Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Puppy Chow (for humans)

Last week I talked a little bit about Puppy Chow and how my kids and all their friends love it. It's a party staple around here, and although I never actually made it myself until today, I knew the time would come where I'd have to learn the recipe.

My kids are very happy about my blog post here today. Never mind they're old enough to make the recipe themselves. It's always better when someone makes it for you. Seems like more of a treat then, doesn't it?

After talking about desserts last week, a few people contacted me, curious about the Puppy Chow recipe, so here it is, by popular request:

Puppy Chow

1 box (12 oz) Crispix Cereal
1 stick margarine
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (or to taste. I used quite a bit more)

Combine margarine, peanut butter, and chocolate chips in a medium bowl. Microwave on high for about 30 seconds. Stir. Keep doing this until the mixture is fully melted and smooth. It took me about a minute and a half, total. Super quick!

Pour Crispix cereal into a large bowl, and then add the melted mixture a little at a time, stirring as you add. Keep it up until it's all gone.

Let cool.

Coat with powdered sugar. The recipe calls for a cup and a half. I didn't really measure. I just added and stirred until it looked well-dusted. Be sure, however, you allow the mix to cool. Otherwise the powdered sugar just melts.

I have no idea where this recipe originated, and I tried looking for it online. I did find a nice Crispix recipe site here: Kellogg's Crispix Cereal but Puppy Chow didn't seem to be one of the featured recipes. Or... maybe I just missed it! This one is a winner. Kids adore it.

When my sister-in-law serves it, she places a small handful in cupcake papers, so that kids can pick up a personal-size serving on the go. Works wonderfully and looks really festive, too!

Have fun with this one. It's easy and great to share with the kids (and kids at heart) in your life!


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  1. I love Puppy Chow... I can't get enough of it when it is around!

  2. The title definitely grabbed my attention this morning. This sounds great. Quick, simple and fun to have around for guests. Thanks.

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  3. Kristen - isn't it great! Crunchy, sweet, chocolatey, with substance from the peanut butter... Yum!

    Mason - Glad you liked the title and it is really great. I was surprised at how easy it was to make. The batch I prepared for this post (made it yesterday) is almost gone already!

  4. I have to try this sometime. Thanks for sharing it, Julie. I've been curious ever since you mentioned it!

    ~ Krista

  5. Oh, I have to try this. Looks like a definite winner, and the perfect inclusion in the goody boxes I send to my brother and his family in London. Two kids, two dog-loving adults - they'll love this!

  6. Krista - my pleasure. It seems every time we serve it, we get a bunch of people who have never heard of it before, so I'm happy to share.

    Laineshots - I bet they'll really enjoy it. How sweet to send goody boxes to family! A little love from across the pond!

  7. Thank you, Julie! I honestly never heard of Puppy Chow before you mentioned it last week. I'm so glad you took the time and trouble to share this with us. What a great party food for kids *and* adults. And it's the kind of fun recipe that you can make your own, too...I'd love to try tossing in some raisins and nuts; maybe even shredded coconut. (Of course, I'm channeling some of my favorite candy bars - Chunky, Mounds, Almond Joy... :)

    Thanks again and have a great week,
    ~ Cleo
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  8. How have I managed to live this long and never have Puppy Chow?! I can't wait to fix some of this - thanks!!!

  9. Cleo - I just love the idea of adding coconut. Ooh.. that could be delicious. I love Mounds and Almond Joy, too. Hmm... coconut.... thanks for the suggestion.

    Kaye - Glad to add this fun snack to your repertoire, Kaye! I promise, it's a crowd pleaser!

  10. Oh, I've been needing a major chocolate fix lately. This'll be just the ticket...not too heavy, either. Thanks Julie!

  11. Oh yum. Yum yum yum. Especially with a little coconut thrown in. Thanks!

  12. This looks so yummy, and although we don't have our stove yet, we DO have a microwave!

  13. My kids love this stuff and we add coconut at times which is my favorite.