Caramel Apple Puppy Chow

by Sarah on July 5, 2012 · 17 comments

It looks like puppy chow.

And it makes you appear as though you’ve got an illegal habit or just had a nasty run-in with some powdered sugar doughnuts…like puppy chow.

But this is no ordinary canine treat.

This is Caramel Apple Puppy Chow.It’s what happens when the exciting discovery of Apple Cinnamon Chex

[Apple Cinnamon Chex = The Result of a CRAZY Night in the 70s between Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, and Rice Chex]…combines with half a bag of butterscotch chips leftover from the last time you ventured down the dark path towards (perfectly legal, but no less dangerous) chow addiction.You think to yourself, “Self, I’ve never been too solid on the real difference between butterscotch and caramel as it is, I can just add coconut oil to the chips for extra buttery goodness…”“…and call it caramel apple, because butterscotch apple doesn’t really conjure up the appropriate connotations.”

Whatever it was…it was good.

By now you should know how to do this.

Melt the chips—trying not to lick the spoon too often while stirring–and cover the cereal in the gooooooooooey greatnesss.Add powdered sugar in either a tightly sealable Tup-faux-ware or zip–adeedoda–bag.

Shake. Shimmy. Sample.

[Repeat?]Then pack it away and get it as far away from you as possible.This time…it’s going to the UK.Where I’m the sure the Brits call it Hounds’ Tooth or something quaintly quirky like that.Who says Caramel Apples are only for the fall anyway?

Caramel Apple Puppy Chow

  • 1 box Apple Cinnamon Chex
  • 1 bag butterscotch chips
  • 2-3 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • powdered sugar [to preference and taste] 
  1. Pour cereal into a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butterscotch chips into coconut oil. [Heat for 1 minute, 10 seconds;stir. Repeat at 10 second intervals until chips melt smoothly into oil.]
  3. Spoon butterscotch over cereal. Stir well–or use your hands–to coat.
  4. Put cereal mixture into a resealable container or bag. Cover with powdered sugar. Shake until all pieces are coated.
  5. Indulge. [Or ban it from your presence.]
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Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 5, 2012 at 7:24 am

You are a culinary genius, my friend! 😉

Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile July 5, 2012 at 9:28 am

Holy moly, this looks good. Such a great idea!

Emily M. July 5, 2012 at 7:37 pm

this looks inSANELY good. i feel like i have to drop everything right now and go make it. i just might. and PS…i got my cookie dough nutty butter in the mail today and basically danced around for 5 minutes i was so excited :)

Sarah July 8, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Perhaps I should make the “Nutty Butter Dance” part of my advertising campaign?

teabagginit July 5, 2012 at 8:16 pm

delicious! your friends across the pond will be so lucky to receive it!

kath July 5, 2012 at 8:57 pm

It was good!! Karen, Hillary and I analyzed the ingredients and I guessed it was apple cinnamon cereal as the base :)

Katie @ Nutrition in a Peanut Shell July 5, 2012 at 10:35 pm

I’m getting so close to making puppy chow!

Kris July 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm


yes, that’s it. *rushes off to buy cereal*…

Sarah July 8, 2012 at 6:54 pm

um…I love YOU.

[And I owe you an e-mail once I’m back home.]

Krista July 6, 2012 at 1:02 am

Wow! Um, I think I’m going to have to make this tomorrow…

Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm

I’ve never tried puppy chow before, but it looks CRAZY delish (and addictive haha!) :)

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 10, 2012 at 7:49 am

I love the Puppu Chow, thanks so much Sarah!!! 😀

Tami Holton July 20, 2012 at 12:16 am

Can you use any other kind of oil besides coconut oil? Can’t find it in my part of the country.

Sarah July 20, 2012 at 8:41 am

I used coconut oil because it adds a butteriness to everything AND hardens when it’s cool. You could probably get away with just melting butterscotch chips, although it might not be as smooth for coating. :)

Carson November 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm

My sister and I made this, and instead of coconut oil, which we left out totally since we didn’t have any, we used caramel bits. Needless to say it was delicious.

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