Christmas Puppy Chow

Published Date: December 22, 2022

This Christmas Puppy Chow, also known as muddy buddies, is a delicious and festive twist on a classic snack, and it’s sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike. Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or just looking for a tasty treat to enjoy at home, this recipe is sure to be a hit. So why wait? Break out the ingredients and give this recipe a try today!

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Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • Christmas Puppy Chow is so simple to make, you can whip up a ton in only a few minutes and keep it all to yourself, serve it at a holiday party or easily add it to small cellophane gift bags with a ribbon as a quick and easy Christmas treat!
  • It’s an easy-to-make, festive and flavorful snack that everyone will love!
  • Christmas puppy chow is fairly inexpensive to make because it mostly consists of pantry ingredients!
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Recipe Title Ingredients

  • Chex cereal (you can use rice, corn, or a mixture of both)
  • Butter
  • Peanut butter (creamy)
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar
  • Green and Red holiday M&M’s

*see recipe card for amounts

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How to Make Christmas Puppy Chow

Step 1: First, melt the peanut butter, semi-sweet chocolate chips and butter together in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth.

Step 2: Add in the vanilla extract and stir until everything is well combined.

Step 3: Next, pour the chex cereal over the melted peanut butter and chocolate mixture, then gently stir until the cereal is evenly coated. (I recommend using a wooden spoon or large spatula and incorporating slowly so you don’t break the cereal into pieces as you mix).

Step 4: Transfer the chocolate coated chex (while wet) to a large plastic bag or container with a lid. Add in the powdered sugar and shake until the cereal is evenly coated.

Step 5: Now, it’s time to add in the festive touch! Pour in the green and red M&M’s and stir until they are evenly distributed throughout the mixture.

Step 6: Spread the mixture out onto a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper to cool and set.

Step 7: Serve and enjoy! And fair warning, this stuff is addictive!

Pro Tip: I like to throw in 2 additional cups of plain, un-coated chex cereal when I add the holiday M&Ms and toss together because it gives me a larger portion and it helps balance out the sweetness!

Storage and Reheating Notes

Store your puppy chow in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.  

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Helpful Tips & Substitutions

Can I add different ingredients to this Christmas Puppy Chow to better suit my tastes?

Of course! The sky’s the limit but some great additions to this recipe are: pretzels, peanuts, reeses minis, Christmas candy, etc!

Why is this recipe called Puppy Chow?

So named because it closely resembles dog food, puppy chow starts with Chex cereal coated in a mixture of peanut butter, chocolate, and butter, and dusted with powdered sugar.

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Christmas Puppy Chow

This recipe for Christmas Puppy Chow uses Chex cereal, butter, vanilla extract, green and red M&M's, powdered sugar, peanut butter, and semi-sweet chocolate to create a festive and flavorful snack that everyone will love.
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Course: Appetizer, Christmas Snack, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Puppy Chow, Muddy Buddies, Puppy Chow
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 571kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Chex Cereal rice or corn, or a mixture of the two
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter Creamy
  • 1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup M&Ms green and red

Instructions

  • First, melt the peanut butter, semi-sweet chocolate chips and butter together in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth.
  • Add in the vanilla extract and stir until everything is well combined.
  • Next, pour the chex cereal over the melted peanut butter and chocolate mixture, then gently stir until the cereal is evenly coated. (I recommend using a wooden spoon or large spatula and incorporating slowly so you don't break the cereal into pieces as you mix).
  • Transfer the chocolate coated chex (while wet) to a large plastic bag or container with a lid. Add in the powdered sugar and shake until the cereal is evenly coated.
  • Now, it's time to add in the festive touch! Pour in the green and red M&M's and stir until they are evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
  • Spread the mixture out onto a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper to cool and set.
  • Serve and enjoy! And fair warning, this stuff is addictive!
  • Pro Tip: I like to throw in 2 additional cups of plain, un-coated chex cereal when I add the holiday M&Ms and toss together because it gives me a larger portion and it helps balance out the sweetness!

Notes

Storage: Store your puppy chow in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.  
Add different ingredients to this Christmas Puppy Chow to better suit your tastes if you’d like! The sky’s the limit but some great additions to this recipe are: pretzels, peanuts, reeses minis, Christmas candy, etc!

Nutrition

Serving: 8g | Calories: 571kcal | Carbohydrates: 99g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 411mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 531IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 16mg
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