prefer.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips -Milk chocolate can be substituted for semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Salted sweet cream butter
  • Powdered sugar

Puppy Chow Substitutions and Additions

  • FUNFETTI PUPPY CHOW: You’ve probably seen all the crazy flavors of puppy chow that they sell in the stores now. Funfetti Puppy Chow is super easy and delicious. Simply swap out the powdered sugar for funfetti cake mix, and use white chocolate chips in place of the semi-sweet chocolate chips. 


How to make Puppy Chow

This has to be one of the easiest recipes ever. The prep will only take about 10 minutes and in just 30 minutes it’s ready to devour.

  1. Add 10 cups of rice Chex to a large mixing bowl.
    rice chex in a bowl
  2. Microwave butter, peanut butter, and chocolate chips until smooth.
    melted chocolate chips mixture
  3. Pour the melted mixture over the Rice Chex and stir until they are all well coated.
    chocolate mixture and rice chex
  4. Place coated Chex and powdered sugar into a 2-gallon Ziploc bag.
    rice chex in ziplock bag
  5. Shake to coat
    mixed puppy chow inside ziploc bag
  6. Pour Chex onto a baking sheet and allow it to rest for 20 minutes.
    chocolate puppy chow in baking pan

Muddy Buddies Puppy Chow Tips

  • To Store: Store any leftovers in an airtight container or Ziploc baggie for up to 5 days.
  • Can you freeze Puppy Chow? You can freeze puppy chow for up to 3 months. Just make sure your Ziploc bag is tightly sealed and pop it in the freezer. Simply place it on the countertop to thaw.

How to store this recipe for Puppy Chow

How long does puppy chow last?

Puppy chow, when stored in an airtight container, can last for about 1 to 2 weeks at room temperature. However, its freshness may vary based on the specific ingredients and storage conditions.

Can you freeze puppy chow?

While it’s not recommended to freeze puppy chow, as freezing can affect the texture and flavor due to the powdered sugar coating, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator to extend its shelf life for a few extra days.

Best Puppy Chow Recipe FAQs

Why is it called Puppy Chow?

Puppy chow is called puppy chow because it resembles dog food! BUT…trust me, it doesn’t taste anything like dog food!! Puppy Chow is sometimes also called muddy buddies, monkey munch or muddy munch. Whatever you call it… it is delicious!

Why do I have to let my puppy chow rest?

If you don’t give your puppy chow a bit of time to cool, the fat from the butter and peanut butter will absorb the powdered sugar and it will cause the texture to become a bit soggy inside. So, it’s best to have a bit of patience and let it sit on a baking sheet for about 20 minutes.

How do I keep my puppy chow from going stale?

Letting the puppy chow rest will help it to keep from going soggy. It’s also important to use a super tightly sealed container. Storing puppy chow in the fridge can also help it from going stale.

What does puppy chow taste like?

Puppy chow tastes like all things delicious! It is a combination of Chex cereal, peanut butter, chocolate and powdered sugar.

How long does puppy chow last?

Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

  • Large mixing bowl (big enough to fit 10 cups of Chex)
  • 2-gallon Ziploc bags
pumpkin chow in a bowl

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5 from 2 votes
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Best Puppy Chow Recipe

Serves — 10
This classic homemade puppy chow recipe will have you going back for seconds, and thirds. The crunchy powdered sugar, chocolate, and peanut butter snack is simply irresistible!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Rest Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 10 cups rice chex or generic version
  • cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp salted sweet cream butter softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  • Using an extra large mixing bowl, add in the 10 cups of rice chex. Set it aside.
  • Using a medium size heat safe mixing bowl, add the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter. Microwave for 45 seconds. Stir and continue heating in 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval until the mixture is smooth.
  • Pour the chocolate mixture over the rice chex. Stir until all of the chex are completely coated.
  • Pour the coated chex and the powdered sugar into a 2 gallon ziploc baggie. Shake to completely coat the puppy chow.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Divide the puppy chow between the puppy chow between the 2 baking sheets. Allow the puppy chow to rest for 20 minutes.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage :
Store any leftovers in an airtight container or Ziploc baggie for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 485kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 354mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 584IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 11mg

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  1. Love Puppy Chow! I really love every recipe that you post (unless they have an ingredient that I really don’t care for).