Puppy Chow Bars


Puppy Chow Bars

I have not gotten back into the swing of things with the blog since getting back from vacation.  Today was the first day I felt like my house was back and order and life was back to normal.  So maybe tomorrow the blog will be back in the normal swing of things.  Just in time for a 4 day weekend for my 7 year old, and my parents to visit.

Puppy Chow Bars

Last week was cooking club for the month of April.  This year we are doing different colors for the theme each month.  April was Brown/Yellow.  I struggled to come up with a good idea.  Chocolate was the only thing that came to mind :)  Carly had posted a recipe for Muddy Buddy bars recently, and I was blown away.  What a brilliant idea!

Puppy Chow Bars

Puppy Chow/Muddy Buddies are one of my favorite treats.  I only ever make it around Christmas time, because it disappears embarrassingly fast.  I kind of like my puppy chow over the top though.  In my opinion the more peanut butter and chocolate the better.  This version is almost fudgy in the middle, and oh so addicting.  If you have peanut allergies Biscoff or Sun Butter would be a great alternative!

Puppy Chow Bars

Yields 16

Puppy Chow made into a thick and fudgy no bake bar

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

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  • 4 cups chex cereal
  • 5 marshmallows (the regular bigger ones)
  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • powdered sugar


  1. In a large bowl melt together the marshmallows, chocolate chips, and peanut butter. Microwave at 50% power for 45 seconds at a time, stirring in between. Stir in chex cereal once melted.
  2. Press into a 8x8 inch baking dish. Press well, so they stick together as a bar. Sift powdered sugar over the top.
  3. Let cool completely before serving.
  4. Store in the fridge for firm bars, room temperature for softer bars.


Adapted from Foodie Fanatic




  1. What a great idea! And super easy too. :)

  2. These are a must make for puppy chow fans like me. :) So creative, Erin!

  3. Puppy chow is one of my all time guilty-pleasure foods. I say the word “guilty” because one second the entire massive bowl is full, and the next I’m covered in powdered sugar and the entire batch has “mysteriously disappeared.” Bars are a great twist on a classic. YUM Erin!

  4. Oh no. I couldn’t handle these. I would kill them in no time! Awesome that you have the willpower not to do that. :) They look so good!

    • I don’t have willpower, are you kidding??!?!?! I made a small pan, took them to cooking club. Three didn’t fit on the plate, so they stayed home. That left one for each of us. Otherwise I would have eaten them all in one sitting!

  5. Brilliant idea, and I love that they’re no bake! I’ll definitely be making these with the kiddos and then eating the whole pan after they’re in bed :)

  6. Somehow I’ve still never made muddy buddies… I think I like the idea of making it in bar form even better though – so glad you shared it :)

  7. OMG I loooooooove these. A lot!

  8. Puppy chow in bar form?! Brilliant!

  9. Puppy chow is so addictive! I would have very bad will power if these were around…. mainly I’d eat the whole pan lol

  10. I love your pick for this month cooking club. You know how much I love chocolate and these look to die for!

  11. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    This is a bar that would be hard to resist for the chocolate lovers. The name is so much fun!:)

  12. I’m obsessed with puppy chow but I’ve never heard of turning it into bars before. Great idea!

  13. Puppy Chow is one of my all time favorite desserts. This is sheer brilliance – they look even better in this form than in the original!

  14. these look absolutely delicious!

  15. Yum, yum, yum Erin! I actually have a bag of chocolate chips in my fridge that I need to use up (surprisingly) and these bars are perfect for the job!

    xo Jackie

  16. I really need to try puppy chow and see what I’m missing out on, eh?! These bars look incredible.

  17. Goodness I would devour these… so would my hubby and kids. :)

  18. It works with 5 marshmallows?? Dude! I actually have that many left over!

    • Yep – 5 of the regular ones, not mini! But that is just enough to make them stick together!

      • Any idea what the equivalent in mini marshmallows would be? I have a bit left over and these bars seem like a perfectly delicious way to use them up!!

        • I think 4 or 5 mini marshmallows equal a regular size one. That is just a guess though! They really just help to hold the bars together, so I would use what you have, and just press them into the pan well!

  19. These look heavenly, and I love how easy they are! Definitely trying them soon, pinned!

  20. What a unique bar cookie. So loving the ingredients – would have a hard time eating just one. :-)

  21. These look so crunchy, chewy, chocolaty…..delicious!

  22. Has anyone doubled this for a 9×13 pan??

    • The original recipe was for a 9×13 pan, but I made it smaller, and did more chocolate and peanut butter. But it definitely will work to just double everything!

  23. Yum Erin these bars look really good. I am a Chex cereal lover I eat it often especially the rice kind, I need to make these yummy bars next box I buy.

  24. You are an evil genius! I love it!

  25. Mmmm…Chex, chocolate and peanut butter… This sounds heavenly and best of all, easy to make! Although they’ll be super dangerous to have lying around my house but calories be damned!

  26. Makes 16? Not where I come from! When they are that good, this makes 4!!!!


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