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. Puppy chow is fantastic, but it’s been a while since I’ve had it. Probably because I know I can’t resist…

    I have to confess that I still haven’t tried Nutella (probably the only food blogger that hasn’t!). I’ve seen how much sugar is in there and I feel like it’ll be too sweet for me. At least that’s my excuse!

    1. Nutella is certainly sweet but it’s SO chocolatey too. And with salty peanuts – it’s not as sweet, obviously. I truly think you’d like this Loretta!

  2. holy cow that’s some good lookin’ puppy chow! heehee couldn’t resist the rhyme 😉 I was intrigued with cake batter, but now I think I’m in love with the nutella. Sigh..why haven’t they created eat-o-vision for the internet yet…

  3. My only experience with Muddy Buddies/Puppy Chow growing up was the version printed on the Rice Chex box (with peanut butter)…and it was just too peanut butter-y for me (sorry for the blasphemy! Please let me keep visiting your site! ;)). So I LOVE all these other versions you are doing that add some different, wonderful flavors to the original. I’m really impressed by the close-up pictures where you can see little individual sugar crystals. 🙂

    1. Caley – not blasphemy at all. 🙂 I will forgive you my dear! I’m so glad you’re loving the other versions of it. I cannot stop making it! New ideas pop into my head every week. I’m not sure when we will be all puppy chow-ed out, but hopefully not soon! I love the stuff!! Thank you for the photo compliment too =)

  4. This is kind of embarrassing, but the first time you posted a puppy chow recipe, I actually thought it was for your dog 😀
    Eventually I googled it and figured out exactly what it was…we don’t have such a thing in Canada. It looks absolutely delicious though, and I’m going to give it a try on our next movie night!

    1. No need to be embarrassed Denise! Many readers have asked me if it is dog food. 🙂 I honestly think you would love this – or any of my versions actually! Let me know if you try any. Thanks Denise!

    1. Feb 6th? National Nutella Day? Oh my goodness, I better make something with Nutella again this weekend. 🙂 I love cookie butter! And cookie butter puppy chow? Ok, I gotta make that ASAP!

  5. Sally,
    I hate to be “one of those people” asking about substituting ingredients, but do you think Corn Chex cereal would work in this recipe instead of Rice Chex? Just asking because that’s what I have on hand.

    1. Wow, just wow. I made this yesterday for the Super Bowl and it’s amazing! It’s exactly like you described it. My mom loved it, too, and told me to take the rest home with me because she can’t be trusted with it. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂

      1. I made it yesterday too Stefanie! We all could not stop munching on it during the game. And yes, I can’t be trusted around it either! Thanks for reporting back!

  6. I am definitely going to make this for the “Big Game” this weekend! I think I am going to throw a couple broken pretzels in with mine too. I thnk that would work well.
    Love your blog!

    1. Hi Taryn! Thank you so much! And the addition of broken pretzels is a great idea…. now I think I need to make this again to include pretzels 🙂 Enjoy the game!

  7. I am just as crazy for the sweet and salty combo Sally! Throw Nutella into the mix and I have to pinch myself! I love all your puppy chow creations.

  8. This sounds good for breakfast!
    You should check out the website chocolatecoveredkatie. It has awesome Icecream and milkshakes and fudge

  9. I totally agree that it’s so cold all I want to do is stay home and warm. You know how I love puppy chow too! It’s a great treat! I have to admit I much prefer it without butter – it really lets the flavors shine through.

  10. I made Nutella puppy chow recently, and every single person that tried it said it was their favorite puppy chow I’ve ever made (I make it every year for Christmas stockings).This looks great, and I love the addition of the salty peanuts!

  11. 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. 🙂

    1. Emily – if you loved this version, you’re going to go nuts for the S’mores version. LOVE them both. Thanks for reporting back Emily! I can never “give away” puppy chow lol. It never makes it out of my house!

  12. So I have a box of Peanut Butter Toast Crunch that I’m not too wild about as a cereal. I think it might be an excellent fill-in for the Rice Chex that I don’t have and since it’s too snowy to head to the store, I might just use it to make these instead. Yum!

    1. oh my goodness Dana – that sounds amazing. I didn’t even know they made PB toast crunch! That would be an excellent base for this! Even better than rice chex maybe… That’s a must try for me now. 🙂

  13. Oh my gosh! I am totally making this for Sunday. I love me some Nutella! Have you tried either the of new Jifs pb flavors yet? I’m wondering if they are as good or better than Nutella (doubtful).

  14. I have just made this and it’s amazing!! I live in Ireland and I’d never heard of Puppy Chow before, we don’t have Chex cereal here so I used Nestlé Shreddies which I think are like Wheat Chex and they worked great. I love your blog Sally especially any pumpkin recipes, thanks so much for introducing me to Puppy Chow!!

    1. Thanks Dee… mm I’m in love with pumpkin too! And I’m so glad you found my website and took the time to comment. Seriously, thank you! I should try these with wheat chex one time. 🙂

  15. Sally I’m in love with this really like THE best stuff ever! I mean is it possible for food to be too good? Because if so this stuff is. Best snack ever! Thanks for the recipe Sally!!!!! 🙂

  16. No problem! My mom and grandmother were both sitting at the table munching on it and my grandmother says the only way you can put it down is when your about to eat yourself sick! So true! LOL! 🙂

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