a Valentine’s Day Treat for Kids

January 25, 2018 in #MomLife,baking,brews + food,cooking,crafty,recipes

I have to admit it — Valentine’s Day is generally not a holiday that gets me super excited. No, I’ve never had a bad Valentine’s Day experience; it just hasn’t been a holiday that holds much tradition in our family.

But, as I’ve mentioned before, KIDS CHANGE EVERYTHING, y’all. They even make some moms who are not crafty (::cough-cough:: me…) bring out their inner crafty.

And my kids constantly remind me about these little holidays that I mostly think are silly. So I’ve found ways to make even the smallest of holidays a teensy bit special for these two nuts!

A couple of years ago I started the tradition of making Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow!

Puppy chow has long been a favorite in my house — I mean, who wouldn’t want sugar-coated cereal as a snack!? So why not turn it around and splash a little pink on it, am I right!?

Here’s how we make our allergy/nut/gluten-friendly Valentine’s Day treat!

Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow

Serves 5
Prep time 35 minutes
Meal type Snack
Misc Child Friendly
Occasion Valentines day


  • 5 cups Chex Rice Cereal
  • 3/4 cups Strawberry Cake Mix, boxed
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 16oz White Chocolate (Separated in half (8 oz & 8 oz))
  • M&Ms (Valentines Day Variety)


Step 1
Put half of the Rice Chex into a bowl or large ziploc freezer bag. Set the other half aside in another bowl/large ziploc freezer bag.
Step 2
Melt half of the white chocolate with either a double-boiler or in the microwave (if using microwave, please see instructions on bag). Very quickly (and very gently) pour and fold the chocolate over the cereal to coat evenly. Quickly use the powdered sugar to cover the chocolate covered chex cereal.
Step 3
Melt the remaining white chocolate and add red food coloring until it reaches a desirable pink hue. Very quickly (and gently) pour the melted chocolate over the remaining chex cereal and coat evenly. Quickly use the strawberry cake mix to cover the chocolate covered chex cereal.
Step 4
Allow the cereal to dry completely and then mix together. Add in the Valentine's M&Ms as desired!
Step 5
Give to friends & family to enjoy! Package in adorable Valentine's Day takeout containers!
I added pink sprinkles for good measure this time 😉

These make a perfect classroom treat and I cannot wait to share them with Ari’s preschool this year! Just put them in a pretty little package and you’re good to go!

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! Is there any special thing you do or make with your kids to celebrate!? 

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Annette Dattilo January 25, 2018 at 9:02 am

Yum! My kids would love this. I would have never guessed you would use a cake mix. Thank you for sharing.


D at Be you and thrive January 25, 2018 at 9:05 am

I love Valentines day! And I bet your kids will love it all the more with your creativity! Fun recipe!!


lauren January 25, 2018 at 11:38 am

This looks so good and I know my kids wold love making it! Thanks for sharing 🙂


Lyndsey January 25, 2018 at 5:38 pm

puppy chow is so tasty! my girls always love when we make it!


Lindsey January 25, 2018 at 7:02 pm

Very cool. I’m thinking this may work with a gluten free cake mix, too.


Theresa Bailey January 25, 2018 at 7:32 pm

This is so cute! I think it is nice to make things together for V-Day.


jaclyn January 25, 2018 at 9:40 pm

YUUUUM! What a a festive and yummy treat. Can’t wait to make it.


Carmela January 26, 2018 at 12:37 am

I love puppy chow! And this looks even better 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!


Vy January 27, 2018 at 1:08 am

I have not made puppy chow in so long, and I love this little twist to it!! So cute – and must be delicious!


Hope January 28, 2018 at 10:28 pm

Why’s it called puppy chow? Lol like assuming re reference to classroom u don’t feed it to your puppy?


Rachel January 29, 2018 at 8:58 am

Honestly, I’m not sure why! The original chex mix recipe is called puppy chow! LOL 🙂


Alexandra February 7, 2018 at 12:39 pm

First came across Puppy Chow only 6 or 7 years ago. Looooooove it. This Valentines version looks cute.


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