Chelsea Chow


Do you like puppy chow? This chocolaty treat is ridiculously delicious and can rarely be found for sale in grocery stores or bakeries.  I proposed my variation of the puppy chow recipe and named it (not so surprisingly) “Chelsea Chow” for a business presentation a while back.  I gave a sixty second elevator pitch to an audience of fake investors explaining why my dessert should be sold in stores.  In my research of local grocery stores and bakeries I was surprised at the high demand for puppy chow and the inability to find it for sale anywhere around.  The only way to get it is to make it yourself…or befriend me and ask for a batch!  It is super easy to make and it produces a big enough batch to bring along to a campout, concert, or any fun gathering of friends, and it’s so addicting, it’s sure to impress.

Chelsea Chow Recipe

Time: 5 to 10 minutes

Serves: 10 people


Box of Chex cereal (use plain or either multi-bran or gluten free for the health conscious)

12 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter (I use reduced fat, no one can taste the difference and it’s better for you)

1 stick of butter (melted)

1 teaspoon of vanilla

2-3 cups of powdered sugar


1.  Melt the chocolate chips in a glass bowl (microwave for about 45 seconds) and combine with the melted stick of butter, the peanut butter, and the vanilla.  Once well stirred, this mixture will coat the chex cereal.

2.  Use a bowl large enough for the whole box of cereal with room to toss it all in the chocolate/pb mixture.  Start out with about three cups of chex cereal in the bowl and pour a couple of spoonfuls of the chocolate mixture, and stir to coat.  Add another three cups of chex and repeat the chocolate pouring and stirring.  Add the rest of the box of cereal and the rest of the chocolate mixture.  Stir the whole bowl of puppy chow so the chex is well coated.

3.  Finally, top off the bowl with about two cups of powdered sugar and shake the bowl from side to side (if you can cover the bowl at this point with a lid and shake it all around that would be the most effective way to toss all the cereal in the powdered sugar to ensure the sugar gets evenly distributed).  Taste test your puppy chow and if it is too gooey or sticky still, then scoop up any powdered sugar from the bottom of the bowl and bring it to the top to evenly coat and add more powdered sugar as desired for the right texture.

Bon appetite!


Please let me know if you try out the recipe! Also, if you enjoy a little light business reading, I still have a copy of the elevator pitch and I’d be happy to share it.

Package in ziplock bags to share with friends –



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