A crunchy mixture of chocolate and peanut butter coated rice cereal squares. A sweet Halloween treat loaded with tons of candy. 

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Chocolate and peanut butter is the best combination ever. Period!

I’m sorry, but there’s no arguing this point. Sweet chocolate paired with creamy peanutty goodness… foodtopia. If you’ve been keeping up with my posts, then you know how much I love chocolate and peanut butter. There’s the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter, the Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake, and, most recently, Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate. My addiction has no bounds.

This month, the Holiday Food Party group is celebrating Halloween. I’m always at a loss when it comes to Halloween. I know the holiday is gaining popularity. People are really getting involved in the festivities, decorating their houses, coming up with family-themed costumes, throwing extravagant parties, and even trick-or-treating out of the trunks of their cars. It’s definitely a beloved holiday.

Me? Well, I’m lazy when it comes to Halloween. I’m more of a Thanksgiving and Christmas kind of gal. The one thing I do like about Halloween is the candy. Sweet, sweet candy! Chocolate for me, please. I used to hate getting smarties and mini boxes of raisins in my pillow case (the plastic pumpkins couldn’t handle the amount of candy we would receive). What kid wants raisins for Halloween? It really is a cruel joke.

I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Halloween then with a big ol’ bowl of chocolate peanut butter puppy chow loaded with candy.

Puppy chow is a mixture of rice cereal squares that get coated in a gooey mixture and dusted with sweet powder. I coated my rice squares in melted peanut butter and chocolate, then I dusted half the mixture in powdered sugar and the other half in boxed chocolate cake mix. Mix in your favorite candy and you have yourself a crunchy addiction.

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Fill up a bowl for a crowd-pleasing snack at your Halloween party or package in individual candy cups to hand out to trick-or-treaters. This crunchy treat will make you the neighborhood favorite for years to come.

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Because you can never have too much chocolate and peanut butter goodness, I added mini Reese’s peanut butter cups and Reese’s Pieces. Oh my goodness!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Halloween Puppy Chow ~ #HolidayFoodParty
Recipe Type: Snacks
Author: Jennie
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 14 Cups
  • 10 cups rice cereal squares (such as Chex)
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate cake mix
  • 2 cups Reese’s Pieces
  • 1-8 ounce bag Reese’s mini peanut butter cups
  • 1 cup candy corn
  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Place 10 cups of rice cereal into a large bowl.
  3. Grab two 1-gallon freezer or storage bags. Place the powdered sugar in one bag and the chocolate cake mix in the other bag. Set aside.
  4. Add peanut butter, chocolate chips, and butter to a microwave-safe bowl. Heat the mixture in 30-second increments, stirring in-between, until the mixture is smooth.
  5. Pour the creamy peanut butter mixture over the rice cereal squares. Fold the mixture into the squares until evenly coated.
  6. Divide the mixture in half, placing one half in the bag with the powdered sugar and the other half in the bag with the chocolate cake mix. Shake the bags vigorously until the squares are evenly dusted.
  7. Pour the coated rice squares onto the prepared baking sheets, spreading them out into an even layer. Allow the squares to dry for 30 minutes.
  8. Combine the coated rice squares and candy in a large bowl and mix to combine. Serve party style or divide the mixture into individual servings for delicious gifts.

Make sure you check out the other #HolidayFoodParty recipes:


1. Butterfinger Bark from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

2. Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cut-Out Cookies from Created by Diane

3. Chocolate Crepes with Pumpkin Butter Filling and Spiced Maple Pecan Syrup from Pineapple and Coconut

4. Vampire Delight Martini from Magnolia Days

5. Pumpkin Spice Kiss Cookie Cups from Chocolate Moosey

6. Rice Krispie Candy Corn from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

7. Chocolate Peanut Butter Halloween Puppy Chow from Messy Baker

8. Homemade Sour Patch Kids from What Smells So Good

9. Reese’s PB&C Pretzel Crust Pie from Hungry Couple NYC

10. Chocolate Pumpkin Layer Cake from Gotta Get Baked

11. Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

12. Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies from Crumb Blog

13. Pumpkin Pie Fudge from Juanita’s Cocina