Chai Chow

Completely irresistible Chai Chow. A puppy chow recipe snack variation with chocolate and exotic chai flavor! Plus it takes only 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to make. This may just be the perfect edible gift this season!

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Chances are, if you were raised in the south you have eaten a “Puppy Chow Recipe.”

The kind for people, not puppies.

And if you weren’t raised in the south, and aren’t familiar with this whimsical party snack and edible gift, you need to be.

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A Puppy Chow Recipe, as its lovingly called down here in the south-land, is a simple cereal and chocolate based treat. The classic recipe relies on melted chocolate chips and peanut butter to coat chex cereal, then the pieces are heavily dusted in powdered sugar to give the appearance of… well… dog food.

As I can see how this might be a turn off, let’s focus on the ingredients at hand:  chocolate, peanut butter, cereal and sugar.

How could that possibly be bad?

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On a recent trip to Kohler, Wisconsin I stopped at The American Club coffee shop one morning and noticed something intriguing sitting in little paper bags among the bagels and danishes on the counter. Chai Chow, the bags read.

Could it be the nostalgic comfort of a classic southern puppy chow recipe, mixed with exotic chai spices? Now this was something I had to try!

Yep, fabulous.

Empty-bag-in-three-minutes kind of fabulous.

And the bag read only 4 ingredients:  Cereal, Nutella, Chai Latte Powder, and Powdered Sugar.

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Well this girl knew immediately, Chai Chow would be a treat made at home again and again.

And guess what… it’s even easier to make than a classic puppy chow recipe.

You simply warm the Nutella in the microwave to soften it. Gently stir it into the cereal to coat. Then shake it in a large paper bag with instant chai latte powder (found in the tea/cocoa section of the grocery store) and powdered sugar. Viola!

The rich chocolate nuttiness of the Nutella mixed with all the wondrous spices and black tea flavor in the chai powder, make a brilliant and addictive coating on the crunchy cereal.

In fact, I advise you not to make this, unless you have plans to bag it up for edible gifts or take it immediately to a party.

You will certainly not be able to stop eating it otherwise!

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Did you notice the super-slick mixing bowl set I used to make this batch of Chai Chow?

They are Porcelain Enamel Hand-Made Mixing Bowls from my favorite lighting company, Barn Light Electric Company.

You read that right…

The same company I used for Porcelain Enamel LED lights in my kitchen makeover last spring, also makes sturdy and gorgeous porcelain enamel home goods, like mixing bowls.


Yield: 12 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Chai Puppy Chow Recipe


  • 12 ounce box rice or corn hex shaped waffle-style cereal, like Chex (about 10 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cups Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread (buy the big jar)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup instant chai latte powder


  1. Mix the powdered sugar and chai latte powder together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. Warm the Nutella in the microwave for 1 minutes, so it's easy to pour. Then place the cereal in a large mxing bowl and pour the Nutella on top. Gently mix with a spoon until the cereal is thoroughly coated.
  3. Pour the powdered sugar mixture in a large paper grocery bag. Dump the cereal on top of the powdered sugar mixture. Then fold the top of the bag down a few times and shake vigorously to coat, 1-2 minutes. Spread the coated cereal out on wax paper to dry.

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157 Responses to “Chai Chow”

  1. #
    Nana Scriv — December 18, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

    I made a double batch of the chai puppy chow. Oh my, too big, should have made one recipe at a time. but my question now is, how long do I need to let it sit out to dry….overnight or what? and what is best way to store it ?


    • Sommer — December 19th, 2013 @ 7:01 am

      Just let it dry for 20-30 minutes and keep in an air-tight container. :)


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    Debby — December 21, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

    Hi. I just made this and it is very tasty. Finding the chai latte powder was definitely the most difficult part! The third grocery store I went to , had it.
    Because there are so many comments, I did not read them all so you may have already responded to a similar comment. When you listed the ingredients from the tag of the purchase chai chow, you have powdered sugar after the chai powder.I believe this would mean that there is more chai powder (by weight) than there us powdered sugar. In your recipe there is twice as much powdered sugar (by volume) a there is chai powder. Does your recipe taste like the purchased one or is it more subtle? Thank you!


    • Sommer — December 22nd, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

      Hi Debby, It tastes just like the one I tried! :)



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