Puppy chow was a huge hit at Tyler’s birthday party last summer, so I knew I wanted to make something similar for Ryan’s birthday party. Tyler had a Paw Patrol party, so the flavor didn’t matter, I just wanted it to be “puppy chow.” I found this recipe for a birthday cake flavor and tried it out. But then he decided he wanted a Banana Party, so I was stumped.
As I was scouring Pinterest for the slightest sign of anything I could do for a banana party, I came across a recipe for banana creme muddy buddy (also known as puppy chow). I quickly saved that and kept on searching. I can tell you, there aren’t many ideas out there for banana birthdays.
What is puppy chow (besides food for your dog)? It’s when you have Chex cereal and cover it with some coating that will hold it all together (chocolate, peanut butter, etc.), and dusted with something powdery (powdered sugar, cake mix, etc.). Depending on where you live, it can also be called muddy buddy or monkey bunch.
No matter what you call it, the basic recipe is the same. I’ve also learned that it’s best to get the Chex brand cereal because it holds together better. The first time I ever made this, I used the store brand, and the pieces were all falling apart as I stirred it together.
Some recipes for puppy chow tend to hold up better, but unfortunately, this is not one of them. This is absolutely amazing the day that it’s made, but by the next day, the cereal gets really soggy. Make sure this is one of the last foods you make before serving as it’s best fresh.
Measure out the cereal in a large mixing bowl and set aside. You want this ready to pour the chocolate into before the chocolate hardens.
In a small saucepan, combine the butter, white chocolate chips, and sweetened condensed milk. Heat this over medium heat and stir continuously until all the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat and add the pudding mix, stirring until combined.
Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal and stir very gently to coat as much of the cereal as possible.
If your bowl is large enough and has a cover, add the powdered sugar and toss to coat. If you’re like me and didn’t think ahead, grab a ziptop bag and put half of the cereal and half of the powdered sugar in (I couldn’t fit it all in one bag). Once it’s coated, pour it into your serving dish and serve immediately.
As I mentioned, this doesn’t keep up well, but if you have leftovers and want to try to keep them, store it in an airtight container.
- 6 cups Chex cereal
- 8 tbsp butter
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 small box banana cream pudding mix
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Measure the cereal in a large bowl and set aside
Over medium heat combine the butter, white chocolate chips, and sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan, stirring continuously until melted and smooth
Remove the pan from the heat and add the pudding mix, stirring until combined
Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal and very gently stir until the cereal is coated
Toss the cereal with the powdered sugar
Serve immediately for ultimate freshness
Store any leftovers in an airtight container
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