Cupid Chow

This is not your average puppy chow! Cupid Chow is loaded with peanut butter, white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate, sprinkles and M&M’s.

Valentine’s Day is coming quickly and I’m loving this new recipe! Cupid’s Chow. AKA Valentine’s Puppy Chow. Or Muddy Buddies. Whatever you call it, this snack recipe is all dressed up in pink and red for Valentine’s Day.

This is that wow-your-kids, make-the-PTA-moms jealous, get-an-extra-Atta-girl from the husband Cupid’s chow. When you want to impress for a Valentine’s party or gift, this is what you should make!

valentine's snack mix

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • No bake and easy to prep.
  • Classic muddy buddy chocolate peanut butter flavor.
  • Sprinkles and M&Ms for a festive look.
  • Perfect for parties and gift giving.
bowl of valentine's puppy chow

How to Make Cupid Chow

This recipe has a few additional steps than the normal puppy chow recipe. This is so that you can have the red squares and white squares separately for festive color variations.

First prep the powdered sugar. Use a food processor to mix the red color evenly into the powdered sugar, then bake it for just a few minutes to set the color.

Then make the chocolate mixture. This is a standard puppy chow mix with butter, chocolate chips, peanut butter and vanilla. Once it is mixed, toss it with the colored powdered sugar.

melted chocolate poured over rice cereal in a bowl

Then prepare the white chocolate and mix with the remaining cereal and sprinkles.

Lastly, combine with M&Ms and toss to mix.

closeup view of rice chex chow

Recipe Variations:

  • Use green food coloring and green M&Ms for a St. Patrick’s Day treat. The holiday possibilities are endless.
  • Add cinnamon hearts or another candy instead of M&Ms.
  • Make a powder out of freeze dried strawberries and use that instead of the powdered sugar for a chocolate strawberry treat!

You may also love our bunny bait and reindeer chow.

bowl of cupid's chow with m&ms
bowl of cupid's chow with m&ms

Cupid Chow

5 from 1 vote
This is not your average puppy chow! Cupid Chow is loaded with peanut butter, white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate, sprinkles and M&M's.
Servings 12
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups confectioners sugar sifted
  • Pink or red food coloring
  • 12 cups Rice Chex divided
  • ½ cup salted butter
  • 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 ounces white chocolate
  • 1 cup red milk chocolate M&M’s
  • Festive sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 170º Fahrenheit then line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Place confectioner’s sugar in food processor. Turn on high and slowly add a few drops of your food coloring until you reach your desired color.
  • Spread colored sugar on one of the prepared sheet and bake in preheated oven for 3 minutes. Once dry, place colored sugar in gallon sized baggie. Set aside.
  • Place 9 cups of Rice Chex in a large bowl. Place the remaining cereal in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • In a sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter then add chocolate chips and peanut butter and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Stir well to combine.
  • Pour chocolate mixture over 9 cups of cereal then toss to coat evenly.
  • Transfer coated cereal to the gallon sized baggie containing the colored confectioner’s sugar.
  • Shake, toss and turn until the colored sugar has completely coated all cereal pieces. Set aside.
  • Pour the oil into a small microwavable bowl, add white chocolate. Microwave in 20 second increments until smooth. Stir between each heating to make sure you don’t over heat it.
  • Pour melted white chocolate over remaining cereal in medium bowl. Gently mix well until coated. Immediately add sprinkles as you toss the cereal. Spread out on the second prepared sheet pan. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Add confectioner’s covered cereal and white chocolate covered cereal to a large serving bowl. Add in M&M’s toss to combine.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 12, with 1 serving being about 1 cup of cupid chow. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 616kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 407mg | Potassium: 307mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 789IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 11mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 616
Keyword spring snack, valentine’s day

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I store Cupid’s Chow?

This treat can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. This will stay fresh for about a week. If it lasts that long.

Can I double this recipe?

Yes! This recipe doubles very easily. You will need to coat the cereal with the colored confectioner’s sugar in two batches.

What size box is 12 cups?

12 cups of cereal is the equivalent of an 18-ounce family sized box.

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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