Puppy Chow!

There are several things I must say IMMEDIATELY about this recipe.

First of all, it is Puppy Chow for people, not puppies. It is a concoction of Chex cereal that has been coated in chocolate and peanut butter and dusted with powdered sugar, and it is utterly addictive. I actually have no idea why it is called Puppy Chow in the first place, but every recipe I have come across for this stuff calls it Puppy Chow. Maybe because puppies are also addictive? But since it involves chocolate, which is bad for dogs, puppies are not allowed to eat it. Under any circumstances. Even if they look at you with big puppy dog smiles.

Even if they look at you with mournful puppy dog faces.

Even if they are so incredibly adorable you not only want to give them your puppy chow, but also take them home with you and hope your Southern husband doesn’t notice.

Even if they look at you with big brown puppy dog eyes.

With pleading puppy dog wrinkled foreheads….

Even if they lie down and beg.

Or stand up and beg. Remain firm.

The next thing I have to say about this recipe is that I washed out that dog dish before I put the puppy chow into it. Or to be totally accurate, the Southern husband washed it for me. And then I proceeded to do one of the most cold-hearted things I have ever done to get a picture.

I took my dog’s (clean!) bowl, which she absolutely knows belongs to her, and filled it full of chocolate puppy chow. I took one of my dog’s beloved Milkbones and put it next to the bowl. I took my dog’s leash, which to her means “hurray, let’s go for a walk!” and arranged it next to the bone and the dish. I put it all right next to the back door, where she frequently eats her dinner. She thought it was Christmas and her birthday all rolled into one…and then I said the word she hates above all others.


She is such a good dog. She knows what “NO” means, and with every ounce of willpower she had in her doggy self, she didn’t touch the bowl. But that doesn’t mean she was happy about it. Oh no, she wasn’t.

But I finally finished shooting the thing – it took about 15 minutes, which is about one thousand years in dog-time, and said “”Dixie! Want that Milkbone?”

Good things come to good dogs who wait. :-)

For the rest of us, here’s the recipe for the Puppy Chow. 


Puppy Chow!
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 9 cups Chex cereal (Any variety. I used Wheat Chex)
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  1. Place peanut butter, butter and chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Microwave for one minute, then stir to blend all ingredients thoroughly. Microwave an additional 30 seconds if not fully melted. Add ½ tsp. vanilla and stir well.
  3. Put the Chex into a large bowl and pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal. Mix it up throughly, making sure all the cereal gets coated.
  4. Divide the cereal mixture into two gallon-sized plastic zip-lock bags. Add one cup of powdered sugar to each bag and shake the bag gently until the cereal is well-dusted with sugar.
  5. Spread the cereal on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and refrigerate for one hour. Store in refrigerator in between servings.


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  1. Elga says

    Wonderful post! I love how you've wrote and photographed! I will try these puppy chow, for me and my kids!

  2. Katie says

    We grew up calling these Muddie Buddies, and it wasn't officially summer until we'd made a batch. Put 'em in the freezer and they get even more addicting!

  3. Kate says

    What a sweet dog! She was so good and by the look on her face, it was hard! Puppy Chow! A new treat>

  4. Susie says

    LOL it looks like the collar says "I should be so lucky"??? What a well trained dog. I usually don't even think of puppy chow until Christmas and then I ask my MIL to make it, one of the few things of hers I'll eat!!! But I am thinking how delicious for a road trip this summer…..it is addictive indeed. And good idea with the wheat chex, that is to cancel out the fat from the butter, peanut butter and chocolate, right?!

  5. Leah says

    That's one disciplined dog you have there! Mine would have been all over that bowl before it hit the ground. Who do all the other dogs belong to? Are they clients of yours? Your dog photos are equally delicious as your food photography!

  6. Photogramommy says

    So good…my family loves puppy chow! And I think – and always think this when your dog appears in one of your pics – that you have one of the most beautiful dogs ever…she is really very pretty and very photogenic!

  7. Kate Morgan Jackson says

    Thanks everyone! I am so glad Leah asked about the dogs — a couple are clients, but most of them (and all the really young puppies) are from a rescue shelter that I work with: http://www.auntmarysdoghouse.com. If anyone in the NY/NJ area is looking to adopt a dog, this is a great, great shelter!

    And Susie — you are so right on the wheat Chex. These have practically NO calories at All. :)

  8. Kelsey says

    Awww…this takes me back to my childhood. I haven't had this in ages. (PS-I love your dog pictures!)

  9. Debbie says

    Dixie is just so precious..hope she enjoyed the Milk bone :-) My furry princess has the Mackenzie-Childs dog dish too! We love Puppy Chow.

  10. Anonymous says

    We make this around Christmas time. If you use brand name Rice or Corn chex (or a combo) and watch your ingredients on the PB it can be gluten free! Also if you end up using a whole box of cereal, I like to use the bag it came into shake the powder sugar, just hold firmly around top of bag and you shouldn't have any spillage. Saves on wastes!

  11. Sile says

    We also called these Muddy Buddies (I think that's also the official Chex recipe name for them too). Soooo addictive. I have to forget I know about this recipe if I walk down the cereal aisle, or else the rest of the ingredients will jump in my cart along with the Chex. Still, this is a great sweet snack if you can control yourself. OMNOMNOM!

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