Butterscotch Peanut Butter Puppy Chow

butterscotch peanut butter puppy chow in a purple bowl

When I like something, I have to make about 10 different versions of it.

Take my giant cookies for example. I have 5 different kinds! Or my skinny/healthy muffins. I have tons of them! Such is the same with puppy chow. Or “Muddy Buddies” as most of you know it. Whatever you call this snack mix, I think we can all agree it’s dangerously addictive and wonderful at the same time.

PS: puppy chow is NOT dog food. I’ve had to explain that to a few readers in the past. 😉

collage of 5 images of puppy chow varieties

All of my favorite puppy chow/muddy buddy recipes:

1) Cupcake Puppy Chow (no cake mix needed!)
2) Salted Peanut Nutella Puppy Chow (most addicting of them all, trust me.)
3) Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow (most popular recipe of 2012)
4) S’mores Puppy Chow (crazy good)
5) Today!

I’m a fool for puppy chow!

butterscotch peanut butter puppy chow in a blue bowl

I made today’s version about two weeks ago. And I’ve been hiding it from you ever since! Forgive me? I’ve made it twice since the first time I made it. Friends couldn’t get enough of it! And neither could I. If you’ve never tried the combination of peanut butter and butterscotch, you are really missing out. Buttery, brown sugary, toffee-like butterscotch morsels mixed with rich, creamy, stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth peanut butter. It kind of tastes like a Butterfinger! Heaven on earth, I tell ya.

Just like all of my puppy chow recipes, today’s version requires no baking at all. That’s right, give your oven (and yourself!) a rest. We are approaching summer after all. There are a whopping 5 ingredients in this recipe. Yes, five. And you may just have them all in your pantry right now.

A generous amount of butterscotch morsels melted with creamy peanut butter, poured on top of Chex cereal and peanuts, and covered in a powdered sugar shower. The most important thing to remember as you make this puppy chow is to carefully mix the peanut butter/butterscotch mixture with the cereal and peanuts. You want to avoid crushing the cereal at all costs. Make sure you have a nice big bowl to do the mixing or else your counter will be covered in butterscotch-y cereal. Which doesn’t sound so bad. 😉

hand grabbing a handful of butterscotch peanut butter puppy chow

This puppy chow is the epitome of salty/sweet. The salty peanuts coated in the butterscotch and powdered sugar were my favorite part. I may or may not have eaten all of the peanuts out before Kevin could try any when he got home from work. Yep, there I was… sitting on the couch, watching reruns of Friends, and picking out the peanuts. He goes, “there are peanuts in this? Where?”

Ooops.

The puppy chow stays nice and crunchy for days. If it will last that long! Does anyone else think that puppy chow should be illegal? For how easy it is to make and how addicting it is to eat – it should be a crime. Puppy Chow – sabotaging diets everywhere. Whatever, it’s so worth it!

I speak from experience when I say that “one bite” of today’s sweet/salty snack is not enough. “One taste” is not enough. “One small bowl” is not enough. Heck, even a huge bowl is not enough. Trust me, you will NOT be able to put this stuff down.

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More puppy chow variations to try:

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butterscotch peanut butter puppy chow in a purple bowl

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Puppy Chow

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6-7 cups
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

An easy recipe for butterscotch peanut butter puppy chow or muddy buddies. Easy and no-bake!


Ingredients

  • 6 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 and 1/2 cups butterscotch morsels
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 and 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

  1. Pour the Chex cereal and peanuts into a large bowl. Toss to combine. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butterscotch morsels and peanut butter on low heat. Constantly stir to avoid the butterscotch morsels from burning. Once completely melted, remove pan from heat.
  3. Pour mixture over the cereal. Carefully fold until each piece is covered in the melted peanut butter/butterscotch mixture. Pour confectioners’ sugar into a large zipped-top bag. Add the coated cereal, seal, and shake everything together for at least 60 seconds to ensure each piece/chunk is coated with confectioners’ sugar.
  4. Allow to cool and enjoy! Puppy chow is good up to 1 week at room temperature, but trust me – it won’t last that long.

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