Puppy Chow

It's the go-to party snack everyone loves!

close up of puppy chow with spoon

Katlyn Moncada

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
12 cups

Puppy chow is always a great go-to party snack. It requires just six ingredients, 15 minutes of time, and is super easy to make a big batch (and trust us, you'll need a big batch). Making this puppy chow recipe in a resealable plastic bag also helps keep the mess minimal while being portable to tote along to your next potluck or gathering. If the kids are helping make puppy chow, they can easily follow the instructions for melting the chocolate in the microwave.


  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

  • 10 cups corn or rice cereal squares

  • 10-12 ounces chocolate chips

  • 1/4 cup butter, cut up

  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Pour the powdered sugar into a 2-gallon-size resealable plastic bag; set aside. Place cereal in an extra-large bowl. Combine chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a medium saucepan. Heat and stir over low until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. 

  2. Drizzle chocolate mixture evenly over cereal, using a silicone spatula to toss and evenly coat cereal. Add the cereal mixture to bag with the powdered sugar. Seal bag leaving some air in it. Shake and turn the bag to coat cereal mixture with powdered sugar. Spread on a large tray or pan to cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 5 days.

Microwave Option

Instead of using the stove top, place chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a medium bowl. Microwave on 100% power for 30 seconds. Stir mixture and continue microwaving in 15-second intervals until mixture is melted and smooth, stirring often. Stir in vanilla. Continue as directed in step 2. 

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

614 Calories
34g Fat
90g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 613.8
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33.7g 43%
Saturated Fat 19.9g 100%
Cholesterol 5.1mg 2%
Sodium 119.9mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 89.5g 33%
Dietary Fiber 6.8g 24%
Total Sugars 69.9g
Protein 5.3g
Vitamin D 0.4mcg 2%
Vitamin C 2.5mg 13%
Calcium 76mg 6%
Iron 6.7mg 37%
Potassium 409.8mg 9%
Fatty acids, total trans 0.1g
Vitamin D 16.7IU
Alanine 0.2g
Arginine 0.3g
Ash 1.8g
Aspartic acid 0.4g
Caffeine 65.1mg
Carotene, alpha 6.7mcg
Choline, total 25.2mg
Copper, Cu 0.8mg
Cystine 0.1g
Energy 2567.8kJ
Fluoride, F 0.1mcg
Folate, total 97mcg
Glutamic acid 0.7g
Glycine 0.2g
Histidine 0.1g
Isoleucine 0.2g
Leucine 0.3g
Lysine 0.2g
Methionine 0g
Magnesium, Mg 124.2mg
Manganese, Mn 0.8mg
Niacin 2.5mg
Phosphorus, P 155.8mg
Pantothenic acid 0.1mg
Phenylalanine 0.2g
Proline 0.2g
Retinol 71.5mcg
Selenium, Se 6.1mcg
Serine 0.2g
Starch 0.1g
Theobromine 510.3mg
Threonine 0.2g
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0.4mg
Tryptophan 0.1g
Tyrosine 0.2g
Valine 0.3g
Vitamin A, IU 267.4IU
Vitamin A, RAE 73mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 6.1mcg
Water 1.6g
Zinc, Zn 3.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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