The Big Debate: People Chow or Puppy Chow?

I attended a Super Bowl party last night. One look at the food spread made it clear just how much more the attendees cared about food than the game. (Go Packers?) Anyway, one of the several deserts was a nice bag of Chex Mix “Muddy Buddies.” This is the brand’s new packaged version of a common Chex dessert that has been around for years. Personally, I’ve heard it referred to as People Chow or Puppy Chow, and I’ve been an audience to more than a few heated discussions as to which is the proper name.

My take? They’re both a little weird. First up, Puppy Chow is an actual brand of dog food. For puppies. Second of all, People Chow sounds oddly like it’s either made of people, or is a kibble-like food product a la Futurama’s Bachelor Chow. So I refuse to take sides. (Yes, I’m aware that this is the internet.)

Fry from Futurama pours himself some Bachelor Chow
Fry prepares some Bachelor Chow (NSFW?)

If you’re not familiar with any of these names (and I remain unconvinced that Chex didn’t just invent the muddy buddies moniker), I’m honored to be able to bring this awesome snack into your life. It’s basically Chex, chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar. Now that I know Chex Mix makes their own, I can say confidently that you can just proceed to your nearest grocery store or bodega and pick up a bag. Or you could go all Betty Crocker and whip up a batch of your own.

Pup-ople Chowbuddies
Courtesy of Betty Crocker

9  cups Corn Chex®, Rice Chex®, or Wheat Chex® cereal (or combination) 
1  cup semisweet chocolate chips 
1/2  cup peanut butter 
1/4  cup butter or margarine 
1  teaspoon vanilla 
1 1/2  cups powdered sugar 

1.Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.

2.In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon re-sealable food-storage plastic bag.

3.Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. CHOMP AT WILL.

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20 thoughts on “The Big Debate: People Chow or Puppy Chow?”

    1. It reminds me of Girl Scouts too! We always used Puppy Chow as the white coals of the “candy camp fire”… If I can remember correctly, the logs were pretzel logs, the fire was twizzlers and cheetos, and then underneath was the puppy chow. NOM.

  1. I’ve always had an issue with the 2-gallon bag instruction. Who has 2-gallon ziploc bags? The big ones are typically 1-gallon and who’s going to buy special bags just for Puppy Chow?

    I always go with a bigish paper bag. Gives me the false sense that somehow the brown paper is soaking up a little bit of the badness. Like blotting a slice of pizza.

  2. oh man Puppy Chow. 1 high school girls soccer team + 2 gallon bags of deliciousness = a bunch of girls throwing up during a game.

    I still love it though. I make it for the neighbor boys when I babysit. But only when they are around because I will eat all of it.

  3. Puppy chow. When a friend passed the recipe to me, she explained that the snack got the name from its resemblance to dog food (to this, I ask “What are you feeding your dog?!”) But moniker aside, it is easy and especially delicious during shark week.

  4. I can’t stop eating this when I have it around. I’ll keep shoveling it in until my shirt is covered with powdered sugar and I have a all the classic signs of peanut butter overdose (primarily wanting even more peanut butter.)

    I’m so glad you put the recipe up, I always end up guessing. Now I can bookmark it! Yay Hattie!

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