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Chocolate Coffee Toffee Puppy Chow

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Delicious and easy-to-make Chocolate Coffee Toffee Puppy Chow is the perfect party snack! Everyone seems to love it because it has the perfect balance of sweetness, flavors, and crunch. 

If you love coffee then you’ll love this yummy coffee-flavored snack. Because it’s easy to modify this recipe, it’s also a great gluten-free treat for all of your gluten-free guests.

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Chocolate Coffee Toffee Puppy Chow


We start by combining Chocolate Chex Cereal and Cinnamon Chex Cereal with pretzels and pecans. (I used organic pecans from my parent’s farm). Once these ingredients are mixed well it is topped with a coffee-flavored chocolate sauce.

Next, add miniature marshmallows and Health Bit candy. When everything is mixed well, divide the mixture and place it into two wax paper-lined jelly roll pan and cool. Top it all off with a sprinkle of powdered sugar; gently stir the sugar in.

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It’s really easy to adjust the coffee flavor. If you aren’t a big fan of coffee you can simply leave the coffee out. However, if you love coffee, so go ahead and add a little extra to make a stronger coffee flavor.

This puppy chow makes a nice DIY gift idea. Simply place some of the Puppy Chow into clear plastic treat bags and give it as a yummy DIY gift. Surprise a co-worker, a sibling, a parent or grandparent, or anyone with a bag of this puppy chow. Furthermore, take along a cup of their favorite flavor of hot coffee and now you really have a great combo!!! It’s sure to put a smile on their face.

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DIY Gift Idea

A fun way to serve this treat is to place the puppy chow into a clear glass bubble bowl and allow your guest to bag some up as a fun snack to take home with them. 

I added fun stickers to my treat bags and topped them off with a cute little ribbon bow. I also found these super cute Chalkboard Labels that would be an adorable addition too! You can even write your own message on them and use them for any type of labeling.

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Kids LOVE it!

I gave some of this puppy chow to my grandchildren and thought maybe they would not like it because of the coffee. However, just the opposite! They didn’t seem to mind the coffee flavor at all! Actually, they told me that they LOVE Chocolate Coffee Toffee Puppy Chow! 


Chocolate Coffee Toffee Puppy Chow

20 minPrep Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 4 cups Chocolate Chex ceral
  • 2 cups Cinnamon Chex cereal
  • 1 cup bite-size pretzel twists
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon hot water
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine cereals, pretzels and pecans.
  2. Sprinkle toffee bits on top of the cereal mixture.
  3. In a small microwavable bowl, stir coffee granules and water until coffee is dissolved.
  4. Add chocolate chips and butter.
  5. Microwave uncovered on High 1 1/2 minutes, stirring after 1 minutes, until mixture is smooth.
  6. Pour over cereal mixture, stir until evenly coated.
  7. Sprinkle powdered sugar over mixture and stir or place powdered sugar in a large plastic bag, add cereal mixture to bag and shake.
  8. Store in airtight container.

Feel free to be creative and add additional ingredients such as M&M’s, chopped peanut butter candy bars, candy sprinkles, flaked coconut, dried fruit, peanuts, etc…. but be sure to use gluten-free ingredients if you add additional ingredients and need this to be a gluten-free snack.

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Puppy Chow is probably one of the most versatile snacks you can make because of the wide variety of flavor combinations. 

What is your favorite puppy chow mix?


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  • Kellianne September 14, 2016, 11:47 am
    Recipe looks great! I'm having a coffee themed party and this will make a perfect snack. Wanted to mention...you forgot the last step in the recipe. Most of us know to shake it in powdered sugar but first time puppy chow makers might not. Thanks a bunch!
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy September 14, 2016, 12:54 pm
      Hi Kellianne, Hey, thanks for letting me know that I forgot the powdered sugar step. I'll go add it right now! I hope you enjoy this recipe and that it's a hit at your party! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note. Take care, Linda
  • Jennifer July 27, 2016, 8:41 am
    I am going to make this recipe for a coffee/dessert bridal shower. So excited!!! How well does it keep? I was hoping to make it in advance. Thanks!
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy July 27, 2016, 10:04 am
      Hi Jennifer, If you keep it in a tightly sealed container it should be fine for several days. Just try to keep it from moisture and the humidity and it should be just fine. Have fun! Linda

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