I had honestly never heard of PUPPY CHOW before I moved here to Kansas 2 years ago! Since then I have heard about it, read about it and I have even tasted it. Today my Daughter needed to bring something for a bake sale at school and apparently Puppy Chow is a favourite. So I decided to try making my own. I made it into a fun mix, adding in Halloween shaped pretzels that were drizzled in chocolate, M&M’s and chocolate covered raisins.
Have any of my Canadian friends ever heard of Puppy Chow? or do I just lead a sheltered life?
Anyway, check out this fun recipe and thanks to everyone who has helped enlighten me about puppy chow! but I am still wondering why its called puppy chow…
- 10 cups Corn Chex Cereal
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 cups of M&M’s
- 2 cups of raisinets (chocolate covered raisins)
- 2-3 cups of Halloween pretzels (I drizzled mine with melted chocolate but this is optional)
- Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
- In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 30-40 seconds and stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon re-sealable food-storage plastic bag.
- Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool.
- Add in the M&M’s, chocolate covered raisins and pretzels. Store in airtight container.
May I just mention, that you can make this mix for anytime of year by just using regular pretzels instead of Halloween ones.
From what I read, it sounded like mixing the Chex cereal with the chocolate was going to be messy. I put it in a 9×13″ pan lined with wax paper to make it easier, but , in the end it would have been just fine in the big bowl. You just have to add in a bit of chocolate at a time and stir gently.
Next, it goes into the bag to get coated with icing sugar/powdered sugar.
This is what is called Puppy Chow at this point. However, adding in the extras makes it even a bigger treat.
Pumpkin and Bat Pretzels!
I drizzled some melted chocolate on the pretzels and I sprinkled on some orange sprinkles (which didn’t really show up that well)
Here is my sweet snack mix!!
I bagged them up in cute Halloween bags for the bake sale!
Hopefully they are all bought and enjoyed today.
I can feel the buzz in the air this week at school. The children are extra loud and extra excited. All of us Educators are just happy that the day after Halloween is a Saturday! We are hoping that all the children will sleep in and come down from their sugar high by Monday.
I will take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and fun Halloween for this coming Friday. See you in November!