Chocolate-Peppermint Puppy Chow – GF Snack Recipe

Yields: About 8-10 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Setting Time: 30 minutes


  • 9 cups gluten-free Chex cereal (Rice Chex is the classic choice)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (Choose a gluten-free brand like Enjoy Life)
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (Refined is best for no coconut taste)
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy canes


  • Large microwave-safe bowl
  • Large resealable bags (Ziploc style)
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Parchment or wax paper


  • Prep work: Crush your candy canes. You can put them in a bag and crush with a rolling pin or use a food processor. Set aside.
  • Large mixing: Add your Chex cereal to a very large bowl.
  • Melt the chocolate: In your microwave-safe bowl, combine the semi-sweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and coconut oil. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring thoroughly between each interval, until completely melted and smooth.
  • Flavor time: Add the peppermint extract to the melted chocolate mix and stir well.
  • Coat the cereal: Carefully pour the melted chocolate mixture over the Chex cereal. Gently fold to ensure all the cereal pieces are evenly coated.
  • Candy cane toss: Add about 2/3 of the crushed candy canes and stir in gently.
  • Powdered Sugar Magic: Carefully pour the chocolate-covered cereal into a large resealable bag. Add the powdered sugar, seal the bag securely, and shake vigorously until all pieces are coated.
  • Cool Down: Spread the coated puppy chow onto parchment or wax paper. Sprinkle with the remaining crushed candy canes. Allow to set for at least 30 minutes.
  • Enjoy: Once the chocolate has set, your Chocolate-Peppermint Puppy Chow is ready! Store in an airtight container for maximum freshness.

Tasty Tips:

  • Gluten-Free: Always double-check that all your ingredients are labeled gluten-free.
  • Flavor Fun: Use vanilla extract instead of peppermint for a different twist. You can also try other crushed candies for pops of color and flavor.
  • Make Ahead: This is great as a make-ahead treat for parties and potlucks!
  • Gift It: Package the puppy chow in cute bags or containers for a festive, homemade gift.


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