Let me just begin this post by saying that apparently, no one in my family understands what “puppy chow” (human food) is.
When they walked in the kitchen and saw this delightful bag of powdered-sugary-and-sprinkled-goodness, of course they asked what it was. When I responded “Birthday Cake Puppy Chow” they gave me a quizzical look and replied, “puppy… chow?”
Yes. Puppy chow. Like what happens when powdered sugar, melted chocolate and Chex Mix get together in a bowl. Good stuff happens… good stuff named puppy chow. Or Muddy Buddies. But I like dogs and don’t like mud so obviously I’m going with the cuter name and all.
Yeah. Because I was tiring of cupcakes and cookies and brownies and thought all these wonderful, edible goods could easily taste better with the addition of Mannie’s Beneful. My dogs like it; why wouldn’t we? I’m totally going to be on Food Network for being so interesting and haute couture for my innovative dog-food/dessert hybrid food.
So anyways. Puppy chow. Of the birthday cake variety. There’s really not much more to say about it except A) it’s crazy addictive; B) aren’t those treat bags cute? The dollar bin at Target is my stomping ground; and C) you should make these right now because whatever you’re currently doing (yes, including reading this blog) could be bettered by a huge bowl of these. I swear. It’s like, birthday cake puppy chow magic or something.
Yeah… we’re all waiting on you now.
About 6 cups regular Chex Mix cereal
1 pkg white chocolate candy melts or almond bark
About 1/4 cup yellow or funfetti cake mix
1/2 cup sprinkles
About 3 cups powdered sugar
1. Start by lining your counter or a large, flat workspace with wax paper. In a large bowl, pour the cereal and rainbow sprinkles. Meanwhile, in a resealable gallon-size baggy, place the powdered sugar.
2. Next, in a microwaveable bowl, prepare candy melts/bark according to package directions until smooth and melted. Stir in the cake mix, about a heaping Tablespoon at a time, until completely blended into the chocolate.
3. Pour the chocolate into the cereal and toss gently to coat all the cereal with the chocolate mixture completely. Pour the chocolate-coated cereal into the prepared baggy, seal the baggy, and toss to coat completely. Once coated, spread the mixture onto the wax-paper-lined counter in an even layer to cool and dry for about an hour.
4. Once set, store airtight for up to 2 days.
The cake batter flavor is perfect for me (read: ultra cake battery goodness) but if you prefer even stronger flavor, sprinkle some more cake mix into the powdered sugar mix before tossing. It’ll adhere to the chocolate and add an additional sweetness.
I hope you enjoy, dog-food-eating-lovers-of-the-world!