Puppy Chow Recipe – Muddy Buddies

by Alice Currah on December 8, 2009. Updated April 23, 2011

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE when some of the most yummiest treats are also the most easiest to make. Ten years ago my friend Nancy gave each woman in our small group a beautifully packaged container of Puppy Chow aka Muddy Buddies. This was the first time I had ever had this “crazy good” treat. From the first bite I was hooked but also intrigued by what it was made of. When she told me how she made it I couldn’t believe it because it was such an easy recipe yet the combination of all the ingredients produced such a wonderful taste. I will warn you though, it is very addicting. Batches of this stuff have been known to disappear within minutes in our home. Best of all, Chex now makes their rice and corn cereal Gluten-Free. This would make a great homemade Christmas gift or Hostess gift – or a special treat just for yourself. Enjoy!

**DISCLAIMER**  Although this recipe is called “Puppy Chow” it’s not for doggie consumption – since chocolate is poisonous for dogs.  Many thanks to my friend Jen for pointing this out!

Puppy Chow Recipe – Muddy Buddies
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Serves: 9 cups
 
A fun crunchy, sweet, chocolate treat made with Chex cereal, chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar.
Ingredients
  • 9 cups Combination of Corn, Rice, and Wheat Cereal squares (Chex) *For gluten-free, omit the wheat chex.
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla *make sure to check vanilla for gluten-free
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 1-gallon ziplock bags
Instructions
  1. Place cereal in a large bowl and set aside. In a medium microwavable bowl, add chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter. Microwave on High for 1 minute and stir. Microwave 30 seconds longer and stir mixture until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour sauce over cereal and stir until evenly coated. Spoon half of the mixture in each 1-gallon resealable ziplock bag. Add ¾ cup powdered sugar to each bag, and seal. Shake the bag until everything is coated. Spread on waxed/parchment paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

*Several people have asked me where I got my snow flake pails I used to package these.  I bought them at Target in their $1 section<–Yay for Tar-jay!

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Melissa November 1, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Instead of chocolate chips, i’ve used butterscotch chips, a whole different flavor and taste. its so yummy.

also instead of peanut butter, since i have an allergy i have used Nutella. mmm

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Hannah December 14, 2010 at 8:12 pm

I LOVE this recipe!

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Glucose Meters December 18, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Wow, that looks absolutely delicious! Great post, you did such a nice job presenting the pictures too…I am definitely going to have to try that recipe this weekend! Thanks!

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Rob April 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I learned about “Puppy Chow” from my friend a couple years back and it has always been a hit at parties and family gatherings.

Also, instead of using ziploc bags, I just use the big brown paper bags you get at grocery stores. It saves the expensive plastic bags and you can just throw it all in at once. Easy to shake around and get the mix covered with the powdered sugar.

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lala April 21, 2011 at 9:49 pm

My friend brought this to school 3 years ago for here b’day treat and it was AWESOME

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Stefani April 23, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Now these look YUMMY!

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Sippin Syrup April 24, 2011 at 1:15 am

For those who want to try this it ROCKS!!! Been having this treat for years it never gets old.

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שף בבית May 26, 2011 at 2:56 am

looks great. only too bad i can’t bake :(

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Janie September 30, 2011 at 11:08 am

You don’t have to bake to make this recipe. Also, you should try it – it’s pretty much fool-proof :)

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Sarah August 2, 2011 at 7:24 am

I’ve never tried these. I’m going over to my cousin’s for a movie marathon this week; perfect opportunity!

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IIZSMARTZ September 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm

To OLNN, REALLY?!?!? Puppy Chow is like a well known snack/dessert. No one is going to change the name because it takes some common sense not to feed it to your dog. Sorry, but GEEZ.

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Jana September 14, 2011 at 9:01 am

Stumbled this post…you can change the chocolate chips to white chocolate and the powdered sugar to cocoa and you have a whole different snack!

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Not Supermom September 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm

This is one of my all-time favorite snack recipes! Takes me back to girl scout days.

