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cupcake puppy chow in a glass bowl

Cupcake Puppy Chow

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  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 5 cups
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Crunchy and sweet cupcake puppy chow is a guaranteed crowd-pleasing snack at birthday parties or any celebration that calls for lots of sprinkles. Vanilla and butter extracts give it a completely from-scratch cake batter taste (no box cake mix needed) and will have everyone coming back for more.


  • 5 cups (135g) Rice Chex cereal
  • 10 ounces (282g) white chocolate, finely chopped*
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil or coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon butter extract*
  • 1/2 cup (about 90g) rainbow sprinkles (I use these)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (180g) confectioners’ sugar


  1. Pour the cereal in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Melt white chocolate and oil together. You can melt it in a double boiler or the microwave. If using the microwave: place the white chocolate and oil in a medium heat-proof bowl. Heat in 20-second increments in the microwave, stirring after each increment, until completely melted and smooth.
  3. Remove from heat. Stir in the heavy cream first, and then the vanilla extract and butter extract.
  4. Pour warm white chocolate mixture over cereal. Stir it all together gently, making sure not to break the cereal. Wait about 3–4 minutes (no longer) and then gently fold in the sprinkles.
  5. Pour the warm chocolate-covered cereal in a large zipped-top bag or sealable container. Add the confectioners’ sugar. Seal the bag or container and shake until all the cereal is coated with the confectioners’ sugar.
  6. Discard any excess confectioners’ sugar. Store tightly covered at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, if it lasts that long!


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  2. Cereal: Do not use Crispex or other crispy cereal. Rice Chex is the best option here.
  3. White Chocolate: Use the 4-ounce (113g) white chocolate baking bars, such as Baker’s or Ghirardelli brands, found in the baking aisle next to the chocolate chips. (You will need 2.5 of them to yield 10 ounces.) Don’t use white chocolate chips, because they will not melt/coat properly. You can also use almond bark or white/vanilla melting wafers.
  4. Butter Extract: You can make the puppy chow without the butter extract if needed. Or feel free to replace with more vanilla extract, or replace with this cake batter extract.