Nutella Puppy Chow with a Twist

Puppy Chow, also known as “Muddy Buddies”, is a childhood favorite of mine. Not only is it easy to make, it’s always been a crowd-pleaser when brought to events. I have yet to encounter someone who truly hates them (unless they are allergic to an ingredient in it). It’s also kid-friendly, so if you have any little ones who like helping out in the kitchen, this is something they can easily and safely get involved with.

Ali’s Valentine’s Day Themed Puppy Chow Blast (Click for Clearer Image)

About six years ago, I was making regular puppy chow when I realized that I didn’t have creamy peanut butter. The only thing that I had on hand was chunky peanut butter. In a time crunch, I decided to risk it and hoped that the peanuts would just stick to the Chex cereal. I thought nothing more of it until I finished making it. The peanuts had mostly come off and was on their own, but it was okay because I realized that the extra crunch and bits of peanuts brought puppy chow to a whole new level for me! Peanuts with chocolate and powdered sugar very much reminded me of peanut M&Ms.

I started to experiment with different additions to puppy chow and found my favorite mixture using Nutella! You’ll find two recipes below. The first one allows you to have a surprise when munching away, or throw in multiple and have a fun mixture of hazelnut and peanut butter. The second one allows you to mix all the ingredients together so that the whole snack tastes the same. Pick one that strikes your fancy. Either way, you can’t go wrong when Nutella is involved.

Want to use this for various holidays? Put in different colored M&Ms or other chocolate candies to theme the puppy chow. With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, we opted for pink, red, and white M&Ms.

Enjoy, and let us know what you think in the comments below!

– Ali (Jess)

Ali’s Nutella Puppy Chow with a Twist Recipe

Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Time to Make: 15 Minutes

Total Time: 30 Minutes
Makes 18 servings of ½ cup each

Ingredients

9 Cups of Corn or Rice Chex Cereal
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
½ Cup Chunky Peanut Butter (smooth can be used if preferred)
½ Cup Nutella Spread
¼ Cup Butter
1 TSP Vanilla Extract
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
½ Cup M&Ms Candies (optional)

Things You Need

Large Bowl
One-Quart Microwavable Bowl
Two 2-gallon Resealable Plastic Bags
Waxed Paper
Airtight Container for Storage

How to Make the Nutella Puppy Chow

  1. Measure 4.5 cups of corn or rice Chex cereal into a large bowl. Set this aside.
  2. Use a one-quart microwavable bowl to microwave ½ cup chocolate chips, ½ cup Nutella, and 1/8 cup butter for 60 seconds. Carefully remove from microwave if hot, and stir. Microwave the mixture in 30 second intervals until smooth.
  3. Stir in ½ teaspoon vanilla extract until well mixed.
  4. Pour cereal into one 2-gallon plastic bag, and then pour chocolate mixture over the cereal. Seal the bag and then shake until the mixture evenly coats the cereal.
  5. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar into the bag. Seal the bag and shake until the cereal is well coated. If additional powdered sugar is needed, add additional ½ cup or more if desired.
  6. Add ¼ cup of M&Ms to the bag and shake again to evenly distribute them.
  7. Spread the puppy chow on waxed paper to let cool. Once fully cool, mix it with the regular puppy chow and store it in an airtight container.

How to Make the Regular Puppy Chow

  1. Measure 4.5 cups of corn or rice Chex cereal into a large bowl. Set this aside.
  2. Use a one-quart microwavable bowl to microwave ½ cup chocolate chips, ½ cup chunky peanut butter, and 1/8 cup butter for 60 seconds. Carefully remove from microwave if hot, and stir. Microwave the mixture in 30 second intervals until smooth.
  3. Stir in ½ teaspoon vanilla extract until well mixed.
  4. Pour cereal into one 2-gallon plastic bag, and then pour chocolate mixture over the cereal. Seal the bag and then shake until the mixture evenly coats the cereal.
  5. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar into the bag. Seal the bag and shake until the cereal is well coated. If additional powdered sugar is needed, add additional ½ cup or more if desired.
  6. Add ¼ cup of M&Ms to the bag and shake again to evenly distribute them.
  7. Spread the puppy chow on waxed paper to let it cool. Once fully cool, mix it with the Nutella puppy chow and store it in an airtight container.

Want to make it in one bag and have chocolate, hazelnut, and peanut butter all in one? Puppy Chow Blast is also a crowd favorite.

 Ali’s Puppy Chow Blast Recipe

Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Time to Make: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes
Makes 18 servings of ½ cup each

Ingredients

9 Cups of Corn or Rice Chex Cereal
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
1/4 Cup Chunky Peanut Butter (smooth can be used if preferred)
1/4 Cup Nutella Spread
¼ Cup Butter
1 TSP Vanilla Extract
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
½ Cup M&Ms Candies (optional)

Things You Need

Large Bowl
One-Quart Microwavable Bowl
One 2-gallon Resealable Plastic Bag
Waxed Paper
Airtight Container for Storage

 How to Make the Puppy Chow Blast

  1. Measure 9 cups of corn or rice Chex cereal into a large bowl. Set this aside.
  2. Use a one-quart microwavable bowl to microwave 1 cup chocolate chips, 1/4 cup Nutella, 1/4 cup chunky peanut butter, and 1/4 cup butter for 60 seconds. Carefully remove from microwave if hot, and stir. Microwave the mixture in 30 second intervals until smooth.
  3. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until well mixed.
  4. Pour cereal into one 2-gallon plastic bag, and then pour chocolate mixture over the cereal. Seal the bag and then shake until the mixture evenly coats the cereal.
  5. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar into the bag. Seal the bag and shake until the cereal is well coated. If additional powdered sugar is needed, add additional ½ cup or more if desired.
  6. Add 1/2 cup of M&Ms to the bag and shake again to evenly distribute them.
  7. Spread the puppy chow on waxed paper to let cool. Once fully cool, store it in an airtight container.

Additional Note: Some recipes advise storing the mixture in the fridge, but this isn’t necessary. You can do it to help keep it crisp though if you’d like! If you do this, take out the amount you’d like an hour before eating/serving so it’s room temperature when people begin to snack on them.

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