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Puppy Chow Popcorn

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Puppy chow popcorn is the perfect combination of chocolate, peanut butter, popcorn and powdered sugar. It is a fun sweet snack mix that is perfect for movie night and parties.

Bowl of chocolate peanut butter puppy chow popcorn.

Prepare yourself for a new snack craving. This recipe combines two addictive snacks into one fun munchy mix.

Little Dude actually came up with this recipe a while back. He mentioned that it would be fun to make a popcorn treat with muddy buddies flavors.

Of course I was intrigued. Popcorn is one of our most frequent munchies.

We go through a fair amount of popcorn in our house. We love it with butter and salt or as crunchy caramel corn.

Of course puppy chow, or muddy buddies depending on where you are from, is another favorite around here. We have quite a few different recipes that feature different flavor combinations.

So talking me into combining the two didn’t take a lot of convincing. I think we’re all glad we gave it a go!

Looking across bowl of muddy buddies popcorn.

First, a disclaimer.

Every time I post a puppy chow recipe, I get comments from concerned folks worried that I don’t know not to feed chocolate to dogs. This recipe is meant for human consumption only.

Here in the midwest, it is common to call cereal coated in chocolate, peanut butter and powdered sugar puppy chow. Elsewhere it is known as muddy buddies and possibly other names as well.

I am not sure where the puppy chow moniker came from. Possibly because the little squares of deliciousness look a bit like kibble.

This popcorn version kind of looks like the round puffs. Either way this recipe is meant as a human snack despite its funny name.

Whipping up your peanut butter and chocolate popcorn

This recipe is super simple. Of course you start by popping your corn.

You can use your favorite method of making popcorn. Air popped, stove top, even microwave popcorn will work.

Make sure to pick out any unpopped kernels. No one like a surprise tooth breaker in their mouth.

Next gently melt together some peanut butter and chocolate. You can add a pinch of salt or a dash of vanilla if you would like, but neither are necessary.

Be sure to go slow so you don’t scorch the chocolate. As soon as you can stir the mixture smooth, add the popcorn and stir to coat.

Scoop the coated popcorn into a bag with powdered sugar. I like using a two gallon plastic zipper bag so there is plenty of room to shake it all together.

You can also use a large paper gocery bag. Otherwise use a one gallon bag and do batches if necessary.

That’s it! It only takes a couple of minutes to put together.

The texture

Using popcorn instead of crunchy Chex cereal in the recipe obviously changes the texture. Instead of having the crunch you are used to, this is almost more of a melt in your mouth texture.

The first bite is a bit surprising because it is so different than the cereal version. But I am sure by the third bite you will be totally into it.

You will find your hand reaching into the bowl time and again without thought. It is a fun combination.

Storing your popcorn

Puppy chow popcorn is best served relatively quickly after you make it. However you can store it in an airtight container at room temperature for several days.

Obviously high temperatures will make the chocolate melty and things may stick together, but it will still be delicious.

popcorn coated in peanut butter, chocolate and powdered sugar in bowl next to spoonful of peanut butter and chocolate chips.

More great popcorn recipes

Crunchy peanut butter popcorn with that perfect sweet and salty balance. This popcorn is so fun to snack on!

Marshmallow popcorn balls are a fun and easy treat that just take a few minutes and a few ingredients. Dip them in chocolate and top them with sprinkles for an extra festive and delicious treat!

More great puppy chow recipes

If you are looking for a fun fall treat, squirrel chow snack mix is it! It is part white chocolate puppy chow and part hillbilly hash, so it adds up to an extra tasty treat.

Try brownie batter puppy chow for an extra chocolaty munchy treat.

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Bowl of chocolate peanut butter puppy chow popcorn.

Puppy Chow Popcorn

Servings: 7 Servings
Author: Carlee
Puppy chow popcorn is the perfect combination of chocolate, peanut butter, popcorn and powdered sugar. It is a fun sweet snack mix that is perfect for movie night and parties.
4.86 from 7 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 7 cups popped popcorn
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • cups powdered sugar


  • Melt together peanut butter and chocolate chips in large microwave safe bowl. Use short 15-30 second bursts in the microwave to keep the chocolate from scorching.
    ½ cup chocolate chips, ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • Add popcorn and stir to coat.
    7 cups popped popcorn
  • Put powdered sugar in a large bag. Add chocolate coated popcorn. Shake to coat.
    1½ cups powdered sugar
  • Allow to set up before serving.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 236kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 4gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 117mgFiber: 2gSugar: 24g

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

Friday 14th of May 2021

You always come up with the best snack ideas! I have never seen puppy chow popcorn before but this looks absolutely delicious!


Friday 14th of May 2021

It is a fun mash up, for sure. Thank you!