Caramel Apple Puppy Chow

This is my new favorite puppy chow. Full of caramel and apple flavor, it embodies fall flavor perfectly.

I don’t call it my new favorite lightly. I’ve made a number of awesome versions – Strawberries and Cream (still the hubs’ favorite), Baileys, Orange Creamsicle and more. But this puppy chow has officially put me in the mood for fall flavors! Bring on the apple and pumpkin!

Caramel Apple Puppy Chow

I brought it with me over the weekend to visit my family. It was a big hit. So hard to stop eating once you get started.

And my grandmother is totally brilliant. As she was devouring it, she asked me it if was on the blog yet. She said she can’t wait to make it and package it cutely and give it to her neighbors for the holidays.

Great idea! How’d she know I’d done the same thing in pictures?! Great minds think alike. :)

Caramel Apple Puppy Chow

This would make such a cute and festive little something to give someone. It’d also be perfect to bring to a party or gathering.

And aren’t the boxes the cutest? They are from World Market and come in so many cute colors and patterns. They’re on sale right now, so hurry to get them if you want them. I’ve also seen similar boxes at Michaels.

One of my favorite things about all puppy chow recipes is how easy it is to make. This one is no different.

I tend to like using two different colors of chocolate for a little fun and variation, but I didn’t do that this time, which makes this even easier to make.

Caramel Apple Puppy Chow

You start by melting down your almond bark. You can also use candy melts or white chocolate chips, though not everyone likes working with white chocolate chips because they stay pretty thick while melted. I’ve done it though. In a pinch, it works.

Once your almond bark is melted, add a package of Caramel Frosting Creations flavor mix. How great is that stuff?! Talk about a punch of caramel flavor! If you want a little less, you don’t have to add it all. Totally up to you.

Then coat your rice Chex in the white chocolate mixture. I carefully mix it with a spatula so that I don’t crush the cereal too much.

Caramel Apple Puppy Chow

This recipe is a little different than a typical puppy chow at this point. Instead of powdered sugar, you use a dry cake or muffin mix. I couldn’t find a dry apple cake mix at Publix, so I used this Apple Cinnamon muffin mix from Fiber One. Using dry cake mix is a great way to add additional flavor to puppy chow. Plus, this one’s got added fiber! πŸ˜‰

Let it dry and you’re ready to go! Share it with your friends or keep it all for yourself. If you want to keep it, I won’t judge. It’s hard to resist!

Caramel Apple Puppy Chow

Caramel Apple Puppy Chow

Ingredients

10 oz vanilla candy melts, vanilla almond bark or white chocolate chips
5 cups rice chex cereal
1 package Caramel Frosting Creations flavor mix
1 1/2 cups dry apple cake or muffin mix (I used this one)
1 small bag of apple chips (I used these), optional

Instructions

1. Pour rice chex cereal into a large bowl.
2. Slowly melt the almond bark in the microwave, stopping every 30 seconds or so to stir it and make sure it doesn’t burn.
3. Add package of caramel frosting creations to melted almond bark and stir until combined.
4. Add melted almond bark mixture to chex cereal and lightly stir to coat evenly. Be careful to not break the chex cereal too much.
5. Add the dry muffin mix to the chex cereal and lightly stir to coat evenly. You could add the chex cereal and cake mix to a ziplock bag, then shake, but save yourself the bag.
6. Allow chex to dry.
7. Add broken pieces of apple chips, if desired.
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Enjoy!

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Some of my other favorite fall and holiday recipes:

Thick and Creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

No Bake Soft and Chewy Caramel Clusters

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Ultimate Gingerbread Krispie Bars

Ultimate Gingerbread Bars

Caramel Macchiato Tiramisu with Nutella

Caramel Macchiato Tiramisu with Nutella

Baileys Irish Cream Puppy Chow

Baileys Irish Cream Puppy Chow