Salted Peanut Nutella Puppy Chow

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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. This is so addicting!

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!

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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.

Salted Peanut Nutella Puppy Chow

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!

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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

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.

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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!

Salted Peanut Nutella Puppy Chow

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


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter (or unsalted)
  • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons Nutella
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/4 cup salty peanuts (dry roasted, honey-roasted - whichever kind you prefer)
  • 6 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


In a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat, melt the butter and Nutella.  Stir constantly until smooth.  Add salt. Remove from heat.

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.

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.

Discard excess powder and enjoy. Store at room temperature up to 2 weeks.

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  1. I can only imagine how dangerously!!!! good this is, Sally! I love Nutella and the whole salty/sweet, crunchy vibe going on. I could and would inhale this! This would be devoured!!! by us. Holy moly this looks insane. We love our puppy chow and this is such a good one!

    1. I know! I’m so obsessed with the stuff Averie, as you can tell. 🙂 I made this last weekend and on our trip this past weekend I was regretting NOT making another batch for the road!!

  2. Dear Sally,

    You are killing me with these puppy chow recipes! Well, ok more like killing my skinny jeans.

    I’m going to make this or your cake batter chow for my super bowl party, that way i’m not eating it alone!

    Congrats on your engagement! Nice rock 😉

  3. First off – congrats to you!! Lovely lovely ring!! Okay, now my question. I’ve never had this, or heard of it (I know, sheltered!), but is this something you could put in a little baggie or something and give away??

    1. Thank you SO much for the congrats Donna! Puppy chow is chex cereal covered in peanut butter and chocolate and then powdered sugar. I’ve made a few different versions of it and today’s version is all about Nutella! It is SO addicting. 🙂 And yes, it makes a great treat to give away. I know plenty of recipients who would LOVE to get their hands on it. 🙂

      1. Sally, could I ask you another – off topic – question? When you make the pretzel hugs, do the hugs melt to the back of the pretzel? Mine do and it looks a little gooby but still has a great taste. I just wondered if I was squishing the M&M too hard. Made some yesterday with raspberry M&Ms and gave them to the post office today and they loved them!!! Sorry to ask an off topic, but I was just wondering!!

      2. Hi Donna! The chocolate does get to the bottom underside of the pretzel yes, but doesn’t completely envelope it. I also press the M&M down hard. They aren’t the prettiest of snacks on the bottom side. 🙂 But it’s chocolate and pretzels – all tastes good going down!

  4. Okay Sally, you just took my all-time favorite snack (AKA the one I can never keep at my desk or I’ll eat the entire batch…) and made it a million times better! LOVE Nutella! I’m so excited to try this and then quickly give it away to all of my friends and coworkers 🙂

    1. I kept picking and picking and picking at this stuff Becky! Addicting. Crazy scary addicting. LOVE it so much. You must make this version my friend!

  5. Um, yes. I just made some Puppy Chow and was thinking about adding Nutella but we were all out. Great minds think alike!

    Also: how did I let myself run out of Nutella???

  6. Umm no way. You are reading my mind. I was literally thinking yesterday that I wanted to make puppy chow to take with me for snacks on the plane this weekend (travelling to Vegas woo!). But my usual favorite of chocolate + PB wouldn’t work because the boyfriend doesn’t like that flavor combo (yes, he’s a freak). So I was thinking of trying to come up with something Nutella based instead. You’ve come to my rescue!! I’m making this later this week! 🙂

    1. Meghan, how fun is that? Great minds think alike girl. You have to let me know how it comes out ok? And if your bf doesn’t like peanut butter & chocolate – there’s more for you anyway. But he’d be on board with this stuff I’m sure. Maybe leave out the peanuts? Who knows. I love it all!

  7. Woah woah woah!!! It’s nasty and cold outside + the roads are super bad… but you’ve just convinced me to be brave and face the trip to the grocery store after work to pick up these ingredients! (and maybe I’ll “accidentally” forget to pick up the broccoli I’ve already forgotten once, so I can eat puppy chow for dinner tonight) 😉

    1. Haha!! Kelly you’re hysterical. I hope you got to the store yesterday and picked up the puppy chow ingredrients. and i’ll forgive ya if you forgot the veggies lol 😉

  8. To be honest, I don’t think I have ever had puppy chow or heard of it before Pinterest and blogging times. But your versions look amazing and I love sweet and salty. And no baking is required, so I can probably make them here in Thailand. I think I have seen the cereal for it in the store but you have to double check 🙂

    1. Thankd Regina! You would probably love the stuff. It’s quite addicting! My favorite version so far is this nutella one. 🙂 And I love that it’s no bake!

    1. Puppy Chow Queen! You’re too funny Colleen!! It’s true – I completely love the stuff and won’t ever stop making it!

  9. Wow. After we’re done with our fast, this is on my list to make first! I loooove puppy chow and I can just imagine how great it is with nutella… mmm…

  10. I grew up calling it Puppy Chow as well and it’s still one of my favorite sweet snacks. Although, I always regret making it because it only takes me a few days to devour. And while I completely enjoy that, my pants do not.

  11. Ok. I’d have to make like 1/4 of this recipe, because of its highly addictive nature. Unless I got my hubby to lock it up somewhere, but that doesn’t work because I pester him and MAKE him give it up. I’m terrible like that, so it’s pointless!
    Baking. Addiction. That pretty much sums it up!

    1. I should’ve halved the recipe at least b/c we did NOT put this stuff down while munching away on the couch one night. SO good. but yes – soooo addicting! Thanks Carol!

  12. So I told My mom the recipe and she go’s when are you making this?! Lol guess I will have to make us some! Can’t wait! Thank you for the recipe Sally!!!:)

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