Matcha Puppy Chow

By: takestwoeggsPosted: 09/12/2021 Updated: 30/11/2023
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 2 minutes
Total 13 minutes
This is the BEST matcha puppy chow (muddy buddies) recipe you will find on the internet and it is SO easy to make! Let's level up your holiday snacking with this matcha chocolate cereal treat. It is perfect for gifting to your love ones this year!
Matcha Puppy Chow

This is the BEST matcha puppy chow (muddy buddies) recipe you will find on the internet and it is SO easy to make! Let’s level up your holiday snacking with this matcha chocolate cereal treat. It is perfect for gifting to your loved ones this year!

A bowl overflowing with green puppy chow.

Puppy chow is one of my favorite things to make during the holidays. It is delicious, only needs 6 ingredients and it can be done in under 15 minutes. I mean what more can you ask for? Plus, it is the easiest and most cost-effective treat to make in bulk so that you can gift it to your family and friends. Honestly, it may take some serious restraint for you to be able to part with these delicious matcha treats.

This recipe is for all those matcha lovers out there. This matcha puppy chow recipe is not similar to the traditional puppy chow recipe in that it uses white chocolate instead of milk/dark chocolate and does not have any peanut butter in it. The white chocolate is infused with an abundance of matcha powder and the powdered sugar has some additional matcha powder for a delicious double matcha flavor.

If you loved this matcha holiday snack, check out my matcha crinkle cookies, matcha madeleines, or vanilla matcha basque cheesecake!

Looking down into a bowl of puppy chow that is made with matcha

Kitchen Equipment

  • Nesting Glass Mixing Bowls: You will need glass nesting bowls to measure out the ingredients and a large mixing bowl to toss the chex with the matcha chocolate. This Duralex nesting glass mixing bowl set has all the bowls you will need for this recipe.
  • Rubber Spatula: you will need a rubber spatula to fold the ingredients together
  • Small Saucepan: you will use a small saucepan to melt the white chocolate.
  • Large gallon-size ziplock bag: you will need a large gallon-sized ziplock bag to coat the puppy chow with powdered sugar
  • Baking Sheet: a half-sheet baking sheet will allow you to spread the puppy chow onto an even layer to chill in the refrigerator.
  • Parchment Paper: you will need parchment paper to line the baking sheet to chill the matcha puppy chow.

Ingredients

This recipe only calls for 6 ingredients! That means you should source high-quality ingredients for the best-tasting snack!

  • Couverture white chocolate: Since this recipe calls for a few ingredients make sure you use high-quality, great-tasting white chocolate. I prefer to use Callebaut’s white chocolate chips. Their chocolate is milkier and less sweet than other brands I have tried. Alternatively, Lindt white chocolate works just as well.
  • Matcha powder: When using matcha powder, ensure that you are using the best culinary-grade matcha powder that you can find. I love using Matcha Bar, Matcha Love, Matcha Bloom, or Junbi Matcha as my matcha recipes. I used ceremonial-grade matcha for a deeper and richer matcha flavor with a more brilliant green color. However, you can use culinary grade as well.
  • Salt: the salt balances out the rich sweetness of the white chocolate.
  • Chex Cereal: I used Rice Chex cereal for this recipe. Alternatively, you can use Corn Chex or Wheat Chex cereal.
  • Powdered Sugar: the powdered sugar is used to coat the chocolate-covered chex.
Up close of a pile of matcha puppy chow.

How To Make Matcha Muddy Buddies

This nostalgic muddy buddy snack is incredibly easy to make. All you need to do is make the matcha white chocolate mixture, toss with the Chex, and toss with matcha powdered sugar!

  1. Melt the white chocolate. Using a double boiler method, in a heatproof bowl add the white chocolate and salt. Place over a pot filled with water making sure the bowl doesn’t touch the bowl. Heat on the stove on low gentle heat and stir until the chocolate melts.
Mixing together the melted white chocolate and honey in a heat proof glass bowl.
  1. Sift in the matcha powder to the white chocolate. Using a fine mesh sieve, sift in the matcha powder to remove any clumps and mix with a spatula until smooth.
  1. Add the melted matcha chocolate. In a large mixing bowl, add the Chex cereal. Then working in 3 batches, pour in the matcha chocolate, and gently fold with a rubber spatula until the chex is evenly coated. Set aside to cool slightly to room temperature.
  1. Whisk together the powdered sugar and matcha powder. In a separate bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and matcha powder until combined.
  1. Toss with powdered sugar. When the Chex has reached room temperature, pour in the powdered sugar mix and matcha-covered Chex into a large gallon ziplock bag. Seal and shake the bag until the Chex is evenly coated with the powdered sugar. Add additional powdered sugar if necessary to coat the chex.
Using the ziploc bag shaking method to toss the matcha coated chex with powdered sugar.
  1. Chill and serve. Pour the mixture onto a large parchment-lined cookie sheet and refrigerate uncovered for 15-30 minutes, or until dried. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
The completed matcha puppy chow tossed in powdered sugar and spread onto a parchment lined baking tray to cool and harden.

