valentine's day puppy chow

This Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow is SURE to be a Hit with EVERYONE

Puppy chow, or Muddy Buddies as they’re known to so many, is one of my favorite treats. I remember, oh, gosh… four years ago now, I was taking an Alfred Hitchcock film class with my friend, and it was my job to bring snacks for us to munch for that class. It was a long class. It was a late class. We were always starving. I think it was like a 5:30-9 class? Ugh. One time, around Halloween, I brought in pumpkin spice puppy chow. It was amazing. We munched it and everyone else was jealous. This was uni. I didn’t need to share with anyone let alone the whole class. One of the best things about growing up is that you don’t have to share with anyone you don’t want to because there’s no obligation to involve those people in your life. Such a great feeling for introverts.

Right! Back to the puppy chow! I have made puppy chow since then. That’s really too bad, I think. I love this recipe because it’s just so beautiful. The Valentine’s Day colors get me. As I mentioned earlier, celebrating holidays is a really fun thing for me.

As some of you know, I’ve been working at a local school after school. The students lovingly call me teacher, but I’m not a teacher. (Grad school, why do you have to be so expensive?) I’m an after school instructor? I don’t know what to call myself, but I do work with kids from k-8. One of the clubs that I just started 3 weeks ago is a cooking club! We’ve been learning lots of fun things. I also, with my SO, facilitate a homework club. My SO and I have made that our pet project. We spend a lot of time trying to make it work for everyone. One thing I’ve found that works is just giving them one piece of candy before they start their homework. I think for Valentine’s Day week, I’ll be introducing them to this amazing puppy chow! I don’t think any of them have ever had anything like this.

Thanks to Meg at Color Me Meg for this fantastic recipe!


  • 7 C. Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 C. Cheerios
  • 3/4 C. white chocolate melts or chips
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3-4 oz red candy melts {or white, then color with red*}
  • 1 1/2 C. Strawberry {or Red Velvet} Cake mix
  • 3/4 C. powdered sugar
  • Valentines colored M&M’s {i used PB}
  • Sprinkles, mini marshmallows, optional
  1. Measure out Rice Chex cereal and divide into 2 separate bowls {3.5 in each}. Measure out Cheerios. (1/2 C in each)
  2. Mix cake mix and powdered sugar and divide into 2 large plastic bags or tupperware with lids.
  3. Melt chocolates {not the red yet!} and peanut butter together in the microwave at 15-20 second intervals until smooth, careful not to over heat. stir until creamy.
  4. Pour chocolate mixture over 1 bowl of Rice Chex cereal and stir until coated.
  5. Dump cereal into one of the bags of powdered sugar and cake mix and shake violently until coated. you may need to break up some of the “parties” of clumped together chex and re-shake to coat em all. Dump onto a cookie sheet and let cool.
  6. Melt red candies {or white and color them red AS you melt until the desired color, i went hot pink instead of red}. Pour right over the 2nd bowl of chex until fully coated.
  7. Dump cereal into 2nd bag of coating and shake until covered. Pour out to let cool.
  8. Mix together and add candy and sprinkles, smile at the prettiness, then eat immediately.

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