A classic treat gets a hazelnut twist by swapping traditional peanut butter for delicious Nutella in this Nutella Puppy Chow recipe!
A CLASSIC TREAT WITH A TWIST
Puppy Chow has been a long standing favorite of mine since I was a kid. It is so simple to make with just a small amount of ingredients. I haven’t meet anyone yet that doesn’t love it. When I realized I didn’t have enough peanut butter to make it the traditional way recently, I grabbed a bottle of Nutella. And let me tell you, it turned out absolutely amazing! Still having the classic flavors of the standard puppy chow, this version has a light and subtle hazelnut taste that really makes it stand out from the usual. You really need to whip up a batch of this Nutella Puppy Chow recipe!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Rice Chex cereal, melted butter, peanut butter, melted chocolate and powdered sugar. The Rice Chex is covered in a butter, melted chocolate and peanut butter mixture then tossed in powdered sugar.
Yes. It is believed Puppy Chow originated in the Midwest. I did some research and couldn’t seem to pin down an exact origin. It was printed in a ton of local newspapers and church recipe books but none of them reference a specific person who created it. Hundreds of (mostly) women laid claim to having invented the recipe (and many folks swear their Mom created it) all around the same time. Like all good recipes, it was continuously shared among friends and family and the real creator has never been officially found or publicly recognized.
There is no difference. They are the same thing. Puppy Chow is a common term used in the Midwest. The name “Muddy Buddies” was created by the General Mills company (the maker of Chex cereal).
Believe it or not, Chex cereal was originally produced by Purina. Yep, that Purina who made Dog and Puppy Chow. Purina actually referred to Chex cereal as “Human Chow”. So some thought the name was a cheeky reference to that connection. Others say it’s just because it has the appearance of dog kibble. I, for one, think it looks absolutely nothing like dog food so my guess is the Purina Dog Chow and Chex Cereal connection.
Yes. Puppy chow can be frozen. You can make it ahead of time and freeze it in a freezer bag for up to 2 months. Thaw at room temperature before serving. I actually love to eat this when it is cold!
To store in the refrigerator, place in an airtight container and it will keep for about 10 days.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)
- rice chex
- semi-sweet chocolate chips
- salted butter
- vanilla extract
- powdered sugar
HOW TO MAKE NUTELLA PUPPY CHOW:
Add the Chex to a large bowl and set aside. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt the nutella, chocolate chips, and butter in the microwave on 30-second intervals, stirring between each one until smooth.
Stir in the vanilla, then pour over the cereal and stir to coat.
Transfer the cereal to a large ziploc bag.
Add in the powdered sugar and shake to coat.
Spread the puppy chow out on a baking sheet and allow to cool.
Serve and enjoy!
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Nutella Puppy Chow
- Add the Chex to a large bowl and set aside. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt the nutella, chocolate chips, and butter in the microwave on 30-second intervals, stirring between each one until smooth.
- Stir in the vanilla, then pour over the cereal and stir to coat.
- Transfer the cereal to a large ziploc bag.
- Add in the powdered sugar and shake to coat.
- Spread the puppy chow out on a baking sheet and allow to cool.
- You can use other chex cereal, just try to avoid using the flavored kind.
- Easily double this recipe to serve more people or give as gifts.
“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.