If you’re looking for a unique treat this Valentine’s Day, try out this valentine puppy chow! It is the most nostalgic treat! Whether you’re planning a date night, Super Bowl watch party or a Galentine’s Day movie night, these muddy buddies are guaranteed to be the star of the show. They’re delicious, easy to make in just 10 minutes and kid-friendly enough for school parties or packaged in bags for a school-safe valentine! This puppy chow is peanut free and the sweet and salty combo is simply irresistible.
Why You’ll Love This Dessert
It’s delicious and nostalgic!
This is the perfect dessert or treat for date night, a Valentine’s Day party or Galentine’s Day!
It’s also amazing for a Super Bowl watch party!
This treat is super kid-friendly.
It’s allergy-friendly and free of peanuts, gluten and dairy!
This recipe is so easy to make and only takes 10 minutes.
The sweet and salty combo is so perfect!
History of Puppy Chow
Puppy chow, also known as muddy buddies, monkey munch or reindeer chow, is a popular sweet treat made with Chex cereal, peanut butter, chocolate and powdered sugar. While its exact origins are unknown, it is believed to have originated in the Midwestern United States sometime in the 1950s or 1960s.
There are a few theories about how puppy chow got its name:
- The resemblance to dog food: The most common theory is that the treat’s name comes from its resemblance to dog food.
- A play on words: Another theory is that the name is simply a play on words, as “chow” can refer to both food and dogs.
- Regional name: It’s also possible that the name “puppy chow” was simply a regional term that stuck.
Regardless of its origin, puppy chow has become a beloved holiday tradition in many parts of the United States. It is a simple and affordable treat that is easy to make at home and it can be customized with different flavors and ingredients. It can also be made allergy-friendly!
All you need to make this Valentine Puppy Chow is a large bowl and a smaller bowl to melt the chocolate.
Chex Cereal: This cereal is a crunchy classic and is also naturally gluten free! It is a great base for this Valentine puppy chow.
White Chocolate: I used white chocolate to coat the cereal because it is so delicious and creamy.
Sunflower Butter: I used sunflower butter in this Valentine puppy chow to make it allergy-friendly.
Powdered Sugar: The powdered sugar makes this Valentine puppy chow sweet! The fine granules of powdered sugar coat the chocolate-covered cereal, adding a burst of sweetness to each bite. This sweetness complements the richness of the chocolate and sunflower butter and creates the classic flavor profile we know and love.
Freeze Dried Strawberries: These are such a fun add-in for Valentine’s Day! They also give the puppy chow a pop of gorgeous color!
Dark Chocolate: I added mini dark chocolate chips on top for extra chocolatey flavor! Who can resist the combination of strawberries and chocolate?
Step 1: Gather your ingredients.
Step 2: Combine the cereal with melted white chocolate and sunflower butter.
Step 3: Pour powdered sugar over cereal mixture and stir.
Step 4: Add in mini chocolate chips and freeze dried strawberries.
The simplest option is to store your puppy chow in an airtight container on the counter. It will last for 2-3 days this way, but if your kitchen is warm, it might get clumpy or sticky.
For a slightly longer shelf life (up to a week), store your puppy chow in an airtight container in the fridge. This will help keep the chocolate coating firm and prevent clumping.
Chocolate swaps: Try swapping the white chocolate in this recipe for dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate or flavored candy melts.
Sunflower butter alternatives: Try swapping out the sunflower butter for other nut butters like almond, cashew or the classic peanut butter.
Fruit: Add in dried fruit like cranberries, cherries or raisins for a burst of sweetness!
Spice it up: Incorporate spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger for a unique flavor!
Sprinkles: Add in some sprinkles for some color and fun!
Cereal: Mix up the cereal and try out different versions.
Drizzle: Drizzle melted chocolate, caramel or white chocolate over the finished puppy chow for an extra layer of flavor and texture.
How to Serve
This Valentine puppy chow can be served in a large bowl at a party or packaged in mini bags for Valentine’s Day treats! It is also a fun treat to put on a Valentine’s Day themed charcuterie board.
Can this puppy chow be made ahead of time?
Yes, it can be made ahead of time!
Can you make a double batch?
Sure! Feel free to double or triple this recipe.
What is the difference between muddy buddies and puppy chow?
They are actually the same thing! This Valentine puppy chow is special though because it is allergy-friendly and has a Valentine’s Day twist.
Why is the snack called puppy chow?
It is likely called puppy chow because it resembles dog food (but it tastes 1000% better)!
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Valentine Puppy Chow
- 1 large bowl
- 1 small bowl
- 4 cups chex cereal
- 1/2 cup white chocolate
- 1/2 cup sunflower butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup freeze dried strawberries
- Gather your ingredients.
- Combine the cereal with melted white chocolate and sunflower butter.
- Pour powdered sugar over cereal mixture and stir.
- Add in mini chocolate chips and freeze dried strawberries.