Cupcake Puppy Chow

Addicting snack mix that tastes like cupcake batter! Made without cake mix.

cupcake puppy chow

I’m really sorry for doing this to you. No really, I am.

I’m putting you in danger of the world’s most addicting, sweetest snack. If you like cupcakes, you’ll like this. If you like white chocolate, you’ll like this. If you like sprinkles… holy moly batman… you will LOVE this.

PS: This is NOT dog food.Β 

Puppy Chow aka Muddy Buddies is this.

cupcake puppy chow in a glass bowl

I have received many, many, many requests for a new puppy chow variety. Last summer, I brought you S’mores Puppy Chow. Over the holidays, I brought you Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow. You (and certainly I) LOVE this stuff. It was only a matter of time until I added sprinkles.

I made this chow just last night and I couldn’t wait one stinkin’ second to share it with you. It would be considered a crime if I made you wait.

The idea of this puppy chow came to me at work yesterday. It’s true, I daydream about sprinkles.Β I’ve seen Cake Batter/Funfetti Puppy Chow being done several times before. Most recipes I see call for powdered cake mix.Β I went off the beaten path and came up with my own version, sans cake mix.Β 

2 images of cupcake puppy chow in glass bowls

Today’s snacky little treat tastes like cupcakes. Buttery, funfetti cupcakes infused with sugary sprinkles. Slightly crunchy, very powdery, and covered in my magic “cupcake” formula. This gooey sweet stuff to be poured all over your Chex cereal. Begin by melting butter, heavy cream, and white chocolate candy melts over low heat in a saucepan. Stir everything constantly until the white chocolate is melted. The mixture will be buttery and “goopy” – very thick and very dense. If you are questioning its thickness, stop. It is supposed to be thick.

Remove the white chocolate/cream/butter mixture from the stove and stir in 2 magical ingredients: butter emulsion and almond emulsion. You can use butter extract and almond extract instead. I used almond emulsion and butter extract, as shown in the photo below. When exposed to high heat, the alcohol in extracts causes the white chocolate to seize, so the heavy cream is used to prevent the chocolate from seizing. If you’d like to purchase alcohol-free based flavorings, I recommend the bakery emulsions that I linked above.

If you’d rather make this puppy chow without purchasing emulsions or extracts, simply leave them out. The puppy chow, coated in white chocolate and sprinkles, will still taste like and look like funfetti I promise. πŸ™‚

2 images of almond extract and imitation butter flavor in a bottle

I used almond extract/emulsion and butter extract/emulsion instead of vanilla because I find that the two mixed together bring an impeccable “batter” flavor to the recipe. You may certainly use vanilla extract/emulsion as well (1 teaspoon), but do NOT leave out the butter or almond.

Pour the mixture over the Chex cereal. Using more cereal than 4.5 cups means less cupcake white chocolate in each bite. Since the mixture is so thick, you’ll really have to stir it into the cereal. Careful not to break the cereal as you mix it up. Everything will be warm since the white chocolate mixture just came from the stovetop. Wait a couple minutes before pouring on your sprinkles. Not too long, or else they won’t stick. Cover the coated cereal with assorted sprinkles.

Now comes the fun part. Grab a large zipped top bag, add 1.5 cups of powdered sugar, pour in the coated cereal and shake. Shake shake shake until all the cereal pieces are coated in sugar. Just wait until you taste what’s inside that bag!

If you thought shaking the cereal in powdered sugar was fun, what until you take that first bite. You have just made the best cupcake-y snack in the entire world. I realize cupcake-y is not a word, but I can hardly focus on anything but puppy chow right now.

I like to think I have a large amount of self control, but this is something I could NOT stop picking at. I even had a handful before breakfast this morning and again after my run. Scary Β addictive. Consider this your warning.Β PS: this stuff is very sweet.

cupcake puppy chow in a glass bowl

cupcake puppy chow

An easy, no bake recipe that only takes about 15 minutes. Dangerous, I tell ya. Put your party hats on, get your balloons ready because having this recipe is certainly something to celebrate!Β Now, excuse me while I go eat this for the rest of my life.

Β *The puppy chow will not be as crunchy on day two. If you prefer your puppy chow to remain crunchy, simply leave out the butter. Melt the white chocolate or almond bark according to package instructions before adding the extracts/emulsions.

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cupcake puppy chow in a glass bowl

Cupcake Puppy Chow

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 and 1/2 cups
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Addicting snack mix that tastes like cupcake batter! Made without cake mix.


