Red Velvet Puppy Chow is a fun and simple dessert recipe. It’s great for parties and perfect for holidays like Valentine’s Day or Christmas!

Red velvet puppy chow in white bowl with red and white striped towel

Whether you call it puppy chow or muddy buddies, this easy dessert recipe is downright delicious! These Nutella Muddy Buddies are always a hit at parties.

This year at my annual holiday party, I decided to put a spin on my popular puppy chow recipe. I wanted it to be festive so I added red food coloring.

But not just any red food coloring. For this recipe to work you need red powdered food coloring. You can easily buy it on Amazon using the link above or pick it up at a baking supply store.

This Red Velvet Puppy Chow was a huge hit at my holiday party! The recipe is just as easy to make as traditional puppy chow. Simply toss the powdered food coloring with the powdered sugar and you’ll get this delicious and festive beautifully sweet snack!

Hand reaching in grabbing red velvet puppy chow out of a white bowl

How do you make red velvet puppy chow?

Melt semi sweet chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter together in a large bowl in the microwave. Pour this mixture over 9 cups of rice chex cereal, then toss it with powdered sugar & red powdered food coloring.

How many cups of cereal are in a box of Rice Chex?

A 12 oz box of Rice Chex cereal contains approximately 11 cups of cereal. After making this recipe, you’ll have about 2 cups of cereal left. Snack on it or add it to your next batch of muddy buddies!

How many cups in 12 oz chocolate chips?

A standard 12 oz bag of chocolate chips will yield 1 ½ cups of chocolate chips. This recipe calls for 1 cup of chocolate chips, leaving you with a ½ cup to spare. Add them to your next batch of Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies or S’Mores Cinnamon Rolls!

Are puppy chow and muddy buddies the same thing?

Yes! Both puppy chow and muddy buddies are the same delicious dessert, just two different names.

Do you need to refrigerate puppy chow?

No, you do not need to refrigerate puppy chow. It can stay in a sealed ziplock bag or plastic tupperware on the countertop for 1-2 days. After that, you can refrigerate it to keep it fresh for another 5-7 days.

Is puppy chow gluten free?

Yes, puppy chow is a gluten free snack. This makes it perfect for taking to parties, school functions or events. It’s a sweet snack that everyone can enjoy!

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Red Velvet Puppy Chow

Red Velvet Puppy Chow is a fun and simple dessert recipe, great for parties and perfect for holidays like Valentine's Day or Christmas!



  • Add the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter to a medium mixing bowl. Place in the microwave for 1 minute.
  • Remove from the microwave, stir, then microwave for an additional 30 seconds.
  • Remove from the microwave and stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Add the rice chex cereal to a large bowl and pour the chocolate mixture on top. Toss to coat.
  • Add the powdered sugar and red powdered food coloring to the bowl and toss together until the rice chex cereal is fully covered.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 410kcal (21%)Carbohydrates 59g (20%)Protein 6g (12%)Fat 17g (26%)Saturated Fat 7g (35%)Cholesterol 16mg (5%)Sodium 367mg (15%)Potassium 137mg (4%)Fiber 2g (8%)Sugar 35g (39%)Vitamin A 700mg (14%)Vitamin C 6.1mg (7%)Calcium 131mg (13%)Iron 9.5mg (53%)
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