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No Bake Puppy Chow Squares

Puppy Chow Bars Recipe: Easy, No Bake

by Kristen

Families across the midwest have been making  “puppy chow” in their kitchens since the 1960s. It also goes by Muddy Buddies, Raindeer Chow, Monkey Munch, Chow, or Doggy Bag. Puppy Chow is a snack where you mix Chex cereal with melted chocolate and peanut butter, then coat it in powdered sugar.   I have made a no-bake, no-melting chocolate version of puppy chow squares that your family will love! 

What do you call this delicious mix? Puppy Chow? Muddy Biddies? I made this ” no stovetop” necessary  Puppy Chow Bars using chocolate Chex cereal and chocolate chips instead of melting chocolate. These bars make a delicious dessert and only require a few ingredients.

What is Puppy Chow? 

The Chex Company originated Puppy Chow in the 1960s. This homemade candy treat appears on holidays and gets together across the Midwest. Puppy Chow is a mixture of Chex Cereal coated in chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar.

Making puppy chow into bars is a great way to switch it up, and this recipe does require you to melt chocolate. You will love the flavor of this easy dessert!  

Ingredients Needed 

2 cups of crushed Chocolate Rice Chex Cereal

1 cup of creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted

3/4 cup of powdered sugar

Equipment needed

Large Bowl

Rolling pin and plastic bag so you can crush the cereal

Microwave-safe bowl for melting the butter

8×8 baking pan

Parchment paper to line the baking dish. I recommend lining your baking pan with parchment paper or wax paper instead of cooking spray.

Instructions

  1. Prepare ingredients—Crush Chocolate Chex by placing them in the freezer bag and using a rolling pin to crush them. Melt butter by microwaving it in 30-second increments—line the pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix crushed Chocolate Chex, confectioners sugar, melted butter, chocolate chips,  and peanut butter until well blended.
  3. Place the mixture into a lined 8×8 pan.   Chill for 1 hour before cutting into squares.
  4. Keep these in the fridge until it is time to serve them. Serve.

What if I can’t find Chocolate Chex Cereal?

This recipe will still work even if you can’t find Chocolate Chex Cereal. Just use  Chex cereal rice and increase the measurement of the chocolate chips.

* Recipe note- You can also make this recipe using dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, or white chocolate chips.

No Bake Puppy Chow Bars

Families across the midwest have been making  "puppy chow" in their kitchens since the 1960s. It also goes by Muddy Buddies, Raindeer Chow, Monkey Munch, Chow, or Doggy Bag. Puppy Chow is a snack where you mix Chex cereal with melted chocolate and peanut butter, then coat it in powdered sugar.   I have made a no-bake, no-melting chocolate version of puppy chow squares that your family will love! 

Ingredients

  • Two cups of crushed Chocolate Chex measure out the Chex after they have been crushed
  • One cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup Melted butter, one stick
  • 3/4 cup Powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Prepare ingredients—Crush Chocolate Chex by placing them in the freezer bag and using a rolling pin to crush them. Melt butter by microwaving it in 30-second increments—line the pan with parchment paper.

  2. In a mixing bowl, mix crushed Chocolate Chex, confectioners sugar, melted butter, chocolate chips,  and peanut butter until well blended.

  3. Place the mixture into a lined 8x8 pan.   Chill for 1 hour before cutting into squares.

  4. Keep these in the fridge until it is time to serve them. Serve.

 

Storage

You will want to store these in the fridge for up to a week. I discourage keeping these at room temperature.

Nutrition: These bars are by no means low in calories,  but you can find protein, calcium, potassium, fiber, and vitamin C. These have no trans fat and are low in sodium and cholesterol.    I recommend cutting these bars into small squares, so you say within the daily values of your calorie diet.   They are super rich tasting, so s small square should be enough.

I would love to hear how these no-bake  Chocolate Chex Bars work out for you! Please comment below this blog post or tag me on social media and let me know how this dessert turned out for you! You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

 

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