Wednesday, July 1, 2009

People Puppy Chow Recipe

People Puppy Chow
People Puppy Chow is one of my answers to the snack question that arises frequently in my house. My kids are constantly hungry this summer and require copious amount of food between meals. There's the "When's-Dinner?-I'm-Starving Snack", the "It's-Adult-Swim-I-Need-Something-To-Eat Snack", and the "My-Friend-Just-Got-Here-And-He's-Hungry Snack". Now usually I have strict policies about grazing between meals but in addition to their snacks my kids are also sucking down all of their breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It seems between-meal nourishment is a necessity.

Now sometimes I provide veggies and dip, smoothies, apples and peanut butter, or chips and salsa for snack, but other times I get a wild burst of energy and invite the kids to help me create a treat. One of their favorite snacks to prepare, eat, and share with their friends is People Puppy Chow. I found this recipe when I was teaching a unit on pets in my Kindergarten class. It's gets its name because it looks like the puppy chow that has a milky white coating on each kibble. Kids love saying that they're eating People Puppy Chow just as much as they love making it and devouring it.

This recipe only has 4 ingredients: peanut butter, chocolate chips, Crispix cereal, and powdered sugar. It is exciting to make and provides immediate culinary satisfaction. Warning: adult assistance is required with the melting step. I now allow my older three children to stir over the stove (they're all over 7 years old), but I do hover fairly closely. For the younger set I focus their contribution to the recipe on dumping, shaking, and sampling. All the kids, including random neighbors, love the last part of this recipe the best. They get to shake their coated cereal in a large zip-lock with confectioners sugar until it is coated. Loud music is recommended for this step and dancing adds much more flavor.

Is there any mess? Well, yes, there can be some mess, but it's worth it. Hope you'll use People Puppy Chow as the answer to the question "What's for snack?" in your house.

People Puppy Chow

1 cup creamy peanutbutter
1-13 ounce bag chocolate chips
1 box Crispix cereal (12 ounce box)
1- 1 pound box of powdered sugar
  1. In a large heavy bottomed pot, melt peanut butter and chocolate chips. Stir until combined. Remove from heat.
  2. Add cereal. Stir gently until cereal is coated.
  3. Dump powdered sugar into one jumbo sized zip-lock back or divide between two gallon sized zip-lock bags. Add coated cereal mixture. Shake gently until all of the cereal is coated with powdered sugar.
  4. Serve to your favorite people quickly or risk eating the entire batch.
Warning: People Puppy Chow is Addictive


  1. Yum! My recipe inclues a little butter and vanilla, and we nuke it. I don't make it often, though, b/c I eat it all! :)

  2. Using the microwave would make it even more kid-friendly, good tip. Our batch was gone within 24 hours and then my daughter sprinkled the crumbs on top of chocolate ice cream. Yummy!

  3. This stuff is so yummy! While I worked at a Veterinary Clinic we would put this in a litter pan (a new one!. We would then soften tootsie rolls in the microwave and mold them around the pan to look like little poops! I know, gross, but it was fun veterinary humor! = ) Thanks for sharing!!

    1. I love this.... Secretly everyone loves something a little shocking, or gross. They just would never admit it.

  4. How funny...we made that for the first time last week and I called it Lion chow since we were in our letter L week! I said it looks like what they might give lions in the zoo...It's so yummy!