Patriotic Puppy Chow

Patriotic Puppy Chow is the perfect red, white, and blue holiday treat!

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.

Since I first shared this recipe in 2013 it has been one of my most popular recipes on my website. Not only is it delicious but it’s perfect for every patriotic holiday. In the summer of 2014 this recipe was in Women’s World magazine. I remember getting the email and just being so excited about them featuring my patriotic puppy chow recipe in print.

If you don’t know what candy wafters are they’re the large flat chocolate disks usually found in the wedding isles in most craft stores. Almond bark or white chocolate chips would also work for this recipe but I find the candy wafers to be the best option. The wafters deliver the perfect consistency when you make puppy chow. 

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.
  2. Repeat until the wafers are almost fully melted.
  3. Once they're practically melted whisk in the vegetable oil.
  4. After it's nice and smooth stir in the cake mix.
  5. Pour the wafer mixture over 4-5 cups of rice Chex cereal and lightly stir until the cereal is evenly covered.
  6. Once covered pour into a large ziplock bag.
  7. Add the powdered sugar to the bag and shake until evenly covered.
  8. 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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71 Comments

  • Reply
    Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines
    June 16, 2013 at 9:04 PM

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

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      Karissa Krishart
      June 16, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      Thank you so much Lynn ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets
    June 16, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    This is so pretty! Love the flavors and colors ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      June 16, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      Thank you Aimee!
      It sure is yummy!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction
    June 17, 2013 at 3:11 PM

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

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      Karissa Krishart
      June 17, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      Target dollar section ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Dave @ Fit Chef Chicago
    June 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM

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

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      Karissa Krishart
      June 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      Thank you Dave! I hope you enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Cari Hair
    June 18, 2013 at 4:04 AM

    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!

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      Karissa Krishart
      June 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      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!

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        Gina
        July 5, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        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!!

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          Karissa Krishart
          July 8, 2013 at 3:46 PM

          I’ve never thought of that. Good idea Gina ๐Ÿ™‚

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        Reanna
        July 22, 2015 at 12:43 PM

        When melting chocolate chips add the oil before microwaving them and do them for 15 second intervals, stirring between until melted completely, then they won’t burn… And they’re not as expensive as candy wafers ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Maureen
      June 18, 2013 at 9:38 PM

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

      • Reply
        Karissa Krishart
        June 18, 2013 at 9:48 PM

        Thank you so much! ๐Ÿ™‚ I found them at my local A.C. Moore craft store.

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        Tiffany
        July 1, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        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

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      Lori Fischer
      July 2, 2013 at 2:10 PM

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

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    Jocelyn @ BruCrew Life
    June 18, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    I love all of the red, white and blue desserts I’m seeing lately! Such a blessing to be an American! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And this looks so tasty!

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      June 19, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      I agree! Thanks so much Jocelyn!

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    Cathy
    June 23, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    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

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    Jessica
    June 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    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!

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      Jessica
      June 24, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      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:)

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      Karissa Krishart
      June 24, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Vanilla almond bark would be great too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Renee Spellman
    June 24, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Any flavor substitution suggestions for somebody with an allergy to strawberries? I really like the idea of varied flavors. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Karissa Krishart
      June 24, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Maybe a cherry chip! If you’re using a light colored mix any flavor would work ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Reply
        Renee Spellman
        June 24, 2013 at 9:37 PM

        Thank you! Sounds delicious!

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    kelley
    June 26, 2013 at 9:57 PM

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

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      June 27, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      I’ve never tried freezing it but it does keep in a ziplock bag for up to 2 weeks nicely ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Rachel
    July 1, 2013 at 5:59 PM

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

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      July 1, 2013 at 6:01 PM

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

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    Jessica
    July 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Karissa Krishart
      July 3, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      So glad you found me Jessica! I’m thrilled you like it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Sarah E
    July 3, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    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!

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      Sarah E
      July 3, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      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!

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        Karissa Krishart
        July 3, 2013 at 9:56 PM

        So glad it turned out better after being in the refrigerator. Enjoy your day with family! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jessica Clampitt
    July 4, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    Finally a puppy chow I can eat!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m highly allergic to peanuts and every other puppy chow has peanut butter etc. I will definitely make this! Thank you so much.

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      Karissa Krishart
      July 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      Yay! So glad you can eat it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kristi`
    July 5, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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    June 24, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    Made these last year and they were a huge hit! Definite repeat this year. โ˜†

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    Caitlin
    July 2, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    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!

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      July 3, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      Yum that sounds amazing! So glad you enjoyed ๐Ÿ™‚

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    CJ
    July 3, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    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.

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      Karissa Krishart
      July 3, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      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.

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    Kiley
    July 3, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    How many boxes of chex did you use?

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      Karissa Krishart
      July 3, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      I believe I used just one of the larger boxes. If you check the serving sizes/ portions on the box that should help too ๐Ÿ™‚

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    February 2, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    I’m making these for my son’s Eagle Court of Honor this weekend. How much ahead of time can these be made? Do they change texture or become nasty if not eaten soon after they’re made?

    Thanks so much!

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      Karissa Krishart
      February 2, 2015 at 6:35 PM

      I’ve made it and had it sitting around for a week and we still enjoyed it. I wouldn’t do any sooner than 3 days just to be safe though ๐Ÿ™‚
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    Rebecca
    July 4, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    We substituted chocolate cake mix for white with our blue wafers. It did make it much darker, but didn’t ruin the red/white/blue look. It also gave the recipe a Neapolitan flair. Yumm. Thanks!

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