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Nutella Puppy Chow

5 from 1 vote
Time: 20 minutes
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My Nutella Puppy Chow is super addicting, and dare I say better than the original recipe. It’s chocolatey, crunchy, and an easy 4 ingredient snack you’ll be making over and over again.

Great for movie nights, feeding a crowd, or prepping for lunches and snack time.

Pair this recipe with a creamy Nutella Milkshake!

Small bowl piled high with chocolatey Nutella Puppy Chow. A container and spoon of hazelnut spread on the side.

Last week I was craving puppy chow but didn’t have any peanut butter, go figure. It always seems like I am missing a crucial ingredient when I’m craving something.

So, I scrounged around in my pantry and found Nutella! It’s a lot like peanut butter so I knew it would work. But, what I didn’t know is what it would taste like.

Let me tell you, the level of cocoa flavor is off the charts! Honestly, it would be a great option for people who don’t like peanut butter because it still has that same great nostalgic flavor. And don’t worry about it being too sweet either, I added some corn squares cereal to levels out the sweetness (they are more savory in flavor than rice squares cereal).

Let’s Make It Together! Video Tutorial:

If you love Nutella like I do, then you will definitely enjoy this Nutella Puppy Chow recipe! You may also want to try my Nutella Filled Cupcakes, one layer Chocolate Nutella Cake, or my super creamy Nutella Buttercream Frosting.

Close up of a pile of puppy chow coated in chocolate, hazelnut spread, and powdered sugar.

Nutella Puppy Chow Ingredients

4 easy ingredients is all it takes! You might even have all of them in your pantry right now. Keep reading for crucial notes and substitutions for each ingredient.

  • Squares Cereal (Chex): This recipe uses a combination of rice squares and corn squares, it adds variety in texture and flavor. The corn squares also bring the sweet level down a notch because they are more savory in flavor.
  • Nutella: Feel free to use brand name or use off-brand hazelnut spread. Confession, I almost always use the Aldi brand. It’s super delicious and a third of the price.
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips: I recommend grabbing a bag of mini chips because they melt down a lot quicker. You can always use standard sized chips if that’s all you have.
  • Powdered Sugar: Also known as confectioners sugar, this gives a light, powdery, sweetness. Don’t mistake it for other types of sugar.

You’ll also need a large lidded container and a heat-safe bowl or double boiler.

Ingredients that are needed, rice squares cereal, corn squares cereal, hazelnut spread, mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, and powdered sugar.

How to Make Nutella Puppy Chow

This is a quick overview of the steps so you can see how easy it is to make. The recipe card below will have complete details.

1. ADD THE SQUARES CEREAL, rice and corn, to your large container and set aside.

2. MELT TOGETHER the Nutella and semi-sweet chocolate chips until the two are fully incorporated. Pour it over the squares cereal, lightly stir to coat it, and allow the mixture to cool 10 minutes.

3. ADD THE POWDERED SUGAR, half of it, and shake vigorously. Allow it to cool for 10 more minutes before shaking in the remaining powdered sugar.

Big container filled with powdered sugar coated puppy chow and a large spoon for serving.

Storing Information

Always keep your Nutella Puppy Chow in something airtight or it will become stale. It can be a large plastic container like I used, or some like to use sealable gallon bags.

Either way, it can be stored at room temperature for up to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months. Yes you heard me right, you can freeze your puppy chow!

Elizabeth’s Tips for the BEST Nutella Puppy Chow

This recipe is simple, but there are 2 things you need to know.

1. THE CEREAL MATTERS. This recipe uses a blend of rice squares and corn squares cereal for good reasons. Rice squares are more mild in flavor and the norm for puppy chow. But, the corn squares are crunchier and have an essential savory flavor that balances the chocolate and Nutella. Don’t skip adding both!

2. FOR CLUMPS AND GLOBS OF PUPPY CHOW, PAY ATTENTION TO MY METHOD. Once you add the chocolate Nutella mixture and stir that together, we let it cool. This is what creates the clumps. By stirring too much or immediately adding powdered sugar, it can break up these super delicious globs of puppy chow.

Bowl of Puppy Chow with a spoonful of Nutella hazelnut spread on the side.

More Fun, No Bake Snacks You Might Enjoy

If you’re feeling snacky and craving something sweet, I have just the thing. These recipes below require no baking, are done in under 30 minutes, and great for soothing your sweet tooth.

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Bowl of Nutella Puppy Chow coated in hazelnut spread, chocolate, and powdered sugar.

Nutella Puppy Chow

Elizabeth Swoish
If you're looking for a super chocolatey puppy chow, this recipe is for you. We swap out peanut butter for Nutella to make this addicting, 4 ingredient snack.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
CHILL TIME 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 15
Calories 230 kcal


  • lidded container - large


  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips - mini
  • 1 cup Nutella hazelnut spread
  • 3 cups rice squares cereal
  • 3 cups corn squares cereal
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar - confectioner's sugar


  • Add rice squares cereal and corn squares cereal to a large container, set aside.
  • Melt together the mini semi-sweet chocolate chips and Nutella hazelnut spread, either in the microwave or on the stove-top in a double boiler, until smooth and fully incorporated.
  • Pour the melted Nutella chocolate mixture over the cereal. Either stir with a spatula or place top on the container and shake vigorously.
  • Allow the mixture to cool for 10 minutes (or 5 minutes in the refrigerator). It shouldn't be warm, but it also shouldn't be hardened.
  • Add half of the powdered sugar, place top on the container, shake. Allow it to cool for 10 more minutes (or 5 minutes in the refrigerator).
  • Add the remaining powdered sugar, place top on the container, shake again until the Nutella Puppy Chow is well coated and ready to eat.



Storing Information

  • At room temperature, in an airtight container or plastic bag for 7 days, or until stale.
  • Frozen, in an airtight container or plastic bag for up to 2 months. 

Metric conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information.

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By Elizabeth Swoish on June 7th, 2024
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About Elizabeth Swoish

Elizabeth Swoish is the founder and CEO of Entirely Elizabeth. She is a self-taught foodie and mocktail enthusiast with a business degree in data analysis. Read Elizabeth's food journey or connect on your favorite social media channels.

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