Ready for a sweet and satisfying snack? This slow cooker puppy chow recipe will hit the spot — it’s fast and easy but rich enough to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. We love that it’s peanut-free too!

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What is puppy chow?

Puppy chow is a treat made out of melted chocolate and Chex mix, then topped with powdered sugar. It’s called “puppy chow” because it looks like dog food, but trust us — it tastes way better. For this recipe, you’ll scoop the mixture into clusters that you can freeze or refrigerate and eat on their own, but it’s true that other recipes call for keeping the mixture together and eating it like trail mix.

This puppy chow blends the soft sweetness of milk and white chocolates with the crunch and crisp of chex mix. It’s then dusted with powdered sugar which gives it a delightful texture. 

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What equipment do I need?

All you need for this recipe is a slow cooker. This will perfectly melt the chocolate to the desired texture without needing to double boil it. If, however, you don’t have a slow cooker, you can definitely use the double boiler method of melting chocolate.

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For that, just fill a saucepan with 1-2 inches of water, then bring to a boil. You’ll need a second, heat-proof and slightly smaller bowl or pot, which you’ll place on top of the boiling water. The chocolate can go in here and will melt, though you’ll want to stir it occasionally as it does so, in order to make sure the chocolate mixes well and melts evenly.

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How to make slow cooker puppy chow

  1. Place the chocolate bark, white chocolate bark, and dark chocolate chunks in the slow cooker.
  2. Slow cook on low for one hour, then stir together. (Feel free to use a slow cooker liner for easy clean up!)
  3. Add rice cereal, crushed sandwich cookies and stir very gently to combine, you want to be careful not to break up the cereal as much as possible!
  4. Scoop small clusters of puppy chow and place them on a wax-paper lined baking sheet.
  5. Coat clusters with powdered sugar.
  6. Let sit in fridge or freezer for 1 hour or just until firm, then serve and enjoy!
puppy chow on wax paper with powdered sugar

How to store puppy chow

You can store the clusters of puppy chow in an airtight container, stacking them on top of each other once they’ve solidified. Keep in fridge for 3-5 days and enjoy as desired!

Common Questions About This Slow Cooker Cookies and Cream Muddy Buddy Recipe

What are the names for muddy buddies?

Muddy buddies are known by many names including puppy chow, monkey munch, muddy munch, reindeer chow, or doggy bag.

What is cookies and cream flavor?

Cookies and cream is the flavor of Oreo cookies (chocolate sandwich cookies) and vanilla ice cream or cream.

Is puppy chow and muddy buddies the same thing?

Muddy Buddies are the trademarked name of a snack made by General Mills. Puppy chow is typically the homemade version. However, both names are often used interchangeably.

a hand holding a chunk of slow cooker puppy chow

Slow Cooker Puppy Chow

5 from 1 vote
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 32 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total: 2 hours 10 minutes
This slow cooker puppy chow is so easy! We add Oreo cookies to turn them into cookies and cream puppy chow! They are completely nut free too!

Ingredients  

  • 16 ounces Chocolate bark bar or melting chocolate
  • 16 ounces White chocolate bark bar or melting chocolate
  • 10 ounces 70% dark chocolate chunks or chips
  • 18 ounces family size Rice Cereal
  • 6 crushed chocolate sandwich cookies optional
  • pinch of salt
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions 

  • Place the chocolate bark, white chocolate bark, and dark chocolate chunks in the slow cooker.
    16 ounces Chocolate bark bar or melting chocolate, 16 ounces White chocolate bark bar or melting chocolate, 10 ounces 70% dark chocolate chunks or chips
  • Slow cook on low for one hour, then stir together. (Feel free to use a slow cooker liner for easy clean up!)
  • Add rice cereal, crushed sandwich cookies and stir very gently to combine, you want to be careful not to break up the cereal as much as possible!
    18 ounces family size Rice Cereal, 6 crushed chocolate sandwich cookies
  • Scoop small clusters of puppy chow and place them on a wax-paper lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt.
    pinch of salt
  • Coat clusters with powdered sugar.
    Powdered sugar for dusting
  • Let sit in fridge or freezer for 1 hour or just until firm, then serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.004g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 169mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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