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delia September 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Puppy chow is my absolute FAAAVORITE snack! I’ve never heard them called muddy buddies–that is equally adorable :)

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a dakhil November 3, 2011 at 11:43 pm

This is very good i would influence everyone to try it my mom makes it every christmas i love it!!!

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a dakhil November 3, 2011 at 11:49 pm

This is a snack from God haha!!!!

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jenn November 10, 2011 at 8:16 pm

chocolate is only ‘poison’ to dogs because it contains caffeine. average sized dogs could eat several bites of this snack, which btw looks DE-lish-ous!!, and be totally fine even more so if you are using milk chocolate chips. :)

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Isaac Marti November 10, 2011 at 9:07 pm

For an easier way to mix the powdered sugar in more evenly and without breaking those delicate little Chex, pour the mix into a paper bag and gently shake it.

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Donna January 4, 2012 at 3:38 am

I love this variation with the vanilla it is so much better!!!!!!! My 10 year old daughter didn’t want cake and ice cream or anything else to bring to school for her birthday snack, she literally begged and pleaded with me to make this for her to bring, now that says something. I cant keep it in the house, within 20 min it is gone!!!!!!!! Thanx for the AWESOME RECIPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Couldnt get the stars to show up but definitely 5 stars…

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Miranda January 24, 2012 at 11:03 am

Love this! Never made it myself but my.mom has made this forever! We are having a western pony party at a horse farm for our girl birthday so this will be served and called “Cow Chow “!! Thank you for the recipe !

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Air Traffic Control Game February 14, 2012 at 12:07 pm

This is one of the most delicious recipes I have found online. I made it with all of the recommended ingredients the first time and then I made some minor changes to make it a bit healthier on my second try. Needless to say, both options provided an absolutely delicious treat!

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Elizabeth Jones October 1, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I can’t use peanut products (my hubby is allergic) and made a few revisions. They turned out even better than original recipe !! I just added a dash of oil and salt to make up for oil and salt in peanut butter and I also used double broiler to melt first ingredients instead of microwave. Chocolate has to be melted so gently to not burn and I always mess it up when I microwave it! They turned out wonderful!!!

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Victoria December 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm

This recipe seems to be the perfect combination of holiday goodness!!! Im Off to try it! Thanks

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Teresa December 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm

A co-worker’s daughter made this for my company in the early 1990′s in order to encourage us to buy her school’s cookbook. I bought the cookbook and have been hooked on making this easy recipe ever since!

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Teresa December 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm

P.S. I always use 3 cups of chocolate chips because I love chocolate!

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Katie December 18, 2012 at 7:33 pm

The recipe was super easy to follow. I feel like these have too much peanut butter though.

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Richard P December 20, 2012 at 2:39 am

They were called Muddy Buddies since the 70′s. For some reason girl scouts call it Puppy chow since abouit 1988 ish. What female wants to say she is eating dog food? I always laugh my butt off when someone calls it Puppy Chow. But, to each his own. What next? Calling S’mores Cat Chow?

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Ryan G January 10, 2013 at 10:22 am

I recently learned about puppy chow, and it has completely changed my life! I eat it everyday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It seems like I just can’t get enough… Thank you so much!

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Nolan L January 10, 2013 at 10:26 am

This stuff is so yummy, and I’d just like to say I’m totally stoked to the max about it! #superyummy

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Brandon A January 10, 2013 at 11:14 am

I just can’t get over how good it feels when it melts in my mouth. I love it! #yuminmymouth

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John G January 10, 2013 at 11:40 am

I’ve got four words for all you nubes out there… Puppy Chow is incredible.

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Shae August 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Agreed. I thought the same thing.

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brenda April 21, 2012 at 9:37 pm

these treats are also called muddy buddies, using that name may clear up any confusion

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Nicky September 13, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Oh, give me a break. This stuff has been called Puppy Chow, like, forever. Where have you been living? Under a rock?

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