Whether you call it Puppy Chow, Muddy Buddy, or Reindeer Chow, this snack mix features the flavors of chocolate and peanut butter. So simple that a grade-school-aged kid can make it, this recipe for Muddy Buddy Snack Mix is perfect for a potluck or just as an afternoon snack.
Sweet, crunchy, and with a hint of salt, Puppy Chow is typically considered a Midwestern snack because in the states of Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming and the Dakotas, this snack is everywhere. No matter what potluck event is happening, you can be certain that a big bowl of puppy chow will be on the table. One of the first fun cooking projects that kids in this area are taught, this cereal-based snack goes by many names. In some places it’s called Puppy Chow, but in other areas Muddy Buddy is the name. It is also known as Monkey Munch or Reindeer Chow, the latter name likely given due to the fact that many make and give this snack as a gift around the Christmas holiday season.
Puppy Chow Snack Mix Recipe
- Large Cookie Sheet
- Medium-Sized Microwave-Safe Bowl
- Rubber Spatula
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Zip-Top Bag
- 1 cup Chocolate Chips your choice of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or semisweet chocolate
- ½ cup Peanut Butter
- ¼ cup Butter
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 6 cups Rice Squares Cereal
- 2 cups Powdered Sugar
- Line a large cookie sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper and set it aside.
- In a medium-sized microwave safe bowl, measure out the peanut butter, the chocolate chips, and the butter. Microwave these ingredients for 30 seconds.
- Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir the mixture with a heatproof rubber spatula.
- Return the chocolate mixture to the microwave and microwave it for an additional 30 seconds. Remove the bowl and stir it again. If the chocolate chips are all melted, and you can stir the ingredients into a smooth mixture, do not return it to the microwave. But if there are still chunks left in the bowl, microwave it again in 10 second bursts until it is fully melted, stirring after each burst. Do not overcook the chocolate and peanut butter. You may scorch the chocolate, or it may seize into a chunky, grainy blob that will have to be thrown out.
- Add the vanilla extract and stir well.
- Put the cereal pieces, pretzels, and nuts into a large mixing bowl.
- Drizzle the chocolate mixture over the cereal, stirring it constantly with a rubber spatula.Stir this mixture very gently because you want the cereal to stay in large pieces. Gently turn and stir the cereal pieces until they are completely coated in the chocolate mixture.
- Spoon the cereal mixture into a gallon sized zip top bag. Add the powdered sugar and seal the bag completely.
- Shake and turn the bag to coat the cereal mixture in powdered sugar. When it seems completely coated in sugar, open the plastic bag and pour the mixture onto your waxed paper lined baking sheet.
- Spread the puppy chow on the paper in a single layer. You want to break up any clumps that form.
- Let the puppy chow sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes until the chocolate is set and no longer sticky.
- Store the puppy chow snack mix in a zip-top bag, tightly sealed, or in an airtight container for up to two weeks. If your home is warm or humid and the puppy chow starts getting sticky feeling, keep the snack mix in the refrigerator.
Key Ingredients: Cream Cheese