Yesterday afternoon I made enough holiday puppy chow to feed a small army. Okay, so I made enough to package up into small gift bags for 30 people, but it felt like I made enough for the entire state of North Carolina and then some.
I was swimming in white chocolate chips, crispy Chex cereal, M&Ms, Christmas tree-shaped yogurt pretzels and the most deliciously addicting Biscoff spread.
When this snack mix ended up becoming my lunch yesterday (Oops!), I figured that meant it was a good enough recipe to share with you guys on the blog today. Plus, a bunch of you requested it after seeing it on Snapchat, so ask and you shall receive, my friends!
If you have a large group of people you want to spread a little joy to this holiday season, this recipe is a great option since it makes a ton of treats in a short amount of time. No slicing, dicing or baking required!
Traditional puppy chow (also called “Muddy Buddies”) is made with semisweet chocolate chips and peanut butter but I switched things up a bit and swapped in white chocolate chips and Biscoff spread for a more snow-dusted snack mix appearance. Once I stirred in red and green M&Ms and Christmas tree yogurt pretzels (found at The Fresh Market), the snack mix was transformed into a festive looking treat worthy of (edible) holiday gifting!
And if you don’t want to make enough puppy chow to feed a million people, this recipe can easily be cut in half for the perfect amount of puppy chow for a holiday party.
Large Batch Holiday Puppy Chow
Recipe adapted from Chex Muddy Buddies
- 18 cups Chex cereal (I used a combination of Rice Chex and Corn Chex)
- 1 cup Biscoff spread
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 3/4 cups white chocolate chips
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 4 cups red and green M&Ms
- 4 heaping cups white chocolate or yogurt-covered pretzels
- Measure the cereal into a very large bowl and set aside.
- In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine Biscoff, butter and 2 cups of white chocolate chips (reserve 3/4 cup). Microwave on high for one minute. Stir and microwave again for 30 seconds and stir until mixture can be stirred smooth. (An additional 20 seconds in the microwave may help the white chocolate chips melt a little better!)
- Pour white chocolate mixture over the cereal and stir until evenly coated. Pour into two separate 2-gallon resealable Ziploc bags.
- Immediately divide powdered sugar among the two bags and seal tightly. Shake until powdered sugar coats the cereal well.
- Pour puppy chow into another very large bowl. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and enjoy!
Enjoy! And Happy, Happy Holidays, my friends!
Tara | Treble in the Kitchen says
What a great spin on a classic. I’ve never tried that biscoff spread but you make it sound so good!!
Julia @ PB & Julia says
Omg this looks so good! I’m going to make this for a holiday party I’m going to this weekend!
Woo!!! Hope everyone loves it!! <3
Patricia @Sweet And Strong says
Oh I made a puppy chow for a party last weekend with white chocolate chips and crushed candy canes. This recipe sounds so much better, I didn’t think to use biscoff. Now I’ll have to try this recipe too! Problem is I eat popcorn sized bowls at a time because it’s soon addicting!
rachel @ athletic avocado says
This looks dangerously addicting, How fun and festive! Love that you used cookie butter for a nice change instead of peanut butter. This would make the most perfect Christmas gift too, thanks for sharing 🙂
Just came here to say nearly 4 days a week- mostly minus the Monday weekend recap- I find myself skipping your content after reading the title. Pinterest recipes, work outs, etc are not why I started reading here. I understand trying to stay in the blogosphere long term with evergreen content but for me it’s become too much and I am no longer following.
Hi Teresa! Thanks for taking the time to leave me feedback. I totally get where you are coming from (I, too, love it when bloggers share the personal sides of their life), but after Chase was born it honestly became impossible for me to blog the way I used to in real time, several times a day. I now have only select times to dedicate to writing blog posts which often means I try to plan and work ahead to get content on the blog five days a week. The new work schedule and life with a toddler just makes it very difficult to share day-in-the-life posts every day. Couple that with an increased desire for a bit of privacy now that I have a child and it’s been a challenge sometimes to find balance, which you have clearly noticed. I will absolutely take your feedback to heart and appreciate the time you took to reach out.
Julie, I always admire how you approach feedback. Your responses are always thoughtful without being defensive. I have been reading for 5 years and I get that as life changes, your blog will naturally change too. We are trying for a baby right now and have both agreed that we don’t want to post pictures of our baby on Facebook or Instagram; you never know who is looking at your baby and we just want to protect him/her! I have to agree in part with Teresa. PBF is meant to be lighthearted but sometimes I feel like your voice has been lost in your content as of late. Again, totally get your approach with wanting more privacy, but at the same time, it’s hard to relate and connect since you started writing Evergreen content. I don’t expect 3 posts a day detailing your everyday life and understand that your blog is your business/income, but balance would be appreciated.
