Mocha Puppy Chow

Mocha Puppy Chow

The Story:

I’m not a coffee drinker, but two things about it always make me crack a smile.

The smell–I love it.  Maybe it’s because I’m a Northwest girl and we have a Starbucks on every corner or maybe it just brings back cozy memories.  But either way, I always linger when I pass by the coffee in the grocery store and I read all the snazzy flavors to myself in my head.

And the second thing? You’ve Got Mail.  Who’s with me?

Mr. Joe Fox: “The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall. Decaf. Cappuccino.”

It’s my favorite movie and I can’t help but to read that quote in Tom Hank’s voice every time.  It’s just too good! [end-story]

Mocha Puppy Chow

Mocha Puppy Chow


7 C. Rice Chex cereal
1 1/2 C. Chocolate Melts (or chocolate chips plus 1/3 C. peanut butter)
3/4 C. brownie mix (or 3/4 C. powdered sugar plus 3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder)
1-2 Tbsp. instant coffee granules, smashed
2 C. chocolate covered espresso beans, optional


1. Place cereal in a large bowl and set aside.
2. Place chocolate melts (or chocolate chips and peanut butter) in a microwave proof bowl and set aside.
3. Put brownie mix and instant coffee in a large plastic bag and shake to combine evenly. (Add more of less coffee depending on how strong you want it.) To smash my granules, I put them in a small ziplock bag and used the bottom of a cup to crunch them up.
4. Microwave chocolate for 40 seconds, remove and stir. Continue to microwave and stir unti smooth.
5. Pour chocolate over Rice Chex and gently fold until coated.
6. Dump cereal into your plastic bag with brownie mix/coffee, seal, and shake, shake, shake until coated.
7. Pour onto a cookie sheet to let cool.
8. Toss with chocolate covered espresso beans!

Mocha Puppy Chow Recipe

This is the instant coffee granules I used

coffee puppy chow

Trader Joe’s is my answer to everything

trader joes chocolate espresso beans

Cup of Puppy Chow anyone?

Mocha Muddy Buddies

7 thoughts on “Mocha Puppy Chow

  1. 1
    Jackie Gibson says:

    Smells like a cup from your favorite coffee house! Thanks for another twist on Puppy Chow!! Jackie

  2. 2
    Danielle says:

    I, too, LOVE the smell of coffe! I can wake up from a dead sleep if someone is making coffe and I’m in heaven. I don’t know what it is about the smell that drives my happiness wild. My mom use to drink it a lot when I was growin up and I use to make her a pot before she got home from work so she had something good to come home too… That and a cleaned house. 🙂
    This recipe seems like something I would go crazy over and probably make a lot of. Lol. Thank you for sharing!!

  3. 3
    Danielle says:

    Oh! And I love “you’ve got mail” too, thanks to my mom. 😉

  4. 4
    Liz says:

    I have never made or ate Puppy Chow before but this would definitely be my favorite kind if I had to pick one. Plus, I love coffee! Tall, decaf, 2 cream, one sweetener, to be exact! 😉

    • 4.1
      Sherri Lewis says:

      That’s my coffee, too! Tall, light & sweet…
      Making this Mocha Puppy Chow tonight for a girls weekend. We’re camping out at my house since I’m newly single, and they can escape husbands & children!

  5. 5

    O.M.G I love You’ve got Mail! And Tom Hanks! And Meg Ryan! And love coffee and its aroma.
    I could easily get hooked on this puppy chow!

    • 5.1
      Sherri Lewis says:

      LOL I love “You’ve Got Mail”, “Joe vs the Volcano” and “Sleepless in Seattle”
      I’d love to see another movie with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan…
      This is the best kind of snack to serve while watching any of those movies

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