Patriotic Puppy Chow

Today kicks off 4th of July week here on Sweet as a Cookie. This week will be filled with recipes that are red, white and blue and prefect for the 4th. Last year for the 4th of July my boyfriend and I drove up to Lake Erie and watched them shoot fireworks off of a boat. It was one of the best firework shows I have ever seen. Whether you’re throwing a party or going to one I’m sure you’ll find a great recipe here this week to make for your outing. 

Patriotic Puppy Chow by sweetasacookie.com | There's nothing more American than red, white and blue. This puppy chow screams 4th of july and tastes like vanilla and strawberries. In my opinion there's nothing better.

Patriotic Puppy Chow
There's nothing more American than red, white and blue. This puppy chow screams 4th of july and tastes like vanilla and strawberries. In my opinion there's nothing better.
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Red
  1. 1 cup red (vanilla flavored) candy wafers
  2. 3 tbs. vegetable oil
  3. 3/4 cup Duncan Hines strawberry cake mix
  4. 4-5 cups rice Chex cereal
  5. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
White
  1. 1 cup white (vanilla flavored) candy wafers
  2. 3 tbs. vegetable oil
  3. 3/4 cup Duncan Hines white cake mix
  4. 4-5 cups rice Chex cereal
  5. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Blue
  1. 1 cup dark blue (vanilla flavored) candy wafers
  2. 3 tbs. vegetable oil
  3. 3/4 cup Duncan Hines white cake mix
  4. 4-5 cups rice Chex cereal
  5. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. In a microwave safe bowl melt the red candy wafers on defrost for 30 seconds. Repeat until the wafers are almost fully melted. Once they're practically melted whisk in the vegetable oil. After it's nice and smooth stir in the cake mix. Pour the wafer mixture over 4-5 cups of rice Chex cereal and lightly stir until the cereal is evenly covered. Once covered pour into a large ziplock bag. Add the powdered sugar to the bag and shake until evenly covered. Repeat the same process with the white and dark blue wafers and enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you cannot find candy wafers you can substitute them with white chocolate chips and food coloring.
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Patriotic Puppy Chow by sweetasacookie.com | There's nothing more American than red, white and blue. This puppy chow screams 4th of july and tastes like vanilla and strawberries. In my opinion there's nothing better.

Comments

  1. What a great idea for the 4th of July!! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  2. This is so pretty! Love the flavors and colors :)

  3. I looove puppy chow! And your festive bowl is adorable!

  4. Nice twist on puppy chow – will certainly make it for the 4th!

  5. Cari Hair says:

    I have no idea what candy wafers are…am I spacing out on this? I see that I can substitute white chocolate chips but I keep thinking I must know what you mean. It threw me when it said to “melt them”. Help!? I’m excited to try this!

    • Karissa Krishart says:

      I’m guessing “wafer” is the term that threw you off. Candy wafers are just chocolate disks that are made for melting unlike chocolate chips… that like to burn every time I try to melt them. I hope this helps!

      • This looks so yummy and is definitely on my list to make for festivities!!! When I can’t find wafers I melt the chips in my mini crockpot – works like magic!!

    • Maureen says:

      I definitely want to make these for the 4th this year! They look awesome! Where did you find blue and red wafers?

      • Karissa Krishart says:

        Thank you so much! :) I found them at my local A.C. Moore craft store.

      • Tiffany says:

        You can find the candy wafers in practically any craft store & sometimes I find them @ my local Walmart you just have to really look for them @ Walmart…they are easy to find @ the local craft stores

    • Lori Fischer says:

      Wilton calls theirs, “Candy Melts.” They can be found at Walmart by the wedding, baby supply items.

  6. I love all of the red, white and blue desserts I’m seeing lately! Such a blessing to be an American! ;) And this looks so tasty!

  7. Super cute! Pinning!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven’t already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/. I would be honored if you join us! Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy

  8. i’m not much of a “baker” so i kind of have a silly question, if we can’t find candy wafers anywhere local, would melting vanilla flavored almond bark and using food coloring work okay? i’d LOVE to make these but i just can’t find the candy wafers at any of my local stores!

    thanks!

    • i guess i asked too soon. i just saw your comment at the bottom that says we can use chocolate chips and food coloring. sorry about that! thanks for the recipe! O:)

    • Karissa Krishart says:

      Vanilla almond bark would be great too! :)

  9. Renee Spellman says:

    Any flavor substitution suggestions for somebody with an allergy to strawberries? I really like the idea of varied flavors. :-)

  10. Are you able to make this ahead and freeze? THank you, sounds delicious!

    • Karissa Krishart says:

      I’ve never tried freezing it but it does keep in a ziplock bag for up to 2 weeks nicely :)

  11. Is the oil necessary or can it be made without oil?

    • Karissa Krishart says:

      It’s necessary. If you don’t use it the chocolate/cake mix mixture will be too thick to coat the Chex.

  12. Jessica says:

    Just made this with my 3yr old daughter and it was fun, easy, and tastes so good! Thanks for a great recipe! ! We will definetely be making this again and the flavor changes and combos could be endless! Oh found you through pinterest :)

  13. Sarah E says:

    So I am in the process of making these now. They did not turn out as nice as the picture! I used Almond bark, and when I put the cake mix in, it became really thick. I was trying to find some more comments but did not see anything related to this problem. They may not be as pretty but they are tasty!

    • Sarah E says:

      I think I spoke too soon, I actually left the mix in the bags and put them in the refrigerator. They seem to have turned out just fine! I will need to break them up a little but I am looking forward to sharing them with my family tomorrow!

      • Karissa Krishart says:

        So glad it turned out better after being in the refrigerator. Enjoy your day with family! :)

  14. Jessica Clampitt says:

    Finally a puppy chow I can eat!!!! ;-) I’m highly allergic to peanuts and every other puppy chow has peanut butter etc. I will definitely make this! Thank you so much.

  15. Kristi` says:

    I had the same problem as Sarah E after adding the cake mix, it was too thick to “pour” but I was also using almond bark instead of candy chips…maybe that is the difference. I used vanilla cake mix for all though being I didn’t want to “waste” the extra box of cake mix and then I stirred in “Color Creations” flavor packs to make the red and blue (so I ended up with vanilla, strawberry and cotton candy). Even though they looked awful going into the powered sugar (clumpy mess), they did separate out and everybody loved them. Thanks for the idea :-)

  16. Malone Brown says:

    This is the best Puppy Chow 2014, real Americano taste.

  17. Made these last year and they were a huge hit! Definite repeat this year. ☆

  18. Caitlin says:

    Hi, just wanted to let you know I tried this and it was delicious! Instead of using vanilla cake for the blue, I used bluberry muffin mix, and it gave it a yummy blueberry flavor. Thanks for the recipe!

  19. I tried this recipe and wasn’t very impressed. I actually thought it was kind of nasty. It was too sweet and the strawberry cake mix added a bad flavor. Maybe I’ll try something different.

    • Karissa Krishart says:

      So sorry you didn’t like it. I tried making it before with a different brand of cake mix before and It wasn’t as good so maybe that could of had something to do with the nasty strawberry flavor. And yes it’s definitely a sweet treat for sure.

  20. How many boxes of chex did you use?

    • Karissa Krishart says:

      I believe I used just one of the larger boxes. If you check the serving sizes/ portions on the box that should help too :)

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