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Peanut Butter Pretzel Puppy Chow Recipe

This Peanut Butter Pretzel Puppy Chow recipe is going to change your puppy chow world. They’re sweet, crunchy, and satisfy that peanut butter craving!

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Think you know puppy chow? Think again, this Peanut Butter Pretzel Puppy Chow recipe is going to up your puppy chow game forever. #GameChanger!

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We’ve been making puppy chow for a LONG time.

My children made it in pre-school when food was allowed in school that long ago.

We’ve been seeing some new versions on Pinterest but none that made me change my ways until this Peanut Butter Pretzel Puppy Chow recipe!

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We love finger food snacks like this and it’s perfect to have on hand when you’re entertaining.

If people can help themselves to appetizers, snacks, and desserts you don’t have to serve them, freeing you up for enjoying your guests.

This Peanut Butter Pretzel Puppy Chow is an eye-catching addition to my cookie tray or finger food appetizer any time of year.

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Everyone knows what puppy chow is but little do they know the surprise in this one!

It’s addictive though so I only make it around the holidays when I have extra folks around that will help me eat it.

Otherwise, I would try to finish off the batch all by myself. I hate to waste food…right.

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Freaky Friday Annual Virtual Holiday Cookie Exchange arrived just in time. The Freaky Friday blog hop, organized by Michaela who runs An Affair From the Heart, is a group of bloggers that are secretly assigned each others’ blogs from which we choose a recipe appropriate for the theme. The blog that I was given was Take Two Tapas.

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Take Two Tapas is the brain project of the amazing Jennifer.

Jennifer started her blog because she enjoyed grazing on several different dishes instead of filling up on one big plate.

I’m with her! She enjoys entertaining and is a real magician when it comes to transforming food with big flavors into smaller portions.

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The only rules for our exchange were the recipe I choose MUST BE a cookie, bar, candy or holiday type chex/snack mix, something you would see on a holiday platter.

We had so many things to pick from including her Butterscotch Pretzel Cookies or her Salt River Sticks. Both would escalate my cookie tray to the next level!


We love snacks! You can find all of our SNACK recipes here!

Don’t have time to make it now? PIN IT for later!

Well, we made this recipe and set it out for a tailgating party we had. It didn’t make it to my Holiday Cookie Exchange. Everyone loved this version because of the nice crunch the pretzel gives you and the sweet-salty contrast is a lot more even.

If you like this recipe, we would appreciate your comment and a 5-star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review!

A close up of a white ramekin filled with powdered sugar covered peanut butter pretzels. A crossword puzzle with a pen and a cup of coffee sit next to the bowl. A red napkin sits in the background.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Puppy Chow Recipe

Author: Julie Menghini
This Peanut Butter Pretzel Puppy Chow recipe is going to change your puppy chow world.  They’re sweet, crunchy, and satisfy that peanut butter craving! 
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Cookie, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword: Pretzel puppy chow
Servings: 20



  • 26 oz peanut butter pretzels I had a mini version
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
  • 12 oz chocolate chips I used dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar


  • In a large microwave-safe bowl add the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and butter.  Microwave in 30-second bursts until the butter and chips are melted, stirring between bursts to prevent burning.
  • Add peanut butter pretzels to the melted chocolate.  Stir until the pretzels are equally covered.  
  • Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar to two gallon-sized zip-lock bags.  Scoop approximately 1/4 cup of chocolate covered pretzel in each bag.  Add another 1/2 cup of powdered sugar to each bag.  Close tightly and shake until pretzels are coated.
  • Store coated puppy chow in an air-tight container at room temperature.


*If you like this recipe, please leave me a comment and rate it with some stars.  Thank you!
This recipe was created by Take Two


Serving: 20gCalories: 193kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 49mgFiber: 1gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 115IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 0.2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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4 from 1 vote (1 rating without comment)
Recipe Rating

Michaela Kenkel

Thursday 6th of December 2018

What a clever twist on Puppy Chow!! I can't wait to try it -- AND I have it all on hand! Outstanding!

Julie Menghini

Saturday 8th of December 2018

Thank you, Michaela!

Sophie Anderson

Monday 3rd of December 2018

What a great idea for a quick sweet-salty snack fix! Love this one!

Julie Menghini

Saturday 8th of December 2018

Thank you!

Jennifer Stewart

Monday 3rd of December 2018

I am so glad that you liked the recipe! It's addicting, isn't it?!?!

Julie Menghini

Monday 3rd of December 2018

This was a wonderful recipe Jennifer! I made your turtles too and I think they were wrong before the camera came out.

Lori Vachon

Monday 3rd of December 2018

Oh yum!!! I'm not sure that I've ever made puppy chow for my younger girls. They'll love helping me make a couple of batches over the holidays.

Julie Menghini

Monday 3rd of December 2018

Thank you, Lori! It is a great recipe for the kiddos to help with.

Lisa@Lisa's Dinnertime Dish

Sunday 2nd of December 2018

I love this twist on puppy chow! It sounds absolutely addicting!

Julie Menghini

Monday 3rd of December 2018

Thank you, Lisa! We really did too and it is addicting!

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