Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow

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Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow

Since my Easter Bunny Chow and Reindeer Chow are soooo popular, I think it’s time for some Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow as well! There are tons of recipes out there for Valentine’s Day Muddy Buddies, but this recipe takes me back to my childhood with the addition of pink and white Frosted Circus Animal Cookies.

Oh, the memories! I loved these coated little cookies with their sprinkles since I was teeny tiny. Did you know they’ve been around since 1914?? That’s amazing. But, they’re pretty darn good, so I can see why!

To balance the sweetness in this recipe, there are also salty pretzels mixed in too!

What could be better than a salty-sweet combo from a crunchy little snack? My daughter says that’s the best part. She has a bit of a sweet tooth, so she likes us to make these Chocolate Chip Valentine’s Cookies, but she especially likes Valentine’s Day Saltine Toffee.

Valentine's Day Saltine Toffee Stacked together on a table.

Well, everyone in the house does!

Bowl full of Valentine's Day puppy chow with M&Ms.

There are so many festive opportunities to share Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow.

  • School Parties
  • Playdates
  • Valentine’s Day Parties
  • Galentine’s Day Get-Togethers
  • Gifts for Friends and Neighbors
  • Movie Night

Or, just plain snack time!

Two Valentine's Day bowl stacked with Valentine's Day Puppy Chow inside.

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How to Make a Valentine’s Day Snack Mix

This recipe is so easy, you only need a few ingredients and you have what you need for the perfect party mix.

Ingredients for Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow

  • Chex Mix Cereal (any variety) – use a gluten-free version if you need it.
  • White Candy Melts (or white chocolate) – a better quality yields the best results.
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Frosted Animal Cookies 
  • Pretzels Twists – these will be broken into bite-sized pieces.
  • Seasonal candies (M&Ms work well) – use your favorite!

 

Supplies Needed

  • Gallon-sized Plastic Bags
  • Smaller Plastic Bags for Smashing Cookies and Pretzels
  • Storage Container

 

Chocolate, pretzels, Circus Animal Cookies, Chex Mix and M&Ms to make Valentine's Day puppy Chow.

Step 1

The first step, grab a cookie pan and line it with parchment paper. Set it aside. Next, you’ll divide your Chex Mix between two plastic bags and set aside.

Step 2

Next, smash your Circus Animals in a plastic bag with a rolling pin. Leave some in large pieces for variety. Do the same with your pretzels, but leaving them in fairly large pieces.

Step 3

Now, melt your candy melts in the microwave according to package directions. Pour the candy in the plastic bags and toss/shake around to coat all the cereal.

Step 4

It’s time to add your powdered sugar and toss that to cover the candy-coated cereal pieces. Now, add in your cookies and pretzels and mix.

Step 5

Finally, place it on your tray to solidly and add your red, pink & white M&MS.

Voila! It’s ready to enjoy.

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Valentine's Day puppy chow made from chex cereal in a bowl with a heart on it.

Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow

Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow is the perfect treat for the holiday.  An amazing combination of salty and sweet that’s kinda addictive!  With a few simple ingredients, you can munch on this delicious dessert in minutes.

5 from 1 vote

Print Pin Rate

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 18
Calories: 377kcal
Author: Erin Henry

Ingredients

  • 9 cups Chex Cereal (any variety or combination)
  • 16 oz White Candy Melts
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 cups Frosted Animal Crackers
  • 1 1/2 cups Pretzel Twists
  • 1 cup Seasonal M&Ms

Instructions

  • Line a cookie pan with parchment paper.  Set aside.  Next, divide Chex Mix between two gallon-size plastic bags and set aside.
  • Smash your Circus Animal Cookies in a plastic bag with a rolling pin.  Leave some in larger pieces for variety. Do the same with your pretzels, but leaving them in fairly large pieces.
  • Melt your candy melts in the microwave according to package directions.  Pour half the melted candy in each plastic bag and shake around to coat all the cereal.
  • Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar to each bag and toss to cover the candy-coated cereal pieces.  Now, add in half cookies and pretzels to each bag and mix. You can add a few larger cookie pieces for color.
  • Place it on cookie pan to solidly and add red, pink & white M&MS.  Enjoy!

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Notes

Store in an airtight container for up to a week.  

Feel free to switch out the M&Ms for your favorite candy of choice. 

Nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.

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Nutrition

Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 494mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 10.7mg
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American

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Valentine's Day Puppy Chow is the perfect treat for the holiday.  An amazing combination of salty and sweet that's kinda addictive!  With a few simple ingredients you can munch on this delicious dessert in minutes.

 

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