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Tahini Puppy Chow Recipe

An easy snack recipe for when you're craving something sweet and nutty.

Jut as important as soup season and sweater weather, winter is Chex Mix season for me, where there’s always a batch of puppy chow on hand for my family’s (massive) snacking needs. Traditionally, puppy chow (which is also known as “muddy buddies”) is made with peanut butter, but I love swapping in tahini instead.

This puppy chow is simple to make while the flavors are a satisfying balance of sweet from the sugar and slightly bitter earthiness from the tahini. If your family is anything like mine (ravenous for snacks between the hours of 2:00 and 7:00 pm), make a double batch!

Love this snack? Try our Passover-friendly version too!


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • Flaky salt, to taste
  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate (you can use either chocolate chips or chopped pieces)
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 cups corn Chex cereal



  1. Combine powdered sugar, sesame seeds and a pinch of salt in a large mixing bowl and set aside. 
  2. Place chocolate, tahini and butter in a double boiler over simmering water (or heat in the microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring between each, until melted). Stir with a rubber spatula to combine. 
  3. Remove the bowl from the double boiler, and add the Chex cereal. Fold with a rubber spatula to coat the cereal with the melted chocolate-tahini. Pour cereal mixture into the bowl of powdered sugar, and toss to coat.
  4. Spread the cereal evenly over a baking sheet and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container. 

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