Halloween Puppy Chow

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Halloween Puppy Chow is a fun and festive treat that is perfect for fall and Halloween. It is a great balance of salty and sweet, making it great for parties or a tasty snack.

halloween puppy chow in a white bowl

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I am always on the lookout for seasonal treats and goodies that are easy to make. This Chex Halloween mix recipe is one of the best around. It’s kid-friendly and requires no baking or chilling! As a parent, I often find myself without enough time during the school year to do any extra things, and since Halloween falls right in the second month of school, I like to keep everything short and sweet. We have had small Halloween get-togethers so the kids can show off their costumes and enjoy delicious treats and this puppy chow has become a staple.

Traditionally, puppy chow is made with only powdered sugar. I use half powdered sugar and half brownie mix. The powder sticks to the chocolate just as well but adds a delicious fudgy flavor that compliments the peanut butter.

Did you know that you aren’t limited to just Halloween? You can make all types of puppy chow inspired by other holidays! Some of my favorites are Easter Puppy Chow, Valentine Puppy Chow, and Reindeer Chow.

ingredients needed to make halloween puppy chow

What You’ll Need

This Chex mix recipe for Halloween is super easy to execute and is so versatile as well! So many different goodies fit well, and these ingredients are my favorites. 

  • Rice Chex Cereal
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips: You can also use milk or dark chocolate chips.
  • Peanut Butter
  • Butter: I recommend unsalted for 
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Mini Pretzels: These should be slightly crushed.
  • Candy Corn: Regular candy corn, harvest corn, or mini pumpkins work.
  • Oreos: Slightly crush the Oreos to incorporate them into the snack mix.
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Brownie Mix: To add more chocolate flavor.

How to Make Halloween Puppy Chow

There are very few treats that are easier to make! This Halloween puppy chow is ready in 30 minutes! You get rich chocolate, sweet candies, and salt pretzels with peanut butter. It’s the best combination.

  • Step 1. Pour the Chex mix into a large mixing bowl. Set it aside.
  • Step 2. Add the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between each one until the mixture is completely melted. Then, stir in the vanilla.
  • Step 3. Pour the chocolate mixture over the Chex cereal and toss gently to coat. Be sure not to crush the Chex.
  • Step 4. Take two gallon-sized resealable bags and divide the cereal in half. Add the powdered sugar to one bag and the brownie mix to the other.
  • Step 5. Seal the bags and shake to evenly coat all of the cereal.
  • Step 6. Cover a sheet pan with parchment paper and spread the cereal out on top to harden. It will take about 20 minutes.
  • Step 7. Combine the chocolate-coated cereal, pretzel pieces, candy corn, Oreo pieces, and Reese’s pieces in a large bowl. Stir gently to combine and enjoy!
halloween puppy chow in white bowl with candy corn

Tips & Tricks For The Best Halloween Puppy Chow Mix

  • Some other ingredients you can add or swap are mini Reese’s cups instead of Reese’s pieces, Halloween Oreos (with the orange cream), and Halloween M&Ms.
  • Any pretzel shape is fine since they will be crushed into pieces. 
  • Leftovers can be stored at room temperature. Place the Halloween puppy chow into an airtight container and keep it for up to 1 week.
halloween puppy chow with candy corn and pretzels

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Halloween Puppy Chow

Halloween Puppy Chow is a fun and festive treat that is perfect for fall and Halloween. It is a great balance of salty and sweet, making it great for parties or a tasty snack.
Servings: 14
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 20 minutes



  • Pour the chex cereal into a large bowl and set aside.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate chips, butter and peanut butter and microwave for 30 seconds at a time until melted, stir after every 30 seconds. Once melted add in the vanilla and stir.
  • Pour the chocolate mixture over the Chex cereal and carefully stir to coat, trying not to crush the cereal. Divide between two gallon size Ziploc bags and pour the powdered sugar into one and the brownie mix into the other, then seal and shake to evenly coat all of the cereal.
  • Spread the cereal out on parchment paper to let the chocolate harden up a bit, for about 20 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine the chocolate coated cereal with the pretzel pieces, candy corn, Oreo pieces, and Reese's pieces carefully stir to mix together. Enjoy!

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Calories: 598kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 478mg | Potassium: 255mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 54g | Vitamin A: 466IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 10mg


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