What is Puppy Chow?
Puppy chow is a unique Dessert kind of a homemade snack originally from United States, which is also popular as Muddy Buddies, Monkey Munch, Delicious Mix, Sweet Minglers, Trash/White Trash, Crack, Reindeer Food.
Puppy chow is such a popular and delicious snack that is specially preferred as a treat during special events such as holidays and gaming events, although it is also a popular snack to make for children.
Though the recipe’s name and ingredients can differ depending on the version, but most recipes will typically include cereal, melted chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar. Cereals used in the recipes are usually Chex or Crispix and the snack’s name is based upon its look and consistency.
The “CHEX MIX MUDDY BUDDIES” an alternative form of puppy chow is a rich combination of chocolate and peanut butter, Corn Chex cereal pieces tossed in a sweet powdery coating and that is why it is considered as one of the best options of iconic Breakfast that can deliver strong growth.
Altogether, puppy chow is a variation on Chex mix where you combine melted chocolate or syrup with candy and add yummy ingredients to give it different flavors, by making all ingredients are combined in a bag and shaken until the cereal is coated with all other ingredients. It is a kind of nutritious snack that must be eaten with the hands and is popular at bake sales everywhere.
Kids too love this super sweet snack for its taste as it has got a great combination of Peanut Butter and Chocolate added with crispy cereal that makes this unique iconic snack the perfect blend of flavors, textures and nutrition and proved as a great snack for after school, movie nights, or any time for any human being who want to make a special treat that can be prepared easily within a few minutes.
But keep in mind that this recipe is only for humans only because it contains chocolate. Never give any of this puppy chow to your puppy or dog, as chocolate can make them very sick.
So, now let us go through all the details of ‘Puppy Chow Recipe’:
Ingredients required for preparing the delicious Puppy Chow:
Butter – 1/4 cup
Vanilla – 1/2 teaspoon
Peanut Butter – 1/2 cup
Chocolate Chips – 1 cup
Powdered Sugar – 3 cups
Crispix Cereal (flavor of your choice) – 8/9 cups
Step by step procedure about how to prepare the delicious Puppy Chow:
1. Mix properly the chocolate chips, butter and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl.
2. To get all the ingredients perfectly blend, stir them well immediately after you microwave them for a minute and add half teaspoon vanilla and again stir well.
3. Take huge bowl and place all the Crispix cereal in it.
4. Get the peanut butter-chocolate mixture and Pour it over the cereal and toss evenly, so that all the cereal can get perfect coating.
5. Use a big zip-lock type polythene bag to place the powdered sugar in it.
6. It is better to divide the mixture into smaller units to coat one unit at a time by adding the peanut butter-chocolate cereal mixture into the bag, leaving enough room for the puppy chow to be shaken.
7. Make sure that each piece of the puppy chow is coated evenly with powdered sugar and for that you need to shake the bag very well.
8. Place the mixture in a huge serving bowl, only after you make sure that all the mixture is completely and evenly coated.
9. Now it is time to any additional pieces by shaking the mixture in the powdered sugar filled bag and keep adding powdered sugar to the bag as needed until all the mixture is coated.
Apart from the above mentioned Step by step procedure about how to prepare the delicious Puppy Chow, the below given are some tips that have proven practices in the successful preparation of a perfect Puppy Chow:
You can reduce and increase the amount of cereal and butter with an added option of 1 tsp of vanilla to it.
To get a better coating of powdered sugar with less quantity of it, simply cool it slightly in the fridge before tossing the powdered sugar on it, so as to avoid heavy absorption of the powdered sugar.
Preferably line your measuring cup with saran wrap before measuring the peanut butter. It will slide right out with no messy clean up and thereby helping in cleaning for all sticky ingredients something like shortening, honey, Pb, corn syrup etc.,.
To possess uniformity and consistency of the “puppy chow” the chex squares should stick together properly and to do so you may need a bit more chocolate, something like 12 oz bag vs. 1 cup of chips, so as to coat the cereal properly (using a paper grocery bag works better for coating the chow with the powdered sugar though) and ultimately to possess the “puppy chow” consistency.
It is always better to use a microwave safe bowl and microwave the chocolate peanut butter mixture instead of heating on the stove, for a minute, stir, then again for 30 seconds, so as to make the whole process much easier and to produce an ultimate delicious snack for kids’ sleepovers, birthday parties, classroom treats as well as at lunch. It can prove to be an easy way, even if you carry on with large quantity of Chex, chocolate chips and p/b to make delicious snacks for a large group.
You can have an additional half a stick of butter so that the chocolate mixture would be more fluid and get spread easily to coat each piece of cereal completely and finally make the snack much more consistent.
To prepare such a delicious Puppy Chow that can please kids and adults alike, you need to be careful while adding butter melted with the chocolate chips and peanut butter and then in the microwave, for about a minute and a half, stirring after one minute and stir in 1 tea spoon of vanilla.
Then the final step of the process of preparing the Puppy Chow includes laying on waxed paper and nibbling, but you need to patient and have to wait to get the Puppy Chow cooled before you start nibbling.