When we were in Austin, Texas a few months ago I came across these cute “Party Time!” cups at a local boutique. Although I didn’t have any recipe ideas for them at the time, I just couldn’t pass them up! On the plane ride home I was brainstorming ideas for a post and decided that nothing says “Party Time!” more than birthday cake puppy chow! I used these vanilla-flavored candy melts that had confetti-like speckles to coat the Rice Chex cereal. Then I transferred the mixture to a large Ziploc bag and tossed it with powdered sugar and white cake mix. Once it was somewhat cool I added sprinkles and pieces of strawberry sugar wafer cookies (if the candy melts are too hot the color from the sprinkles will start to run). When it’s time to party just evenly distribute the puppy chow mixture between these paper cups. They are the perfect size for an individual serving! I couldn’t find them online, but these bachelorette shot cups are similar and these cactus cups would be really cute for a party, too!
Birthday Cake Puppy Chow
This birthday cake puppy chow is perfect for any celebration! The classic treat gets a festive twist with strawberry wafer cookies and sprinkles.
- 5 1/2 cups Rice Chex
- 10 oz. vanilla candy melts
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup white cake mix
- 1/2 cup sprinkles (I used rainbow jimmies)
- 10 strawberry wafer cookies cut into bite-sized squares
In a large Ziploc bag, add the powdered sugar and cake mix then shake to combine. Pour Rice Chex into a large bowl and set aside.
Melt vanilla candy melts in a medium microwave-safe bowl according to directions on the package, then pour over the cereal. Use a rubber spatula to gently fold the mixture until evenly coated.
Transfer to the large Ziploc bag, then seal and shake until the cereal is evenly coated. When the mixture is somewhat cool, add sprinkles and cookies and shake again until evenly distributed. Best served the first day it's made.