Overhead of Halloween puppy chow served in a teal bowl on a black cloth, two skeleton hands reaching into the bowl.

Halloween is creeping around the corner, and it’s time to conjure up some wickedly delightful treats for your ghoulish gatherings. One snack that’s sure to cast a spell on both kids and adults alike is Halloween Puppy Chow. Let’s dive into the cauldron of culinary delight and uncover the secrets of this bewitching snack!

Tight view of puppy chow with candy corn and Reese's Pieces.

Is puppy chow an American thing?

Yes, indeed, Puppy Chow is an American invention, and it has nothing to do with actual puppies, we promise! This tasty treat has been a staple at American gatherings for decades. It’s known by different names across the United States, with some calling it Muddy Buddies, Monkey Munch, or Reindeer Chow (especially during Christmas). Whatever you call it, the delicious combination of cereal, peanut butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar remains a beloved treat at parties, sleepovers, and holiday gatherings.

What is Halloween puppy chow made of?

Our Halloween version of this classic snack takes a typical puppy chow and adds some Halloween candy favorites. You’ll need:

  • Rice Chex cereal
  • Semisweet chocolate chips
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Unsalted butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Candy corn

Protip: Adjust the sweetness!

We opted for semisweet chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate because you get so much sweetness from the powdered sugar and candy mix-ins! But if you want your Halloween puppy chow to be even sweeter, you can use milk chocolate or even white chocolate chips.

Two long skeleton arms extend into a bowl of puppy chow with candy corn and Reese's Pieces.

How do you make Halloween puppy chow?

If you can stir and shake, you can make Halloween puppy chow!

  1. Pour the cereal into a large bowl. You want extra space in the bowl so you have room to mix.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips into the butter and peanut butter. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Pour the chocolate over the cereal and stir until all the cereal pieces are coated.
  4. Pour the cereal into a gallon zip-top bag and add the powdered sugar. Seal and shake the bag until you can no longer see any wet chocolate spots.
  5. Pour the puppy chow onto a lined baking sheet and stir in the candy. Cool completely.

Protip: Customize it!

We chose Reese’s Pieces and candy corn for our candy mix-ins, but you can use whatever small candies you want. Try candy eyes, mini marshmallows, M&Ms, or candy pumpkins!

How long does puppy chow last?

One of the fantastic things about puppy chow is its shelf life. When stored in an airtight container, it can last for up to two weeks at room temperature. Just make sure it’s in a cool, dry place and away from direct sunlight.

Close view of a skeleton hand nestled into a bowl of Halloween puppy chow with candy corn and Reese's Pieces.

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Halloween Puppy Chow Recipe

Yield: 20 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 10 minutes

Need an easy Halloween treat recipe? We'll show you how to make an easy, festive Halloween puppy chow.

Ingredients

  • 7 cups Rice Chex Cereal
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Reese’s Pieces
  • 1 cup candy corn

Instructions

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper and set aside.
  2. Place cereal in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Microwave for 1 minute, and stir to combine until completely melted. You can also do this in a double broiler over low heat on the stove.
  4. Stir in the vanilla extract until smooth.
  5. Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal and stir to coat.
  6. Put the cereal mixture and powdered sugar in a gallon-size zip-top bag.
  7. Seal bag and shake, shake, shake to coat all the cereal with the sugar. Pour mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Sprinkle the Reese’s Pieces and candy corn over the puppy chow, stirring gently to mix.
  9. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Notes

  • Feel free to play with the mix-ins: mini peanut butter cups, Halloween-colored M&Ms, candy eyeballs—the possibilities are endless!
  • We prefer semisweet chocolate chips in this recipe because there is so much sweetness added from the other ingredients, but if milk chocolate is your jam, that’ll work, too! Or even try white chocolate chips if you aren’t a chocolate lover.
  • You can make this dairy-free by using vegan margarine (we’ve used Earth Balance sticks in this recipe before with great results) and leaving out the Reese’s Pieces.
  • This recipe differs from what you’ll find on the Chex box. We tested it a number of times and found that there is a more flavorful result with less Chex than the original recipe calls for.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 316Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 99mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 2gSugar: 30gProtein: 5g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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