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Squirrel Chow Snack Mix- A Fun Fall White Chocolate Twist on Puppy Chow

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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.

close bowl of white chocolate puppy chow mixed with candy corn and peanuts to make squirrel chow snack mix.

Sweet and a little salty, crunchy and a little bit creamy too, this squirrel chow is sure to make you want to hide some for yourself.  It is quick to put together and combines some of our favorite fall treats, puppy chow and hillbilly hash. The peanuts, candy corn, white chocolate and cereal combine into one super tasty snack mix.

Here is the origin story of this fun snack mix. We were headed to Chicago to visit my husband’s sister Jess and her family. I knew I wanted to bring a fun snack along.

Jess’s husband, Ant, gets migraines when he has chocolate. So you can imagine he avoids it like the plague!  I don’t know how he survives without… but I get nasty headaches sometimes too, so I certainly see why he does.

I wanted to make sure to bring something he could have as well. This was the perfect answer!

The base of this snack mix is a lot like the puppy chow you are used to, except I used white chocolate instead.  It has the creamy peanut buttery coating on the crunchy cereal you are used to.

big bowl of white chocolate puppy chow.

The peanut butter flavor really carries through with the white chocolate, which I really enjoyed.  The peanuts and candy corn add a nice splash of color and a little extra texture. Once we opened the container, we were all hooked!

While we were there Jess made a super chocolaty cake to celebrate one of their friends who had just completed an IronMan. Can you imagine?

The cake had two pounds of chocolate in it and it was amazing!  You may have seen some pics on my Facebook or Instagram pages a couple of weeks ago.

serving bowl filled with squirrel chow.

I can’t wait for her to share the cake with you on her blog, Year of Cake.  (it’s here!) Anyway, this was a great non-chocolate sweet alternative for the party goers.  I thought the kids might eat the bulk of it, but the adults couldn’t keep their hands out of it either!

If you like fun twists on puppy chow, try dark chocolate peppermint reindeer chow. Or make on of our favorites, brownie batter puppy chow

Yield: 24 Servings

Squirrel Chow Snack Mix

serving bowl filled with squirrel chow.

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.

Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12.8oz box Chex cereal (I used the corn variety, but any would do)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 12 oz white chocolate
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 oz candy corn
  • 1 cup cocktail peanuts (or dry roasted)

Instructions

  1. Put cup of powdered sugar into each of two gallon zippered bags (or use one 2 gallon bag).
  2. In a microwave safe bowl large enough to accommodate the full box of cereal, melt the peanut butter and white chocolate until smooth. Be careful not to overheat the chocolate chips by starting with one 30 second interval in the microwave, but then switching to 10-15 seconds at a time stirring between each round until just smooth.
  3. Stir cereal into the peanut butter mixture until coated.
  4. Transfer into zipper bags with powdered sugar and shake until coated.
  5. Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes to set and then stir in candy corn and Reese’s Pieces.
  6. Sit back and watch it disappear!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 281Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 174mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 1gSugar: 29gProtein: 4g

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

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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.

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