S’mores Puppy Chow

filed under: Candy on July 28, 2019

I don’t think I could love this S’mores Puppy Chow more! This version of puppy chow is perfect for summertime fun… replicating the traditional flavors of a s’ more but none of the fuss with a flame. Such a fun twist on a traditional snack and a delicious human treat! If you like this easy treat you might also like my classic Puppy Chow Recipe!

Smore's Puppy Chow Recipe in a Bowl

S’mores Puppy Chow

Puppy chow, otherwise known as “Muddy Buddies”,  are a simple treat that is ready in just a few short minutes.  The homemade version is SO much better than any store-bought version. Every single bite is filled with an amazing combination of cereals, peanut butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar.

This version just happens to taste like a s’more, or a graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow treat. It is the perfect way to enjoy s’ mores without a campfire!

Ingredients for S' mores Muddie Buddies

S’ mores Puppy Chow Recipe

With six simple ingredients, this recipe is one you will not easily forget.  To get started, here is what you will need:

Chocolate: Milk chocolate was the chocolate of choice for this recipe.  I tested this recipe a couple of times and the kids (well, everyone) preferred milk chocolate to semi-sweet or dark. I think this is because we use milk chocolate when making actual s’ mores, so it tastes more familiar.

Peanut Butter:  When it comes to puppy chow, creamy peanut butter is the only way to go.

Rice Cereal:  I use Rice Chex, but any waffle shaped cereal will do.  This is just the vessel that holds all of the chocolatey goodness together.

Golden Grahams: This is where the ‘graham’ part of the s’ mores comes into play. I love that the size and shape of this cereal are the same as the Rice Chex! You can also use actual graham crackers that have been broken, but I found that they were a bit harder to get uniform and extremely crumbly in the final mixture. Golden Grahams (any honey graham cereal) is the winner in this recipe.

Confectioners Sugar:  This is the glue that keeps our hands from being completely smeared in chocolate and peanut butter.  If I am being honest though, you will still want to lick your fingers clean either way.

Mini Marshmallows: It wouldn’t be a s’ more without marshmallows! This final ingredient rounds out this perfect recipe. Don’t miss my trick on how to get some of the marshmallows coated in chocolate and some left pretty for the final presentation!

Pouring Chocolate/Peanut Butter Mixture over Cereal

How to Make S’ Mores Puppy Chow

  • Place the chocolate and peanut butter in a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in 30-second intervals and stir after each session. (It’s usually fully melted in about a minute.) Continue until the mixture is smooth when stirred. (This is where I pause to get a shot for Instagram, who doesn’t love creamy chocolate pictures?!?)
  • Pour the cereals and 1 cup of marshmallows into a large mixing bowl. There are not marshmallows in my picture above, but after testing I found that adding them at this stage works best if you want them coated in chocolate.
  • Add the chocolate mixture and gently stir until cereal is evenly coated. Don’t miss all the crumbly bits at the bottom!
  • Now, pour the coated cereal into a large Ziploc bag and add the confectioner’s sugar. (This is usually messy, an extra set of hands to hold the bag open helps!) Seal the bag and shake until the cereal is well coated. Let the kids help with this part, just make sure the bag is closed! 😂

Add-In’s (Kinda)

Now that the cereals and marshmallows are coated in chocolate and confectioners sugar, grab the add-ins. I am calling them add-ins because they are added at a different stage, but they are actually a repeat of the same ingredients used prior.

Pour Golden Grahams and mini marshmallows into the bag with the mixture and toss for a few seconds. This will lightly coat the cereal and marshmallows with sugar, but not the chocolate. I do this for aesthetic reasons so that when you serve them, people can see that these are S’ mores puppy chow!

Overhead View of S' More Puppy Chow Completed

Spread on parchment paper or waxed paper. Let sit until cool and chocolate is set.

You can store the puppy chow in an airtight container on the counter or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, but I doubt it will last that long!

Child Holding Handful of S' Mores Puppy Chow

Puppy Chow Variations

I love all of the easy ways you can change up muddie buddies. Some of my favorite variations are:

I am going to be posting all of these recipes soon… but the basic recipe is there. Chocolate, cereal, and sugar. You got this. 😉

Bowl of Smores Puppy Chow

Love S’ mores? Try these recipes!

Frozen S’ Mores Cheesecake

S’ Mores Cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Graham Cracker Cookies

S'mores Puppy Chow
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 min

This human-food-snack is a version of puppy chow that is perfect for summertime fun... replicating the traditional flavors of a s' more but none of the fuss with a flame.

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: smores muddie buddies, smores puppy chow
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
Main Mixture
  • 2 cups Golden Grahams cereal
  • 2 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate morsels
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup Golden Grahams cereal
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
Main Mixture
  1. Place both portions of cereal and mini marshmallows in a large bowl.

  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate morsels and peanut butter in 30-second increments and stirring after every 30 seconds.. (Usually, 1 minute is enough.)
  3. Once melted, pour over the cereal and marshmallows and stir with a spatula until everything is coated in the chocolate mixture.

  4. Carefully pour into a large plastic bag that seals. Pour confectioners sugar over and seal the bag. Shake until every piece is coated in sugar.

  1. Open the plastic bag and add in the 1/2 cup Golden Grahams and 1/2 cup mini marshmallows. Shake bag again to just barely coat the add-ins.
  2. Pour into a bowl and serve.
Recipe Notes

*You can easily double this recipe. Just make sure you have a large enough bowl to mix the ingredients in and that you can work in batches when coating the cereal with chocolate. 

Apparently, I need to specify that this is a HUMAN treat, not one for dogs. In the midwest we refer to these as “Puppy Chow” and others refer to them as “Muddie Buddies”, but they are NOT meant for dogs.

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  • sharon l bennett says:

    Dogs can’t have chocalate!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Are you being serious right now?

  • Dianne says:

    No reason to call these recipes PUPPY CHOW! Makes no sense. It’s not one recipe it’s a group of puppy chow mixes with different flavors. How hard can it be to leave out or change one word?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      It makes perfect sense and there is absolutely no reason to change its name. I appreciate your sensitivity to the folks who have a limited understanding of this food item, but entire multi-generations of families are familiar with its name. It’s not hard for you to change it on your end, and I do offer an option in the blog post as to what generally known alternative names are used.

  • Carol says:

    I hate peanut butter. Now what?

  • Kate says:

    This is a fantastic twist on puppy chow! My whole family lives puppy chow. I ended up introducing my husband to it right after we got married. He never had any before. This recipe is truly one of the best twists out there. Thank you for making an awesome version of puppy chow.

  • Maria says:

    I made mine with Nutella and with the peanut butter it was so good