  • 4 and 1/2 cups Rice Chex cereal*
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy cream (no substitutions)
  • 10 oz white chocolate candy melts or pure white chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract*
  • 1 teaspoon butter extract*
  • 2/3 cup assorted sprinkles
  • 1 and 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar


  1. Pour the cereal in a large bowl, set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the butter, cream, and white chocolate. Stir constantly until the white chocolate is fully melted. The mixture will be very thick and buttery. Remove from heat. Stir in almond extract and butter extract.
  3. Pour warm white chocolate mixture over cereal. Stir it all together gently, making sure not to break the cereal. Wait about 3-4 (no longer) minutes and gently fold in the sprinkles – you don’t want the sprinkles to lose their color.
  4. In a large zipped top bag or covered container, add the powdered sugar. Pour the white chocolate covered cereal into the large bag or container. Seal the bag or container and shake until all the cereal is coated with the powdered mixture.
  5. Discard excess powder and enjoy. Store at room temperature up to 2 weeks – please see note above about the “crunch” factor.


  1. Cereal: Do not use Crispex– I’ve found that it breaks easily.
  2. Extracts: You can make the puppy chow withoutextracts still maintaining a funfetti look and basic white chocolate flavor.

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  1. LOVE this.

  2. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says:

    Without cake mix? Who knew that was possible! Love it.

    1. very possible with a couple special ingredients. πŸ™‚ Thanks Erin!

      1. Cortalynch says:

        Thank you SO much!! My daughter has a gluten allergy so we make different check mixes a lot for her. She hasn’t tasted cake or cake flavored anything in years. I can’t wait to surprise her with it!!

      2. So glad to hear that! I hope she enjoys.

  3. What a strange name. Do puppies love these as well? Sounds delicious.

    1. puppy chow is commercially known as muddy buddies. but i grew up calling it puppy chow! it’s typically made with peanut butter and chocolate. this is a vanilla cake version. it is not a treat for dogs! thanks linda!

  4. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says:

    Your puppy chow is adorable! I love this kind of stuff! I made some over the holiday break, and I never eve got to post the recipe. My Husband said what is this stuff it looks weird, next thing I know he took the whole bowl and ate 6 cups of it!!! Now you got me wanting to make puppy chow again! I want to try your peppermint version. I have had it bookmarked ever since you posted it!! Your cupcake puppy chow will be perfect for my Step-daughters birthday!! She will go crazy for it!! Will be making it in a couple of weeks!

    1. Thanks Jennifer! I clearly love puppy chow as well. it’s not only fun to eat, but i think it’s fun to make and shake it all up. πŸ™‚ If you try this, let me know! I always think it’s a funny name and looks weird, but wow… it’s the best.

  5. I don’t know about in the US, but in Canada Purina Puppy Chow is a brand name for dog food. When I first saw it appearing on Pinterest I was wondering why so many people were flavoring their dog’s food! I’m sure your’s tastes nothing like dog food and I would be more than willing to try it Sally….it looks amazing! πŸ™‚ Do you know how the name came about?

    1. Hi Liz!! thanks so much! Puppy Chow is also known as Muddy Buddies – in the link above to wikipedia, i learned that it is called puppy chow b/c it resembles Dog Chow. So funny!

  6. Nikki @ Chef in Training says:

    Holy cow, Sally! Why did I have to see this?! Your pictures are drool worthy and nothing speaks to me more than that of cake batter…. I am going to have to make this asap. Seriously… It is all I can think about now πŸ™‚ SO bright and colorful! Thanks so much for the fabulous recipe!

    1. Nikki!! Thank you so much my dearest friend. πŸ™‚ You and I are cake batter fools that’s for sure! Thank you for the photography compliment too.

  7. Oh, how I wish you had posted this sooner. I just made your Smores Puppy Chow again, but this is going to be next on my list! Lovin’ your blog, Sally! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Kristin! I hope you love the s’more chow! let me know if/when you make this version πŸ™‚

  8. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    I can feel this post blowing up on Pinterest already πŸ™‚ They look and sound wonderful. Puppy chow is so addicting the way it is – but with the sprinkles and almond emulsion (I actually have their red velvet emulsion and cake batter emulsion!) and butter emulsion and all the sprinkles – oh boy, super addicting & delish I bet!

    1. thanks Averie! I have their Princess Cake & Cookie version if that’s the cake batter version you’re talking about – love it! I won it in one of your giveaways last April, actually. I was going to use it here, but wanted a more easily available option. Puppy chow has always been one of my very favorites, it’s fun exploring new versions!

  9. Cassie | Bake Your Day says:

    I love sprinkles!! I love butter extract and almond extract. I just love everything about these!

  10. Ari @ Ari's Menu says:

    Cupcake-y is totally a word! Sally, this recipe looks sooo great and such a cool idea! I love making different varieties of puppy chow, and I bet that almond emulsion just brought it to a whole new level!

  11. Becky @ Olives n Wine says:

    Sally! This looks incredible! I am happy that you created a “funfetti-like” recipe without the cake mix additive πŸ™‚ This is totally going on my list for the next time I need to bring treats to a party!

    1. Thanks Becky! It has been on my to-do list to come up with another cupcake-y recipe without cake mix. I appreciate it! Let me know how it turns out for ya when you do make it. πŸ™‚

  12. ashley @ wishes and dishes says:

    OMG! I’m all over this!!

