Are you looking for a quick and EASY valentine puppy chow recipe? Need fun and inexpensive Valentines day treats you can make in bulk for a Valentines day or Galentines day party? Looking for edible valentines gifts? We have a cute valentine treat idea that can come together in a afternoon!
Head to the local grocery store for much of what you’ll need for this simple Valentines day food gift idea. We’re going to make strawberry muddy buddy buddies valentine’s day treats to gift or take to a work or school Valentine’s day party!
This Valentine puppy chow recipe (also known as muddy buddies) is Strawberry flavored and includes lots of white chocolate too. This combination tastes like strawberry vanilla! It uses Chex Mix, M&Ms and you can even through in some pretzels if you’re feeling adventurous. It’s such a sweet treat!
Once you learn how to make puppy chow (and how easy it is to make) you’ll want to make some for every holiday season, holiday party, movie nights…you name it. This strawberry white chocolate puppy chow is a simple crowd pleaser but you can get exotic and try any flavor you like.
Let’s check out this EASY Valentine Puppy Chow Recipe!
We’re also providing you with the FREE PRINTABLE PAPER CONES so that you can make this EASY Valentine’s day treat look totally pro! Simply line each cone with some wax paper to make it food grade and keep the oils from staining the cone.
We used bright Valentine’s day colors like pink, purple and red for our paper cones because we love fun, bright colors around here. If you don’t like these colors you can pick up just about any colored paper from the scrapbook section of your local craft store and use our paper cone template to make a cone.
EASY Valentine Puppy Chow Recipe
This quick and easy Valentine Puppy Chow Recipe comes together quickly (with simple ingredients) and can be made in bulk (easily doubles or triples) for Valentine’s Day parties, potlucks and events at work, school or home. This strawberry puppy chow recipe makes a sweet Valentine’s day edible gift and you could really take this recipe to the next level by adding pretzels, valentine’s day themed chocolates or other candies like conversation hearts.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Yields: 5 Cups
- non-stick baking sheet
- 2 large bowls
- 2 small microwave-safe bowls
- 1 cup strawberry cake mix
- 1 cup white chocolate chips or almond bark
- 1 cup red candy melts
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 5 cups Corn Chex Cereal
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup Valentine’s M&Ms (Red, White & Pink)
- pretzels (optional)
- other Valentine’s day chocolates & candies (optional)
- wax paper or parchment paper
- tape or glue stick
- FREE PRINTABLE paper cones (download at end of post)
How to Make Valentine Puppy Chow Mix
STEP ONE- Heat Up the Cake Mix
Gather all your ingredients and preheat your oven to 350°F. Spread our the strawberry cake mix on a cookie sheet. Bake for 5 minutes or until the internal temperature on a thermometer reaches at least 160°F (we heat treat the cake mix to avoid salmonella poisoning since there is flour
in the cake mix). Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature.
STEP TWO- Melt and Mix White Chocolate Chips With Chex Mix
Divide the Corn Chex Mix equally into 2 large bowls. In a separate small microwave-safe bowl, melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave. To do this place the white chocolate chips in the microwave and cook in 30 second intervals. Stir in between microwaving cycles until melted. Pour the white chocolate over one half of the Corn Chex Mix and fold in until the cereal is completely covered in white chocolate. If the chocolate feels too thick you can thin it and make it more workable by adding 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil.
STEP THREE- Melt and Mix Red Candy Melts With Chex Mix
Grab the other half of the Corn Chex Mix sitting in the other large bowl. In another small microwave safe bowl, melt the red candy melts in the microwave. To do this place the red candy melts in the microwave and cook in 30 second increments. Stir in between microwaving cycles until melted. Pour the red candy melts over one half of the Corn Chex Mix and fold in until the cereal is completely covered in red chocolate. If the chocolate feels too thick you can thin it and make it more workable by adding 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil.
STEP FOUR- Coat the White Chocolate Covered Chex Mix
In a gallon Ziplock bag combine 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 cup of the heat treated strawberry cake mix. Close and shake the bag until combined. Add all of the white chocolate covered Chex mix to the mixture. Shake and mix until all the Chex mix is coated with the mixture.
STEP FIVE- Coat the Red Candy Covered Chex Mix
In another gallon Ziploc combine 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 cup of the heat treated strawberry cake mix. Close and shake the bag until combined. Add all of the red candy melt covered Chex mix to the mixture. Shake and mix until all the cereal mixture is coated with the powdered sugar and cake mix.
STEP SIX- Mix Red & White Puppy Chow Together, Combine with M&Ms
Mix all of the puppy chow together along with the Valentine’s Day M&Ms and any other items you want to add (like pretzels, milk chocolate hearts or candy conversation hearts). You can drizzle the entire mixture with melted chocolate. Get creative and add the things you love or make this delicious treat more visually interesting. You can store this white chocolate puppy chow in an airtight container for up to a week for best results.
STEP SEVEN- Make The Paper Cones
Download our FREE Printable paper cones at the end of this post. Print them out and trim along the guide lines with a pair of scissors. Use tape or a glue stick to adhere the sides and create a cone shape. Using wax paper create a cone of wax paper to go inside the paper cone and secure with a piece of tape. This will make everything food safe and keep the puppy chow from staining the paper cones.
Aren’t these Valentine’s Day Muddy Buddies delicious looking!?!?! Just think about all the possibilities for this snack mix recipe. For Christmas you can make Christmas puppy chow (aka reindeer chow). For Easter you can make Bunny chow. All it takes it changing up the cake mix, melted chocolate and add ins! It’s a HUGE hit at birthday parties, holiday parties and potlucks.
I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this cute valentines day food gift! If you love everything Valentine’s Day you might want to check out some of our our other Valentine’s Day posts like our DIY Valentine Love Letter Garland. Don’t forget to grab your FREE printable paper cone printables and template below!
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