Chai Puppy Chow Recipe
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Chai Puppy Chow Recipe – A completely irresistible snack variation with Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread and exotic chai latte flavor! Plus, it requires only 4 ingredients and just 5 minutes to make.
What is Puppy Chow?
Chances are, if you were raised in the south you have eaten a “Puppy Chow” recipe. (Sometimes also know as Muddy Buddies.)
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.
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?
How My “Chai Chow” Puppy Chow Came To Be
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 Nutella and 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 (rice or corn based)
- Chai Latte Powder
- Powdered Sugar
Well this girl knew immediately, Chai Chow would be a treat made at home again and again.
How to Make Chai Puppy Chow
Using the same 4 simple ingredients from that delicious bag I found in Wisconsin, my homemade Chai Chow recipe calls for your favorite rice or corn cereal, Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread, powdered sugar, and instant chai latte powder. That’s seriously it!
And guess what… it’s even easier to make than a classic puppy chow recipe. Here’s how to do it:
- First, warm the Nutella in a small microwave-safe bowl in the microwave to soften the hazelnut spread. You’ll want to do short bursts of heat in the microwave, stirring the Nutella between sessions.
- Pour the cereal into a large bowl, and gently stir the softened Nutella into the cereal to coat.
- Then, in a large paper bag add the instant chai latte powder (found in the tea/cocoa section of the grocery store) and powdered sugar. Pour the cereal and Nutella mixture into the paper bag, close, and shake vigorously until the cereal is thoroughly coated with the latte powder and sugar.
Viola! You have Chai and Nutella Puppy Chow!
The rich chocolate nuttiness of the Nutella mixed with all the wondrous spices and black tea flavor in the chai powder, makes a brilliant and addictive coating on the crunchy cereal.
In fact, I advise you not to make this Chai and Nutella Puppy Chow, 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!
See the Recipe Card Below for the Complete Chai Puppy Chow Recipe. Enjoy!
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.
Chai Puppy Chow Q&A
How Far in Advance Can You Make Chai and Nutella Puppy Chow?
Puppy Chow keeps well for 1-2 weeks when stored in an airtight container and kept at room temperature or in the fridge. But I’ve never known a batch to last that long around my house.
I don’t recommend freezing Chai Chow, however, as they have the potential to get soggy during the defrosting process, and you definitely want that nice crunch!
Can This Chai Chow Recipe Be Made Vegan?
Yes! Name brand Nutella itself is not vegan, but there are many non-dairy chocolate hazelnut spread options on shelves. Check your local store!
And be sure that the rice or corn cereal you choose does not have honey listed in the ingredients, to ensure your cereal is vegan-friendly as well.
Is Chai Puppy Chow Gluten Free?
This Chai Puppy Chow can be made gluten free if you choose to make with gluten free cereal and powdered sugar. Just check the ingredients labels on all packages to ensure no wheat-based fillers are used.
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Chai Puppy Chow
- 10 1/2 cups rice or corn hex shaped waffle-style cereal (like Chex)
- 2 cups Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread (buy the big jar)
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup instant chai latte powder
- Mix the powdered sugar and chai latte powder together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- Warm the Nutella in the microwave for 1 minute, so it’s easy to pour. Then place the cereal in a large mixing bowl and pour the Nutella on top. Gently mix with a spoon until the cereal is thoroughly coated.
- Pour the powdered sugar mixture in a large paper grocery bag. Dump the cereal on top of the powdered sugar mixture.
- 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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Holy Chai, this is amazing!
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I didn’t have chai latte mix but I did have some gingerbread latte mix from Trader Joes. I used that and it came out festive and yumm-E …so addicting! None of us can wait for it to dry. And what a fun recipe to make with kids. I might try taking this to my first graders class and let everybody shake the bag. How cute!
Great idea, Anna! I’ll have to try that. :)
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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!
Hi Debby, It tastes just like the one I tried! :)
If you’re anywhere near a Costco, they sell a big honkin’ tub of the Chai Latte powder there. It’s called Big Train Chamba Chai and comes in a 64 oz. tub. Delicious!!!!
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 ?
Just let it dry for 20-30 minutes and keep in an air-tight container. :)
Looks yummo. Will be trying soon.
In those bowls, I would first mix up a big quinoa salad with black beans, corn, and tomatoes.
Love Porc over Enamel. Especially the cobalt. Love your success story!
I love these bowls!
I’ll have to try this Chai Puppy Chow, of course!
I’d mix everything up in these bowls! Very cute!
Scrambled egg casserole ! is what I will mix up first if I win!
Banana Nut Bread
Cookies, cookies, cookies!
I think the Chai Chow looks like a great first choice of thing to make in my new bowls!
Beautiful bowls. I’d use them both to make cookies and to serve salads!
Bowls look so festive! Thanks for the giveaway and recipe.
I’d like the bowls to make a spicy Chex mix.
love puppy chow
I’d mix up a batch of pancakes for Big Breakfast Sunday (kids favorite weekend meal) and make some mini banana bread loaves to give out to my neighbors around Christmas.
