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Puppy Chow Chocolate Peppermint Recipe

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You’ll be grabbing handfuls of this Puppy Chow Chocolate Peppermint Recipe! It’s the perfect holiday dessert, that leaves everyone wanting more. If you’re a fan of peppermint, check out this simple recipe!

If you’re looking for a fun dessert that you can literally eat with your hands, this is it! Grab a bowl, and fill it to the top!

What I love about this simple muddy buddy recipe is that it has crunch and sweetness in every bite. Coating the Chex cereal in chocolate is the perfect balance to the mint.

Trust me when I say that it’s one recipe you’ll crave all year long! Be sure to check out my Over 25 Puppy Chow Recipes for even more tasty treats.

Puppy Chow Chocolate Peppermint Recipe

Since puppy chow isn’t hard to make, you have no excuse! I like to keep the ingredients on hand all year long to make it when the craving strikes.

My boys also love when they see this on the meal planning menu because it’s a snack they can grab a handful of every time they walk through the kitchen!

I’ll even put some in containers for them to take to school and work!

What are some other names that dessert puppy chow is known by? 

Dessert puppy chow is a popular snack, which can also be known as reindeer food, monkey munch, muddy buddies, muddy munchies, kitty litter, and bark.

This dish was first created in the 1960s and is composed of melted chocolate chips mixed with a cereal such as Corn Chex or Rice Chex.

The combination of sweet cocoa powder and peanut butter adds flavor to this traditional treat.

Its versatility allows different ingredients to be used, like adding more candies and nuts for more texture or using alternative cereals such as Wheat Chex if Rice Chex is unavailable.

Although traditionally served as a holiday dessert during Christmas, its universal accessibility and quick mixture recipe make it an admired snack all year long.

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Make it a Meal:

Think that it’s time to start meal planning? Yay! It’s my favorite thing to do! Meal planning is the perfect way to prepare for the family.

Here is a simple way to prepare meals for the day, week, and month.

Main Dish: Boneless Pork Chops and Broccoli Recipe

Vegetable Side: Recipe: Roasted Spring Vegetables

Starch Side: Simple Bread Machine Everything Pretzels

Refreshing Drink: Delicious Peppermint Mocktail for Kids

Best Puppy Chow Recipes:

Once you make this Mint Chocolate Puppy Chow Recipe, it’s time to keep going with that momentum! Puppy chow is not only easy to make – but it’s crazy addictive as well.

Here is some of my favorite recipes for puppy chow, and I think you’ll love them, too.

One bite of this Thanksgiving Puppy Chow Recipe will have you making more for the holiday dessert table.

Everyone loves this Easy Caramel Puppy Chow Recipe!

Make this Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow recipe to share with all your family and friends!

This Fall Chex Mix has all the ingredients minus the sweetness and sugar!

Need a treat for St. Patty’s day? This Super Sweet Rainbow Puppy Chow Recipe is the best!

Don’t forget to make this Delicious Apples and Cinnamon Puppy Chow Recipe. Perfect for the fall months.

This Easily Addictive Churro Puppy Chow Recipe will have you making another batch right away.

How do you store leftover puppy chow?

Properly storing leftover puppy chow desserts is important to keep the food fresh and edible. Cool it completely at room temperature to store cooked puppy chow before transferring it to an airtight container.

Place the container in the refrigerator and consume it within three days.

For best quality, try to avoid freezing puppy chow, as a light, crunchy texture is best achieved when served fresh.

Keeping these basic guidelines in mind should help ensure that any remaining servings stay properly preserved until ready for consumption.

More Peppermint Recipes:

Peppermint Chocolate Puppy Chow

Peppermint Chocolate Puppy Chow

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Once you make puppy chow, you'll have an excellent dessert that you can make any time of the year. Simple, easy, and excellent to share with family and friends.


  • 6 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 12 ounces chocolate candy melts
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 12 Candy Canes, broken


  1. Measure and add the cereal to a bowl. Set the bowl aside.
  2. Put 9-10 candy canes inside a sealable bag, and then break them up using a heavy object.
  3. Add the powdered sugar to a brown bag, and add the broken candy cane pieces.
  4. Melt the candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl according to the directions on the package.
  5. After it is melted, pour it over the cereal and fold. Coat the cereal entirely.
  6. Dump the coated cereal into the paper bag with the broken candy canes and powdered sugar.
  7. Fold the top of the bag and shake to coat.
  8. Pour out the mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  9. Let the puppy chow dry and add sprinkles.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 207Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 3g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 12/12/2022

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