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.
Prep Time30 minutesmins
Total Time30 minutesmins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, Football, Game Day, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
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.
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 meltsonline. You can also find them at your local craft store.