I will use them to make cookies and cupcakes !!
sure would be nice to win these nice bowls.. I would use them all the time with my baking……. Merry Christmas to you and your family!!
This looks wonderful. Think I’ll make for the group at work!
Yummy dog treats and trying out holiday cookie recipes for next year.
I will be mixing up brownies, fudge and cookies.
Humm….. I have a special puppy shooting gun for Max, perhaps I can shoot this puppy chow toward my husband. I’ll definitely have to mix them in my new Barn light bowl.
I want those mixing bowls :)!!! Merry Christmas!
I would love to be mixing up some gluten free cornbread! My favorite!
What beautiful bowls; I would be mixing up fruit compote (I have that on my mind for some reason), some batters maybe and maybe your beautiful Puppy Chow.
Hmm…perhaps some dark chocolate brownies to celebrate!
What great looking bowls! The first thing I’d mix up would be a nice pasta salad for the hubby, he loves it.
These bowls are adorable…very retro… I love them! Thanks for the opportunity!
i (heart) these bowls. and nutella. and chai. :)
What a great giveaway! These remind me so much of some bowls my mother had.
I make Ricotta Almond Pound Cake every couple months because I can’t live without it!
Cookie dough. Definitely.
Oh my! This is being added to my goodie list.
My daughter loves puppy chow. This chai version sounds delicious!
I will be making Lemon Buddies
Im excited about this, i love puppy chow, and now with a new twist wOOt! Just in time for christmas! Those bowls are awesome too love em!
I’d be mixing up some cookie dough!
I’d use those bowls for all of my baking!
I’ll make your chai chow, and also a lot of batters!
I’ll definitely be making this chai chow, along with a slew of other Christmas cookies in those beautiful bowls! :)
After using the same set of bowls for 40+ years, it’s time for NEW BOWLS! Thanks for the giveaway.
Wonderful giveaway; you can never have too many mixing bowls!!!
I make Puppy Chow every year and will definitely be trying the Chai Chow. Sounds awesome!
Unfortunately (or maybe thankfully) I can’t have dairy right now, so I’ll have to try it next year.
I make this every year at Christmas and it is addictive! So much fun to eat and really good to give a Christmas gifts too. The mixing bowls are great, would love to win those for myself!
Looks so yummE.
The bowls are lovely. In preparing dinner for guests each weekend we make a variety of dips and such for an appetizer and just to get people warmed up in conversation with each other. These would be great for preparing and serving a mushroom onion dip, babaganoush, olive dip, and chumus. For serving the smaller bowls would be terrific and the larger can easily hold the varieties of crackers, chips and warm pita for serving. Thank you for this opportunity…i would love to win this for my son and daughter in law.
Popcorn! And where did you get that runner?! It’s gorgeous!
I’ll be mixing up some chicken salad in the large bowl. Yum!
I’d use the bowls to make LOTS of Christmas cookies!
Classic chocolate chip cookies!
I would use those bowls every day, for everything from mixing meatloaf to serving mashed potatoes or salad.
I would mix up some cupcake batter and frosting to go along with it! I would love to make some chai flavored cupcakes!
Seriously making the Chia Chow first!! Super cute bowls <3
I would use the bowls to make this wonderful puppy chow…my kids love puppy chow and I make all different varieties.. what a great idea…nutella and chai! Thanks for sharing.
I would use the bowls to make this wonderful puppy chow… what a great idea… nutella and chai! Thanks for sharing.
This looks amazing! I’ve never heard of puppy chow, but I suppose it’s not too late! ;-) Entered the giveaway, and if I win, I will make this recipe in the bowls. Also, they would be great for making my homemade granola.
I would use the bowls for making Christmas goodies!
I might have to make the Chai Chow. Looks yummy!
These bowls would be great for mixing up all my christmas goodies I will begin making soon!
I’ll make cookies!
Such a fun & crunchy snack idea!
I would make some scotcharoo bars!
I would use them for everything! I have an enamel bowl that is 25 years old and the poor thing is starting to chip – I love it.
Yum!! Your Chai Puppy Chow looks amazing…and easy too…can’t beat that!! Love those beautiful Enamel Bowls!
I’d have to give this puppy chow recipe a try first in the new bowls and then maybe a chocolate cake of some sort.
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These are stunning! So Pretty! I would love to mix up a big batch of cookies on these!
I’d make my mom’s Mexican Chef Salad!
would love to win
I would make everything in these lovely bowls
Chai Puppy Chow! Brilliant. I’ve made a Chai Hot Chocolate on my blog and the mix of the spice and chocolate is amazing! Love these bowls!
I’d mix up some holiday cookies, of course!
I would use these bowls to make and serve my Chex mix goodies!
Cookies!!! These bowls are adorable
I’ll use them for baking cookies/muffins as well as making dips like my bacon jalapeño cheese ball!
Beautiful bowls! My absolute favorite color too. I would definitely use them to mix the ingredients for all my holiday baking!
TFS the chai chow recipe. Love this ! Would love to win those awesome bowls in the speckled color – is that Jadite ?
Love. Then bowls. I would use them for all my baking!
