Improve your Muddy Buddies Recipe Game with the perfect Chocolate and Fruit Combination – Chocolate Covered Strawberry Puppy Chow!
I have been meaning to share this for weeks but with a 4 month old who was knee deep in a sleep regression, my ability to write complete sentences has been completely non-existent lately. Thankfully, Liam is finally on the rebound in the sleep department and so is my brain power! So I bring you the fun and delicious Chocolate Covered Strawberry Puppy Chow which does make a great last minute Valentine’s Day treat but can also be enjoyed year round.
When I started playing with this recipe and made my first batch, I brought it over to a friends’ house warming. I think I made it a little too strong in the strawberry department that time around, so I tweaked the powder sugar to strawberry ratio with a second batch and love it now! If you make it and find the strawberry flavor either too intense or not impactful enough, tweaking that ratio will help you easily adjust the recipe to your specifications.
Puppy Chow is one of those easy desserts that everyone loves because it reminds them of childhood and is so easy to much on at a party. Though if you are my husband, you might tend to leave a train of powder sugar. 😉 I’ve been having fun playing around with new flavors and my friends love when I bring over a batch, so I don’t think this will be the last one you see on the blog this year. Now let’s get to the recipe!
- 6 c Rice Chex Cereal (divided)
- 1 c Milk (or Dark) Chocolate Chips
- 1 c White Chocolate Chips
- ½ c Strawberry Cake Mix (divided)
- ½ c Powdered Sugar (divided)
- Valentines M&M's for decoration, optional
- Melt milk chocolate in the microwave (30 seconds at a time with stirring in between to prevent burning). Add 3 cups of cereal and gently fold/stir cereal until coated in chocolate.
- Repeat for white chocolate.
- Divide the cake mix and powder sugar into two different large Ziploc bags (or you could use tupperware with a lid).
- Add the chocolate coated cereal and white chocolate coated cereal into their separate bags.
- Seal and shake until coated.
- Dump onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or foil and let cool.
- Add Valentine's candies for extra color and chocolatey goodness.
When making Puppy Chow, I prefer using Ziploc bags for shaking the cake mix and powder sugar onto the chocolate covered cereal. I find that it allows me to more gently toss the cereal for coverage compared to a food storage container which requires shaking in a hard container. However, both methods work so choose which ever one is easiest or most economical for you!
ITEMS HELPFUL FOR MAKING THIS RECIPE:
- Calphalon Non Stick Bakeware
- High Heat Spoon/Scrapper
- Strawberry Cake Mix
- Ziploc Bags
- Favorite Food Storage Container Set