Puppy Bowl XI is this Sunday… so many parties, but how can your Puppy Bowl shindig stand out? It’s all about the chow. Join us to learn all about dog-themed party snacks for the pet parents and the people who love them.
Puppy Chow—Not the Purina One, the People One
For the unaware West Coaster (like me), puppy chow is a bunch of easy ingredients tossed in a bowl to create a pretty savory snack.
It’s a Midwest tradition that this California girl had to look up on Wikipedia. Named after it’s resemblance to dog food, puppy chow starts with Chex, Crispix, or Kix cereal coated in a mixture of chocolate and butter, and dusted with powdered sugar. Serve at every game night, movie marathon, and Puppy Bowl party in bright colored dog bowls. Note: This is not dog-friendly (but it’s super people-friendly!).
Through my yummy hands on research, my personal favorite recipe is Salted Caramel Rolo Puppy Chow made with a salted caramel topping, dark chocolate, and Rolo mini bites.
Other popular chow recipes:
- Butterscotch Peanut Butter Puppy Chow
- Andes Mint Puppy Chow
- Dirt Puppy Chow
- Lemon Cadbury Puppy Chow
But wait—there’s more. Doggone it, let’s take your Puppy Bowl provisions to the next level.
More Tips & Tricks for the Perfect Puppy Bowl Party
A key tool for your Puppy Bowl Party tool box: Assorted sizes for Dog Bone Cookie Cutters for less than $8 on Amazon.
- Dogwiches: Use dog-bone cookie cutters to make bone-shaped snack sandwiches. See Pintrest for picture.
- Dog Bone Rice Krispy Treats: Yes, you have to be quick and jump in hands first to this sticky mess, but it’s worth it. Add team color appropriate M&M’s for added pop!
- Dog Biscuits: Make your favorite cookies to look like dog biscuits. Watch this helpful video.
- Doggie Bags: Put various “dog food” snacks (e.g., pretzels, cereal snack mixes, etc.) into baggies for the kids to grab on the go.
- Licorice Bully Stick Chews: Licorice twisted and tied together for people bully stick chews. See Pintrest.
- Edible Dog Collars: Use long licorice for stringing material, and use hole-in-the-center cereals like Cheerios, Fruit Loops, etc. String the licorice through candy, and have it for dessert.
- Pup-Cakes: Bake mini-cupcakes and frost the cup cakes with team colors. Add extra “edible decorations” such as M&Ms, chocolate chips, and other small candies.
As for the big game, Team Ruff is challenging Team Fluff this year in an all out battle for the “Lumbarki” trophy.
I’ll be rooting for Team Fluff. Faulkner and Falcor are in the starting line up and they seem in it to win it. But I think Chicklet will be the real wildcard and MVP (Most Valuable Puppy). You can see the stats of the canine squad’s on Animal Planet’s pregame site.
Have a great party!