  13. Sally…you are a genius. That’s all I have to say.

    1. shaina – you are wonderful, that is all i have to say.

  14. Aww! The sprinkles make it look SO PRETTY! And the sound of shaking the mixture in powdered sugar sounds immensely fun πŸ™‚ What an awesome recipe!

    1. thank you kathy! and i love shooting sprinkles – they are so pretty on camera AND on this puppy chow. thank you!

  15. Herbivore Triathlete says:

    Way to get creative Sally! This cupcake puppy chow will be a huge hit at any party or gathering that it attends!

    1. any party “it” attends! haha too funny. but very true. anyone who loves funfetti, the best party food, would LOVE this puppy chow!

  16. Avery @ Southern Belle Living Well says:

    That would be so fun for a party! The multi-color makes a great pop!

  17. oh yes i did. πŸ™‚ if you ever make it, let me know! you’d love this my friend. πŸ™‚

  18. I accidentally added vanilla instead of butter extract…then added half the almond extract. πŸ™

    1. Hi Melanie! Oops! Yes the butter extract is quite important and so is the full amount of almond extract.

  19. I went out and bought almond extract after I saw this post! I’m going to use pink sprinkles in it for my daughter’s birthday party! Can’t wait to try it:)

    1. LOVE the pink sprinkles idea Meredith! And butter extract brings the chow SO much flavor, you and the bday girl are going to love it!

  20. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    Oh, Sally. Oh. I think I love you a little more… and I just gained 5 lbs reading this post, because I will eat the entire batch.

    1. Haha! Dorothy, I kept having to tell Kevin to take it away from me! But then I’d grab it again. It is SO dangerous and addicting!

  21. Loretta A Finn In The Kitchen says:

    This is definitely one of those recipes that has to come with multiple warnings! I’ve never used butter extract before, but I’m sure I’d love it because butter is so awesome πŸ˜›

    1. i love using butter extract and have only used it in a few recipes before. And I can’t wait to use it in more recipes where I want a prevelant buttery flavor. πŸ™‚ Thanks Loretta!

  22. Back For Seconds says:

    If we ever meet in real life, we will eat puppy chow. Lots of puppy chow πŸ™‚

    1. I like your thinking Stephanie. πŸ™‚ WIll reply to your email tonight!

  23. Sally – a million things but 1. my husband (of seven months?!) was all “what’s this butter extract” in our cupboard the other day….so…..yum!!!! this!!!! and 2. I so appreciate your personal approach to your blog (which does not mean you have to respond to this idiot comment) but it make me feel like you care about your readers!

    1. That means SO much to me. Honestly, thank you so very much for saying that my personal approach is appreciated. That puts a HUGE smile on my face. I don’t want to come off as a robot! And butter extract? LOVE the stuff. Let me know if you try this puppy chow out!

    2. Made these last night! Thank you for the perfect instructions, it turned out so well! It was a big hit at the party, of course!

      1. woo hoo LaneM! I’m glad to hear that. πŸ™‚

  24. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    Oh my goodness – you have no idea how badly I need this right now at 2AM!

  25. megan @ whatmegansmaking says:

    So cute! And you really can’t go wrong with puppy chow πŸ™‚

  26. Would it be wrong to send puppy chow in my son’s school lunch? All the other kids will be so jealous!

    1. haha! Laura I just laughed so loud. YEs, the other kiddos would be very envious! I know I would be – and I’m a grown up!

  27. Shea Goldstein says:

    Pinned!! Love it – it’s almost too pretty to eat!

  28. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says:

    This looks as addictive as it sounds. I can’t wait to try it!!4

  29. Hi Sally!
    HOW oh HOW have I not found your website before now?!?!?!? I feel like I’ve been missing out on SO much in my life.
    So I just pinned nearly every one of your recipes to Pinterest. Haha! I’m about to head to the kitchen to start baking. I have a feeling I may be in there all day…there are SO SO SO many of your recipes that I want to try. I keep pointing my computer to my husband telling him I’m going to ‘make this, and make that’ – lol! I think the two of us might be on a sugar high today πŸ˜€
    & your pictures- GORGEOUS! You have such an eye!

    1. Hwy Holly! Thank you for all the pins! And for all the kind words. Do I see that oyu were cheering for the Ravens in your link? Great win yesterday! Let me know what you bake and how it al turns out. I’m flattered you are so excited to make recipes from my archive. Have a fun time baking!

  30. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    This is possibly the best thing to ever grace my eyeballs. HOLY COW, SALLY!! Don’t worry, I’m not screaming AT you but WITH you. This is AWESOME. Your peppermint puppy chow is the bees knees and will forever and ever be my favorite. But this version is simply impeccable. The homemade, cake batter flavor without a box mix? Dreams do come true, and they look like these sprinkle-smothered beauties πŸ™‚ I LOVE my butter emulsion (I have the one by LorAnn Oils too) and almond extract. Almond is SO unique when added to frostings and cakes and I would have never suspected that almond + butter would equal that classic batter flavor. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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