The Best Puppy Chow Recipe (AKA: Muddy Buddies) EVER! Only 4 ingredients (no butter) and a few minutes results in an irresistible dessert loaded with chocolate and peanut butter! The perfect sweet treat to feed a crowd!
Melt peanut butter and chocolate together, either on the stovetop or in the microwave.
Next, add 3 cups of cereal to a large bowl. Pour 1 cup of your chocolate/peanut butter mixture over the cereal.
Add 3 more cups of cereal to the bowl and then pour the rest of the chocolate/peanut butter mixture on top.
Stir until the cereal is evenly coated. If there are pools of chocolate/peanut butter at the bottom of your bowl, add more cereal ¼ cup at a time until all that deliciousness is coating your cereal. Remember we WANT clumps, so do NOT add too much cereal!
Let the mixture cool slightly (I throw mine in the fridge or outside on my porch if it's cold out). You do not want it to harden!
Once your mixture is at or below room temperature, add 1 cup of powdered sugar. Mix until combined.
Let cool for about 15 minutes.
Add more powdered sugar ¼ cup at a time until your cereal is coated to your satisfaction.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature, if it lasts more than 0.3 seconds.
Chocolate. I recommend using a dark or semi-sweet variety. In my opinion, making this Puppy Chow Recipe with milk chocolate makes it too sweet. But if you have a serious sweet tooth by all means use whatever chocolate you prefer! If you need an allergy-friendly chocolate both Sunspire and Enjoy Life Foods make great options!
Rice Cereal. Chex is my favorite cereal to use (or a generic equivalent)! However many people love Crispex!
Peanut Butter. You can substitute any nut or seed butter if you're allergic to peanuts!
Powdered sugar. There's really no substitute for this. You could make your own refined sugar free variety but it will NOT be white. So if you're OK with that then go for it! ;)
Just a note that chilling the cereal/peanut butter/chocolate mixture before adding any powdered sugar is critical to making sure you have delicious clumpy, not overly sweet, puppy chow!