LOVE IT!!!! I've been making puppy chow on a fairly regular basis for longer than i'd like to admit:) A few tricks I've learned along the way; 1) instead of using a zip lock back, I put half or more of the powdered sugar in the bottom of a large plastic bowl -one with a lid- pour the chocolate cereal mixture on top and then sprinkle the remaining powdered sugar over that. Put the lid on and shake it up! No need to waste a zip lock bag every time you make it. I usually then store the chow in that same bowl, for the few minutes it lasts. 2) this is more of a preference but often I will put the puppy chow in the fridge for 15-20 minutes after making or before eating. Something about it being slightly cool tastes really good! Also, I think rice chex works best.
we make this as a special treat for the kids (ok, and adults) when we go to the lake every summer... i think chex in canada are different from those in the u.s. the first time we used canadian chex and they are so soft they broke into tiny crumbs - too small for the kids to eat without making a colossal mess (although it made an incredible topping for ice cream!!) so we use quaker oat squares or quaker corn bran squares, which i think is more comparable to the american version of chex. we keep everything else the same. i don't actually measure the sugar, i just dump it until it looks right, butwe use a fair bit less than 1.5 cups. our monkey munch is more brown than white, but thats just a personal preference. oh, also, i just work it around in a giant stainless mixing bowl - we found the ziplock broke up the cereal more. i just finished making a batch with my 3 year old son, and we are off to the lake tomorrow!!!
We've been using this recipe for a few years now, it's the exact same one that comes printed on the side of the Rice Chex cereal box. A few helpful hints: Divide the cereal and the chocolate/peanut butter mixture between a few gallon sized zip lock bags. It'll make mixing it all easier and cleaner! Also, I found that this is too sweet for me personally so we created what our family calls "The Salty Dog". I sprinkle the whole batch of finished puppy chow with about a teaspoon of salt. It adds a really nice sweet/salty flavor to each bite. A girlfriend of mine adds crushed up pretzel pieces to the cereal before she coats it with chocolate/peanut butter
We have a peanut allergy in our house so substituted the peanut butter with a product called WoWbutter. Its made in canada out of toasted soybeans but gives you the closest taste you can get to peanut butter. I make it for my children all the time, they love it.
Made this with white chocolate instead. Wow, good!
forget about the zip lock bags, i throw the everything in a big brown paper bag and shake it up, it coats everything fantastic, i make this many times a year,,, throw away the bag no mess,,, enjoy
This was my first time making or eating puppy chow. The same recipe appears on the rice chex box and is called Monkey Munch. It tastes much better cold, I did not enjoy it warm. It is a bit messy to make b/c of the powdered sugar, but it was lots of fun to make with my youngest daughter (5) for a movie snack.
Seriously, look at all the ingredients. HOW can you go wrong? Delish!
My son (14) and I both love this recipe. I do not add the butter though. I actually didn't realize it was on there when I made it. And it came out perfect! So why add in the extra calories if its not needed.
Yummm. Made lots and kids loved it. I didn't find it that messy (and I'm a very messy cook). I didn't have a big ziplock bag so I just used 2 big mixing bowls.