Poppy Chow [Chocolate & Peanut Butter-Covered Popcorn]

This popcorn version of the enormously popular muddy buddies (or “puppy chow”) is chocolate and peanut butter-covered popcorn tossed in powdered sugar.

This popcorn version of the enormously popular muddy buddies (or "puppy chow") is chocolate and peanut butter-covered popcorn tossed in powdered sugar. | browneyedbaker.com

I first discovered the wonder of muddy buddies a few years ago and since then, I have only been able to make them around the holidays, or else I will eat the entire batch within a matter of days. If you’ve never had them, muddy buddies (also sometimes called “puppy chow”) is chocolate and peanut butter-covered Rice Chex cereal that is tossed in powdered sugar. Basically, they’re the most addicting snack ever. This popcorn version simply replaces the cereal with popcorn, and I don’t think I even need to tell you how utterly fantastic of an idea that is. I’m currently hiding this from myself in the garage refrigerator until we have company because if it is easily accessible to me, I will absolutely eat all of it by Thursday.

This popcorn version of the enormously popular muddy buddies (or "puppy chow") is chocolate and peanut butter-covered popcorn tossed in powdered sugar. | browneyedbaker.com

My mom bears the responsibility for getting me hooked on chocolate-covered popcorn. One Easter about 10 years ago, my mom gave me a basket with some of my favorite chocolates (peanut butter eggs and meltaways, naturally), but there was something new in there. There was a package of chocolate-covered popcorn from a local candy company. I had never had it before, and to be honest, wasn’t sure how I would like it (I know, crazy, right?). Then I tried it… and the rest is pretty much history. I thought it was one of the most genius combinations I had ever eaten.

This popcorn version of the enormously popular muddy buddies (or "puppy chow") is chocolate and peanut butter-covered popcorn tossed in powdered sugar. | browneyedbaker.com

I typically use plain popcorn for this recipe, but last Friday, we went to the local orchard to buy pumpkins and I felt compelled to buy an enormous bag of kettle corn. About half of the bag got repurposed for this recipe, and it was just as good as the plain popcorn.

I also use large all-purpose bags from King Arthur Flour for coating the mixture in powdered sugar. I have found that it’s the easiest way to make sure that all of the pieces are evenly coated, but if you don’t have large enough bags, you can work in batches with a gallon-size resealable bag.

If you love all things sweet and salty, then this poppy chow was made for you. Grab some chocolate chips and peanut butter and get to it!

This popcorn version of the enormously popular muddy buddies (or "puppy chow") is chocolate and peanut butter-covered popcorn tossed in powdered sugar. | browneyedbaker.com

One year ago: Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Four years ago: Hardcore Chili
Five years ago: Homemade Cracker Jack

Poppy Chow [Chocolate & Peanut Butter-Covered Popcorn]

Yield: About 8 to 10 servings (possibly more if you're not chocolate/pb obsessed like me)

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

This popcorn version of the enormously popular muddy buddies (or "puppy chow") is chocolate and peanut butter-covered popcorn tossed in powdered sugar.

Ingredients:

9 cups plain popcorn
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups powdered sugar

Directions:

1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

2. Place the popcorn in a very large bowl; set aside.

3. Add the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter to a large bowl. Microwave on 50% power in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until completely melted. Stir in the vanilla extract.

4. Immediately pour the chocolate mixture over the popcorn. Using a large spoon, stir until all of the popcorn is evenly coated with the chocolate mixture.

5. Place the powdered sugar in a large bag and add the chocolate-covered popcorn. Seal the bag and shake vigorously until all of the popcorn is coated in powdered sugar. (If you don't have a bag large enough, you can work in batches with a gallon-size resealable bag.) Spread the mixture out onto the baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or until set. The popcorn should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

(Recipe adapted from Tasty Kitchen, originally seen on Two Peas and Their Pod)

This recipe was originally published on February 24, 2011.

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  1. Danielle on February 24, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Oh. My. Gosh. Puppy chow made with popcorn?!?! I cannot wait to try this!!

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  2. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) on February 24, 2011 at 5:57 am

    What an interesting twist, I’ve only had puppy chow with cereal!

