Puppy chow dip has big chocolate and peanut butter flavor with fun bits of Chex to remind us of our favorite snack mix. It is a fun dessert for parties, game day and more.
Puppy chow or muddy buddies is always a hit. We love to do fun flavor spins on the classic recipe, but this time we are taking the classic flavors and repackaging it into a fun dip!
Do you make puppy chow? You might otherwise know it as muddy buddies.
It is such a staple here in the midwest. It appears at many holiday celebrations as a fun sweet snack but it is also available premade in convenience and grocery stores.
But every time I share a recipe, it causes some confusion over the name. So I know that it isn’t as popular everywhere as it is here.
The classic puppy chow recipe has a coating of chocolate and peanut butter on top of crisp cereal, known under the brand name Chex. The coated cereal is then tossed in powdered sugar to help it set and make it finger licking good.
Despite the name, it is intended for human consumption. The humans in my life are all big fans.
This recipe takes those flavors and ideas and turns them into a fun dessert dip. Serve it with pretzels, graham crackers or fruit for an amazing and easy treat.
Tips for making the dip
Desserts don’t get much easier than this. The only real key is to make sure the cream cheese is good and softened before you start.
If the cream cheese is at all firm, it will be hard to get it smooth. While little lumps of cream cheese won’t hurt anything, the dip won’t look its best.
Beat creamy peanut butter into the cream cheese. I have not tried using a natural style peanut butter that needs stirred.
My hunch is that it would work, but it may start to separate over time. To avoid the risk, use a peanut butter that does not need stirred.
A little bit of chocolate syrup and powdered sugar bring the dip together. Then add some bits of Chex cereal and chocolate chips if desired to really drive home the muddy buddies theme.
Refrigerate your dip until about a half hour before you plan to serve it. Then put it out and let it start coming to room temperature to soften a bit.
The softer consistency will make it easier to dip. You don’t want to break all of your dippers.
More great dessert dips
Are you a fan of dessert dips? They are such a great way to offer a little something sweet without having people commit to a whole cupcake or slice of pie.
It is fun to offer different kinds of dippers and let people experiment. You can even serve them with fruit for a healthier option.
Monster cookie dough dip is one of our all time favorite dessert dips. It taste just like the dough of our favorite cookies, but it is safe to eat raw.
Peanut butter and jelly dip is loaded with the flavors of childhood. It is light and creamy, not too sweet and super fun.
If you think the dough is the best part of cookies, you are going to love chocolate chip cookie dough dip. It is great with fruit, graham crackers or pretzels and an easy dessert.
Do you have a favorite dessert dip? Let us know about it in the comments below!
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup Chex cereal (rice or corn)
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips, optional
- Beat the cream cheese and peanut butter until the mixture is smooth and well mixed.
- Add chocolate syrup, powdered sugar and vanilla, mixing to combine.
- Lightly crush cereal, then mix in cereal and chocolate chips.
- Chill until about ready to serve.
- Remove from refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving to soften a bit for the easiest dipping experience.
Serve with dippers of your choice. We like pretzels and chocolate Teddy Grahams, but graham crackers, vanilla wafers, animal crackers and apples slices would all be good.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 233Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 160mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 5g