Caramel Apple Puppy Chow

This incredible Caramel Apple Puppy Chow is full of caramel apple flavor, and it embodies Fall perfectly. I seriously can’t get enough of this puppy chow recipe!

Caramel Apple Puppy Chow

Caramel Apple Puppy Chow

This is my new favorite puppy chow.

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

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

How to Make The Best 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! 😉

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

You might also enjoy:

Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake
Caramel Apple Cookie Cups
Old Fashioned Apple Crisp
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Blondie Trifle
Salted Caramel Puppy Chow

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Caramel Apple Puppy Chow

Caramel Apple Puppy Chow

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 5-6 servings
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


This incredible Caramel Apple Puppy Chow is full of caramel apple flavor, and it embodies Fall perfectly. I seriously can’t get enough of this puppy chow recipe!


  • 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, toasted
  • 1 small bag of apple chips (I used Seneca Snacks Apple Chips), optional


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.

Keywords: easy no bake dessert, no bake dessert recipe, puppy chow recipe, muddy buddies recipe, how to make muddy buddies, how to make puppy chow, quick and easy dessert


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  1. cute puppies

    Wonderful blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo News.
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  2. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

    Love this idea and flavor combo 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends 🙂 I hope you’ll join us again next week!

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  4. Lisa @ Wine & Glue

    This looks delicious!! I love the apple chips in there. Thank you so much for linking up to Wake Up Wednesdays!

  5. Emily from Reaching Beyond My Reach

    Wow, girl! You have quite the spread. I love caramel, apples, and puppy chow. What a great combination you’ve come up with! I can’t wait to make this treat for fall!

  6. Katrina Vega @ Table for Two, please?

    This looks amazing! Puppy chow is definitely one of my guilty pleasures! Can’t wait to try this out!

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  8. Adelina Priddis

    holy YUM! I didn’t even know you could make different variations on puppy chow…apparently my creativity is a bit stunted. lol. Caramel apple anything is my fave! Thank you for sharing on Foodie Friday


      Thanks Adelina! I love making different varieties – so easy to switch it up. Thanks for the party!

  9. Marty

    This Puppy Chow will be making an appearance at our tailgate this weekend! GO PANTHERS!!!!! Wondering if you could create Panther Puppy Chow?


      Nice! Good idea on the Panther’s chow, mom. I’ll have to think of something for that. 🙂

  10. Wendy

    I love the Fall flavors in this puppy chow! The Caramel Frosting Creations is great for adding caramel flavor that won’t stick to your teeth (or melt in the mail!). Thanks!


      Thanks Wendy! I didn’t even think about the mail – but you’re right! Awesome! 🙂

  11. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    YAY FOR CARAMEL APPLE EVERYTHING! This could be a veryyyy dangerous recipe to have on-hand this Autumn. 😉

  12. Carrie's Creations

    I LOVE this idea. I’ve seen all your different pupy chow recipes before but this one really excites me. Those flavor creations things are brilliant, and so many options! Never would have thought of adding them to this. AND then the cake mix/muffin mix too. Totally brilliant. I’m going to have to go stand in the baking aisle and dream up some flavor combos!

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I'm a wife and mom to twin boys, a baby girl and a sweet black lab with a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the sugar!

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