Puppy chow, party mix, snack mix, Chex mix. Yes, please.
Whatever you want to call it, it just gets better with peanut butter and Nutella.
Who can say no to crunchy, salty-and-sweet mixes anyway.
Two trips ago to Aruba, I made these Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Pretzels and over a year later, my husband was still talking it.
Back in Aruba, and not wanting to turn on my oven or devote more than 5 minutes to making something, I figured I could reinvent and enhance that recipe.
I didn’t know how I was going to one-up my own recipe that was such a hit with him, but figured that peanut butter, Nutella, and sprinkles would be a good start.
I was right. He likes this version even more. And I’m not complaining either.
It’s crazy addictive, and I recommend not making it unless you enjoy cardio. I keep the gallon-sized stash in the freezer both to hide it from ourselves, and because it tastes even better chilled. The snappy crunch factor of the pretzels is intensified.
I used checkerboard-style pretzels, which are the perfect holding cells, literally, for the melted peanut butter-chocolate Nutella mixture. It gets in every nook and cranny and clings so well.
The confectioners’ sugar soaks up the peanut butter-chocolate sauce so that it’s not a drippy hot mess, and balances the saltiness from the pretzels, peanut butter, and peanuts.
I tossed in honey roasted peanuts but if you’d like to omit, or use popcorn, Chex, a favorite cereal, or another nut, feel free. I love it when the nuts get stuck to the pretzels by way of the saucy peanut butter glue.
My husband said this would make a great football-watching snack. I think that’s a hint I should make it again.
I think it’s a great anytime snack. It’s buttery and rich, even though no butter is used.
It’s so fast and easy to make that it’s dangerous.
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- Combine peanut butter and Nutella in a large microwave-safe bowl, and heat to melt, about 1 minute on high power. Stir to combine. (I only use commercial peanut butter like Jif or Peter Pan and have not tried it with homemade peanut butter)
- Add the pretzels, peanuts, and stir to coat evenly.
- Add 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, and toss to coat evenly. Mix should be fairly dry. Add 1/2 cup additional sugar, or as needed, to dry it out.
- Add sprinkles, tossing well to distribute.
- Transfer mix to a one-gallon plastic ziptop bag or other airtight container. Serve immediately, or serve chilled. I prefer to store this mix the freezer. It will keep airtight at room temperature for weeks, or in the freezer for months. Recipe may be kept gluten-free by using gluten-free pretzels.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 289Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 126mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 2gSugar: 23gProtein: 8g
Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Pretzels (no-bake, vegan, GF)
Peanut Butter Chex Mix, aka “Puppy Chow” (vegan, GF)
Buttery Toasted Captain Crunchies (Vegan & GF options)
Parmesan Ranch Snack Mix (no-bake)
What’s your favorite snack or party mix?