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Puppy Chow Dip

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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.

Close bowl of muddy buddies dip with chocolate and peanut butter served with pretzels and chocolate teddy grahams.

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.

Hand holding pretzel dipped in puppy chow dip.

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.

What is puppy chow made of?

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.

We have also made fun twists on that ideas with brownie batter puppy chow and squirrel chow. We have even done slight alterations like puppy chow popcorn.

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 This 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!

Close bowl of muddy buddies dip with chocolate and peanut butter served with pretzels and chocolate teddy grahams.

Puppy Chow Dip

Servings: 12 Servings
Author: Carlee
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.
4.67 from 9 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup Hershey's chocolate syrup or similar
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Chex cereal rice or corn
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips optional

Instructions
 

  • Beat the cream cheese and peanut butter until the mixture is smooth and well mixed.
    8 oz. cream cheese, ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • Add chocolate syrup, powdered sugar and vanilla, mixing to combine.
    ¼ cup Hershey's chocolate syrup, ¾ cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Crush cereal, then mix in cereal and chocolate chips.
    1 cup Chex cereal, ¼ cup mini 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.

Notes

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.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 233kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 5gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 160mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Andrea Nine

Wednesday 5th of January 2022

Signed me up for this right now! My goodness, this looks delicious!

Carlee

Wednesday 5th of January 2022

Thank you!