Insane Snack: Poppy Chow

As a kid, one of my absolute favorite snacks to make was puppy chow. The combination of chocolate, peanut butter, Crispix cereal (yes, my mom and I prefer using Crispix to Chex: you should too), and powdered sugar is something that is so simple yet so incredibly delicious.

However, as I was scrolling through my reader one day, I happened upon the most genius of puppy chow ideas: poppy chow.

As soon as I saw it, my mind melted. I had to have it. I couldn’t get it out of my head. And guess what: I had all of the necessary ingredients!

The original recipe is here, courtesy of zoedawn on the Tasty Kitchen website. However, I didn’t do things exactly according to her instructions. For instance: I have never ever made puppy chow/poppy chow with butter. My mom never did it, so I never did either. I am sure that the butter makes the chocolate/peanut butter a little more…liquid in consistency…but I have never had a problem with using only chocolate and peanut butter. Just my 2 cents here.

Also: I used kettle corn. I mean: it is sweet…it is salty…it is perfect! After popping a regular size bag of kettle corn (I use Smart Pop by Orville Redenbacher’s), I removed the unpopped kernels, then folded in melted chocolate and peanut butter…

Then, I tossed my chocolate, peanut-buttery goodness into a clean paper grocery bag with some powdered sugar and shook to my little heart’s content.

Ohhhh sweet sweet (and salty) goodness. Justin and I managed to consume the entire batch within 48 hours. Mmmm.

Poppy Chow

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*1 regular bag of kettle corn (7.5 cups popped) – I use Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop

*3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

*1/3 cup peanut butter

*1 teaspoon vanilla extract

*1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

*1 unused paper grocery bag


1. In the microwave, pop the kettle corn. When completed, empty the contents into a large bowl and remove any unpopped kernels.

2. In the microwave, heat the chocolate chips and peanut butter until melted. Stir in the vanilla extract.

3. Pour the chocolate mixture over the popcorn and stir until evenly coated.

4. Add about 1/2 a cup of powdered sugar to the bottom of the unused paper grocery bag. Pour the popcorn mixture into the bag, and add the remaining powdered sugar.

5. Fold the grocery sack tightly closed, and shake vigorously. I recommend doing this outside if possible, as sometimes powdered sugar can escape from the sack and create a mess!

6. Spread the poppy chow on a sheet of wax paper/on a baking sheet to allow the chocolate to set. Store in an airtight container.

Seriously you guys, this is one of my new favorite snacks to make. Sooo yummy, and really easy! I hope you whip up a batch and enjoy it as well!!!

***as you can see from my photos, my poppy chow was not completely covered in chocolate/peanut butter. I chose to do this so I would be able to taste the flavor of the kettle corn along with the other ingredients. If you prefer more chocolate and peanut butter, I would suggest using 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of peanut butter. Whatever suits you!!!


  1. Kristin (Mrs. Glasses) says

    Are you kidding me!? That looks delicious! I’ve never made Puppy Chow before – when I was a kid we were all about the Rice Krispy Treats. I’ll have to try this!

  2. says

    What a genius idea! I LOVE puppy chow (I mean, I love it so much we’re even using it at our wedding!). I’m sure I would love poppy chow….I like your idea of not using butter and using SmartPop kettle popcorn! (Makes it at least a little bit healthier, lol)

    • Katie says

      Yep – in my head using the smart pop makes it toooootaaaallly healthy, right? 😉 That’s what I tell myself.

      We used puppy chow at our wedding too :)


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