Chai Puppy Chow Recipe

Chai Puppy Chow Recipe – a completely irresistible snack variation with chocolate and exotic chai flavor! Plus it requires only 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to make.

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Chai Puppy Chow Recipe

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.

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What is Puppy Chow?

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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How Chai 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 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)
  • Nutella
  • Chai Latte Powder
  • Powdered Sugar

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

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How to Make Chai Puppy Chow

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

  1. You simply warm the Nutella in the microwave to soften it.
  2. Gently stir it into the cereal to coat.
  3. 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, makes 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.

See the recipe card below for how to make Chai Puppy Chow. Enjoy!

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5 from 9 votes

Chai Puppy Chow

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 mins
 

Chai Chow Puppy Chow Recipe is a completely irresistible snack variation (similar to Muddy Buddies) with chocolate and exotic chai flavor! Plus it takes only 4 ingredients to make!

Servings: 12 cups
Nutrition Facts
Chai Puppy Chow
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 462 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 236mg 10%
Potassium 291mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 76g 25%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 49g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 9.1%
Vitamin C 8.5%
Calcium 19.3%
Iron 64.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

Instructions

  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 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.

  3. Pour the powdered sugar mixture in a large paper grocery bag. Dump the cereal on top of the powdered sugar mixture. 

  4. 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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160 comments on “Chai Puppy Chow Recipe

  1. Anna Hasskampposted December 8, 2016 at 5:11 pm Reply

    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!

    • Sommerposted December 15, 2016 at 9:30 pm Reply

      Great idea, Anna! I’ll have to try that. :)

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  3. Debbyposted December 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm Reply

    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!

    • Sommerposted December 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm Reply

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

    • Katzpawzposted December 4, 2018 at 10:41 pm Reply

      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!!!!

  4. Nana Scrivposted December 18, 2013 at 5:51 pm Reply

    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 ?

    • Sommerposted December 19, 2013 at 7:01 am Reply

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