You may call it “Puppy Chow” or “Muddy Buddies” or some other regional name, but no matter what you call it, it’s just flat out delicious.
I kind of forgot about puppy chow in my adult years until I picked it one day recently for my movie snack, and all I could think was, “WHY DID I EVER STOP EATING THIS??” It’s so good.
And right after that revelation I had another thought, “Oooh, I bet this would be good with Nutella!” Apparently I was totally right, so I thought I would share my newfound snack joy with the rest of you. You’re welcome!
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Nutella Puppy Chow, makes about 5 cups.
Adapted from Chex Muddy Buddies
-4 1/2 cups Rice Chex Cereal
-1/4 cup peanut butter
-2 tablespoons butter
-1/2 cup Nutella
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
-3/4 cup powdered sugar
-Ziplock bag (large)
Add the peanut butter, butter and Nutella into a microwave-safe container. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and stir to combine.
Put the mixture in for another 15-30 seconds if it’s not fully melted together yet, but be careful not to overheat and burn it. When it’s melted, add the vanilla in and stir.
Pour the mixture over the chex cereal and stir until all the pieces are evenly coated.
Put the powered sugar into a large ziplock bag, add the chocolate covered chex, seal the bag and shake until all the pieces are coated in powdered sugar.
Lay the pieces out to cool, and either serve or store in an airtight container.
I think I was having an out of body experience as I was making this. I kept seeing a hand reach for the pieces, pop them into my mouth, and I was completely unaware that it was me doing it until I noticed the bowl getting lower and lower. Whoops! It’s a reflex I guess.
If you love the original snack, I think you’re going to be pretty happy about this little twist as well. I mean chocolate, peanut butter and Nutella all in a bite size snack? What’s not to love?! xo. Laura
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- 4 ½ cups rice chex cereal
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ cup Nutella
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- Add the peanut butter, butter and Nutella into a microwave-safe container. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and stir to combine. Put the mixture in for another 15-30 seconds if it’s not fully melted together yet, but be careful not to overheat and burn it. When it’s melted, add the vanilla in and stir.
- Pour the mixture over the chex cereal and stir until all the pieces are evenly coated. Put the powered sugar into a large ziplock bag, add the chocolate covered chex, seal the bag and shake until all the pieces are coated in powdered sugar.
- Lay the pieces out to cool, and either serve or store in an airtight container.
My mom used to make this when I was a kid for parties and potlucks. She actually had a dog bowl that she bought for making puppy chow, and a dog scoop to serve it with. It was always a hit. The bowl had a paw print on it, too. It kind of confused some people at first who’d never had it, but then people started eating it and realized it wasn’t your typical “dog food”.
This looks too good to be true. I don’t know if this is an American thing but I rarely see or hear of puppy chow around here in Canada.
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Seriously one of my favorite snacks ever! This brings back so many childhood memories.
These would be so perfect for graduation parties happening right now!
These look delicious!
Lorna | www.studsanddreams.com xx
This looks seriously delicious! I can’t wait to try this recipe. It would make such a great movie snack!
SO delicious!!! <3
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This looks so yummy – I love anything with Nutella!
In my family we make this with some pretzel sticks thrown in so I guess you could call it kibbles n bits… But we call in white trash!
Oh my goodness, yum.
I love puppy chow so much! I made it for the first time last christmas after watching some videos about it on YouTube and I loved it! Nutella is amazing with it! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 xx
omg this sounds incredible!
Such a cute name for a snack!
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Yum! Puppy chow is one of my all time favorite snacks! I’ll definitely be making this!
My mouth is already watering. I need to make this right now! It looks amazing.
XO – Sarah
I have never heard of this.
Us damned Aussies and our not-weird food.
But seriously, puppy chow is a revolting name and a new one must be found.
I’ve never heard of Puppy Chow! Do any UK people know a Cereal we have like this? All i can think of is Shredded Wheat but that would be no where near as tasty! haha. I think i would skip the powdered sugar as i’m a chocolate fiend and wouldn’t want anything to overpower that!
Looks so good, think i need to try this out.
Its been so long since I’ve had puppy chow! (I’m a native of Pennsylvania and that’s what we call it there too!) I honestly can’t believe I’ve never thought of making it with Nutella before! Two thumbs up, Laura!