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  3. Happy When Not Hungry on February 24, 2011 at 6:39 am

    I def have a weakness for chocolate and peanut butter too! But it’s so amazing and this poppy chow recipe looks so simple, but delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on February 24, 2011 at 7:25 am

    I’ve only had puppy chow made with chex mix, but I think I’d love it even more with popcorn. I am totally with you on the peanut butter/chocolate weakness!

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  5. The Blue-Eyed Bakers on February 24, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Oh dear, this is going to be bad. We’re obviously going to have to make this and then we will undoubtedly finish the entire thing off in one sitting because it just looks too amazing not to. Chocolate + peanut butter + popcorn? Lost cause.

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  6. Katrina on February 24, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I’ve always wanted to try the popcorn version. I make the Crispix version, and want to test which one is better! Thanks for the recipe :)

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  7. Blog is the New Black on February 24, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I’m a sucker for anything pb and choc, too! Like this!

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  8. Megan on February 24, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I have made puppy chow with Chex so many times! In college it was the snack of choice for my roommates and me. We never tried it with popcorn though. I imagine it’s incredible!

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  9. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner on February 24, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Do you think it would work with crunchy peanut butter? It looks SO divine!

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    • Michelle on February 24th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      Yes! In fact, I shared some of this with my mom and said it was fabulous but wondered if I could throw in some peanuts too 😉

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  10. Lauren on February 24, 2011 at 9:06 am

    This is what I’ve been waiting for! I love the popcorn covered in almond bark, and I love pb & chocolate. I hate Crispix or Chex. Yum, yum, yum. I can’t wait to try this.

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  11. tinascookings on February 24, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Oh, this looks amazing!
    Serves 8-10? More likely serves 1-2 in my opinion :))
    But they look so fine…

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  12. Andrea on February 24, 2011 at 10:10 am

    This is so wrong and so right at the same time! I wonder how it would work with fresh caramel corn – not that I am one to gild the lily!

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  13. Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow on February 24, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Wow! I used to eat the chex kind at camp all the time when I was little. But on popcorn?! Oh deliciousness! I need to make this!

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  14. Steph@stephsbitebybite on February 24, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Holy Moley!! This is fantastic!! Drooling everywhere…

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  15. jen @ the baked life on February 24, 2011 at 11:08 am

    this is amazing. I am MAKING this for my dad’s Oscar party on sunday.

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  16. Elise on February 24, 2011 at 11:13 am

    OMG!! Popcorn and puppy chow- why have I never tried this before! Genuis! i think i am making it tonight (and trying smores whoopie pies this weekend!!) Your blog rocks (:
    http://www.elliecartebaking.blogspot.com

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  17. Hannah at FleurDeLicious on February 24, 2011 at 11:21 am

    AMAZING. what a cute name for this! my friend and i used to make puppy chow and sneak it into movie theaters (shh don’t tell)…poppy chow will fulfill that role perfectly!

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  18. ang on February 24, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Step #5 must be a typo. Leftovers? In what universe?
    Must. Have this. Now.

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  19. Alison on February 24, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    If you like chocolate covered popcorn you need to try black and white kettle corn… it’s in the snack aisle at most grocery stores and it big bags at Sam’s club. It is totally addictive! Then you can post us a recipe for that… :)

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  20. Melissa H on February 24, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Do you air pop your popcorn or pop it on the stove? Also, ever tried it with a sprinkle of salt or does the pb provide enough salt to get that good sweet/salty mix?

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    • Michelle on February 24th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      Hi Melissa, I pop it on the stove (I don’t have an air popper), but I don’t add any extra salt.

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  21. In Katrina's Kitchen on February 24, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    ooooooh!!! I make popcorn with white and dark chocolate but have never added peanut butter!! Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh! – Katrina

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  22. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on February 24, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    This looks soooo good! Definitely going to be making this one… But, I need to make sure I have some friends lined up to help me eat it, otherwise I’ll probably devour the entire batch.

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  23. Toby on February 24, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Normally, I’m not a fan of popcorn (it’s like eating buttered sawdust) But…. using it as a vehicle for chocolate and peanut butter… I think I could eat that whole bowl :)

    Thanks for sharing

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  24. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite on February 24, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Wow I love this idea! I actually have a popcorn machine and my husband and I make it all the time. I will need to try out this version!

