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