Cherry Vanilla Puppy Chow

by aimee @ shugarysweets on January 29, 2013

Cherry Vanilla Puppy Chow- easy, delicious puppy chow with cherry gelatin #valentines #puppychow www.shugarysweets.com

This recipe is just in time for Valentine’s Day. Yeah, I know we have a few weeks, but I wanted to squeak this in before Super Bowl Sunday too. Just in case you need ONE MORE snack on your table.

And this snack is super easy. Yesterday, two of my friends, Sally and Nikki posted puppy chow. Coincidence that I was making this? I think not! Sally and Nikki both have several varieties on their site, be sure to check them out!

Cherry Vanilla Puppy Chow- easy, delicious puppy chow with cherry gelatin #valentines #puppychow www.shugarysweets.com

Cherry Vanilla Puppy Chow- easy, delicious puppy chow with cherry gelatin #valentines #puppychow www.shugarysweets.com

Puppy Chow is a treat I remember my mom making for us as kids! We wouldn’t wait for the chocolate center to cool, we would dig right in. And warm puppy chow is actually quite tasty. This cherry flavored treat is no exception.

Cherry Vanilla Puppy Chow- easy, delicious puppy chow with cherry gelatin #valentines #puppychow www.shugarysweets.com

I used a small package of Sugar Free JELL-O Cherry gelatin mix to flavor my white candy coating. Once that was all melted and mixed I poured it over the cereal. Stir it up for a minute until everything is coated then pour it into a ziploc gallon sized bag with your powdered sugar. Shake it up. Then shake it up again (just to be sure). Pour it onto a foil lined baking sheet (for easy clean up) and add sprinkles. Serve in a big bowl!

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Cherry Vanilla Puppy Chow- easy, delicious puppy chow with cherry gelatin #valentines #puppychow www.shugarysweets.com

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Cherry Vanilla Puppy Chow- easy, delicious puppy chow with cherry gelatin #valentines #puppychow www.shugarysweets.com

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Cherry Vanilla Puppy Chow

Yield: 8 cups

Ingredients

  • 8 cup rice chex cereal
  • 1 pkg (16oz) Vanilla bark (almond candy coating)
  • 1 pkg (0.3oz) Sugar Free JELL-O cherry gelatin mix
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • sprinkles

Instructions

  1. In a microwave dish, melt vanilla bark for one minute. Stir, heat an additional 30 seconds until creamy. Mix in the cherry gelatin mix.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the cereal with melted chocolate. Stir until completely coated. Pour into a large gallon sized container with powdered sugar. Shake. Shake Shake. Pour onto a large baking sheet with foil, until set. Add sprinkles. Store in covered container up to two weeks. ENJOY!
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life January 29, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I want to reach right into my computer screen and grab a handful!! Why aren’t you next door to me so we could share all the goodies? Cherry vanilla sounds so good right now!!! Much better than the broccoli I just ate :-)
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 29, 2013 at 3:43 pm

As if you just ate broccoli. Nice try. Haha, okay maybe you did. But don’t tell me you didn’t have a rice krispie treat to wash it down :)
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Lisa @ Wine & Glue January 29, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Stop it. This looks INSANELY good!! I am such a sucker for cherry vanilla flavored goodness, and puppy chow lasts approximately 8 seconds around me. Must. Eat. Now.

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aimee @ shugarysweets January 29, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I’ve eaten way too much of this today. Not cool, but quite delish.
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Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations January 29, 2013 at 2:18 pm

What a cute Valentine’s treat. I only learned of puppy chow through Pinterest but it sounds like such a fun and quick treat, I just have to try it soon.
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 29, 2013 at 3:45 pm

oh Regina, you MUST try it soon. I make it and package it up in little containers for the kids lunches. After of course I’ve nibbled on it for 24hours!! It’s quite addictive.
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Kristina January 29, 2013 at 2:40 pm

oh, puppy chow… you are my favorite.

and even moreso when it’s pink!! love it!
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 29, 2013 at 3:47 pm

It’s so good, right??? Now, I need to put it away before I’ve eaten it all completely!!
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Ashley January 29, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Ok, ok! All of the signs are saying I NEED to make some puppy chow, stat. Thanks for the nudge. ;) Looks yummy!
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 29, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Don’t you love it when all the signs tell you to do something? Especially when it’s something as delicious as puppy chow? Yep, you can’t go wrong!
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Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos January 29, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Oh my, this looks so LOVELY! So festive :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 29, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Thanks Becca :)
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Eva @ Eva Bakes January 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Love the Valentine’s Day colors in this puppy show! Beautiful photos too. :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 30, 2013 at 6:53 am

Thank you Eva! It turned out very pretty, I’m quite happy with it!
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jodye @ chocolate and chou fleur January 29, 2013 at 4:40 pm

My boyfriend is obsessed with what he calls “white trash” which seems quite like this puppy chow, but with the addition of assorted nuts and pretzel pieces. The fruity flavor of your version sounds great!
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 30, 2013 at 6:54 am

I have a couple “white trash” recipes on the blog too!! LOVE that stuff!! Adding the cherry gelatin gives it a subtle but delicious flavor!
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Kelly @ Semi Homemade Mom January 29, 2013 at 4:47 pm

This sounds and looks amazing! What a great treat for the kiddos on Valentine’s Day! :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 30, 2013 at 6:55 am

Thanks Kelly, I know my kids LOVE this stuff!! My only complaint is the powdered sugar fingers :)
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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen January 29, 2013 at 5:00 pm