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  25. Brian @ howtobaker on February 24, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Oh how I love combining chocolate and popcorn. Though, I have to admit my favorite guilty chocolate/popcorn combination uses microwaved popcorn and a Hershey bar. Adding peanut butter to the party seems like it would take the creation to a whole new level. Thanks for sharing!

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  26. Sharlene on February 24, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Poppy chow, puppy chow, tomayto, tomahto. It’s all delicious sounding to me!

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  27. Belinda @zomppa on February 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Oh what a perfect combo. I’ve been buying the cocoa kettle popcorn, but think I prefer this with peanut butter too!

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  28. Michelle on February 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Wow! Before I found your site, I didn’t think there was someone out there that loved peanut butter and chocolate as much as I do. But lucky for me there is because now I have all your recipes to try out. This looks amazing!

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  29. Fresh and Foodie on February 24, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    YUM! I’ve never tried this with popcorn but I obviously love the original with cereal. Fantastic idea.

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  30. Laura on February 24, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Any idea how long this would keep if I wanted to make it ahead of time for a party?

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    • Michelle on February 24th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      Hi Laura, I’d say up to 5 days or so; I’d just keep it in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it. My leftovers are in there now :)

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  31. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels on February 24, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Oh my goodness that looks amazing. My mama has a popcorn addiction and would just LOVE this! :) Thanks for the recipe.

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  32. Sandra on February 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Snack food at it’s best!

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  33. Kat @ Cupcake Kat on February 24, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    This looks delicious. Yum, I’m going to try this and can’t wait to eat it

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  34. Eliana on February 24, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I could not be trusted around a bowl of this. Hmmm – this chow looks sinfully delicious.

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  35. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit on February 24, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    This stuff could be the undoing of my diet- it looks seriously addictive!

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  36. Beauty & the Feast on February 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    YUM. That’s all. Just plain yum. I need to buy popcorn.

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  37. Stephanie on February 25, 2011 at 12:13 am

    This sounds amazing! I’ve had chocolate covered popcorn but adding peanut butter really puts it over the top!

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  38. eizel on February 25, 2011 at 3:11 am

    hmmmm… it’s like popcorn and reese’s put together! I will try this with a little hot sauce. Weird but chocolate and hot sauce is amazingly good :)

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  39. carolyn on February 25, 2011 at 9:37 am

    oy, apparently you CAN improve upon puppy chow! craving, now.

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  40. The Farmers Wife on February 25, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    This reminds me of some popcorn we got for Christmas 2 years ago, except it was made with white chocolate and peanut butter. Now my hubby doesn’t like popcorn, but he LOVED that one! I may have to give this a try and surprise him!

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  41. Kooky Girl on February 25, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Leftovers ?? There’s never going to be leftovers of this.. delicious!

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  42. The Chocolate Priestess on February 26, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I’ve never made something like this but you reminded me that we received three bags of similar products for Christmas I should check out more.

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  43. Leslie on February 26, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I have the same weakness!!! So this would certainly fit the bill!

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  44. Sunny @ http://pantrychef.wordpress.com on February 27, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Oh, my gracious! I WILL be making this. I LOOOOVE puppy chow with the cereal so I can’t imagine how it will be with another love, popcorn. Thanks for sharing!

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  45. Joy on February 28, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    This is a great twist to a classic. Yum.

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  46. Out of the Kitchen on February 28, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Wish I had this for superbowl :-)

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  47. Pudding Pie Lane on March 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Oh my… peanut butter chocolate popcorn…
    Where have you been all of my life?!

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  48. Hilary on March 5, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    YUM! I heart popcorn, puppy chow, pb and chocolate, so this sounds just about right!

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  49. Shannon on March 6, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Made this for movie night tonight! My boyfriend LOVED it, but I was missing the crunch I get with the chex version. I liked your idea of throwing some peanuts in, think I will try that next time! Thanks for posting this, brought back lots of good memories! I used to BEG my mom to make this for me growing up, haven’t had it in years! :)

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  50. Marisa on March 16, 2011 at 7:05 am

    I’ll be looking for any excuse to watch a movie now that I now about this decadent snack.

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