Dark Chocolate Nutella Puppy Chow

Whatever you do, DO NOT make this recipe. I’m serious.

I can say nothing about nutritional benefits… There are none. But, you probably won’t be able to leave it alone. You’ll be licking spoons and sneaking a snack or two (or three) while you are making it. You might even find yourself coming up with reasons to go in the kitchen so that you can grab a handful (or two) every hour or so throughout the day. And, your jeans may start to feel tight.

Of course, none of these things happened to me… I’m just worried about you. Yeah, right.

Still reading? Well, of course you are… This stuff is ridiculously delicious.

I was cleaning out the pantry last week and I came across a few boxes of cereal that I had purchased for the purpose of making Chex mix a few weeks back.  I don’t really enjoy eating cereal and I have had more than my fill of Chex mix for a while, so the boxes were just sitting in the pantry.  Since I needed that space in the pantry for other things and couldn’t just throw the cereal out (starving children around the world would love to eat the cereal, or so the motherly voice in my head was telling me…), I decided to make something with it.  I spotted my large economy-sized jar of Nutella sitting just a few shelves above the cereal and it was all over.

Just a few minutes later, I was stirring together Nutella, butter, and melted dark chocolate. Then I was licking the spoon. Just a few minutes after that, I had dusted the cereal and chocolate hazelnutty goodness with some powdered sugar. It was almost too easy.

If only my brain would start getting inspired by the lettuce in the fridge…  Until then, I’ll be sneaking in an extra workout or two so that I can fit in my jeans.

Dark Chocolate Nutella Puppy Chow
Makes 8 cups

  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 4 ounces of dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 8 cups Chex cereal
    (any combination will do – I used corn and rice)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Combine the Nutella, chopped dark chocolate, and butter in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave on medium heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring each time, until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Stir in the vanilla and sea salt

Meanwhile, place the cereal in a large mixing bowl.  Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal and stir with a spatula to evenly coat all of the cereal.

Transfer the cereal to a large tupperware container (one that seals well).  Pour the powdered sugar over the cereal. Put the lid on the container and shake to coat all of the cereal evenly with powdered sugar. Enjoy responsibly.

11 Responses to Dark Chocolate Nutella Puppy Chow

  1. This is bad. Very very bad.
    You are so bad to have posted this.

    I will be ‘badder’ if I save this recipe, which I am.

  2. Great idea for puppy chow, but I had to double the amount of butter to make the chocolate mix spreadable enough… My first batch was a clumpy, sticky mess and I had to throw the whole thing out (after eating a few still-tasty clumps, of course). Luckily I had just enough Nutella for a second batch, and I made the sauce on a simple double broiler to make sure I had the right consistency. That turned out great, thanks for the post!

    • Hi, Randi –

      I’m sorry the first batch didn’t turn out well for you! Unfortunately, I have found that some jars of Nutella seem to be thicker in consistency than others… Perhaps that was the issue? I am glad the second batch turned out well, though!