Holiday Chocolate Chex

My daughter has a favorite recipe that we affectionately refer to as Puppy Chow. Just about any time her friends are coming over or she has an event at school where the kids are gathering, I usually end up making a batch. That’s because it’s so easy! And so pleasing! I just get a pleasing, easy feeling when making this stuff. Oh, watch out, I feel an Eagles tune coming on!

Holiday snacks for your favorite party, Chocolate Chex

I had a moment of inspiration when I realized I could give our favorite sweet snack a holiday twist. Adding the colors red and green to the powdered sugar lifted this snack to a higher level! And elevation is definitely what this snack was needing.

Holiday Chocolate Chex - otherwise referred to as Puppy Chow - served in a snowman serving dish

My daughter thought the colors were cute, but she was more interested in the taste.

The thing is, it’s not always easy to serve something at a party called Puppy Chow. I get the name. Geometrically shaped chunks with a whitish outer coating gives it a certain canine grub look.

That’s another good thing about adding color to the powdered sugar. I haven’t seen any holiday colored dogfood (I bet they’re thinking about it though), so for now, adding some color to the coating makes this snack less chowish. And that’s an important quality in a snack.

Holiday Chocolate Chex is a fun snack for the holidays.

If you’re looking for the perfect snack for your next holiday gathering, but feel a little squeamish about serving Puppy Chow, you might want to try Holiday Chocolate Chex. Although it looks more elegant, its taste does have a certain Pavlovian reaction in people!

A close-up of Holiday Chocolae Chex - a delicious snack

Holiday Chocolate Chex


  • 1 12 oz. bag chocolate chips, (dairy free – I use Baker’s chocolate chunks)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 14 oz. box Rice Chex
  • 2 cups Powdered sugar


Place the chocolate chips and 1 cup of peanut butter in a large, microwave safe bowl. Microwave for about 1 minute. Stir and continue microwaving at 30 second intervals until the chocolate is melted. Stir until well combined.

Pour about 1/3 of the box of Rice Chex into the chocolate mixture and gently stir. Continue adding the Chex into the bowl until the box is empty. Stir until the morsels are fairly evenly covered with the chocolate mixture. You may have to divide the contents into two separate bowls depending on the size of the bowls you’re working with.

Next, place 1 cup of powdered sugar in a medium-size bowl. Add several drops of green food coloring. Stir the powdered sugar to distribute the food coloring throughout. Continue stirring until the powdered sugar gets a sort of greenish hue to it. Pour the green powdered sugar into a large ziploc bag and add about 1/2 of your Chocolate Chex mix, seal the bag, and shake to coat the contents. You’ll notice that as you gently shake the contents, any balled up food coloring will dissipate and you’ll see the Chocolate Chex turn green.

Repeat this step with the remaining cup of powdered sugar and red food coloring and the remaining Chocolate Chex.

I refrigerate the bags of Chocolate Chex until it’s ready to be served. Then you can just throw it into a bowl and listen for the munching of happy house guests!

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14 Responses to Holiday Chocolate Chex

  1. How cute! I love making puppy chow with my niece and nephew but I’ve never thought about adding color. This elevates a good treat into something great! Thank you for sharing with me. I hope your upcoming week is full of joy, laughter and good friends

  2. I love puppy chow! Yours is beautiful with the red and green :)!

  3. Tiffany @ Conor & Bella

    Puppy Chow is so addicting! Yours is so cute and festive!

  4. I’ve always called it Muddy Buddies. Either way, it’s delicious!

  5. sooooooo cute and a brilliant idea to add red and green colors; and the photos are stunning!!! HIGH-FIVE MARLY!!!

  6. These are so cute Marly! Love em! Wish had some. I second Debra’s thoughts – Photos are stunning!!!!

  7. This sounds dangerous addictive… And so easy to make, too!

    • It’s true on all accounts – both easy and addictive. It’s a bad combination. Once I start into snacking on this stuff, it’s hard to stop!

  8. Great holiday snack!

  9. Puppy Chow sounds too good! Plus, there’s nothing better than an easy treat. Oh, and I’m with everyone else on the photos. Shawn’s getting a little too good at food photography (smile).

  10. just made this to give to neighbors and gave myself a bit of a stomach ache from eating too much myself! thanks for the recipe!


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