Tips for the Best Matcha Puppy Chow

  • Use a trusted Matcha powder. Since matcha is the star of this dish, make sure to use high-quality matcha powder for the best results. There are tons of matcha powders out there and some are made with lower quality than others. I’ve used brands such as Matchabar, Junbi, and Matcha Bloom and they all have high-quality grade matcha.
  • Use Callebaut White Chocolate melting chips. Callebaut white chocolate chips are the only white chocolate chips I ever use for my recipes. The white chocolate is rich, its creamy, and it melts easily.
  • If microwaving the chocolate, use a medium, microwave-safe bowl to melt the white chocolate chips. Microwave the chocolate in 15-second increments and mix the chocolate in between for an even melt and to prevent from burning the chocolate. I was able to melt the chocolate within 1 minute but this may vary depending on the heat of your microwave.
  • Evenly coat the chex with powdered sugar to prevent it from melting. The powdered sugar protects the chex from melting into one large blob so use enough powdered sugar to evenly coat each cereal square.

Storage Instructions

This puppy chow recipe is best served immediately. It can be stored in an airtight container on the counter or in the refrigerator (if you have a warm environment) for up to 1 week.

A jar spilling out green matcha puppy chow

Frequent Q’s and A’s

What type of chocolate do I use?

When a recipe calls for so few ingredients, the quality of the ingredients should be the utmost priority. I have had my best results using high-quality couverture white chocolates, specifically these Callebaut white chocolates. They contain stabilizers that ultimately provide the velvety texture that you want and need.

If you are looking for the next best thing at the grocery store, buy a brand that has fewer additives in the ingredient list besides cocoa, milk, and chocolate. Also, make sure that it contains cocoa butter instead of vegetable fat. True white chocolate has an ivory color instead of a pure white color. I found that Lindt white chocolates work as a second-best alternative.

What are other names for puppy chow?

Puppy chow has also been called muddy buddies, monkey munch, muddy munch, reindeer chow, or doggy bag.

Why “puppy chow”?

The name “puppy chow” stemmed from the fact that this snack closely resembles dog food. Typically, Americans have made the original puppy chow with Chex cereal, peanut butter, chocolate, and butter and dusted with powdered sugar.

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Up close of a bowl overflowing with matcha puppy chow.

Matcha Puppy Chow

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
This is the BEST matcha puppy chow (muddy buddies) recipe you will find on the internet and it is SO easy to make! Let's level up your holiday snacking with this matcha chocolate cereal treat. It is perfect for gifting to your love ones this year!
Servings: 10 servings
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Ingredients

Matcha Puppy Chow

  • 1 cup (170 g) couverture white chocolate chips
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 ½ teaspoon (10 g) matcha powder
  • 4 cup Chex rice cereal

Powdered Sugar Dusting

Instructions

  • Melt the white chocolate. Using a double boiler method, in a heatproof bowl add the salt and white chocolate. Place over a pot filled with water making sure the bowl doesn't touch the bowl. Heat on the stove on a low gentle heat and stir until the chocolate melts.
  • Sift in the matcha powder. Using a fine-mesh sieve, sift in the matcha powder to remove any clumps and mix with a spatula until smooth.
  • Mix the melted matcha chocolate. In a large mixing bowl, add the chex cereal. Then working in 3 batches, pour in the matcha chocolate, and gently fold with a rubber spatula until the chex is evenly coated. Set aside to cool slightly to room temperature.
  • Whisk together the powdered sugar and matcha powder. In a separate bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and matcha powder until combined.
  • Toss with powdered sugar. When the chex has reached room temperature, pour in the powdered sugar mix and matcha-covered chex in a large gallon ziplock bag. Seal and shake the bag until the chex is evenly coated with the powdered sugar. Add additional powdered sugar if necessary to coat the chex.
  • Chill and serve. Pour the mixture onto a large parchment-lined cookie sheet and refrigerate uncovered for 15-30 minutes, or until dried. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

  • Use a trusted Matcha powder. Since matcha is the star of this dish, make sure to use a high-quality matcha powder for the best results. There are tons of matcha powders out there and some are made with lower quality than others. I've used brands such as Matchabar, Junbi, and Matcha Bloom and they all have high-quality grade matcha.
  • Use Callebaut White Chocolate melting chips. Callebaut white chocolate chips are the only white chocolate chips I ever use for my recipes. The white chocolate is rich, it's creamy, and it melts so easily.
  • Evenly coat the chex with powdered sugar to prevent it from melting. The powdered sugar protects the chex from melting into one large blob so use enough powdered sugar to evenly coat each cereal square.
  • Storage Instructions. This puppy chow recipe can be stored in an airtight container on the counter or in the refrigerator (if you have a warm environment) for up to 1 week. 

Nutrition:

Serving: 1g | Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g

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