The classic recipe for puppy chow mixes Chex cereal, semisweet chocolate chips, peanut butter, butter, vanilla and powdered sugar together, with the powdered sugar coating the outside of the sticky treats. Puppy chow can also be referred to as puppy food or muddy buddies.
The concept of puppy chow is simple: coat cereal with a mixture of melted chocolate, peanut butter and butter, then shake in a bag with powdered sugar, which will adhere to the coating and make it easier to eat and save for later. Cool on a sheet of waxed paper.
Due to the recipe's simplicity, it is easy to also make variations of the classic recipe. For a new twist, try making puppy chow with combinations of chocolate and coconut, cinnamon and toffee, chocolate and mint, salted caramel or Nutella, or add in some sprinkles for extra color. Oftentimes the peanut butter can be removed and replaced with a different ingredient, such as Nutella or cookie butter, for those who may have a nut allergy. Some people use the puppy chow classic recipe as a base and add it to a Chex mix recipe, serving the bite-sized treat with pretzels, chocolate chips, nuts, marshmallows or pieces of fruit for an easy-to-eat party snack.