Go Back
+ servings
Christmas Puppy Chow in a bowl on a red napkin

Christmas Puppy Chow

Jennie Duncan
The classic Christmas treat. We make this Christmas Puppy Chow every year for any party or just a family movie night. 
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 437 kcal


  • 6 cups Chex cereal
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Christmas M&Ms


  • Place cereal in a large mixing bowl. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl melt semi-sweet chocolate chips, creamy peanut butter, unsalted butter, and vanilla extract. Heat for 30 seconds at a time mixing in between until melted and smooth.
  • Pour melted chocolate over cereal and toss to coat. Gently mix to coat.
  • Add in powdered sugar and again gently mix to coat. Place in your prepared baking sheet to dry and add in Christmas M&Ms. Serve and enjoy.


Baking Tips:

  •  Getting everything ready from the start will help you to move quickly later. This way your cereal does not dry in chunks.
  •  Make sure to mix slowly and gently to prevent your cereal from breaking.

Melting Chocolate Tips

Melting chocolate can be a little tricky so it's important to use higher quality chocolate.
I bought chocolate chips for this recipe but you could also use a chocolate baking bar that was made for baking and melting.
If you do not want to use a microwave you can melt this in a small saucepan on the stovetop.


  • What is Puppy Chow? Puppy Chow is also known as muddy buddies or monkey munch is a cereal snack coated in chocolate and toss in powdered sugar.
  • Is Puppy Chow gluten-free? This would depend on the ingredients you use. If you need this to be gluten-free make sure to buy corn check cereal. Also double-check all other ingredients to make sure they are made gluten-free. Ingredients can vary from brand to brand.
  • Do I need to refrigerate this recipe? These muddy buddies can be store at room temperature for 2-3 days. If you want to keep it long store it in an air-tight container in the fridge.


Calories: 437kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 8gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 240mgPotassium: 269mgFiber: 6gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 494IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 101mgIron: 11mg
Keyword Christmas Puppy Chow
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!