Take classic puppy chow to the next level by substituting cereal with peanut butter filled pretzels. This Peanut Butter Pretzel Puppy Chow is a decadent, chocolaty, peanut buttery treat that’s delicious for both snacking and sharing.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Puppy Chow

Peanut Butter Pretzel Puppy Chow

I make puppy chow every Christmas. I think I use the standard recipe to make it. One of these days I should share the recipe here on IBC. I feel like there are so many versions out there already and I am not sure that mine really would make a unique addition to the pool, so that is why I haven’t shared it.

With that being said, I think today’s version of puppy chow is a wonderfully unique and totally delicious take. We’re making Peanut Butter Pretzel Puppy Chow. As I mentioned above, this is basically puppy chow, but with peanut butter-filled pretzels instead of cereal. As Ina Garten would say, “How bad can that be?

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Puppy Chow

I wish I could take credit for this idea, but I’m not the original creator. I’m not sure who is because I have seen it on a few blogs and in a cookbook. No matter what, I’m just happy to introduce it to you!

As you know from my collection of peanut butter recipes here on the blog, I love peanut butter desserts. Pairing them with chocolate adds to their delight!

Peanut Butter Pretzel Puppy Chow

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, I thought it would be the perfect time to make and share this recipe with you. I packed my batch into this large heart-shaped tin, but I think this would make the perfect treat to pack into smaller bags to share with friends, family, and loved ones. (Or you can just keep it all for yourself. Your secret is safe with me.)

Peanut Butter Pretzel Puppy Chow in heart tin
Peanut Butter Pretzel Puppy Chow in heart tin

Let’s make some!

Puppy Chow Ingredients:

Other than substituting in the peanut butter-filled pretzels, the ingredients are the same as traditional puppy chow. For this recipe you will need:

  • Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels – Here in Pennsylvania, I prefer Utz. I also love the ones from Trader Joe’s, but you can use your own personal favorite.
  • Chocolate Chips – I generally prefer milk chocolate. Sometimes though, this can get overly sweet, so often times I’ll do a mix of milk and semi-sweet chocolates. That’s what I did here.
  • Creamy Peanut Butter JIF is the go-to in my house, but any creamy peanut butter will do.
  • Confectioners’ Sugar – I tend to reach for Domino confectioners’ sugar, but have found others, including store brands, to work just as nicely.

Go gather up your ingredients and let’s put this recipe together.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Puppy Chow
Peanut Butter Pretzel Puppy Chow

Let’s Make a Batch:

Making this Peanut Butter Pretzel Puppy Chow is so easy and typically comes together in under 10 minutes. You can find the full ingredient list and detailed instructions in a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. In a large microwave-safe bowl add the chocolate chips and peanut butter.
  2. Microwave at 30-second intervals stirring between until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
puppy chow ingredients in dishes
  1. Add in the peanut butter filled pretzels. Stir to evenly coat the pretzels.
chocolaten on pretzels
  1. Add 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar to a large plastic bag.
  2. Pour in the chocolate-coated peanut butter pretzels, top with remaining confectioners’ sugar.
making puppy chow in plastic bag
  1. Shake the bag to coat.
  2. Dump out the mixture onto a piece of parchment paper. Allow the mixture to cool and set.
puppy chow cooling
  1. Transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to two weeks.
Peanut Butter Pretzel Puppy Chow

Recipe Note:

When making traditional puppy chow, I like it when the cereal clumps together with the chocolate. Since the pretzels are larger, I like to break things up a bit more so that each pretzel is separate from the others.

Deliciousness Achieved!

And that’s a wrap on this Peanut Butter Pretzel Puppy Chow. If you like puppy chow, you’re going to LOVE this little twist. It’s a classic with the flavors you love, just turned up a notch.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Puppy Chow in heart tin

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Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Pretzel Puppy Chow

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Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, muddy buddies, peanut butter, puppy chow
Servings: 18
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Take classic puppy chow to the next level by substituting cereal with peanut butter filled pretzels. This Peanut Butter Pretzel Puppy Chow is a decadent, chocolaty, peanut buttery treat that’s delicious for both snacking and sharing.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large microwave-safe bowl add the chocolate chips and peanut butter.
  • Microwave at 30-second intervals stirring between until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Add in the peanut butter filled pretzels. Stir to evenly coat the pretzels.
  • Add about 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar to a gallon-sized (or larger) plastic bag. Pour in the chocolate-coated peanut butter pretzels, then add the remaining confectioners’ sugar.
  • Shake the bag to coat.
  • Use your fingers to break up any clumps and shake again to evenly coat.
  • Dump out the mixture onto a piece of parchment paper or wax paper and allow to cool and set.
  • Transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to two weeks.

Notes

When making traditional puppy chow, I like it when the cereal clumps together with the chocolate. Since the pretzels are larger, I like to break things up a bit more so that each pretzel is separate from the others.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 270kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 6gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 391mgPotassium: 135mgFiber: 2gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 2mg
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  • Susan at

    Oh my goodness, these are amazing. So simple to make and yet so addicting. I see a lot of these in my future.

  • Becky at

    A definite must make recipe! So easy and they’re delicious!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much! They are addictive!

      xo Michael

  • Kareen at

    Making this for the Super Bowl! Great idea!

  • Kate at

    Made these today and they are SO GOOD. Thank you for bringing us the joy that is this recipe!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yay!! Aren’t they good!? So glad you enjoyed them!

      xo Michael

  • Beth at

    Oh, Snap!!!! This looks amazing. I must make this today. Vacationing with friends next week and this will be a big hit. Thanks so much for the clever spin on an old fav.

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