I would make some trail mx, or a delicious salad with homegrown veggies.
I would make chai puppy chow for sure!!
Making the chow today! Love those bowls.
I would mix salad and baking mixes.
Chocolate chip cookie dough..!
I’d definitely make puppy chow in it!
I’d make a variety of puppy chow. I keep seeing several varieties that I would love to try.
Can’t wait to try the chai chow! Love the bowls!
Can’t wait to make your Chai Chow and serve it in one of these beautiful new bowls!
I’ve never had any sort of Puppy Chow, but I am sure I would love the chai version!
the bowls seem like they would work well for popcorn, chips, great for entertaining and serving this Chai puppy chow in!!
What wouldn’t I mix up?? Those bowls are gorgeous! I think I’d start with waffles though. They’ve been on my sweetie’s mind lately.
I must try the chai chow! And the sets of bowls are adorable.
I would love to make some homemade bread dough!
I’m might make your Chai Puppy Chow—yummy! I might also make sweet potato pies.
I would use the bowls for making oatmeal raisin cookies.
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hubby will love this puppy chow as he is addicted to Nutella – and I would love to win these bowls!
taco night for me and my husband
Fun idea Sommer! I’ve never heard of puppy chow before.
Chicken salad that we had for dinner last night!
That shot with all the nutella? Oh my gosh, insanely awesome! I have to make this, Sommer!
I’d mix up some Christmas cookies!
I would pick cobalt blue and wouldnt want to get it dirty. They could just sit on the counter and look pretty. Never have tried puppy chow, I’m afraid I would become addicted but after seeing this I am feeling the urge to mix up a batch.
Holiday chex mix!
Guacamole and cookie batter would fill these bowls in my house. Loved learning more about your work at BLE, Betty Lynne. So fun that you and Summer get to partner up!
This puppy chow looks like a very good use of these bowls. We like to make ranch oyster crackers, too.
I would mix up my favorite cookies in the bowls. Snickerdoodles! Amazing giveaway!
I can’t even deal with how delicious this puppy chow looks!! This is what I would make!!!
I’d mix up this puppy chow and lots of holiday goodies!
I love chai! What a great idea to dust the cereal with the chai tea latte powder.
I’m from the South, and I’m ashamed to say that’s I’ve never heard of puppy chow until now. This looks delicious! I will have to make it, and make up for lost time. Would you recommend bringing this to holiday parties?
Tess, Absolutely! All your holiday parties!
I’d be making this recipe!!
This sounds dangerous!!! I’m drooling
I need this now. Thanks a lot :)
I’d mix up our Saturday pancakes in these mixing bowls.
This sounds incredibly good. I can’t wait to try this kicked-up puppy chow.
I pinned this as fast as I could because HOLY YUM.
The very first thing I will make in these bowls is this Chai Chow mix!!! It sounds wonderful!
I love these bowls and the new version of puppy chow. I’ve made quite a few of your recipes and this one will also go in my ‘file’.
Oh I want to make and eat this *right now*!
I’m in love with your Barn Light Electric Graniteware bowls! Another gorgeous color! I just got my own baby blue set and can’t wait to use them!
I will be making my grandma’s molasses cookies.
LOVE the bowls! I use mostly vintage enamelware but am loving the new stuff coming on the market too. Why can’t this giveaway be for Canadians, too? ;)
I might have to make this chai chow in the bowls…I LOVE chai! And puppy chow!
Hope my kiddos will like this, I know I will!
I would mix everything up in these cute bowls!
I would be making snacks and salads in my bowls
I have to join the masses and say this! I need to find a vegan Nutella so I can make gifts for some family!
I’m loving the sound of this chai puppy chow.
I would use the bowl to mix up everything – chai chow, biscuits, pancakes etc etc. !!
What a fun, simple and easy treat!
I’ve never tried puppy chow but would love to try making it in one of those barn electric mixing bowls.
Looks so yummy! I will definitely be making this to give out to coworkers this year!
I have a new set of mixing bowls on my wish list. These are gorgeous. I would be mixing up baked French toast. A favorite over the holidays.
I eat a lot of fruit with peanut butter and yogurt so I would mix that up in these bowls!
What a simply, yet delicious looking snack!! Love it. Can’t wait to try it…and win those gorgeous bowls!! :)
These bowls are so what I need! They are perfec, will look forward to cooking even more! This is such an easy recipe can’t wait to try!
These would match my enamelware mugs! Plus, I’d love to try your puppy chow recipe . . . making that regardless! Yum!
I love love love older style of kitchen stuff! I would be so happy to mix up anything in these bowls!
I would make EVERYTHING in those bowls! So pretty
Super cute bowls! I would love to mix up some chex mix!
I’d likely use the bowls to make puppy chow. :)
Would love a huge bowl of this right now! Adore the chai flavor!
This looks very dangerous…but in a good way:)
I’d mix up something from my new momofuku milk bar cookbook!
I think the more appropriate question would be…What WOULDN’T I mix in these bowls!! They look AMAZING!
This is SO yummy- You should try it! Sommer- Thanks for the sneak peek bag of treats. We loved them!