This holiday season, you’ll probably receive invites to multiple Friendsgiving and Friendsmas feasts. You could bake a pie for all to share, but the chances of you messing up the dough or leaving it to overcook and crack are high. Forget all the fuss that comes with homemade pies and make your loved ones puppy chow, or muddy buddies as some know it, instead. These three puppy chow recipespeppermint puppy chow, snickerdoodle puppy chow, and grasshopper puppy chow—only require few ingredients and less than 15 minutes from start to finish. 

It’s true, dessert recipes made with cereal can go beyond the beloved Rice Krispies treats. In addition to serving as the perfect holiday party snack, puppy chow makes for a cute homemade holiday gift. Just add your muddy buddies to a mason jar and tie a ribbon or some twine with a gift tag around the neck of the bottle.

Beware: It’s dangerous—once you start, you can’t stop. Prepare to overdose on chocolate and powdered sugar. 

Variation #1: Peppermint Puppy Chow

Ingredients

Directions

STEP 1

Arrange your mise en place. Gather all your ingredients. This will help you move quickly, as the chocolate needs to stay warm throughout the whole process.

STEP 2

Melt your chocolate. Place the white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for one minute on high, stirring after 30 seconds. If needed, microwave for longer until melted and smooth. 

STEP 3

Mix the chocolate and cereal. Pour melted chocolate into the bowl of cereal and gently mix until the cereal is thoroughly coated. 

STEP 4

Prepare the bag. Place powdered sugar and cinnamon in an easy-zip plastic bag. Add the chocolate-coated cereal on top and zip to close.

STEP 5

Shake it. Shake the bag until all the cereal is well coated with powdered sugar.

STEP 6

Add extras. Crush candy canes and gently fold them in.

STEP 7

Enjoy. Store in the plastic bag for up to two weeks, place in a mason jar for gifts, or serve right away.

Variation #2: Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow

Go the extra mile by ditching Chex Cereal for Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Simply said, this right here is the dessert of your childhood dreams.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Arrange your mise en place. Gather all your ingredients. This will help you move quickly, as the chocolate needs to stay warm throughout the whole process.

  2. Melt your chocolate. Place the white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for one minute on high, stirring after 30 seconds. If needed, microwave for longer until melted and smooth.

  3. Mix the chocolate and cereal. Pour melted chocolate into the bowl of cereal and gently mix until the cereal is thoroughly coated. 

  4. Prepare the bag. Place powdered sugar and cinnamon in an easy-zip plastic bag. Add the chocolate-coated cereal on top and zip to close.

  5. Shake it. Shake the bag until all the cereal is well coated with powdered sugar.

  6. Enjoy. Store in the plastic bag for up to two weeks, place in a mason jar for gifts, or serve right away.

Variation #3: Thin Mint Puppy Chow

We were too lazy to hunt down a Girl Scout to purchase a box of Thin Mints. If you feel the same way, Oreo Cool Mint Cookies will do the job. Added butter will help keep the melted chocolate mints smooth and creamy.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Arrange your mise en place. Gather all your ingredients. This will help you move quickly, as the chocolate needs to stay warm throughout the whole process.

  2. Melt your chocolate. Place butter and Andes Chocolate Mints in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30-seconds, remove the bowl, and stir. Repeat until melted and smooth.

  3. Mix the chocolate and cereal. Pour melted chocolate into the bowl of cereal and gently mix until the cereal is thoroughly coated.

  4. Prepare the bag. Place powdered sugar in an easy-zip plastic bag. Add the chocolate-coated cereal on top and zip to close.

  5. Shake it. Shake the bag until all the cereal is well coated with powdered sugar.

  6. Add extras. Crush mint cookies and gently fold them in.

  7. Enjoy. Store in the plastic bag for up to two weeks, place in a mason jar for gifts, or serve right away.