Puppy Chow is one of my favorite sweet treats. The funny thing is, I have only ever tried the original recipe! I know, silly me. Who knew there were so many different delicious variations of this tasty snack? Surely, not me! I've found some of the most delicious puppy chow recipes ever, and shared them below, for all of you. But first, some fun facts about puppy chow!
Why is it called puppy chow?
Puppy chow actually got its name because of its close resemblance to dog food. Let me tell you though, these recipes sure don't taste anything like dog food!
Is it muddy buddies or puppy chow?
There are actually a number of names for this delicious snack mix of Chex cereal, peanut butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar. Some of those names include muddy buddies, muddy munch, monkey munch, reindeer chow, and doggy bag. Whatever you want to call it, that is totally up to you!
What came first muddy buddies or puppy chow?
This is actually a fun one that I did some research on, and according to the people over at Taste, "Puppy Chow" as we know it, got its name because the Ralston Purina Company launched the first Chex cereal (the main ingredient in puppy chow) in in 1937. I'm sure you've heard of the Purina pet food brand, and this was actually the same company. World War I soldiers would call their rations "chow" at this time, so the Ralston Purina Company adopted that name for their dog and cat food brands. Since the name "Chex" didn't seem to stick well, people called it "human chow" because of the Purina connection. Learn some more fun facts on the history of puppy chow over on the Taste site.
Is Puppy Chow a Midwest thing?
Yes, originally puppy chow was a staple at Midwestern parties. I'm pretty sure that most people know about it now though, and enjoy this delicious snack mix just as much as I do!