Puppy chow? Muddy buddies? What does your family call this chex mix, chocolate, peanut butter magic? We’re calling this one Easter Bunny Chow for its robin’s egg colored additions and easter candy!
David was actually the one to introduce me to puppy chow. Which is startling considering that I’m usually the source in this family for all things deliciously midwestern (enter funeral potatoes, hot dog mac ‘n cheese, and casseroles galore).
But it was actually a tip from Pinch of Yum that made these little crunchy, sweet-salty snacks all the better for me. FREEZE THEM. The peanut butter chocolate coating gets just a little bit of an extra snap to it–like those smuckers frozen pb&j sandwiches that everyone eats frozen. (anybody else? no?) So make sure you throw this bunny chow in the freezer!
What is puppy chow?
Also known as muddy buddies, also known as [insert animal here] chow, also known as [insert animal here] poop. No, folks. I am not making that last one up. When we were in Alaska, you could get a snack bag of “reindeer poop,” which ranged from classic muddy buddies to malted milk balls. #facepalm
Typically, puppy chow is chex cereal (rice or corn), coated in a chocolate, peanut butter, and butter mixture, and then tossed with powdered sugar. Everyone’s family seems to have a slightly different recipe, based on the flavors they prefer. Us? We are a chocolate family. (Not exactly a news flash, if you’re visiting this blog often.)
Does puppy chow need to be refrigerated?
It depends! Factors include the type of peanut butter and the type of butter you use. If you use an all natural peanut butter that typically needs to be refrigerated, then you should probably refrigerate your puppy chow. If you use a shelf-stable peanut butter (e.g., Jif or Skippy), then your ability to leave it out at room temperature is only limited by the butter.
It is recommended that you use salted butter if you’re going to leave it out at room temperature. The salt helps inhibit bacterial growth. But even then, the USDA recommends not leaving butter out for more than two days. So make sure to put any leftover puppy chow in an airtight container and stick it in the refrigerator if you’re going to have it more than a couple days. (Also: puppy chow tastes SO much better when frozen.)
Puppy chow recipe variations?
The coating for the chex is pretty versatile. The chocolate chips could be substituted for any type of chocolate (milk, dark, white) or even peanut butter chips if you just want to go all out on peanut butter. If you’re looking for a puppy chow recipe without peanut butter, then replace the peanut butter with an equal amount of butter. If you’re looking for a puppy chow recipe without butter, then replace the butter with an equal amount of peanut butter or coconut oil.
And I think it goes without saying – always feel free to mix it up with your favorite candy pieces, chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, nuts, or . . . Easter candy!