Sometimes there's nothing easier or more fun to make, especially with kids, as puppy chow. This recipe definitely serves a crowd, and there are no fancy ingredients or equipment to make it. You do need a lot of Chex or Crispix cereal (about 9 cups), but you probably already have whatever else you need hanging out in your pantry or refrigerator, like chocolate chips, peanut butter, unsalted butter, vanilla extract, a little salt, and some powdered sugar. You don't need to turn the oven on either; as the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter are melted together in the microwave. If you don't want to use your microwave or don't have one, simply warm everything in a small pot on the stove. And if you don't want to use a plastic bag, just dust the puppy chow with the powdered sugar while n the bowl and then toss carefully to combine. Saves you an extra step and a bag!
You'll find yourself craving puppy chow as a sweet, nutty snack for Christmas and beyond. The recipe is super-flexible, as you can add any snacks, nuts, or dried fruit you'd like. Try with pretzels, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, raisins, whatever you've got on hand. Definitely experiment with the ratios and ingredients so you come up with your favorite version of puppy chow. You can also keep a batch in the refrigerator for up to a week, so you can reach for a handful whenever the mood for puppy chow strikes (and when doesn't it?). —The Editors
Line a baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper. Place the cereal in a large bowl.
In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the chips, peanut butter, and butter. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the vanilla and salt.
Pour the chocolate-peanut butter mixture over the cereal, stirring until evenly coated.
Pour the cereal mixture into a 2-gallon, resealable plastic bag and add the powdered sugar. Shake until well coated. Spread onto the prepared baking sheet and let cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.