Puppy Chow, the Essential Dessert

Whether you’re hanging out with friends or watching a movie with your siblings, puppy chow is the perfect treat to share. Senior Brooklyn DeVries shows you a few varieties of the essential dessert.

By Brooklyn DeVries

Puppy chow (also known as muddy buddys) is fun to make and everyone will get their hands dirty to devour this treat. You can bring this dessert to a potluck if you’re cut short for time because it’s quick and easy to whip up. This could also be a nice snack to eat while watching a movie or hanging out with your pals. The sweet thing about this dessert is you can make it year round because there are thousands of different add ins, recipes, and seasonal mixtures!

Halloween Puppy Chow

  • 6 cups Chex Cereal
  • ¼ Sprinkles (pumpkin sprinkles)
  • ⅓ Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 pkg. Vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips
  • a whole lot of Reese’s pieces and candy corn!

If you want to make regular puppy chow, the same ingredients apply, it’s just a matter of what type of sprinkles and candy you want to use. When I make my regular puppy chow I don’t use plain M&M’s, I use the crispy ones for a kick. I know that M&M’s have an array of different colors for different seasons, so you could always put those in depending on what season it is. Since it’s close to Halloween, we will start with that.

First, turn on some jammin’ tunes and go to town. I recommend to take it back to the 50’s (because Elvis Presley is always a good idea) or I personally like to turn on some pumpin’ jazz; whatever floats your boat. After that’s taken care of you’ll want to find a huge bowl and set it on a nice table (it’s impossible to have too big of a bowl, so pick a big bowl). img_2652Add 6 cups of your preferred Chex cereal (I enjoy the rice cereal), and set that ginormous bowl aside. You’ll come back to it later.

Side note: If you want to make two batches, 1 box of Chex cereal will do the job well.


You will then pick a MICROWAVE SAFE bowl and add your peanut butter and chocolate chips. You’ll want to microwave that baby on a loop of 30 seconds until it’s creamy and easy to mix evenly.img_2653

Side note: I’m going to pause here to tell you there are a few different ways you can approach this next task. You can either get a huge bag or you can just mix it in your bowl which is what I like to do because it’s less tedious. Either way you go about it, it will all mix just the same. You can also put 1 teaspoon of vanilla in the mixture or just leave it alone. It’s your choice.

Spread your creamy topping all over the little pieces of cereal you can and stir, stir, STIR. While the cereal is still hot, add your sprinkles and coat that sucker in the vanilla instant pudding.img_2667

Side note: If you want to use powdered sugar you can. I like to use the vanilla pudding because it coats the cereal well and it is a nice spin on the treat.

The next step is my favorite step, the adding of the candy, you will never have enough candy so put in as much as you want.img_2657

Let the puppy chow cool for a bit in the bowl, or you can put it on a baking sheet. After a couple of minutes, it will be ready to enjoy!

Some Alternate Puppy Chow Recipes:

(The same steps apply!)

Gluten Free

  • 9 cups of Chex cereal
  • ¼ cup of butter or margarine
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar

Birthday Cake

  • 6 cups of Corn or Rice Chex
  • 1 cup Betty Crocker vanilla frosting
  • ½ cup white baking chips (from a 12 oz bag)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups of powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons assorted Betty Crocker candy sprinkles

Feature photo by Angie Six on Flickr