Whether you name it puppy chow or muddy pals, this is a fast and simple 4-ingredient snack! This is a small batch puppy chow recipe that is ideal for college students who live in a dorm and depend on their microwave. Next time, try my Halloween or Cranberry Bliss Puppy Chow.
Did you call it puppy chow or muddy pals as a kid? That was always puppy chow for me. Yet, to be honest, neither name seems really appealing! However, the excellent, nostalgic taste compensates for the terrible name selection.
- This is a small batch puppy chow recipe
- Perfect for college students
- What kind of Chex should I use?
- Melting chocolate and peanut butter the right way
- Two ways to mix it all together
- 4 different ways to coat in powdered sugar
- How long can I store puppy chow?
- 4-Ingredient Puppy Chow (Small Batch Muddy Buddies)
- Is puppy chow and Muddy Buddies the same thing?
- What are Muddy Buddies made of?
- Why are my Muddy Buddies soggy?
- How do you make mud buddys?
- Are Chex Mix Muddy Buddies bad for you?
- Is puppy chow good for older dogs?
- Is it cheaper to make your own Chex Mix?
- What is the best puppy chow?
- Why does puppy chow get soggy?
- Why is my muddy buddy stale?
This is a small batch puppy chow recipe
I purposefully created this in tiny batches with as few ingredients as possible. The conventional recipe calls for six ingredients, but I reduced it to four. I confess that it does not taste precisely like the classic recipe, but I don’t miss the butter or vanilla at all!
Perfect for college students
My purpose in creating this version was to make it simple for college students to cook in their dorm rooms, where they may only have a microwave to heat their meal and no fridge full of baking supplies. There is no need for a stovetop!
You’ll be OK as long as you can get your hands on the following:
- 2 cup (particularly 1 cup) measuring cups
- a microwave-safe cereal dish or a big microwave-safe cup
- a fork
What kind of Chex should I use?
I like Corn Chex because it gives a little more sweetness and eliminates the need for as much powdered sugar, but Rice Chex may also be used.
If you can get Chocolate Chex, that’s even better for twice the chocolate delight!
Melting chocolate and peanut butter the right way
Combine your chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave-safe dish or cup and heat in 30 second intervals, stirring after each, until melted and mixed.
or a smeared disaster. I assure that heating in 30 second intervals and stirring after each isn’t that much additional work. Set the timer for 2 minutes on High and assume everything will be OK. Spoiler alert: it will not be! You will end up with a burned and charred surface.
Two ways to mix it all together
- If you have a mug and a bowl on hand, pour the melted peanut butter chocolate mixture over the top of the Chex cereal, then whisk to incorporate and coat.
- If you just have a bowl in which to melt the peanut butter and chocolate, simply pour in the Chex mix and stir to incorporate and coat.
4 different ways to coat in powdered sugar
- Add the powered sugar to your bowl a bit at a time, swirling well to mix and coat.
- If you have a plate or cover for that bowl, place it on top and shake to blend!
- Add everything to a resealable plastic or reusable storage bag, zip it securely, grasp one end with each hand, and start shaking.
- But if you have a tupperware container, dumping everything into it and shaking the bejezus out of it is simpler and, frankly, more rewarding!
How long can I store puppy chow?
Puppy food may be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. But I really doubt it will continue that long.
This amount fits well in a 3 cup food storage container!
4-Ingredient Puppy Chow (Small Batch Muddy Buddies)
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- half a cup semisweet chocolate chips
- a cup of creamy peanut butter
- 2 cups cereal (Chex, Rice, or Corn)
- 4 cup granulated sugar, up to 3
- 2 cup smooth peanut butter
2 c. semisweet chocolate chips 1
Combine chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave-safe dish or cup and heat in 30 second intervals, stirring after each, until melted and mixed.
- Place your Chex cereal in a medium mixing dish. Pour the melted peanut butter chocolate mixture over the cereal and swirl to coat evenly.
2 crate Chex cereal
- 2 cup granulated sugar
Add powdered sugar on top, then coat and incorporate using one of the following methods: Shake the bowl with the lid (if it has one). Cover the bowl with a similar-sized plate, then shake vigorously. Shake well in a big resealable bag. Stir 1 with a spoon to blend
- Pour to a clean dish or cup and enjoy your snack!
- May be kept at room temperature for up to a week in an airtight container. Perfect for a 3 cup food storage container!