Straight from the Cookie Jar: Monkey Munch

by Cate on June 3, 2009

Monkey Munch

Our glass cookie jar in the kitchen was reaching dangerously low proportions and it was time to rectify that.  Even though this snack mix has been around seemingly forever, I only had it for the first time a few years ago.  Nick was young enough when I made it that he doesn’t remember having it before.  I’ve seen it called Puppy Chow and Muddy Buddies before, but recently I discovered it as Monkey Munch.  I loved the name, and it seemed especially fitting given our own little monkey.

I think you’ll agree that you can’t go wrong with the winning combination of peanut butter and chocolate.  It just works.  This recipe is crazy simple to make and is a fun snack item for kids when they’re on the hunt for something a little sweet.  Dig in!

Monkey Munch

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. vanilla
9 cups Crispix cereal (any flavor)
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

1. Combine peanut butter, butter and chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.

2. Microwave for one minute then stir to blend all ingredients thoroughly. Add 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Stir well.

3. Place the 9 cups of Crispix cereal in a very large bowl.

4. Pour the peanut butter-chocolate mixture over the cereal and toss evenly, making sure all the cereal gets a good covering.

5. Coat with powdered sugar, sprinkling evenly over the cereal and tossing as you sprinkle to cover each piece well.

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Claire June 4, 2009 at 12:41 am

Our brains are on the same wavelength. I totally bought the ingredients this afternoon to make this for our family reunion this weekend! It is SO good…we call it puppy chow.

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sharon June 4, 2009 at 12:44 am

I love the name monkey munch! I grew up knowing it as Puppy Chow and I just never understood the name. This is such a fun, easy and messy snack to enjoy!

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Janet June 4, 2009 at 2:13 am

Ok, well, the cereal is whole grain, the peanut butter great protein, butter- well that’s real butter, not chemical stuff, and powdered sugar- um… lightly coated bites! YES! I declare this a healthy diet friendly treat for this dieting/ exercising like crazy mom! Oh Cate, you rock… lol

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Jackie @ June 4, 2009 at 3:08 am

My husband loves sweet Chex-Mix. He’s a big kid. I have to give this a try.

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Debbie June 4, 2009 at 7:19 am

Great idea and that looks so good!!!!

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doggybloggy June 4, 2009 at 8:32 am

how do you not sit next to that and just nibble, nibble, nibble?

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Jess June 4, 2009 at 8:33 am

This is one of my all time favorite treats. We usually only make this around Thanksgiving or Christmas. Tomorrow is the last day of school for my kiddos, I may have to whip this one up!

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chris June 4, 2009 at 8:43 am

OMG this reminds me of my favorite Reality show Jon and Kate. she made that for them.


Cathy June 4, 2009 at 9:02 am

I love this stuff – one of the girls I work with makes it for me all the time – can’t get enough of it.

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Patsy Kreitman June 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm

I’ve never made this before, but I know how addictive it can be!

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The Delightful Gourmet June 4, 2009 at 12:54 pm

How interesting. I have never heard of Puppy Chow. What a great dessert to make a puppy themed party. Peanut butter and chocolate is the perfect comination as well. Gonna make this for my kids and let you know how they like it.

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Natasha - 5 Star Foodie June 4, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Perfect for my little monkey :) Peanut butter and chocolate is wonderful together!

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Magda June 4, 2009 at 9:16 pm

OMG…that looks goooooood


donna June 4, 2009 at 10:51 pm

I love the sound of this, delicious! My kids will adore it!

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kiss my spatula June 5, 2009 at 4:31 pm

i have such a sweet tooth and this looks like just the thing to remedy those hairy afternoon hours when things can go horribly wrong. can’t wait to give it a try!


debbie June 6, 2009 at 8:08 pm

How could I have lived so long without ever having heard of this? My toddler will LOVE it, and I’m pretty sure my husband and I will, too.

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