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4 Sweet Twists on Puppy Chow Snack Mix

4 Sweet Twists on Puppy Chow Snack Mix

When you think of Valentine’s Day, puppy love may come to mind before puppy chow, but the party mix is the perfect way to spread sweetness this holiday! A favorite among kids and crowds, it requires no baking or fancy molds. The classic recipe is always a hit, but we’ve also added a few variations that you’re sure to fall in love with. Grab the basic recipe below, then swap out a few ingredients to create 3 more delish twists.


This basic recipe will yield one batch of basic dessert mix. It also works perfectly as a base formula for personalizing puppy chow to your taste. To customize, simply mix up the mix-ins.

What you’ll need:

  • 5 cups checkerboard rice cereal (like Chex™)
  • 1 cup baking chips (chocolate, cinnamon, peanut butter, white vanilla)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or chocolate-hazelnut spread, cookie butter, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 to 1 cup mix-ins (candies, sprinkles, etc.)

Pour cereal into a PYREX® SMART ESSENTIALS® 4-QT MIXING BOWL W/ RED LID; set aside.

In a microwave-safe PYREX® 2 CUP MEASURING CUP, microwave baking chips and butter uncovered on High in 30-second increments, stirring between each, until melted. Add peanut butter; stir until smooth. Pour mixture over cereal; stir with rubber spatula until coated. Sprinkle powdered sugar over cereal. Cover with lid; shake well to coat. Add desired mix-ins; shake to combine. Let stand until until firm before serving.


Combine a kiss of chocolate with brilliant color in this red-velvet inspired version. This shakes up to be such a tasty treat, it’s almost too good to share with the kids.

Swap these ingredients into the basic recipe:

  • Milk chocolate baking chips
  • Chocolate-hazelnut spread (like Nutella)
  • Red candy sprinkles

The perfect way to spice up your Valentine’s Day! Don’t be surprised if you crave a handful or two of this mix for breakfast, as this combo tastes like a cinnamon roll.

Swap these ingredients into the basic recipe:

  • Cinnamon cereal
  • Cookie butter
  • Cinnamon chips

February is a celebration of all things chocolate, and this puppy chow will be the life of the party. For a double dose of chocolate, add a sprinkling of baking cocoa to your powdered sugar coating. The intense chocolaty flavor is sure to get the approval of chocoholics everywhere. For fun mix-ins, try adding chocolate chips or cinnamon red-hots.

Twist up the classic by adding these instead:

  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Chocolate peanut butter
  • Add 2 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa to powdered sugar
  • Candy-coated chocolate candies

Now that we’ve shared some of our favorites, we can’t wait to see what ideas you conjure in your kitchen! Grab a bowl and make your own batch of puppy chow tonight. Whether you use one of the ideas above, or come up with a whole new creation, this easy treat will be a pleaser.


Valentine’s Day is sweeter when it’s shared! Plus, puppy chow makes the perfect giftable—wrap batches in special packaging and you’ll set any recipient’s heart aflutter.

  • Special Delivery. Help Cupid with his work by packaging puppy chow in PYREX® DECORATED STORAGE 4-CUP VALENTINES CONTAINERS. Secretly deliver to a friend or neighbor with a note letting them know they’ve been “Love Struck.”
  • Classroom Crunch. Kids love sharing homemade treats! Fill cellophane treat bags with puppy chow and attach a cute tag on top.
  • Mobile Mix. When hosting a party or play date, fill little treat cups so guests can mingle and munch.