Puppy chow is a sweet treat of many names.  We called it “trash” when I was a kid… though I have no idea why.  Maybe because you throw everything in a bag? 

I’ve also heard it called muddy paws and muddy buddies, which would be perfect in our house right now.  It is finally hot outside and we bought Buster a kiddie pool to play in (yes, he’s spoiled).  He LOVES it.  But he gets so excited every time he gets in there that he will jump out with a newfound energy that only cold hose water could provide, run around the yard, and then run into the kitchen to show us how awesome he is for getting in the water.  It is all very cute, but we end up with muddy paw prints all over the kitchen floor.  We could close the door, but then who would he show his wet coat to?

This dessert/candy is really quick and easy to make.  You just melt, stir, shake, and eat!  It takes about 10 minutes total and is perfect if you bought one of those huge boxes of Chex at Costco.  Hey, I had a coupon.  And I didn’t hear anyone complaining about my odd purchase when they were eating the puppy chow.

Jake had never heard of or tasted puppy chow before I made it, which is really interesting considering his dad makes a mean Chex Mix.  Maybe their family was just so focused on the salty, they didn’t think to make the sweet.  Luckily for Jake, I am constantly thinking about eating dessert, so there was no getting around it in this house. 

Only an animal would eat it right out of the bag… right?  Yea?  Oh, fine, I ate it right out of the bag. 

Puppy Chow (adapted from the Chex cereal box):

1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup peanut butter
9 cups Corn Chex or Rice Chex
4 cups powdered sugar

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt together butter, peanut butter, and chocolate chips by microwaving on high in 30 second increments, stirring each time, until it is completely melted.

Measure out the Chex into a large bowl.  Pour chocolate mixture over Chex and fold until all the Chex are completely covered in the chocolate mixture.

Put the Chex and powdered sugar into a gallon-sized bag and shake until all chex are covered.  Add more sugar as needed, but I didn’t really use any extra.