You may already be familiar with this wildly popular homemade sweet snack, but now we’ve put a twist on it for the spooky holiday: Halloween Puppy Chow!
Call it what you will, depending on where you are in the USA, but if you’ve got a hankering for the chocolate+peanut butter goodness of Muddy Buddies, Puppy Chow, Monkey Munch, or Reindeer Chow, if the crisp, sweet combo sends you over the moon, what’s in a name?
It’s easy to add some fun mix-ins to the quick, basic recipe, which is no more difficult to pull together than rice krispie treats.
Melt-mix-munch. Like so, like that.
Set your kids up with their own little workstation and give them instructions to follow, or if they are really little, hand them the baggies to shake, shake, shake.
But if you are a grown-ass adult and want to make this for yourself or your scary movie night, do it.
Add more eyeballs because they’re kind of hilarious. 👁️
Oh, and don’t feed this to your pets. It just LOOKS like “puppy chow.” It’s food only for humans. 🥰
1. Gather all ingredients so they are ready for you to combine.
2. In a small or medium saucepan, melt the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and chocolate chips.
3. Scrape the chocolate mixture to a large mixing bowl, then add the cereal. Stir gently to combine and coat thoroughly.
4. Divide the coated cereal into two large baggies (or large containers with lids). Divide the powdered sugar so half goes into one bag, and half into the other bag.
5. Top with fun mix-ins: Eyeballs, Mellocreme pumpkins, candy corn, and Reese’s Pieces.
6. If serving in a large bowl, stir often, as the heavier items will trend down to the bottom of the bowl.
7. Here’s lookin’ at you, kid. 👁️ –cue subtly evil laughter here–
Tips for making Halloween Puppy Chow
- You can add more chocolate or more peanut butter depending on your personal preference. I added another ¼ c of peanut butter to mine because I love it, but it was jacked on PB, so it may not be for everyone.
- We divided this into two large zipper bags because it makes A LOT of snack mix. You can also use large resealable food storage containers like Rubbermaid or Gladware, etc. instead of baggies.
- We’ve been keeping the leftovers in the fridge with no problems. Going on the fifth day and it’s still crisp and yummy. If they start to taste stale or mushy, I’d toss the mix.
- The beauty of the internet is that if you want regular eyeballs, blood-shot eyeballs, or eyeballs with colorful sprinkles, the world is your …eye-ster.
Supplies to gather
- Measuring Spoons
- Measuring Cups
- Large Saucepan
- Wooden Spoon
- Large Mixing Bowl
- 2 Gallon-Size Ziploc Bags or large containers with lids
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- Peanut Butter
- Plain Chex Cereal (Corn, Rice, or Wheat)
- Powdered Sugar
- Candy Corn
- Reese’s Pieces
- Mellocreme Pumpkins
- Candy Eyeballs
Adding more peanut butter will cut the sweetness and the chocolatey flavor, so your preference here depends on where you fall in the chocolate </> peanut butter spectrum.
Add an additional ¼ c of peanut butter to the mix if you’re gonzo about the stuff.
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- 2 c Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 1 Stick (½ c) Butter
- 2 t Vanilla
- 1 c Peanut Butter
- 8 c Chex Cereal
- 1 ½ c Confectioners Sugar (Powdered Sugar)
- 1 c Candy Corn
- 1 c Reese’s Pieces
- ½ c Mellocreme Pumpkins
- ¼ c Candy Eyeballs
- Combine mix-ins in a medium bowl and set aside.
- Place a large saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Add to saucepan butter, peanut butter, vanilla, and chocolate chips together and stir until smooth.
- Once melted and fully combined, pour into a large bowl.
- Add cereal and stir gently until cereal is fully coated.
- Allow the cereal mixture to cool.
- Divide the powdered sugar and add ¾ c to each of the two large zipper bags.
- Divide the chocolate-coated cereal into roughly half and add each half into the two bags that contain the powdered sugar.
- Make sure to seal the bag tightly, so the contents don’t come flying out while shaking the bags and shake to coat.
- Add half of the mix-ins to each zipper bag. Shake gently. These will not coat with the sugar, so you’re just combining.
- Pour the Puppy Chow mixture into a large serving bowl and enjoy!
- Refrigerate leftovers and gently shake the bag to separate when ready to serve.
Refrigerate any leftovers. Don't feed this or any other chocolate to your pets.
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