I love how you pimped this out for Vday! LOVE it!
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 30, 2013 at 6:55 am

That’s me, the pimp! I love adding gelatin and pudding to treats to give them extra flavor!
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust January 29, 2013 at 5:43 pm

How much do I love the idea of using jell-o to flavor it? Oh the possibilities!! Thanks for the idea Aimee!
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 30, 2013 at 6:56 am

I know! I’ve already got other flavors swirling in my brain. I may need to have “puppy chow week” on the blog!
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Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl January 29, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Soooo pretty and festive. I keep seeing all of these puppy chow recipes and now I feel like I need to make (eat) some. Love this cherry-vanilla version!
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 30, 2013 at 6:57 am

Just be sure when you make it you are ready to eat the entire batch. So addicting!
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Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking January 29, 2013 at 7:55 pm

What a great gift for Valentine’s day. Love your heard shaped sprinkle addition :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 30, 2013 at 6:58 am

Thanks Roxana, I love those big heart sprinkles! They make quite an impression!
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Heather @French Press January 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

can you believe I have never had {or made} puppy chow

I guess I have some investigating to do:)

looks delicious
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 30, 2013 at 6:59 am

Heather! How can this be??? Get your ingredients together and get on it!!!
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Anne@FromMySweetHeart January 29, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I’ve seen puppy chow before, but it’s never looked this pretty! Love all of your Valentine ideas….especially the Vanilla Bean & Cherry Swirl Cookies! Yes, I LOVE vanilla and I’m not ashamed to admit it! ; – }
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 30, 2013 at 7:00 am

Thank you Anne! I have a love of cherry vanilla too! nothing to be ashamed of at all :)
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tanya January 30, 2013 at 9:08 am

I am always looking for new snacks to make, savory and sweet! Love this!

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aimee @ shugarysweets January 30, 2013 at 9:22 am

Thanks Tanya! I love new snack ideas too :)
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Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar January 30, 2013 at 9:54 am

So cute, and tasty I’m sure! You’re right, the gelatin is an cool alternative to the cake mix I used in mine. Love it!

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Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik January 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm

ohhh, this looks so addicting!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 30, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Indeed it is :)
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Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel January 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm

This puppy chow is fantastic, Aimee! I love that you used jello in your chocolate — so many possibilities!
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sally @ sallys baking addiction January 30, 2013 at 3:04 pm

MUST MAKE NOW!!!!! :) Aimee, thank you for linking to my puppy chows. :) Needless to say – I am a puppy chow freak. and this version looks and sounds so good. flavored jello- why didn’t i think of that? you’re so creative girl!
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 30, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Is it wrong that I made another flavor today? Hahaha! Yours always look so delish!
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Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com January 31, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Y U M !!! Thanks for sharing! Pinning ;)
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Herbivore Triathlete February 2, 2013 at 8:36 am

Wow, very creative use of Jell-O! I am amazed at the endless combination possibilities of such a simple treat as Puppy Chow. This is super cute for Valentine’s Day.
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 2, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Thanks so much, I love adding in flavor but still keeping it simple with JELL-O!

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Melissa B in IL February 2, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Ok – I can’t do sugar free jello – how would you change the recipe to make it with the regular stuff?? Think it would work? I’m looking at the box of raspberry jello in the cabinet now….

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aimee @ shugarysweets February 3, 2013 at 8:15 am

Hi Melissa, regular JELL-O would definitely work, but I don’t think I would use a whole package of it. Try adding in 1/3-1/2 the package to the melted chocolate and see the color. If it looks good go with it!!! Let me know how it turns out, raspberry sounds delicious!

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Rashawn March 10, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I just have to say I just made this…it isn’t even set yet and I CANNOT keep my hands out of it. SO GOOD! I did use regular Jell-O and didn’t need to adjust anything, it came out just right!

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aimee @ shugarysweets March 10, 2013 at 4:42 pm

LOL. It’s good, I know! I was the same way! Thanks for letting me know you tried it :)

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Kim March 12, 2013 at 9:18 pm

When you used regular jello- what size box and did you use the whole thing?

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aimee @ shugarysweets March 13, 2013 at 7:35 am

I haven’t used regular Jello, but I would probably only use a couple tablespoons. The whole box might be too much!

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Rashawn March 15, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I used a regular .3 oz. box and yes, I used the whole thing. If you only use a couple of table spoons I just don’t think the flavor would be there.

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Rashawn March 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I used a regular .3 oz. box and yes, I used the whole thing. If you only use a couple of table spoons I just don’t think the flavor would be there.

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Crystal July 2, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Just wanted to let you know that I made this tonight, but substituted strawberry instead of cherry, and it’s soooooo yummy! We are taking it to the drive in with us tomorrow and I am so excited to share it with my sister, the baking addict in the family. She will love it!

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Mary January 22, 2014 at 12:30 am

Can’t wait to try this for my son with food allergies. I just need to double check the ingredients on the candy coating. Could I substitute the Vanilla Chex for the Rice Chex if I’m unable to find a safe candy coating? The Vanilla Chex are really good and I’ve been thinking they could be used in a type of puppy chow or snack mix for him (and me).

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Robyn March 5, 2014 at 3:45 am

This recipe seems similar to the chex muddy buddies recipe – I think the only difference is the muddy buddies recipe uses regular chocolate & no extra flavering -

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aimee @ shugarysweets March 5, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Yep, it’s one of the things I love to do, make fun versions out of classic recipes :) ENJOY.

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