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


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  1. Before I discovered your fabulous blog Sally I had never even heard of puppy chow or muddy buddies. Well now all the people close to me will know what it is because I’ll be making this stuff all the time! Oh my goodness. At first I told myself I’d only allow myself a handful but eating it sitting in front of a movie I ate myself sick! Highly addictive. I love that its no bake and that I can quickly whip it up on movie night. As always when I’m in the kitchen I screw up one way or the other and I used beer nuts in this. lol. I was going to get honeyroasted but the beer nuts were on sale and looked delicious so I increased the salt to half a teaspoon, and i haven’t had Nutella in years and was so excited by that that I used too much. Also Chex isn’t easy to find where I live so I used Kellogg’s Crispix which appeared to be the same. I won’t make these same mistakes again when I make it for the next time but regardless it was still to die for. Thanks Sally!

    1. Hey Heather! I know, this stuff is so addicting! I’m so glad you made it and that you are a puppy chow/muddy buddy lover like me now. And it is SO easy to make, which I love so much! Let me know if you make any other recipes from my site. Thank you so much for reporting back Heather! Have a great day. 🙂

  2. Hmm, I have yet to get on the Puppy Chow Bandwagon, but this recipe may just be the one to pull me over to the dark side. Seriously, anything bathed in Nutella is fine in my books.

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

    1. SO glad to hear it Amber! I made it yesterday as well. Always a huge hit with us too!

  4. Emily @ Life on Food says:

    I don’t even want to make this because I know right then and there I would finish off the whole bowl.

    1. You and I alike, Emily! I need to pry myself away from the bowl when I make it. It’s so addicting!

  5. 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!

    1. That’s awesome Sarah! I can NEVER put this stuff down when I make it. I mindlessly munch on it all day long. 🙂 I like your idea of eating it with milk like cereal! Puppy Chow for breakfast… love it.

  6. That sounds & looks so good! I love that it has actual peanuts in it too 🙂
    Stopping by from Thursday’s Treasures and pinning to share!

  7. Hi Sally!
    That looks crazy good, and I really want to try it, but I live in Brazil and we dont have this kind of cereal here. Do you have any sugestions that could make a good substitute?
    Thanks a lot,

    1. Hi Clara! The only suggestion I would make would be crispex cereal. Not sure if you have that? Thank you!

  8. angela @ another bite please says:

    made this for our church’s bake sale…it was hard not to keep eating as i was trying to bag up!

  9. This is puppy chow totally taken to the next awesome level! Yum!

  10. 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!

  11. Hey, Sally! You’ve inspired me to make my very own puppy chow, I didn’t have the ingredients to make any of your mouth-watering puppy chow recipes, but I had something. I mixed 3 1/2 C honey nut chex and 3/4 C unsalted cashews and set aside in a bowl. Melted 1/2 tbsp milk, 1 1/2 C dark chocolate chips, 1/2 C PB, and a pinch of salt in a sauce pan and immediately added to the chow, mixed alllll arrrouund, then after that mixed in 3/4 C powdered sugar. YUM!!!

    1. That sounds amazing, Lindsay. I think I may have to try it. I love honey chex!

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

  13. Hi Sally
    I was googling for no bake recipes and found your website.
    All recipes look tasty. Especially puppy chows!
    However, I am out of the states, so not able to get rice chex :'(
    so.. do you think I am able to use pretzels instead of rice chex or golden grahams?
    Thanks for reading. I’ll bookmark your blog and visit sometimes 🙂

    1. Hi Stacy – I’ve never tried it before, but i believe pretzels would work just find. Let me know how it goes!

  14. I made this a couple weeks ago for my son’s birthday party. Last year I did the S’mores version, and it was AWESOME! I thought this was just as fabulous. Unfortunately (for my waistline), there was a lot left! I have no idea if people weren’t sure about it, or what. But it’s SO GOOD. For me, it’s a tie between the S’mores and the Salted Nutella puppy chows…it’s war!

    1. I simply cannot choose between this and the s’mores version. I think this may win though? I am a sucker for salty sweet. So happy you all loved it!

  15. Sally, I pinned this recipe awhile ago, and I was waiting to make it for some event. I took it to a party, and it was a hit! I wouldn’t have cared if no one liked it, because I ate so much of it while making it! It is unbelievably good. But everyone adored it. Who doesn’t love Nutella or salty or sweet snacks!

    1. I always eat SO much of this stuff whenever I make it for parties and such. It’s addicting! Happy you tried it. Thanks for reporting back Lia!

  16. thank you for all your wonderful recipes. I can’t wait to try so many of them. You are a very talented young lady..thank you for all the hard work you put into your site. I have shared it with many of my cooking friends. I once again want to say thank you..sometimes the hard work that it takes to make a site like this goes unnoticed.. God Bless always…

    1. Thanks very much, Janice!

  17. Can you make this with out the peanuts?

    1. Absolutely!

  18. You have the most amazing recipes EVER! I cant wait to make all of these at one point or another! 😀 

  19. Omigosh I made this and it was SO addictive! I’m going to go make it for our trip tomorrow to Georgia. Methinks it is a good idea.

  20. I made a different Nutella-based puppy chow earlier this year. It was a mess! And – not enough Nutella! *GASP* But my husband’s office wanted it again for their Thanksgiving party. Your recipe was the perfect solution! I took the lazy way out, though. I dumped the entire jar of Nutella in w/ the stick of salted butter, then dumped that over the whole box of Crispex (what I had on hand) & subbed a bag of tiny pretzel twists for peanuts. I also swapped 1/2 cup of cocoa powder for 1/2 cup of the confectioner’s sugar to up the chocolatey goodness. After coating, I wasn’t sure there’d be enough to go around, so I *ahem* threw in a bag of dark chocolate M&Ms. They’ve already submitted their Christmas party request! 

    1. Now THAT sounds amazing Gayle!

  21. Made these using buttery snaps pretzels instead of peanuts and was very tasty when it was freshly made and warm—especially the pretzels…tasted exactly like a chocolate cake donut with that milk or water and confectioners sugar icing swirled on it. The next day it wasn’t so tasty so I would make it just as you’re needing it (that day)…didn’t taste like Nutella at all, for those of you who don’t like Nutella….B+

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