There are so many names for this stuff: puppy chow, muddy buddies, reindeer food… The list goes on and on. I like to call it crack because it’s so dang addicting. I had never heard of puppy chow until I lived with Heather in college (her blog here). She is the puppy chow queen!
Most puppy chow is made with peanut butter and chocolate, but I wanted to spice things up for the upcoming fall season. Other than pumpkin, my most beloved flavor in the fall is caramel. (I’m basic.) I need to combine the two for a recipe ASAP.
For this recipe, I made homemade salted caramel, but it could easily be replaced with salted caramel ice cream topping (like this one). Homemade salted caramel makes me weak in the knees. It can be kind of tricky, but so worth it. I like this salted caramel no only on this puppy chow but on apples, cakes, brownies, and even by the spoonful!
To complement the salted caramel in this puppy chow, I mixed in some white chocolate. White chocolate and salted caramel go great together. I used Nestle White Chocolate Chips, but white chocolate chunks, candy melts, or baking bars would work just as well.
Puppy chow is nothing without it’s powdered sugar coating. I threw my caramel and white chocolate covered Chex into a large Ziploc bag and shook it up to get each piece evenly coated. If you’re baking with kids, they would love doing this part! I refrigerated my puppy chow, but it is not needed. You can dig right in to the puppy chow as soon as the powdered sugar is coated on top. Be careful, you won’t be able to keep your hand out of the bowl!