Why settle for basic puppy chow when you can make [insert your favorite topping here] puppy chow?
^^ That was the exact thought going through my mind last week while I dreamt up these 6 decadent twists on puppy chow. If you're a fan of the original cereal treat that's coated in melted peanut butter and chocolate and doused in powdered sugar, that's cool, because you can find the traditional recipe below too. But seriously, try one (or all) of our 6 new puppy chow creations below--I guarantee you'll be hooked.
We taste-tested these babies last week (I know, our jobs are hard), and the staff collective fave was Triple-Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Puppy Chow. It's like Nutella and Reese's got married to chocolate Chex and melted chocolate, and the result is a delightfully-rich, sinfully-sweet chocolate-peanut butter creation that's mouthwatering to look at and tastes even better. It's extremely addictive--don't say I didn't warn you.
Click below to find the recipes and be sure to tell me what's your flava in the comment section.
#1. Puppy Chow (for the traditionalists)
This one's the classic, and I won't be offended if you'd rather stick to the original (although, I'm telling you, the peanut butter cups below are calling your name). You can't go wrong with the classic trio of chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar. This recipe comes together in less than 10 minutes and makes for an easy, sweet and perfectly-portable treat.
#2. Triple-Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Puppy Chow (staff fave alert!)
This one got rave reviews from the staff taste test. My favorite comment: "Can I bathe in it? No, but seriously." Sweet, creamy, and slightly salty, I promise this will be your new favorite way to make puppy chow. Take a batch along to your next party--it's definitely going to be a fan favorite--but if sharing isn't your style, curl up with your remote and a gigantic bowl and indulge all by yourself. Either way, we're not judging.
#3. Mocha Puppy Chow (shout-out to the coffee-lovers)
A teaspoon of instant espresso powder and rich dark chocolate morsels are all that's needed to add depth and a slight coffee-flavoring to classic puppy chow. If you want to amp up the coffee taste, feel free to add 1-2 teaspoons more.
#4. Cookies and Cream Puppy Chow (if you like those Hershey's cookies and cream bars, this one's for you)
Four ingredients are all that's standing between you and a delicious treat made with white chocolate morsels and plenty of Oreo cookies. We cut back on the powdered sugar here because the white chocolate adds plenty of sweetness. If you're feeling Parent Trap vibes--mix in 1/2 cup of melted creamy peanut butter to the melted white chocolate. Uh, yes please.
#5. Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow (throwback to cookie-baking in Nana's kitchen)
A simple cinnamon-sugar mixture + white chocolate chips will make you feel like you're munching on freshly-baked cookies. Really, this variation on classic puppy chow is absolutely delightful. Several staff members commented that it tastes like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but better. #truecompliment. Plus it's a great holiday choice--so print it out for your recipe box now.
#6. S’mores Puppy Chow (perfect for your next camping trip)
I'm seeing s'mores recipes everywhere right now--which is why I absolutely had to make a marshmallow-graham cracker puppy chow recipe. You'll think you're making Rice Krispies treats (albeit with significantly less mallows) as you're melting the marshmallows and butter on the stove. The powdered sugar and crushed graham crackers cover the stickiness of the coated cereal so you don't end up with one gigantic sticky mess. If you're a peanut butter lover, you can also sneak in 1/2 cup melted peanut butter right after you coat the cereal with the marshmallow mixture.
#7. Birthday Cake Puppy Chow (for the Funfetti-obsessed . . . myself included)
Sprinkles + white chocolate are the only mix-ins you need to create this birthday cake, cake batter, Funfetti--or whatever you prefer to call it--treat. Sugary-sweet, colorful, and fun, it makes an easy, portable snack for a birthday party or holiday celebration. Pro tip: For a festive July 4 treat, use red, white, and blue sprinkles instead. You can change up the colors for any holiday.