Salted Dark Chocolate Puppy Chow

November  1, 2015
3 Ratings
Photo by Alpha Smoot
Author Notes

If dark chocolate isn't your thing, feel free to substitute semisweet or milk chocolate chips. I used Justin's Classic Peanut Butter in this recipe, but you could use any nut butter you prefer. —Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

  • Serves 10 to 14
  • 9 cups Chex or Crispix cereal
  • 1 cup bittersweet (or other dark) chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
In This Recipe
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper. Place the cereal in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Place the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter is a microwavable-safe bowl and microwave in 30-second increments until you can stir the mixture to a smooth consistency. Then add the vanilla and salt.
  3. Pour the chocolate-peanut butter mixture over the cereal, stirring until evenly coated.
  4. Pour into a 2-gallon, resealable plastic bag and add the powdered sugar. Shake until well coated. Spread onto the lined baking sheet and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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7 Reviews

K N. December 19, 2019
This is the thing I want to eat at the holidays. It's funny because puppy chow isn't something that I encountered much growing up in Hawaii but it's the perfect kind of sweet, salty, nutty, crunchy nibble that I associate with Christmas. I swapped in almond butter (husband is allergic to peanuts) and made it dairy free by using Miyoko vegan butter. So good! I made it to gift long as I can stop nibbling on it...
jayaymeye January 28, 2018
Made this. Measurements are really quite flexible (weighed the chocolate, but not very precise with the peanut butter or butter--probably used a bit less butter). Threw in raisins and peanuts.

Also, no need to use zip bag for confectioner's sugar step; I poured it into the bowl with the already-covered cereal and it mixed in and absorbed fine. Easier/less waste. Overall, delicious! But how could you go wrong, really, with these ingredients?
Holly B. December 8, 2015
Any thoughts on how successfully this would ship in a care package to a college student?
Kathleen December 4, 2015
One of the pics in the recipe post shows much more than Crispix or Rice Chex cereals (i.e., pumpkin seeds, fritos, coconut flakes, cashews and pretzels) but they are not mentioned in the recipe. Do you use all of these in your Puppy Chow? I could see how that would make for an amazing combo -- especially with the dark choc/quality PB blend! Yum!
Sally December 7, 2015
I noticed the same thing about the photo with all the extra ingredients. What's the deal?
Sally December 7, 2015
Now I get it. Tap on the picture of all those ingredients and it will take you to a recipe for a savory snack mix. It gave me a good idea for the puppy chow though. I think I will try adding pumpkin seeds to the puppy chow. Should be good!
Author Comment
Riddley G. December 7, 2015
Hi! The photo is meant to show while the recipe calls for just cereal, you can add other ingredients (pretzels! coconut!) to make it your own.