Monkey Munch - A Holiday Nibble

November 10, 2013
At some point or another many of us have purchased boxes of Chex

cereal to make some tasty nibbles.  Whether you follow a recipe for 

the sweet treats or salty ones they are always tasty.  

I remember years ago my own Mother making a wonderful  Chex

concoction which she baked in the oven using Worcestershire sauce. 

But for today , I will focus on Monkey Munch a cereal mixture 

coated in some really super tasty ingredients.

I like it because it keeps well in a sealed container and is a great treat 

for the little folks when they drop by for a visit.  Scroll on down to

view the gift giving idea I have included for the Holidays.

Monkey Munch is also known as Puppy Chow-however, I just can't

get into a snack that goes by the name of Puppy chow, I guess 

Monkey Munch doesn't sound that much better, but oh well...

So in our house we call it Monkey Munch.


8 cups of mixed Chex cereal ( I use rice, corn)
1 1/2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 - 2 cups powdered sugar
1-2 gallon storage bag
Wax paper

Optional Additions-

2 cups Holiday m&m's
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup mini pretzels


Pour 8 cups of cereal into a large bowl.

In a microwave safe bowl mix chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter and stir. 

On high heat microwave for 1-2 minutes, stir.  Return to microwave
and heat on high for 30 minutes or until melted and creamy.

Stir in vanilla.

Pour melted mixture over cereal until well coated. Spoon mixture into a 2 gallon storage bag, add powdered sugar and  any other additions that sound wonderful to you.  Shake until mixture is evenly coated.   

Pour onto wax paper to cool.  When completely cooled pour into
air-tight container. 

Store in refrigerator.

Just imagine how festive this treat would be with some Holiday 

m&m's and marshmallows.  

Put your Monkey Munch in a Mason Jar tie a red ribbon and a 

decorative Tag around it and Holiday Nibble becomes a darling gift 

for Teachers, neighbors, really just about anyone!


Cookies and cups is a cute blog with some fun ideas for you for 

Christmas with a recipe for another Holiday mix-just click on 


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  1. I've never had Chex must be American! But, i have to say your monkey munch looks really festive and will certainly made a great gift

  2. I've always known it as Puppy Chow... whatever you call it, it's good! :)

  3. It would make a great gift in a jar with a pretty tag hanging from it. I think my mom made that same mix with the Worcestershire Sauce on it. Salty and delicious!

  4. I am so ready to start making holiday treats and this one looks delicious! The only problem is that I constantly snack on them during the holidays so I need to hold off as long as possible!

  5. Looks so yummy, Jemma! What a great gift this would make for guests and neighbors. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. There's so many wonderful things you can do with Chex cereal. I've heard of the "puppy chow" version you show today. But I also like the term "monkey mix" better. I also like your holiday variation with the red and green m & ms..

  7. I agree with each comment. And I am glad that your recipes are printable now. I had no ideas from looking at the Chex Mix that you had all those wonderful tastes in them. That is amazing. And yes - it would be great to make for teachers gifts which I am still doing! Love ya, sandie

  8. I'm so glad that you clarified that recipe. All this time I was looking at PInterest photos and saying to myself..Puppy chow? Are they serious?

    Looks much better now that I know it's Monkey munch.


  9. Puppy Chow does sort of make it sound like it's meant for dogs. It looks really tasty ... thanks for adding the recipe :) Wendy x

  10. In our house, this snack is known as Muddy Buddies. It's one of my son, Tim's favorite treats! Thanks for the that he's away at college, I'll have to surprise him and make some of these for him when he comes home (which will be Thanksgiving).

  11. YUM! This looks good, Jemma! I'd be adding either marshmallows or M&M's to mine. This would be perfect to give as gifts in little decorated mason jars. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

  12. I remember my brother making it a long time ago and he called it puppy chow. Puppy chow or monkey munch, it all looks yummy!

  13. We LOVE the stuff!!! We know it as puppy chow, but I like the name Monkey Munch much better!

  14. Oh I would love this. Thanks tons for the recipe and Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, marty

  15. This was delish! More at Christmas please!


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