St. Patrick’s Day Puppy Chow

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St. Patrick’s Day Puppy Chow is made with Baileys Irish Cream – it’s the most delicious and festive treat! It’s perfect for parties and fun to make at any time of year.

Baileys Irish Cream Puppy Chow

St. Patrick’s Day Puppy Chow

Since you guys liked my Valentine’s Day version of puppy chow so much, I decided to make a St. Patrick’s Day version. As you can probably tell given that this is my second puppy chow post in the last 3 posts – puppy chow is my new favorite thing to make. There are 3 reasons for that. 1. It’s so easy to make and change up 2. It’s delish and feels less guilty than cake 3. The hubs eats it up like crazy, which means I don’t have to do all the dirty work. Sweet!

This time I added some Baileys – oh yea! I am a big Baileys fan. And the Baileys in this is seriously awesome and really comes through. But you could easily make this without it and just have a festively colored puppy chow.

Baileys Irish Cream Puppy Chow

If you do use Bailey’s in it though, you MUST heat the Bailey’s and chocolate/candy melts together (like, in the same bowl at the same time) when you melt the chocolate. If you melt the chocolate and then add the Baileys, the chocolate will seize and be completely unusable. Trust me – I tested it.

Baileys Irish Cream Puppy Chow

The other thing is that you might be tempted to add even more Baileys, like I was. But when I added even more, the chocolate didn’t dry/harden as well and the puppy chow kind of became a big glob. So keep that in mind before you go and drown yours in Baileys. 🙂

Ok, now go make it!


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St. Patrick’s Day Puppy Chow

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: about 6 servings
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


This Baileys Irish Cream Puppy Chow is easy to prepare and full of flavor! With it’s green color, it’s also a perfect treat for St. Patrick’s Day!


  • 5 cups rice chex cereal, divided
  • 5 oz white chocolate or white vanilla candy melts
  • 5 oz green candy melts (Found in craft stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby)
  • 4 tbsp Bailey’s Irish Cream, divided
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


1. Divide the 5 cups rice chex cereal evenly into a 2 medium sized bowls.
2. Add green candy melts and 2 tbsp Bailey’s to a bowl. Heat the Bailey’s and candy melts in the microwave. The Bailey’s will come to a boil quite quickly. At that point, remove the bowl from the microwave and gently whisk until smooth.
3. Add green candy melt mixture to one of the bowls of chex cereal and lightly stir to coat evenly. Be careful to not break the chex cereal too much.
4. Add the powdered sugar to the green candy melt covered chex cereal and lightly stir to coat evenly with powdered sugar. You could add the chex cereal and powdered sugar to a ziplock bag, then shake, but save yourself the bag.
5. Next, add the white chocolate or vanilla candy melts and 2 tbsp Bailey’s to a bowl. Heat it in the microwave until the Bailey’s begins to boil. Remove the bowl from the microwave and gently whisk until smooth. If you want to add green food coloring at this point to have a second shade of green (you could also just leave it white), add it now.
6. Add mixture to the other bowl of chex cereal and lightly stir to coat evenly. Be careful to not break the chex cereal too much.
7. Add the powdered sugar to the white chocolate covered chex cereal and lightly stir to coat evenly with powdered sugar.
8. Allow both bowls to dry and then combine with the chocolate chips.


If you don’t want to purchase green candy melts, you can add green food coloring to the melted white chocolate. Start with a drop or two and increase from there to get your desired shade of green.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 674
  • Sugar: 74.8 g
  • Sodium: 241.4 mg
  • Fat: 30.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 95.8 g
  • Protein: 7.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 15.9 mg

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  3. Sheila

    For those not wanting to use the alcohol… The baileys coffee creamer works great too…had to do this in cupcakes for husbands work.


      Did you use it in the puppy chow as well? I’ve been curious if the flavor would be as strong, since such a small amount is used.

      1. Sheila

        Not yet..but having worked with both in other recipes I can tell you the flavor of the coffee creamer is actually better for things like this. It’s smoother, and if you are wanting a stronger flavor adding more doesn’t make mixtures watery like the alcohol because the creamer is thicker…you also don’t kill the other flavors with the alcohol flavor. In icing I usually make half with each and the creamer always works better for keeping it thick.

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  5. Angie

    Made this for st patty’s day but was disappointed the moisture from it all absorbed into the cereal and it was chewey the next day when i went to bag it up for gifts. Any thoughts?

  6. Jenna

    Love the idea of this! I just made a batch for my tennis match snack tomorrow and mine doesn’t look quite as awesome as yours. I used white chocolate baking chunks from Kroger, added the baileys in before microwaving and still, not right. It was like the liquid wasn’t fully integrated into the chocolate. It had a consistency closer to canned frosting instead of melted chocolate. Any suggestions for the next batch?

    1. Life, Love and Sugar

      Hi Jenna! I’m sorry you are having trouble. I have never used the Kroger brand before, so I don’t know if that could possibly make a difference (though I doubt it). However, white chocolate tends to be thicker when melted than regular milk or dark chocolate. That’s why the candy melts can be nice – even though the white and colored ones are still thicker than the chocolate ones, it’s less thick than actual white chocolate. You might even describe it as canned frosting like. Sometimes white chocolate can be difficult to work with. I used green candy melts for the dark green pieces in mine and Nestle white chocolate chips for the lighter green pieces. Like I said, the white chocolate chips are thicker – you just have to do a little more stirring and coat it with the powdered sugar before it will look just the same. If you are still having trouble with the white chocolate, you could always use regular milk chocolate – you wouldn’t get the color effect, but the Baileys would still taste great. I hope that helps!

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