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Christmas Puppy Chow

Christmas puppy chow is an easy treat to make with chocolate chips, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and Rice Chex cereal.

Puppy Chow Chex

Christmas puppy chow in red and white bowls.

The Chex dessert, also known as muddy buddies or reindeer chow, is super easy to make and perfect for snacking and parties.

I added green and red M&M’s to the puppy chow recipe for Christmas, but you can add any colors you’d like.

You can also add some pretzels along with other candies for other holidays like this Halloween muddy buddies recipe.

P.S. This is only for humans – not for dogs.

Christmas puppy chow in red and white bowl.

What Ingredients Do You Need To Make Christmas Puppy Chow?

  • Rice Chex cereal
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Butter
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post.

How To Make Puppy Chow

  1. Add the Chex cereal to a large bowl and set it aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, add the chocolate chips, butter, and peanut butter.
  3. Melt the chocolate chips in increments of 15 seconds, stirring in between.
  4. Add the vanilla extract and mix.
  5. Pour the chocolate mixture over the Chex cereal and toss with a spatula until all of the cereal is covered with the mixture.
  6. Add half of the powdered sugar to a large bag and scoop half of the Chex cereal into the bag.
  7. Shake the bag until the cereal is covered with powdered sugar.
  8. Spread the cereal out on a cookie sheet until the chocolate sets up.
  9. Repeat with the remainder of the powdered sugar and cereal.
  10. Add candies or pretzels to the mix and eat!

Step-By-Step Instructions

Chex cereal in a glass bowl.

Pour the Rice Chex cereal into a large bowl and set aside.

Chocolate chips in a glass bowl.

In a medium-sized bowl, add the chocolate chips, butter, and peanut butter to a bowl.

Chocolate chips, butter, and peanut butter in a glass bowl.

Next, add the butter and peanut butter to the bowl and microwave in increments of 15-seconds until melted, stirring in between.

It took about 45-seconds to melt the ingredients, but your microwave might be more or less powerful than mine, so start in 15-second increments.

Stirring in between each microwave session will help melt the ingredients, as well.

Melted chocolate and vanilla extract in a large glass bowl.

Add the vanilla extract to the mixture and mix it in.

Melted chocolate on top of Chex cereal.

Pour the melted chocolate over the cereal and mix until all of the cereal is covered.

Powdered sugar inside of a bag.

Pour half of the powdered sugar into a large bag.

Chex cereal covered in chocolate in a bag with powdered sugar.

Next, add half of the cereal to the bag and gently shake it until all of the cereal is covered with powdered sugar.

To mix the cereal I use a gallon size bag. I only put in half of the powdered sugar and cereal because it makes it easier to shake and cover the cereal.

Reindeer chow spread out on a cookie sheet.

Spread the cereal out on a cookie sheet to let the chocolate firm up.

This step isn’t required, but I find it helps keep the cereal from sticking together and the chocolate has a chance to set up a little.

I let it sit there for about 15 minutes on the cookie sheet.

Puppy chow in a red bowl with red and green M&M's.

Other delicious holiday treats:

  • Texas cowboy cookies combine a lot of delicious ingredients into one scrumptious cookie.
  • Brownie mix cookies are super easy to make and include rich and decadent ingredients.
  • Christmas wreath cookies are fun for the kids to make (I loved making these as a kid) and are a festive treat for the holidays.
  • We make this old fashioned fudge recipe with peanut butter every year. It’s a great gift for teachers, friends, neighbors, and all those fun folks that work in the office at your kid’s and grandkid’s school.
  • Christmas crack is soooo amazingly good. The dessert is made out of melted brown sugar and butter, buttery crackers, melted chocolate, and pecans for a rich and addictive dessert.
Puppy chow in a white and red bowl with M&M's.
Puppy chow in a red bowl with M&M's.
Puppy chow in three bowls.

Christmas puppy chow recipe card

Check out the recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start creating! This is a fun snack and I think you’ll really love it.

Then, share your comments below and share a picture of your treat on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share it with us so we can try it, too!

Christmas puppy chow in bowls on the counter.

Christmas Puppy Chow

Yield: 9 cups
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Christmas puppy chow is an easy treat to make with chocolate chips, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and Chex cereal.

Ingredients

  • 9 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup M&M's candies

Instructions

  1. Start by adding the Rice Chex cereal to a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Add the chocolate chips, butter, and peanut butter to a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Melt the chocolate ingredients in the microwave in increments of 15-seconds, stirring in between. It should take approximately 45-seconds to melt the ingredients.
  4. Add the vanilla extract to the bowl and mix.
  5. Pour the melted chocolate over the Rice Chex cereal and stir until all of the cereal is covered with chocolate.
  6. In a large bag, add half of the powdered sugar. Scoop half of the cereal into the bag and shake until it's coated.
  7. Spread the cereal out on a cookie sheet to set up for about 15 minutes.
  8. Repeat the process with the remainder of the powdered sugar and cereal.
  9. Add the candies to the bowl, mix, and serve.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 172mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 14gProtein: 3g

Nutrition is approximate.

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