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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'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 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!!!
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.
This stuff is AWESOME!!!!!! I always make it with 2 cups of chocolate chips, 3/4 cups of peanut butter and 5 tablespoons of butter. That gives it more chocolate coating. I also use about 3 cups of powdered sugar. I use two 1 gallon Ziploc bags and split the powdered sugar, and chocolate covered cereal between the two bags. But however you do it, you can't mess this recipe up.
I have made puppy chow dozens of times and am always trying new recipes. I liked this one but I think I like it better without the butter and vanilla. It has a more intense flavor and I think I eat less. I also use Crispix instead of Chex most often because it is what we have on hand.
Made this with white chocolate instead. Wow, good!
I did use Crispix, but otherwise made the chocolate and peanut butter version. YUMMIE!