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Red Velvet Puppy Chow

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Give that puppy chow treat we all know and love a fun red velvet upgrade. This sweet and salty snack is perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day.

bowl of red velvet muddy buddies with pretzels and candies

      It is almost Valentine’s Day.  You know what that means? Red food and plenty of chocolate! So I figured I might as well combine the two in a fun treat.  Puppy chow is always a favorite with our gang and brownie batter puppy chow is even better.  So I just knew a red velvet version would be perfect.

ingredients for red velvet puppy chow

So I went to work and made a big batch.  I thought it would be fun to add in some pretzels for extra crunch and a bit of salt.

In full disclosure, my husband the puppy chow fanatic said he’d prefer it without the pretzels.  See how he is?

The good news is they are easy enough to pick around and I loved them so I got more salty crunch.  So in the end it was kind of a win-win!

If you would prefer to omit the pretzels, feel free. Just replace them with more cereal. 

chocolate pretzel and cereal snack mix

I had this when we had a group over for games and snack so that we wouldn’t accidentally eat the whole batch in a night on our own.  As I expected, people kept going back for more throughout the night.

A few strategically placed bowls kept the hands going back for just one more piece. And can you blame them?

It is hard to stop going back for piece after piece of chocolate peanut butter goodness. Muddy buddies have a way of doing that to you. 

 When I originally shared this recipe in 2018, I added sprinkles to the mix because that is what I had. This time I added peanut butter M&Ms and that was much tastier!

If you want some more chocolate Valentine’s ideas, I have you covered.  Maybe your love would like some chocolate rose truffles, they are the combination of the two most iconic Valentine’s Day treats! Then of course, there is the surprise inside baked chocolate puddings that have hidden caramel surprises.

scoop full of red velvet puppy chow with pretzels and candies

For something different you could make some pink velvet ice cream with cream cheese frosting swirl.  Or if you aren’t in the mood for chocolate, Little Dude and I made some sour cream cut out cookies last year that were a hit.

Do you have a favorite puppy chow variation? We’d love to try more!

snack sized plastic baggies filled with red velvet muddy buddies ready to gift

Tips for making puppy chow or muddy buddies

I like melting my chocolate chips in a large glass bowl in the microwave. Melting the chocolate in a bowl that is big enough to stir in the cereal later means fewer dirty dishes.

Warm them in short twenty second bursts, stirring in between, until you can stir them smooth. That way you will avoid scorching your chocolate.

Stir in the peanut butter until mixed, add a dash of vanilla if desired. Then gently fold in the cereal and pretzels.

If you have a 2 gallon plastic zipper bag, this is a great time to use one. That gives you plenty of room to shake it all up and coat the cereal in the cake mix.

You can use a smaller bag, but it is harder to get everything coated. Then let it set up and enjoy, it really is that simple!

bowl of red velvet puppy chow ready for snacking

If you like red velvet treats, you absolutely have to check out the recipe for red velvet cheese ball.  It is like having red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting in a super fun spreadable package! 

Yield: 12 Servings

Red Velvet Puppy Chow

scoop full of red velvet puppy chow with pretzels and candies

Give that puppy chow treat we all know and love a fun red velvet upgrade. This sweet and salty snack is perfect for Valentine's Day or any day.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes


  • 7 cups chex cereal
  • 4 cups pretzels
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • 1 Bag peanut butter M&Ms


Melt chocolate chips in microwave. Start with 30 seconds, then stir and return to microwave in 15 second intervals being sure to stir between each until the chocolate is smooth.

Stir in the peanut butter until completely combined.

Fold in cereal until well coated.

Place in a gallon zip topped bag with the red velvet cake mix and shake until coated. Allow to set up, then stir in M&M's before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 381Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 451mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 4gSugar: 19gProtein: 8g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Give that puppy chow treat we all know and love a fun red velvet upgrade. This sweet and salty snack is perfect for Valentine's Day or any day.

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