Cherry Vanilla Puppy Chow

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

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

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

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

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!


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

Gift it to your favorite Valentine! I love using Mason Jars for gift giving. But you can also use cellophane bags. Attach a cute tag and ribbon and you are ready to go!

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

Love the Cherry Vanilla Combo? 

 Then you will probably love this Cherry Vanilla Caramel Corn! As if caramel corn isn’t a treat on it’s own, I covered this in white chocolate and added some Cherry m&m candies!

Cherry Vanilla Caramel Corn

Cherry Pound Cake Bites: These were so incredibly delicious and gorgeous to serve! Plus they freeze REALLY well.

Cherry Pound Cake

Baked Cherry Donuts with Vanilla Glaze: clearly I love this flavor…and these baked donuts are ready from start to finish in under 30 minutes!

Cherry Donut

Ready for my favorite Valentine cookies? Vanilla Thumbprints with Cherry Buttercream. One cookie is never enough!

Vanilla Thumbprint with Cherry Buttercream

Vanilla Bean and Cherry Swirled Icebox Cookies: these are awesome to make and freeze ahead of time. When ready to eat, slice and bake fresh!

Vanilla Bean and Cherry Swirled Icebox Cookies

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Yield: 8 cups

Cherry Vanilla Puppy Chow

Cherry Vanilla Puppy Chow


  • 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


  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!

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

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57 comments on “Cherry Vanilla Puppy Chow”

  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. oh, puppy chow… you are my favorite.

    and even moreso when it’s pink!! love it!

  5. Ok, ok! All of the signs are saying I NEED to make some puppy chow, stat. Thanks for the nudge. 😉 Looks yummy!

  6. Oh my, this looks so LOVELY! So festive 🙂

  7. Love the Valentine’s Day colors in this puppy show! Beautiful photos too. 🙂

  8. 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!

  9. This sounds and looks amazing! What a great treat for the kiddos on Valentine’s Day! 🙂

  10. I love how you pimped this out for Vday! LOVE it!

  11. How much do I love the idea of using jell-o to flavor it? Oh the possibilities!! Thanks for the idea Aimee!

  12. 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!

  13. What a great gift for Valentine’s day. Love your heard shaped sprinkle addition 🙂

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

    I guess I have some investigating to do:)

    looks delicious

  15. 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! ; – }

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

  17. 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!

  18. This puppy chow is fantastic, Aimee! I love that you used jello in your chocolate — so many possibilities!

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. Melissa B in IL

    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….

    • 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!

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. Mary

    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).

  26. 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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