Salted Chocolate Puppy Chow with Pretzels

Salted Chocolate Puppy Chow

The Story:

My first day at a new high school.  I hopped out of my mother’s car ready to start the adventure of being “the new girl.”  I was awkward and shy with my frizzy hair but I was hoping to fit in all the same. I had my books in one hand, lunch in the other and  I was wearing a purple top with a fun, full skirt.



Bad news.

Not quite the impression I was hoping to make my first day at a new school.  [end-story]

Salted Chocolate Puppy Chow with Pretzels

Salted Chocolate Puppy Chow with Pretzels


7 C. Rice Chex Cereal
1 1/2 C. chocolate chips (use melts if you omit use peanut butter)
1/3 C. peanut butter, smooth (optional)
1 3/4 tsp. coarse salt, more if desired
1 1/2 C. brownie mix (or 1 1/4 C. powdered sugar plus 1/4 C. unsweetened cocoa powder)
3 C. pretzels


1. Measure out Rice Chex into a large bowl.
2. In a microwave proof bowl, melt chocolate and peanut butter together and stir until smooth.
3. Pour over rice cereal and gently fold until coated.
4. Sprinkle salt over chocolatey cereal. (Taste a piece and add more if you want it stronger, but remember you're about to make it a lot sweeter with the brownie mix.)
5. Put brownie mix (or powdered sugar and cocoa) in a large plastic bag and then dump chocolatey cereal into it.
6. Shake, shake, shake!
7. Dump onto a cookie tray to cool.
8. Mix with pretzels for color and an extra salty crunch!


You can omit the peanut butter for allergies but make sure to use chocolate melts (the little disks of chocolate). They will melt down very smooth and thin so you can coat the cereal easily.

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6 thoughts on “Salted Chocolate Puppy Chow with Pretzels

  1. 1
    Stephanie says:

    Yummy! This looks so delicious, I love puppy chow anything!!

  2. 2
    Bailey says:

    omg this looks like the best idea you’ve had yet!!! and sorry about your story 🙁

  3. 3
    Steph says:

    This looks fantastic! Mmm, salt! 🙂

    Question for you: what brand of brownie mix do you use? I made your smores puppy chow (which was delicious!) but the chocolate pieces didn’t look beautifully dark and chocolatey like yours do in these pictures.

    • 3.1

      I use the betty crocker! You can also add a few tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder to make it darker. Just make sure you don’t use too much brownie mix. Maybe add a little less than the recipe calls for, shake, shake, shake, then see if you need more. I know if you use too much brownie mix it doesn’t get as dark.

  4. 4
    Lesley says:

    Do you think almond butter would work instead of peanut butter?

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