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Puppy Chow/Muddy Buddies

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Puppy Chow.  Muddy Buddies.  Monkey Munch. Reindeer Chow.  This recipe goes by a lot of names, but what it boils down to is an addictive, peanut butter & chocolate, crispy & crunchy, sweet & salty treat that abounds at parties and in gift baskets during the holiday season.  (And despite the name, it is most certainly not intended for dogs.  Please do not give this to any dogs-chocolate can kill them!)  I know most of you probably have been making this for years, but I’m sharing this for the .00001% that have never heard of it.  The added bonus is that if you  are in need of some gluten-free treats, this one fits the bill if you make it with Rice Chex.

You must make this!  I promise you will love it.  Unless you don’t like chocolate and peanut butter, in which case I advise you seek counseling immediately.  Or maybe you’d like to trade that dislike in for my dislike of exercise?  Because I could use a lot more exercise and a lot less Puppy Chow.  Anyone?

Puppy Chow

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1 (12 oz.) box Rice Chex or Crispix Cereal
1 (12 oz.) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 (1 lb.) box confectioner’s sugar

Pour cereal into a large bowl that has a lid you can snap on and set aside.  Gently melt the chocolate, peanut butter, and butter in a double boiler or in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring well in between and removing when almost melted to stir until the residual heat melts the chocolate completely.  Pour over the cereal and stir well until the pieces are evenly coated.  Add the confectioner’s sugar, cover bowl with lid, and shake well to coat thoroughly.  Alternately, if your bowl doesn’t have a lid, you can pour the cereal into a large paper grocery sack, pour the sugar in, fold the top, and shake until combined.  Two Ziploc gallon-size bags will do the trick as well.  Spread out onto wax paper to cool, then store in an airtight container or Ziploc bags.

Recipe source: Kim D.

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About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

10 responses »

  1. Great, I read your blog first thing and I’m instructed to seek counseling immediately!! ha ha ha! ;)


    • It’s not normal, Suzie! haha, you know I kid. Normal is overrated anyway, and in this case, can make you fat! I’d love to be that kind of crazy. ;) You’re not the only one I know that isn’t a fan-my preacher’s wife doesn’t life pb and chocolate either but she actually loves sweets!


  2. Even not being a huge dessert person, I can’t say no to peanut butter and chocolate! It’s a timeless and perfect combination. (Poor Suzie! =)


  3. Veronica, I’m in the 0.0001% who has never made this. Though I’ve seen it on the blogs for quite some time. Maybe this will be my year. I certainly am a I sucker for chocolate and peanut butter crunchy stuff coated in powdered sugar. I might even be able to get my Hubby to eat it. Thanks for sharing. :)


  4. I LOVE puppy chow! When I was growing up, my mom always added a bit of peppermint extract to the peanut butter/butter mixture…only when I was an adult making it for other people did I realize that’s weird to others! (But so delicious to me!)


  5. Someone brought these great munchies to work this week. How come puppy chow is only made during the holidays?


  6. Who wouldn’t love to receive a lovely gift of this yummy stuff? I think I’ve had this in the past but never knew the recipe, thanks Veronica!


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