Valentine’s Day Strawberries and Cream Puppy Chow

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Valentine’s Day Strawberries and Cream Puppy Chow is a no bake dessert recipe that makes a cute festive treat for Valentine’s Day. This easy puppy chow is perfect for sharing with family and friends!

Looking for more puppy chow recipe ideas? Try my Caramel Apple Puppy Chow or this Banana Pudding Puppy Chow!

Pink and white Puppy Chow with M&ms in a takeout container

This Is One Of Our Favorite Puppy Chow Recipes

I am so in love with this puppy chow. It tastes awesome and is SO addicting! It’s adorable and totally festive for Valentine’s Day. It’s easy to make and inexpensive. AND, as far as sweet treats go, it’s fairly guilt free. Does it get any better?

The day I took pictures of this beautiful puppy chow, the hubs was helping me out holding some things. I was all focused on my pictures, when I hear crunching. I look up at him and he’s smiling and stuffing his face. He was in love. He declared that people were going to “love this stuff.”

That night we had some friends over and it didn’t stand a chance. Gone. He was even happier at that point because he was right. Can you be right though if I never disagreed? Oh well, I’ll let him have it. 😉

Strawberries and Cream Puppy Chow on white surface with take out container in background

This No Bake Dessert Is Perfect For A Valentine’s Day Treat

And I’m so in love with the little boxes I put it in. I got them from World Market for 69 cents each. They are the perfect size. And the cute ribbon is out of the $1 ribbon bin at Michael’s near the register. You can also find boxes like these at Michael’s, but I’m not sure of the price and I think they are a little bigger. Either way, they make a super cute Valentine’s Day treat to give someone. And they’re a little different than the typical candy.

Puppy Chow sprinkled around a red Valentine's Day box

How To Make Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow

And again – easy peasy. You just melt the white chocolate (separately – there’s white and red), mix it into the rice chex (again separately) and coat it with the powdered sugar for the vanilla cream and with the strawberry cake mix for the strawberry. Stir in the M&Ms and bam! Perfect treat!

So go forth and make it! Then eat it all! You know you want to. 🙂

NOTE: This is not for dog consumption.

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Valentine's Day Puppy Chow

Valentine’s Day Strawberries and Cream Puppy Chow

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: About 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American


Valentine’s Day Strawberries and Cream Puppy Chow is a no bake dessert recipe that makes a cute & festive treat for Valentine’s Day. This easy puppy chow is perfect for sharing with family and friends!



  • 5 oz white chocolate or white vanilla candy melts
  • 5 oz red candy melts (Found in craft stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby)
  • 5 cups rice chex cereal, divided in 2 parts
  • 1/2 cup strawberry cake mix, toasted
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • M&Ms


1. Put 2 1/2 cups rice chex cereal into a medium sized bowl.
2. Slowly melt white chocolate in the microwave, stopping it every 30 seconds or so to make sure it doesn’t burn.
3. Add melted white chocolate to 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 white chocolate 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. Repeat the same process with the red candy melts and strawberry cake mix (instead of the powdered sugar).
6. Allow to dry completely and then combine the two kinds of puppy chow together and add M&Ms.

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Strawberries and Cream Puppy Chow photo collage

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  1. Caroline

    This looks great! What do you do with the rest of the box of cake mix? Can I make the strawberry cream cheese bars with a little less melted butter and milk? And maybe make them in an 11×7 pan?

    1. Life, Love and Sugar

      Hi Caroline, yes that’s a great idea! There’s usually about 2 1/2 cups of dry mix in a box, so if you used 1/2 cup for the puppy chow, you’ll have used about a fifth of the mix. Just reduce the butter and milk for the bars about a fifth and you should be good. The other thing you could do is that there are a number of recipes on the blog for things that use a funfetti cake mix – you substitute one of those for the strawberry cake mix. For example, the rice krispie treats, the pancakes or the ice cream pie.

  2. makinghealthahabit

    […] those cute little bags is some YUMMY Strawberry and Chocolate Puppy Chow from Life Love and Sugar. I doubled the recipe because I had a lot of gifts to give. It turned out perfect for 1/2 cup in […]

    1. Life, Love and Sugar

      Hi Carrie! Red candy melts are kind of like white chocolate. They are vanilla flavored. You can find them at craft stores like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. I think you can even find them in Wal-Mart.

    2. Jennifer

      You can get different colored melts in the craft section at walmart. They are with all the cake making items.

  3. Sally

    Lindsay – I love the puppy chow! The two different colors is so pretty. Almost too pretty to eat. 🙂 Almost! Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it.

  4. Carrie

    oh this looks amazing! genius with the strawberry cake mix, i never would have thought of that! puppy chow is a weakness of mine, so i will have to remember this one! and you’re right those boxes are perfect, and SO cute!

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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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