Puppy chow (aka muddy buddies) are one of the easiest and most delicious desserts EVER. We just made a HUGE batch in our kitchen, and the staff devoured it in seconds. I’m tellin’ ya—it’s dangerous stuff.
Got questions? We’ve got answers!
Can I use a different kind of cereal?
There’s something about Rice Chex that makes it kind of perfect for puppy chow. Their hollow, gridded shape helps them stay crunchy, while still allowing all that chocolate mixture to stick, and fully coat, their exterior. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth experimenting! Feel free to give it a shot with your faves, who knows, maybe it’ll be better than the original. I mean, that’s sort of how we feel about these ridiculously good S’mores Bars.
How long does it last?
Kept in an airtight container, these guys can last somewhere between a week and a week and a half—any longer and we’d move them to the fridge. Really though, there’s NO WAY these will be around that long. They’re way too good.
I’m allergic to peanuts, can I use a different kind of nut butter?
Of course! Almond, cashew, or sunflower seed butter would all be great substitutes. Or, if you’re feeling extra saucy, Nutella!
What are some good mix-ins for puppy chow?
Sooo many. We love having a mix of sweet and savory, so pretzels, plain potato chips, or salted peanuts are great choices. If you want to go a sweeter route, try M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces. We say, the more the merrier!
- Combine chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute, then stir to combine. Continue microwaving in 20 second increments until mixture is completely smooth. Add vanilla and salt and stir to combine.
- Pour cereal into a large bowl, then pour over chocolate mixture. Toss gently until all cereal is coated.
- Pour coated cereal into a large resealable plastic bag, then add powdered sugar and shake to coat. Pour cereal onto a large baking sheet to cool, 10 minutes. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container until ready to serve.