I do believe that I have found the best recipe for Puppy Chow and it’s a recipe from Ree Drummond. I’ve tried other recipes before this, and none of them had the right Chex Mix to chocolate/peanut butter ratio consistency. I would make it and be disappointed after there was hardly any peanut butter/chocolate mix coating all the chex mix. And *gasp* there is also Nutella in this recipe. Yum. I never would have thought to add in other ingredients like pretzels and candies which makes puppy chow even better. This recipe makes a lot, so I will probably be taking some of it to work and sharing it with others tomorrow.
Recipe from Ree Drummond
10 cups combination of corn, rice, and wheat cereal squares
3/4 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup chocolate hazelnut spread, such as Nutella
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups powdered sugar
2 cups miniature pretzels
1 cup chocolate coated candies, such as M and M’s
Place the cereal in a very large stainless steel bowl and set aside.
In a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate chips, hazelnut spread, peanut butter and butter. Microwave for a minute, then stir. Microwave 30 seconds longer and stir until smooth. Keep going until it’s all melted, being careful not to burn. Stir in the vanilla and salt. Then pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal, tossing to evenly coat.
Spoon the mixture into a 2-gallon resealable ziptop bag along with the powdered sugar. Shake the bag until the cereal is evenly coated. Then add the pretzels and candies, seal and shake the bag again. Pour onto baking sheets to set/cool. Serve in bowls.