Halloween Puppy Chow

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Delicious Halloween Puppy Chow for a sweet snack or holiday dessert!

A fun Halloween dessert, this Halloween Puppy Chow is an easy gluten free Halloween recipe!

Halloween Puppy Chow in small cauldrons with a spider

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 I love Halloween and always have!

I think it is because it is all about creativity and an alternate world that is fun to explore.

And that includes Halloween recipes, too!

Cauldrons filled with separated orange, black, and purple Halloween Puppy Chow on a gray gauze 

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!

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!

Cauldrons full of muddy buddies

You could also make Halloween Puppy Chow as a bright green to put in cauldrons like it is a witch’s brew, or even some fun Halloween sprinkles like candy eyeballs! 

The sprinkles will fall to the bottom, so you might want to consider sticking them to some puppy chow with a little of the leftover melted candy melts.

A hand holding Halloween Puppy Chow

Get purple candy melts, orange candy melts, and black candy melts online.  You can also find them at your local craft store.

The candy melts do make them extra sweet compared to a traditional puppy chow.

You could balance this with some salty things to mix in the chow, like pretzels or other salty snacks.


Halloween Recipes

Celebrate Halloween with these fun holiday recipes!

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Halloween Puppy Chow

Delicious Halloween Puppy Chow for a sweet snack or holiday dessert!
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, Football, Game Day, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings (3 cups total)
Calories: 253kcal



  • 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).
  • Place 1/3 cup powdered sugar in a quart or gallon sized resealable plastic bag.
  • Melt the lightest color (orange) 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 cup of cereal for the 1/2 cup of candy melts). 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 purple candy melts next, using 1 cup of Chex cereal and fresh powdered sugar.
  • Repeat the process with the black candy melts next, using 1 cup of Chex cereal and fresh powdered sugar.
  • Mix the colors together, or keep separate, and serve. The puppy chow can be stored in a container or bag for up to 2 days.


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.
Use any ratio of colors 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!
Get purple candy melts, orange candy melts, and black candy melts online.  You can also find them at your local craft store.
Fun variations: make bright green to represent a witch cauldron, or add candy eyeballs stuck to the puppy chow with a little leftover melted candy.


Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 4mg
By on September 14th, 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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