Puppy Chow or Monkey Munch

"Kids love this and it makes a lot. I got this recipe from a friend of mine."
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Ready In:


  • 9 cups Chex cereal (any kind)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 12 cup smooth peanut butter, melted
  • 14 cup butter, melted
  • 1 -2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 12 cups powdered sugar


  • Measure cereal in large bowl.
  • Set aside.
  • Microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter for 1 minute on high.
  • Stir.
  • Cook for 30 seconds longer or until smooth.
  • Add vanilla.
  • Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until coated.
  • Pour mixture into large Ziploc bag and add powdered sugar.
  • Shake until well coated.
  • Spread on waxed paper to cool.
  • Store in Ziploc bags or large sealed bowl.
  • Recipe Note: It helps to add cereal mixture a little at a time if you only have small bags.

Questions & Replies

  1. I'm diabetic so will use no-sugar chocolate and peanut butter. Can I switch out the confectioners sugar for Splenda? Same consistency, uncooked and measures the same. Generally, it's fine, but I thought someone here may know.


  1. 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.
  2. 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!!!
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.


  1. Can add pretzels, M&Ms, or peanuts.
  2. Thanks for the nickname suggestion I wanted to send something to my grand nephew. His nickname is Monkey, so Monkey Munch is perfect.
  3. Awesome! I made for my office to munch on and it was a hit! I used Rice, Corn and Chocolate Chex and instead of Semi-sweet chocolate I used milk Chocolate!. The 2nd time Around I used Nutella instead of peanut butter and it was just as good!!
  4. I love this recipe and have made it several times now! Recently, I decided to mix it up, so I used white chocolate chips instead of regular, and added a little brown sure with the powdered sugar. It was different, but really good!!
  5. I have made this recipe for years with one exception. I use Golden Grahams instead of Chex Cereal. Always a favorite!


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