Puppy Chow Truffles

Puppy chow truffles feature the flavors of the classic dessert snack mix in a decadent truffle. This homemade candy makes a perfect addition to any dessert table or a tasty homemade gift for any sweet tooth on your list.

a black plate with a pile of powdered sugar covered puppy chow truffles on it

If there’s one snack we can all agree on in this house it’s puppy chow.

Full of crunchy, peanut buttery flavor and chocolate, it’s a winner with us all.

Why not turn that combination into a homemade candy perfect for gifting this holiday season?

It’s so easy and anyone who loves puppy chow will love these!

puppy chow truffles on a wooden cutting board

What is puppy chow?

Puppy Chow is a homemade sweet snack mix that coats crunchy cereal in peanut butter, chocolate and powdered sugar.

You might also know it as monkey munch, muddy buddies, muddy munch, or reindeer chow.

Whatever you call it, it’s sure to taste delicious!

Ingredients

To make this you’ll need:

an overhead image showing the ingredients needed to make puppy chow truffles

  • Cereal– Plain rice Chex. You could switch it up and use vanilla or chocolate Chex as well.
  • Peanut butter– Creamy peanut butter works best. Make sure not to use natural varieties which may separate.
  • Sugar– Powdered not granulated.
  • Vanilla– Use real vanilla extract for the best results.
  • Chocolate chips– Use either semi sweet or milk chocolate.
  • Shortening– Like Crisco.

cereal filling for puppy chow truffles ground up in the bowl of a food processor

How to Make

To make these candies, start by adding the cereal to a food processor and pulse until it’s in small pieces.

Then add the peanut butter, powdered sugar and vanilla to the food processor and pulse until a paste forms.

puppy chow cereal balls arranged in rows on a parchment covered metal baking sheet

Chill the mixture in fridge for at least 30 minutes to let it firm up.

Then, remove the mixture from the fridge and roll it into 12 equal balls, then return to them to the fridge while you make the chocolate coating.

chocolate covered puppy chow cereal balls arranged in rows on a parchment covered metal baking sheet

To make the coating, melt the chocolate chips and shortening in a small pan on lowest heat setting until just smooth, stirring constantly.

Use a toothpick to dip each the 12 truffles in the chocolate, then allow to chill in the fridge until chocolate hardens.

a puppy chow truffle ball being rolled in a bowl of fluffy white powdered sugar

Roll each truffle in powdered sugar and enjoy!

poppy chow truffles on a wooden cutting board

How to Store

Store these in single layers separated by parchment paper in an air tight container on your counter.

You can also pack them in single layers separated by parchment in a decorative container or tin for gifting.

puppy chow truffles on a wooden cutting board

Tips and Tricks

  • Make sure to use shelf stable peanut butter and not natural peanut butter. 
  • You can switch up flavors by using a different variety of Chex.
  • Don’t overcook the chocolate! Remove it from the heat as soon as it is smooth and don’t rush it by turning the heat up.

a hand holding up a puppy chow truffle that's been bitten to revel the cereal center

Other Easy Homemade Candy 

Puppy chow truffles are the perfect candy to make and gift over the holidays! Make them for your next gathering and enjoy!

Looking for other easy homemade candy recipes? Try these:

a black plate with a pile of powdered sugar covered puppy chow truffles on it

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puppy chow truffles on a wooden cutting board

Puppy Chow Truffles

Puppy chow truffles feature the flavors of the classic dessert snack mix in a decadent truffle. This homemade candy makes a perfect addition to any dessert table or a tasty homemade gift for any sweet tooth on your list.
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 12 truffles
Calories: 257kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups plain rice chex cereal
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • ½ cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Add chex to a food processor and pulse until small pieces
  • Add peanut butter, powdered sugar and vanilla and process until a paste forms
  • Chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes
  • Roll into 12 equal balls, then return to the fridge while you make the chocolate coating
  • Melt the chocolate chips and shortening in a small pan on lowest heat setting until smooth
  • Use a toothpick to dip each the 12 truffles in the chocolate, then allow to chill until chocolate is hardened (about 10-15 minutes)
  • Roll each truffle in powdered sugar and enjoy

Nutrition

Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 171IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 4mg
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