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.



  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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161 comments on “Chai Puppy Chow Recipe

  1. Hilaryposted December 16, 2013 at 8:55 pm Reply

    nice bowls

  2. Katieposted December 16, 2013 at 8:21 pm Reply

    Looks yummo. Will be trying soon.

  3. Reneeposted December 16, 2013 at 6:31 pm Reply

    In those bowls, I would first mix up a big quinoa salad with black beans, corn, and tomatoes.

  4. Stacy Davenportposted December 16, 2013 at 5:33 pm Reply

    Love Porc over Enamel. Especially the cobalt. Love your success story!

  5. Lauraposted December 16, 2013 at 4:22 pm Reply

    I love these bowls!

  6. Brisjaposted December 16, 2013 at 4:09 pm Reply

    I’ll have to try this Chai Puppy Chow, of course!

  7. Debbieposted December 16, 2013 at 3:50 pm Reply

    I’d mix everything up in these bowls! Very cute!

  8. Anita Carol Gambrellposted December 16, 2013 at 3:48 pm Reply

    Scrambled egg casserole ! is what I will mix up first if I win!

  9. Diane Wposted December 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm Reply

    Banana Nut Bread

  10. Janet M.posted December 16, 2013 at 2:31 pm Reply

    Cookies, cookies, cookies!

  11. John B.posted December 16, 2013 at 2:29 pm Reply

    I think the Chai Chow looks like a great first choice of thing to make in my new bowls!

  12. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato)posted December 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm Reply

    Beautiful bowls. I’d use them both to make cookies and to serve salads!

  13. Jymposted December 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm Reply


  14. Lindzie Hposted December 16, 2013 at 2:04 pm Reply

    Bowls look so festive! Thanks for the giveaway and recipe.

  15. BusyWorkingMamaposted December 16, 2013 at 12:13 pm Reply

    I’d like the bowls to make a spicy Chex mix.

  16. ginger martinposted December 16, 2013 at 11:44 am Reply

    love puppy chow

  17. Edieposted December 16, 2013 at 10:39 am Reply

    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.

  18. Angelposted December 16, 2013 at 10:29 am Reply

    I will use them to make cookies and cupcakes !!

  19. shari w.posted December 16, 2013 at 9:46 am Reply

    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!!

  20. LaRonda LaMotheposted December 16, 2013 at 8:41 am Reply

    This looks wonderful. Think I’ll make for the group at work!

  21. Joanne Leeposted December 16, 2013 at 7:21 am Reply

    Yummy dog treats and trying out holiday cookie recipes for next year.

  22. Heather Bposted December 16, 2013 at 7:17 am Reply

    I will be mixing up brownies, fudge and cookies.

  23. NANASCARIAVposted December 15, 2013 at 5:06 pm Reply

    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.

  24. Amberposted December 14, 2013 at 9:49 pm Reply

    Cookie dough!

  25. Jessica Hornerposted December 14, 2013 at 8:35 pm Reply

    I want those mixing bowls :)!!! Merry Christmas!

  26. Krystalposted December 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm Reply


  27. Laura Jacobsonposted December 14, 2013 at 11:34 am Reply

    I would love to be mixing up some gluten free cornbread! My favorite!

  28. Margot Cposted December 14, 2013 at 1:58 am Reply

    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.

  29. Elinposted December 14, 2013 at 12:05 am Reply

    Hmm…perhaps some dark chocolate brownies to celebrate!

  30. mysweetiepiepieposted December 13, 2013 at 10:39 pm Reply

    What great looking bowls! The first thing I’d mix up would be a nice pasta salad for the hubby, he loves it.

  31. Melissaposted December 13, 2013 at 9:45 pm Reply

    These bowls are adorable…very retro… I love them! Thanks for the opportunity!

  32. bethanyposted December 13, 2013 at 5:27 pm Reply

    i (heart) these bowls. and nutella. and chai. :)

  33. Barbara Pricolaposted December 13, 2013 at 2:22 pm Reply

    What a great giveaway! These remind me so much of some bowls my mother had.

  34. Judith M.posted December 13, 2013 at 10:56 am Reply

    Christmas cookies

  35. Michele aka Goat Girlposted December 13, 2013 at 9:35 am Reply

    I make Ricotta Almond Pound Cake every couple months because I can’t live without it!

  36. Linda K.posted December 13, 2013 at 9:04 am Reply

    Cookie dough. Definitely.

  37. Una Walkerposted December 13, 2013 at 8:52 am Reply

    Oh my! This is being added to my goodie list.

  38. Cindyposted December 13, 2013 at 7:58 am Reply

    My daughter loves puppy chow. This chai version sounds delicious!

  39. Kathyposted December 12, 2013 at 11:00 pm Reply

    I will be making Lemon Buddies

  40. Toniaposted December 12, 2013 at 9:16 pm Reply

    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!

  41. Pamela Gurganusposted December 12, 2013 at 8:12 pm Reply

    I’d be mixing up some cookie dough!

  42. Susanposted December 12, 2013 at 6:11 pm Reply

    I’d use those bowls for all of my baking!

  43. Rustposted December 12, 2013 at 4:58 pm Reply

    I’ll make your chai chow, and also a lot of batters!

  44. Bethanyposted December 12, 2013 at 11:15 am Reply

    I’ll definitely be making this chai chow, along with a slew of other Christmas cookies in those beautiful bowls! :)

  45. pat yamadaposted December 12, 2013 at 10:53 am Reply

    After using the same set of bowls for 40+ years, it’s time for NEW BOWLS! Thanks for the giveaway.

  46. Tina Hposted December 12, 2013 at 8:34 am Reply

    Wonderful giveaway; you can never have too many mixing bowls!!!

  47. Ann M.posted December 12, 2013 at 8:29 am Reply

    I make Puppy Chow every year and will definitely be trying the Chai Chow. Sounds awesome!

  48. Cécyposted December 12, 2013 at 7:57 am Reply

    Unfortunately (or maybe thankfully) I can’t have dairy right now, so I’ll have to try it next year.

  49. Alice Fposted December 12, 2013 at 8:56 am Reply

    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!

  50. Brenda Farabeeposted December 12, 2013 at 7:52 am Reply

    Looks so yummE.