Game Night Treats

Every Wednesday evening, we have Family Fun Night. Often, that means we pull out games and spend the evening playing together. Whether it's Family Flux or Action Princesses - in which the princesses get to save the prince - we tend to have a great time. But sometimes we get hungry. I mean, dinner was earlier and playing games is hard work, er, fun. So what are we to do? Well, nothing pairs with game night quite like yummy snacks and few bring as many smiles as my Nutella Puppy Chow.

If you've ever made traditional puppy chow snack mix, you know you're going to be mixing chocolate chips and peanut butter, drizzling it over Chex cereal, and shaking powdered sugar over the entire mess. I try to corral the mess a bit by shaking the mix in a large paper grocery bag and then tossing the bag when the mix has been removed to parchment paper to cool. It helps … at least, a little. This delicious mess is called puppy chow because, while absolutely delicious, it does bear a striking resemblance to dog food!

Anyway, my version takes an already simple recipe and makes it even simpler! Less peanut butter and a healthy application of Nutella instead of chocolate chips. It doesn't need to be melted -- just warmed enough to pour and coat the cereal. I love using a combination of corn and rice Chex. It's a little more interesting and still leaves the mix entirely gluten free! However, it is a pretty messy snack mix, so Family Fun Night tends to see it served in little bowls with chopsticks … to make it even more fun!

Nutella Puppy Chow

  • 14 c. Chex cereal (rice, corn, or a combo)
  • 1 1/2 c. Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1/4 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 2 1/2 c. powdered sugar

Put the cereal in a large mixing bowl. In a medium, microwave safe, bowl add the Nutella, butter, and peanut butter. Microwave on high for about 30 seconds - 1 minute. Stir well to combine. Pour the mixture over the top of the cereal and stir gently covering all of the cereal with the hot mixture.

Place the mixture in a clean large brown paper bag, add the powdered sugar, roll closed, and then shake to coat cereal with the sugar. You will need to hold the bag closed to keep the powdered sugar from escaping (and some might, anyway!). Spread the mix out on parchment paper to cool. Store in sealed plastic bags or containers until ready to serve.

  • Yields: About 16 cups
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes