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Dallas Cowboys Puppy Chow

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Dallas Cowboys Puppy Chow recipe is made with Chex cereal and candy melts. Celebrate your favorite NFL football team with a team colored snack or appetizer dessert recipe. Great for game day and Super Bowl party food. Gluten free.

Root for your Dallas Cowboys during the NFL football season with this Dallas Cowboys Puppy Chow!

Dallas Cowboys Puppy Chow in a star dish surrounded by glitter stars

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I love puppy chow, also called muddy buddies, for all the different flavors you can use.  It brings me back to my childhood!  I am also making a collection of NFL and other sport teams.  

Blue, gray, and white muddy buddies in a star dish close up

Because this Dallas Cowboys Puppy Chow is made with candy melts, the final product will be sweeter than a traditional puppy chow.

Just serve it up as an appetizer snack or dessert with any fan gear and decorations you may have!

Dallas Cowboys Puppy Chow

Now at some point in the process, you are probably going to think at least one of the following (if not all, like I did):

  • There is NO WAY that little amount of candy melts will cover all this cereal!
  • OH NO the cereal is BREAKING!
  • WHY DO THEY ALL LOOK WHITE! I MESSED UP! I CAN’T SEE THE COLOR!

But it’s okay, all of the above are FINE.  The candy melts DO cover that much cereal, just keep stirring.  The cereal might break a little but that’s okay!  Just be gentle. 

And the colors DO look pretty white when they come out of the bag.  But shaking them in the fine mesh strainer gets rid of all that extra powdered sugar and you will see the color!  Have faith!

Blue, gray, and white muddy buddies in a dish surrounded by colored glitter stars

Candy melts are pretty sweet, but they provide the perfect color for colored puppy chow. 

I do not recommend using white chocolate and trying to color it, because white chocolate does not melt very well and it takes a lot of coloring to make bold colors. 

If these are too sweet on their own, you could mix them with something salty like little pretzels or peanuts.

Close up of Dallas Cowboys Puppy Chow in a star dish

You can get royal blue candy melts, black candy melts, and bright white candy melts for the Dallas Cowboys Puppy Chow online. 

Regular white has a little yellow tint to it, so bright white is best to use. You can also find candy melts at your local craft store.

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Dallas Cowboys Puppy Chow

Dallas Cowboys Puppy Chow recipe is made with Chex cereal and candy melts. Celebrate your favorite NFL football team with a team colored snack or appetizer dessert recipe. Great for game day and Super Bowl party food. Gluten free.
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, Football, Game Day, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 5 servings (2.5 cups total)
Calories: 268kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place each color of candy melts in separate bowls that are large enough to mix the cereal in for each color (I like to use deep soup bowls). Add the 4 black discs to the blue bowl, and two black discs to the 1/2 cup of white.
  • Place 1/3 cup powdered sugar in a quart or gallon sized resealable plastic bag.
  • Melt the lightest color (1/4 cup of white) of candy melts in the microwave as per package directions. Stir frequently to encourage melting.
  • When fully melted, immediately mix in the Chex mix. (1/2 cup of cereal for white). Gently toss with a spoon to fully coat.
  • Immediately transfer the cereal to the plastic bag with the powdered sugar. Seal and shake. Gently massage the bag from the outside to encourage the cereal to separate, but gentle enough so they do not break.
  • Pour the bag contents into a sieve (fine mesh strainer) over another bowl. Shake to remove excess sugar.
  • Pour the cereal out on a parchment paper or silicone baking mat lined baking sheet to dry. If there are any pieces that were stuck together, you can pull them apart, dunk them into the discarded sugar, and shake again.
  • Let the candy melts that was left behind in the bag dry for a few minutes, then you can crinkle up the bag to remove the candy melts and make it ready for the next color.
  • Repeat the process with the gray (1/2 cup white with 2 black pieces) candy melts next, using 1 cup of Chex cereal and fresh powdered sugar. Add more black to make a darker gray if desired before tossing with the Chex cereal.
  • Repeat the process with the blue (1/2 cup royal blue and 4 black pieces) candy melts next, using 1 cup of Chex cereal and fresh powdered sugar. Use more black if desired to make a darker blue before mixing in the Chex cereal.
  • Mix the colors of Chex mix together, or keep separate, and serve. The puppy chow can be stored in a container or bag for up to 2 days.

Notes

I add four black candy melt discs to the blue to make it a darker blue color, and two discs of black to the 1/2 cup of white for a gray color. You can add more black if desired to the blue or gray to make them darker before mixing with the Chex. The Wilton brand candy melts are .1 ounce per disc, so this works out to .6 ounces of black total. Different brands have different sized discs so you may need to estimate how many you need if you do not have a scale.
You can use any flavor or variety of Chex cereal that you wish, however rice keeps these gluten free.
Start with the lightest color and work towards the darkest just in case any pieces pick up color from a previous batch in the bag.
I used less white to keep the focus on the primary colors of gray and blue, but use any ratio you want.  You need 1 cup of cereal for every 1/2 cup of candy melts and 1/3 cup of powdered sugar.  I got about 6 cups of cereal in an 12 ounce box after pulling out broken pieces.
I like to start melting the next color after I have tossed the previous color in powdered sugar, before shaking in the strainer, to save some time.
You can find all of the puppy chow recipes here!
You can get royal blue candy melts, black candy melts, and bright white candy melts online.  You can also find them at your local craft store.

Nutrition

Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 4mg
By on September 9th, 2020

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Kim has grown up with a passion for cooking good food! You can find her in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes, making dog treats, and eating Italian food!

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