Thank you Julie & merry Christmas!
Caitlin Mazzola says
You just solved a very large dilemma I had. Can’t wait to whip this up and take care of 80% of my gift giving 🙂
Shannon // Style Emulator says
My grandma makes a similar version of this every Christmas. I think she adds Cheerios, too. I don’t think hers has the Biscoff spread, so I may have to try making your version for comparison! My husband loves this stuff so much that my grandma officially named it after him in our family recipe book. 🙂
That’s so sweet! Grandmas are the best! <3
We don’t really have puppy chow here in the UK…I definitely want to try it though! It might be a case of freestyling it slightly with some of the ingredients tho 🙂
Kaitlyn @ Powered by Sass says
Oh my goodness, now I am absolutely CRAVING THIS. I bet throwing in some mini pretzels in there and covering them in Biscoff goodness would be incredible. Also, maybe adding peppermint bark or those peppermint bark Pretzel Thins? The possibilities are endless! I LOVE SUGAR.
Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona says
Yum! This looks so good! I’m going to try to make a batch this weekend. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
I totally agree with you on the homemade edible gifts, they’re always so yummy and make me smile when I get them.
how many boxes of Chex did you have to buy to make 18 cups? I think I’m going to make this for a holiday office party! Looks great
How many people does this serve?
I have the same question too!
I want you to know, Julie, that I personally love your blog and am enjoying seeing it grow as your family does too! I’ve been following your blog for at least three years and I think it just gets better! I’m loving your 10 to 100 workout (holy burn!), your recipes, and following your life adventures with a toddler! Being a blogger and a new mom, I totally understand how hard it is to juggle both and I think you are doing great!
On a side note, this recipe looks amazing! You had me at biscoff. 😉
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I just want to 2nd Bethany’s comment above. When I read previous comments complaining about Evergreen content, I was perplexed. (I had to Google it. Clearly I’m not a blogger.) I love your blog & think you have a great variety of content. I am really dumbfounded by those other remarks; I really don’t get it. Of course your response was classy & gracious as always. I hope you will focus on all the positive comments & not let the few negative ones get you down. XO
I concur! Your blog is great!
Thank you, Kelli!!! I really appreciate you reading and your kind feedback! <3
Thank you so, so much. I really, really appreciate it!!
Katie @ Balanced RD says
Thanks for sharing this recipe! It looks delicious 🙂 I’m 39 weeks pregnant, so I think I will make some to have after the baby arrives!
Heather @ Polyglot Jot says
Yum! This looks delicious! My mom often does this with chex mix using a recipe my grandmother used to make at holiday parties and we all take some home. It’s garlicy and savory and delicious!
This would be a great gift! I’d definitely be eating some myself too!
Lynn @thenotdeadyetblog says
I’m ashamed to say that I had never heard of puppy chow (other than what you feed a baby dog) until now. So I was pretty confused as to why you would feed a dog chocolate before I realized this is actually people food. It looks delicious!
Oooh! Puppy chow is so addictive in all it’s forms! It’s a holiday staple and makes for great gifts (unless you eat it all before you have the chance to pass it out) 😉
how long would you say this would last for without going stale? Trying to plan out the timing of making/gifting,
If you keep it covered in an airtight container it should last a while! I think you could count on five days for sure!
Kim from MN says
I love biscoff cookies, and biscoff cookie spread! This looks yummy!
I tried making this tonight and the white chocolate totally seized up and turned the biscoff mixture into a clump! ? I’ll have to go for round two later this week since I still have all the other ingredients!
Hey Julie! The recipe looks so yummy! I went to make this today and right after I heated the butter/biscoff spread together it clumped up and wasn’t pourable or spreadable at all. I tried again, this time hearing it for less time, and the same thing happened. Any ideas? I’m admittedly the worlds worst baker, but I thought this one might be fool-proof. Lol
Really!? Oh no!!!! I honestly have no idea why this happened… You’re using real, full-fat butter, correct? I did think maybe it was overheated but it sounds like you ruled that one out… I’m so sorry it didn’t work for you!
Made this for our Christmas Party, for a work potluck & the rest is going off to our neighbours as a little holiday cheer. It is SO GOOD!