The Best Recipe for Over-the-Top Puppy Chow

You know my philosophy on food – use the recipe and then add a little extra.  Make it more!  Puppy Chow seems a pretty perfect snack as it is, I know.  But honestly, everything can be souped up to make it better.  Not only better, but the best over-the-top recipe! This is my method for making an already tasty snack an over-the-top snack instead.  This is the best over-the-top recipe for Puppy Chow you’ll ever find!  In my humble opinion, it’s the marshmallows that really make this stuff eye-rolling good.  It’s when the chocolate makes chunks clump together and you get a bite of marshmallow with Chex cereal with a couple peanut butter puffs all glued together with chocolate and coated in powdered sugar – the eyes are going to roll to the back of the head, happy snackers.  A lot of finger licking and mmm-mmm-mmm-ing.

over-the-top puppy chow

My dear husband says Puppy Chow is too messy and it should be outlawed.  He won’t let it in the camper in the summer, which, okay, I do agree having powdered sugar all over and in the cracks is not a happy thing, but it seems a bit outrageous to not allow the perfect snack on a camping trip.  We compromise and allow it to set in the outdoor kitchen of our camper.  But so help me if the boys leave the lid off and let it go stale!  Mom is unhappy if her Puppy Chow doesn’t crunch!  Even the best recipe for over-the-top Puppy Chow can be ruined by humidity.

So bring out the Puppy Chow, mess and all!  I say, that’s what makes it fun.  And all snack food should be fun food.  So get happily messy – eat Over-the-Top Puppy Chow!

Souped Up Puppy Chow

Over-the-Top Puppy Chow

This is Puppy Chow, only better. Extras added to make it over-the-top in the snacking world!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American


  • 1 box rice chex cereal
  • 4 cups chocolate peanut butter puffs cereal
  • 3 cups coursely chopped pretzels
  • 1 10 oz bag mini marshmallows
  • 10 graham crackers crunched into bite size pieces
  • 3 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar


  • Mix the rice chex cereal, the chocolate peanut butter puffs cereal, the pretzels, marshmallows, and graham crackers in a large bowl.
    Over-the-Top Puppy Chow
  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter for 1 minute.
  • Stir and put back in microwave for 30 seconds or until melted and smooth.
  • Pour chocolate over the dry mix and use a large spoon to carefully coat every piece in chocolate. Be careful not to crush the cereal too much.
    Over-the-Top Puppy Chow
  • Carefully pour 3 cups of powdered sugar over the top and stir with a big spoon until it's beginning to coat all the pieces. Pour more cups one at a time until the wetness of the chocolate is absorbed and all of the pieces are fully coated in the powdered sugar. Fingers should get white when eating a bite, not brown from chocolate!
    Over-the-Top Puppy Chow
Keyword chocolate, peanut butter, snack mix, powdered sugar,, kids' snack, party snack

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