In this blog series, Sleep8 is branching out from sleep related topics to bring you fun activities that can be completed in about 60 minutes, the same duration as your Sleep8 cleaning cycle. These could be anything from recipes, crafts, DIY projects, skills to master, workouts, or more. Keep your eyes peeled to the Sleep8 blog to find your new favorite pastime.
For those of you thinking that this article is about dog food, the Puppy Chow we are talking about today is actually a deliciously sweet snack food. If you have never heard of it, I highly recommend trying this out for a wonderful surprise.
Puppy Chow is a staple in our home around the holidays. If we are being honest— it is a staple in our home more than just the holiday season. Puppy Chow is a delicious snack that is perfect for not only Christmas parties or office gatherings, but it is great for movie-watching, afternoon chore avoiding, and so much more. I’ve tried the kind that is pre made and sold in stores and there is absolutely no replacing the homemade. This is a great sixty minute activity because it more than likely won’t take up your entire hour, giving you ample free time to enjoy said snack. Also there are plenty of cute, quick ways to make puppy chow sharable. You’ll be everyone’s new favorite mixer.
- Two bowls, one for mixing and one that is microwave safe for heating.
- One rubber spatula
- Peanut Butter
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- Vanilla Extract
- Powdered Sugar
- Rice or Corn Chex
Our friend butter is listed last because for such a simple recipe, puppy chow has caused quite the controversy. Really, ask three different families how to make this charming little dessert and I am 99% certain you will get three completely different answers. I’ve seen the peanut butter to chocolate ratio change, 4 cups, 8-9 cups, even 10 cups of cereal used. I’ve seen fourteen different powdered sugaring techniques and for the love of all that is sacred I have seen people make puppy chow without butter. I’m not here to judge, but I am from the South. I’m not sure who specifically holds the key to the great puppy chow debate, but…we are going to go with our gut and my mama on this one.
- Place equal parts (1 cup to 12 oz.) of chocolate chips and peanut butter into a microwave safe bowl.
- Add ¼ a cup of butter.
- Heat in 20-30 second intervals until mixture is completely smooth and creamy.
- Add 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract, stir well.
- Open box of cereal, and slowly start pouring into bowl. Stir cereal gently into mixture.
- Add more cereal until you have run out of amount of mixture needed to well coat all of your cereal pieces.
- Let sit 5-15 minutes, just so the chocolate mixture has a bit of a chance to set up. There are no rules or wrong answers here.
- To finish, place mixture in gallon Ziploc bag or big container with a lid. Toss in powdered sugar (again—no rules, but around two cups, give or take) and shake or shift around gently until the chocolate covered cereal pieces are covered and no longer look completely brown. They also shouldn’t look completely white either.
You’ve made it. You are all done— a Puppy Chow master and may confidently go out into the world. Puppy Chow is fine to leave in the container or bag on your counter for around a week. It isn’t going to last long, especially if you use some mason jars or cellophane bags (use pretty ribbons or twine for an extra special look) to separate out and gift some, but technically it would be just fine to consume until around the one week mark :)
Extra tips and tricks
- If you use unsalted butter, try adding a small amount of salt to give a little more flavor.
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips are great, I’ve also used milk chocolate and they work just fine. Some people like dark chocolate as well. Mix it up and find your favorite.
- You can mix in extras to puppy chow after it has cooled. I’ve heard of people doing M&M's or little chocolate candies. Some people make variations of this to be more like trail mix, with nuts—or even a Christmas version with peppermint bark. I like the standard version best, but I’ve done pretzels once and it was an interesting combo.
Written by: Mindi Flippen