Hot Chocolate Puppy Chow includes all the flavors of hot chocolate in this simple recipe. Chocolate Muddy Buddies is the perfect snack to enjoy for movie night and more.

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Hot Chocolate Puppy Chow

This simple to make recipe has all the classic flavors of puppy chow with a fabulous twist. Each bite is packed with so much chocolate flavor. If you love hot cocoa, this is a must try recipe.

Plus, it is super easy to make and comes together with very little prep work. Whip this up in minutes for parties or just because.

It is one of our favorite winter time treats to make but we love it year round. We love to make traditional Puppy Chow and this new recipe is just as amazing.

For even more chocolate flavor, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa with this muddy buddies recipe. I think this is the perfect treat to enjoy around a bonfire or snuggled up watching a movie.

Either way, it will be a hit with everyone.

Why we love Hot Chocolate puppy chow:

  • Super easy to make.
  • Perfect snack to feed a crowd.
  • Inexpensive for gift giving.
  • The chocolate flavor is intense and the entire treat is sweet and delicious.
Ingredients for hot chocolate puppy chow.

Ingredients: 

  • Milk Chocolate Chips
  • Chex cereal
  • Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Mini Marshmallows  

How to make hot chocolate puppy chow:

  • Melt the chocolate. Place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.  
  • Cook in intervals stirring frequently. Stir and microwave again for 30 seconds. Continue doing this until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Get out a large mixing bowl. Place the Chex cereal in a larger bowl.
  • Combine the chocolate and cereal. Pour the melted chocolate over the chex cereal. 
  • Coat thoroughly. Use a spatula to fold the cereal to coat it completely in the chocolate.
Process photos of mixing together the chocolate and coating the cereal.
  • Use a large ziplock bag. Pour the hot cocoa mix evenly into a 2 gallon ziplock bag (1 cup per bag).
  • Pour the chocolate coated cereal. Then place the chocolate covered Chex evenly into the ziploc bag.  
  • Shake to coat the cereal. Seal the bags and shake to coat the Chex in the hot chocolate mix.  All of the cereal should be well coated.
  • Spread on wax paper. Pour the coated Chex mix onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper or wax paper and allow it to cool.  It needs to cool completely.
  • Allow to cool. Once cool, toss in the mini marshmallows and then the hot chocolate puppy chow snack mix is ready to serve and enjoy! 

Hot Chocolate muddy buddies tips

  • When coating the cereal with the hot chocolate mix, make sure to leave air in the ziplock bag. This will allow the cereal to move around more easily and get fully coated.
  • Heat the chocolate in intervals when melting so it does not burn. Make sure to stir it in between each interval.
  • Allow the muddy buddies mixture to cool completely and set before storing. This will help to prevent them from clumping and becoming a mess.

Variations:

  • Add-ins. If you are making these for Christmas, toss in red and green M&M’s. Halloween you can add orange and black M&M’s.

    Sprinkles would also be fun. Crushed peppermints would also be a great combination.
  • Powdered sugar. Feel free to use a combination of powdered sugar and hot chocolate mix to coat the cereal. The chocolate flavor will not be as intense but powdered sugar and hot cocoa mix is great together.
  • Cereal. You can change the cereal and use Rice Chex, Corn Chex or Crispix cereal. Feel free to use chocolate chex for even more chocolate flavor. Another idea is to use cinnamon chex cereal for a Mexican Hot Chocolate flavor.
Bowl of hot chocolate puppy chow.

How to store:

Put the puppy chow inside an airtight container or ziplock bag so it will stay fresh. It can be left at room temperature.

Just make sure it is sealed properly to ensure freshness.

How long will puppy chow last?

Puppy Chow is great to make ahead of time.  The leftovers will last up to 1-2 weeks.

This makes it easy to make ahead for parties, holidays and special events.

Our family loves this so ours never lasts too long around here.

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Hot Chocolate Puppy Chow is the best treat.

The next time you are craving lots of chocolate, make this amazing recipe. It is sweet and delicious. Each bite is truly heavenly.

This puppy chow packed with hot cocoa is so easy to make and tastes wonderful. You definitely want to give this recipe a try.

  

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Hot Chocolate Puppy Chow

5 from 3 votes
Hot Chocolate Puppy Chow includes all the flavors of hot chocolate in this simple recipe. Chocolate Muddy Buddies is the perfect snack to enjoy for movie night and more.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 396

Ingredients

  • 12 oz Milk Chocolate Chips 1 bag
  • 9 cups Chex cereal
  • 2 cups Hot Chocolate Mix approximately 10 packets
  • 1 cup Mini Marshmallows

Instructions

  • Place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.
  • Stir and microwave again for 30 seconds. Continue doing this until the chocolate is melted through.
  • Place the Chex cereal in a larger bowl.
  • Pour the melted chocolate over the chex cereal.
  • Use a spatula to fold the cereal to coat it completely in the chocolate.
  • Pour the hot chocolate mix evenly into a 2 gallon ziplock bag (1 cup per bag).
  • Then pour the chocolate covered Chex evenly into the ziplock bags.
  • Seal the bags and shake to coat the Chex in the hot chocolate mix.
  • Pour the coat Chex onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper or wax paper and allow it to cool.
  • Once cool, toss in the mini marshmallows and then the hot chocolate puppy chow is ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

When coating the cereal with the hot chocolate mix, make sure to leave air in the ziplock bag as this will allow the cereal to move around more easily and got fully coating. 
Puppy Chow is great to make ahead of time.  Store the leftovers at room temperature in an airtight container or bag for up to 1-2 weeks.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 396kcal, Carbohydrates 76g, Protein 7g, Fat 10g, Saturated Fat 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g, Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g, Trans Fat 0.1g, Cholesterol 4mg, Sodium 458mg, Potassium 172mg, Fiber 7g, Sugar 37g, Vitamin A 560IU, Vitamin C 6mg, Calcium 152mg, Iron 15mg

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