This patriotic puppy chow is the perfect Memorial Day or 4th of July picnic treat. Equally loved by kids and adults, this treat will have you shouting “God Bless America!”
What is more American than puppy chow?
Ok, I can think of a few things, but what if I said: Patriotic puppy chow? And not just any patriotic puppy chow, but patriotic cake batter puppy chow?
Yeah, okay, maybe there still are a few things that are a little more American, but none of those things are this delicious or this perfect for your Memorial Day picnic.
Think about it: Memorial Day picnics are all about the finger foods — hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs, corn on the cob, etc. — and puppy chow might just be the perfect finger dessert. AND this version is festively colored red, white, and blue — It just screams: ‘MURICA!
Oh, and don’t be fooled by the “cake batter” in the name – this recipe is completely and utterly gluten-free.
Yes that’s right — there is FINALLY something cake batter flavored that us gluten-free folks can enjoy!
God Bless America.
The lovely cake batter flavor comes from a perfect harmony of 4 ingredients: white chocolate/candy melts, butter (because what is a cake without butter?) vanilla extract, and almond extract (if you’re grain alcohol sensitive, just make sure the extracts are gluten-free!) Easy breezy, and SO good!
And then for the FESTIVE part: I used two things to achieve this fun, patriotic theme: SPRINKLES (♡♡♡♡♡) and red and blue candy melts.
And let’s just have a quick little chat about the melts: you need them. Plain and simple. Here’s why: if you try to add food coloring to white chocolate — and white chocolate chips especially — it will seize up like crazy and will become completely useless. If you have the special icing gel coloring (like this) you can make it work, but it still can be a bit temperamental. White chocolate is a fickle beast, so my advice to you: make a trip to your local craft store, and pick up a couple bags of red and blue candy melts. A little more work, but soooo worth not ripping your hair out over batch after batch of seized up white chocolate! Please learn from my past mistakes (RIP, hair).
As festive as this puppy chow is for Memorial Day or the 4th of July, I LOVE that you can so easily adapt it for SO many other celebrations.
Why not pick up some red and pink candy melts/sprinkes and pass it out on valentine’s day or serve it at a baby shower for a little baby girl? Or you could make it for a bridal shower, using the bride’s wedding colors!
It would also make a perfect Saturday or Sunday afternoon snack during football season. Just buy candy melts and sprinkles in your favorite team’s colors and BOOM. Super fan snack complete.
I so wish I could take credit for this stroke of puppy chow genius, but alas, I cannot. The puppy chow master, my blogger friend — Lynn of Fresh April Flours — developed it. I’m seriously considering road tripping to her, just so I can give her a high-five for bringing this deliciousness into existence.
And YOU GUYS! Best news ever – she’s releasing a cookbook called “The Chow Down” filled with even MORE puppy chow genius. I just… I can’t even.
You need to run, errrrr, click really fast, over to her blog to get all the deets on putting in a pre-sale order ASAP so you can get your hands on it before it even officially releases. AND, while you’re there, you can enter her GIVEAWAY for a FREE COPY OF THE BOOK so you can share the puppy chow loooove (or keep a couple copies all for yourself — no judgement here!)
Another wonderful thing about this book? All of the recipes, except for a couple, are completely gluten-free. And the ones that are not are SO easy to adapt to be gluten-free. LOVE that!
So, after all this fun with Puppy Chow and drooling over every.single.one. of Lynn’s cookbook teaser photos, I’ve come to the conclusion that any time you mix Chex with sugar — chocolate, white chocolate, candy melts, powdered sugar, nutella, you name it — good things are bound to happen.
Think about it: Have you ever met a puppy chow you didn’t like? Or better yet, have you ever met a person that doesn’t like puppy chow? I can honestly say that I have never met someone that said they didn’t care for the stuff, and if I did, I probably wouldn’t trust them. Because either: a) they’re a liar-liar-pants-on-fire or b) they’re not human.
All that’s left to say here is: God Bless Lynn for bringing all of this amazing Puppy Chow into our lives, and:
God Bless the USA!
- 4 and ½ cups Rice Chex® cereal, divided
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 8 slices
- 8 ounces total of white chocolate/candy melts (2 ounces red candy melts, 2 ounces blue candy melts, 4 ounces white chocolate)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract*, divided
- 1 teaspoon almond extract*, divided
- ⅓ cup red and blue sprinkles
- 1 cup powdered sugar, divided
- Pour the cereal into 3 bowls: 2 cups in one bowl, 1 ¼ cup in a second bowl, and 1 ¼ cup in a third bowl; set aside.
- In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt 2 Tablespoons of butter (4 chunks), white chocolate or white candy melts, ½ teaspoon almond extract and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, stirring constantly until completely melted. Remove from heat.
- Immediately pour melted mixture over cereal bowl #1 (2 cups) and stir gently to coat.
- Pour cereal into a large zip-top bag and add the sprinkles. Shake until all of the sprinkles are dispersed evenly.
- Add ½ cup of powdered sugar and shake again until everything is coated. Spread onto baking sheet lined with foil or parchment and allow to cool, discard excess powder.
- Round two: In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt 1 Tablespoon of butter (2 chunks), red candy melts, ¼ teaspoon almond extract and ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, stirring constantly until completely melted. Remove from heat.
- Immediately pour melted mixture over cereal bowl #2 (1¼ cups cereal) and stir gently to coat.
- Pour cereal into a large zip-top bag and add ¼ cup of powdered sugar, shaking until everything is coated.Spread onto baking sheet lined with foil or parchment and allow to cool, discard excess powder.
- Round three: follow steps 6-8, but use the blue candy melts and bowl #3.
- Mix all 3 Chex mixtures together. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to one week.