Salted Peanut Nutella Puppy Chow

Remember when I told you that my Salted Triple Caramel Cupcakes are described as “the best thing we’ve ever had” by a few of my friends? Well, they’re still the best. But now they have some fierce Nutella competition.

Salted Peanut Nutella Puppy Chow: ruining diets one salty, sweet, addictive bite at a time.

salted peanut Nutella puppy chow in a bowl

The reason I’m posting puppy chow recipes so often recently? Because we love the stuff! And I know you do too. Sitting on the couch on a lazy weekend night watching terrible reality TV with friends is the perfect excuse to make it. And that’s how I’ve been spending my weekend nights recently. I’ve told you before, I’m boring. It’s much too cold outside! Puppy chow saves the day.

Puppy chow is also called Muddy Buddies. I grew up calling it puppy chow but sometimes I’m caught calling it muddy buddies. Both names are fun to say.

The original puppy chow recipe can be found all over the internet, so it’s been my mission (tasty mission) to create spin-off recipes. See: S’Mores Puppy Chow, Cupcake Puppy Chow, and Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow <– most popular recipe of 2012. Weee!

salted peanut Nutella puppy chow in a white bowl

salted peanut Nutella puppy chow

So here we go. A Nutella version, what else would you expect? But not just Nutella… a kicked up chocolate-y Nutella version with salty peanuts. I’m a salty/sweet freak. Who’s with me?

First, you’re going to melt some butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. 1 whole stick of salted butter – no diet food today. Unsalted butter would work just fine here. To be honest, I couldn’t tell the difference making it with salted or unsalted. So, go with whatever you have on hand.

Next, add the good stuff. You know what I’m talking about.

jar of Nutella

Ohhhh yeah. Just gimme a spoon and I’d be all set. 🙂

With the butter, you’re going to add a very generous cup of Nutella to the saucepan. The amount I used turned out to be 1 full cup plus a few extra Tablespoons. I obviously couldn’t stop spooning it into the saucepan. It left me with just a couple servings left in a standard 13 oz jar.

Once the butter and Nutella are smooth and completely melted, add a pinch of salt. Nutella is incredibly sweet by itself (no complaints here!) and since we’re going for a salty/sweet snack here, I added a small 1/4 teaspoon of table salt to the mixture – which isn’t much at all.

Ok, now get ready for a big pour. Stream the glorious chocolate/butter glory all over a big bowl of Rice Chex cereal and salty peanuts. 6 cups of cereal and 1 and 1/4 cup of peanuts. I used honey roasted peanuts today but you really can use any peanut that you’d like. The peanuts were my favorite part of the chow!

salted peanut Nutella puppy chow mixture in an orange bowl

Don’t you just want to dive right in?!?!

Next, it’s time to stir it all up. Be gentle here, you don’t want to crush the cereal. The warm Nutella mixture is much thinner than the coating I used for my Cupcake Puppy Chow, which is made from butter and white chocolate melts. Today’s coating will be easier to mix around on those innocent cereal squares and peanuts.

Once everything is sufficiently showered with Nutella, transfer the cereal to a very large zipped-top bag holding 2 cups of powdered sugar. Shake shake shake til you can’t shake no more and dose each bite with some sweet stuff.

salted peanut Nutella puppy chow in a bowl

So there ya go. Wasn’t all of that easy and even better – wasn’t that quick? A HUGE dose of Nutella in the best snacky way. Combined with crunchy cereal, sweet snowy sugar, and salty peanuts. You do not want to leave out the peanuts! Covered in chocolate-y Nutella, they are most definitely the best part about this chow.

I speak from experience when I say that “one bite” of today’s snack is not enough. “One taste” is not enough. “One small bowl” is not enough. Heck, even a huge bowl is not enough. {embarrassing.} My friends begged me to make more! Trust me, you will NOT be able to put this stuff down.

salted peanut Nutella puppy chow in a bowl

And I know that a snack like this would be perfect for Superbowl Sunday. I don’t know about you, but I love the Superbowl for the commercials and for the munchies. But this year will be a little different. We live in Baltimore, sooooo you know I’ll be tuning in for the actual game too. 🙂

What are your favorite game-day snacks?  I hope puppy chow is included!

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salted peanut Nutella puppy chow in a bowl

Salted Peanut Nutella Puppy Chow

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 7 and 1/2 cups
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Seriously addicting salty & sweet snack mix made from Nutella, peanuts, and Chex cereal. Recipe is gluten free.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted or unsalted butter
  • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons Nutella
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/4 cup salty peanuts*
  • 6 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar


  1. In a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat, melt the butter and Nutella. Stir constantly until smooth. Add salt. Remove from heat.
  2. Pour the peanuts and cereal into a large bowl. Top with warm Nutella mixture and gently mix it around to coat each piece of cereal.
  3. In a large zipped top bag or covered container, add the powdered sugar. Pour the Nutella 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.
  4. Discard excess powder and enjoy. Store at room temperature up to 2 weeks.


Peanuts: Use whichever kind of peanuts you prefer– dry roasted, honey-roasted, etc.

Keywords: peanut nutella puppy chow, nutella puppy chow


  1. OMG!! I just made a batch of this for a potluck tomorrow and I don’t want to part with it. I am also making the S’Mores Puppy Chow and I’m sure it will be just as delicious! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. 🙂

  2. I made this last night for the Super Bowl party I hosted and it was a HUGE hit! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. I made this yesterday for our monthly couple’s game night. Everyone raved & inhaled it! I had saved a little at home and my husband ate it for breakfast with milk just like cereal.

    Thanks for another winner, Sally!

  4. Hi Sally, I was wondering if you could substitute Chocolate Chex for Plain, because apparently my supermarket doesnt sell it. Hope you can help!

    1. Hi there Ivvana! Yes, chocolate chex will be just fine. And maybe even better. Enjoy!

  5. We’ve made this Puppy Chow a number of times and it never fails to delight!!
    Thanks Sally!!

  6. Can you make this with out the peanuts?

    1. Absolutely!

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