How to Make Valentines Day Puppy Chow

Rhonda | Momskoop
by Rhonda | Momskoop
9 cups
10 min

This Puppy Chow recipe is full of creamy peanut butter, chocolate, rice cereal, powered sugar and M&Ms! Our Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow is one of those tasty recipes that the whole family can enjoy not just for Valentine’s Day but throughout the year! You can easily change it up for any holiday or event! Just add different colors of M & M’s or candies!


The only problem I have with making muddy buddies or puppy chow is that once you start noshing on it, you can’t stop. It’s that good!

If you’ve never made puppy chow before, you are in for a real treat. It’s easy to make, it’s kid-friendly so they can help with the process, it’s a great on the go snack, and it’s totally versatile. My family loves my different varieties of muddy buddies. I love creating them for every holiday. So far I have my St. Patrick’s Day Puppy Chow, my Patriotic Puppy Chow, and my Christmas Muddy Buddies!

Before you get started making this tasty snack, here are few suggestions and tips.


  • Creamy peanut butter – this is a key ingredient.
  • Butter – need I say more?
  • M ilk chocolate chips – this is what you will coat the Chex with.
  • Vanilla – make sure this is Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Chex cereal – you can also use Rice Chex
  • Powdered sugar – this will be what goes on top of the chocolate covered Chex.
  • M&Ms – to give it a holiday vibe, use holiday colored ones.
  • Sprinkles of your choice


Puppy Chow is made by pouring melted butter, peanut butter, and chocolate chips Chex Mix cereal and then added powered sugar. It’s perfectly sweet and crunchy!

Puppy Chow OR Muddy Buddies?

Puppy Chow, Monkey Munch, Muddy Buddies, Muddy Munch or Reindeer Chow are many different ways you can refer to the yummy homemade snacks we make with Chex cereal.

Why is it called Puppy Chow?

I wish I had a fancy answer to this, however, I don’t. It’s simply called Puppy Chow because it looks like real puppy chow that you give to your dogs.

Is Puppy Chow No Bake?

Yes, Puppy Chow is super easy to make, it’s no-bake, and you just need a microwave.

How Do You Store Puppy Chow?

After it’s dry, place the mixture into a large airtight container. You can store it up for to two weeks!

Ready to Make This Easy Puppy Chow Recipe?

There is a complete printable ingredients list and directions in the recipe card below. I have included in-process photos if you need them as a reference.

How to Make Valentines Day Puppy Chow
Recipe details
  • 9  cups
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 5 Minutes Total time: 10 min
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  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 9 cups Chex cereal
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup M&Ms
  • sprinkles of your choice

Combine peanut butter, butter, and chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl.
Microwave for 1 minute, then stir until melted and creamy.
Add vanilla and stir.
In a large bowl with a cover, pour chocolate mixture over cereal. Cover and shake until
cereal is evenly coated.
Sprinkle powdered sugar over cereal. Cover and shake until evenly coated.
Add M&Ms and sprinkles of your choice to complete your Puppy Chow/Muddy Buddies.
Rhonda | Momskoop
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  • Yolanda Yolanda on Feb 16, 2022

    Not a good name for this recipe. Some may actually think you can feed this to a dog.

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    • Cso51108026 Cso51108026 on Feb 06, 2023

      It's "The Name" for this mix - I mean, for generations!!! lol :) My GRANDPARENTS called it "puppy chow" and I'm in my 50s!!!

  • Veronica Veronica on Feb 05, 2023

    I added 1/4 cup sliced almonds, chopped. To serve I put it in a stainless bowl and invited mykids to "Chow down"

    • Cso51108026 Cso51108026 on Feb 06, 2023

      When we make it, we stir it, but then turn it in to a brown paper grocery bag. Add the powdered sugar, fold down the top, and let the kids shake the bejeeezus outta it - adds to the fun!!! The fun thing, is you can mix it up - butterscotch chips and toffee bits, chunky peanut butter and Reece's Pieces, whatever the family enjoys!!! Enjoy!!!