Pumpkin Chow: A deliciously simple recipe to cook with your kids

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It’s that time of year again: pumpkin spice season! Hopefully you aren’t tired of all your lattes, candies, and other products (like lip balm and peanut butter) becoming pumpkin spiced.

This recipe is a fun twist on classic puppy chow (disclaimer: not actually puppy food, real human food). Someone always brings puppy chow to my family gatherings and for a good reason; it’s delicious and addictive. This pumpkin spiced version, which we've nicknamed “Pumpkin Chow” takes just 4 ingredients and a microwave.

It doesn’t get much simpler than this!

The inspiration for this recipe came from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Thanks, Sally!

Let's Get Started!

For this simple recipe you’ll need just 4 ingredients.


1 Box of Chex cereal - You can use any kind you like. The cinnamon variety adds an extra kick of flavor.

1 bag (10 oz) of chocolate chips - You can use white chocolate and add pumpkin spice, or simply use a pumpkin spiced chip.


Powdered sugar - also called confectioner's sugar. We’ll use this to dust our Pumpkin Chow.

About 1 cup of holiday candy - We decided to use candy corn but you can use any type of fall candy, like little candy corn pumpkins or pumpkin spice M&Ms.


In addition to these ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 big bowl for mixing
  • 1 microwave-safe bowl for melting chips
  • 1 soup spoon
  • 1 gallon plastic bag

How to make it

Gather your ingredients and utensils and let’s get started.

Step 1 - Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. 

Only microwave for 20 seconds at a time to avoid burning the chips. Stir in between and heat until they are all melted. Don’t forget to take the spoon out when you microwave!


Step 2 - Put the Chex in a bowl and stir in the melted goodness. 

Stir carefully to avoid crushing the Chex.

Step 3 - Powdered Sugar 

Put the powdered sugar in the plastic bag, then add your coated Chex. Gently shake until each piece is covered. Put your sugar coated Pumpkin Chow into a bowl and garnish with candy.

Your turn

Did you try this recipe? How did it turn out?

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