This No-Bake Baileys Irish Cream-Infused Puppy Chow Is Perfect For St. Patrick's Day

POPSUGAR Photography | Julia Duda
POPSUGAR Photography | Julia Duda

Puppy chow tends to be overlooked as an adult dessert, but it really is one of the best, most delicious, versatile, and nostalgic snacks to enjoy. It's crunchy, sweet, and slightly salty. And, thanks to this recipe, it can have some booze, too! While puppy chow might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of St. Patrick's Day, this recipe puts a festive twist on the simple treat, and we guarantee you'll want to eat the entire batch.

With just a few ingredients, you can whip up this no-bake St. Patrick's Day puppy chow in no time. By incorporating Rice Chex cereal, green-colored candy melts, powdered sugar, chocolate chips, and Baileys Irish Cream, you've got a slightly more elevated (and, in my opinion, tastier) version of puppy chow. Of course, if you don't want to add any alcohol to the mix, you can simply nix the Baileys, but it definitely gives it a nice little kick. This recipe makes a pretty big batch, but don't be too surprised when this puppy chow is gone within days!

POPSUGAR Photography | Julia Duda
POPSUGAR Photography | Julia Duda
POPSUGAR Photography | Julia Duda
POPSUGAR Photography | Julia Duda

St. Patrick's Day Puppy Chow

Prep Time30 minutes
Yield6 servings

Life, Love and Sugar


    • 5 cups Rice Chex cereal
    • 5 ounces white chocolate or white vanilla candy melts
    • 5 ounces green candy melts
    • 4 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 cup chocolate chips


    1. Divide your Rice Chex evenly into two bowls.

    2. Add your green candy melts and two tablespoons of Baileys into a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave the mixture until the Baileys starts boiling (this will only take about 10 seconds). Then, whisk your candy melts and Baileys until it forms a smooth liquid.

    3. Pour your green candy melt mixture over one bowl of Rice Chex. Gently stir to coat each piece of cereal evenly — be careful not to break too many pieces.

    4. Add half of your powdered sugar onto the candy-covered Rice Chex, and mix until each piece is coated. Alternatively, you can pour your Rice Chex into a plastic bag, add the powdered sugar, and shake.

    5. Next, add your white candy melts and remaining Baileys into a bowl, microwave until boiling, and stir until smooth. Pour the mixture over your other bowl of Rice Chex and stir until the pieces are evenly coated. Add the remaining powdered sugar and stir or shake until thoroughly coated.

    6. Combine your green and white mixtures and shake them until they're nice and mixed up. Add in your chocolate chips, give the mix a shake, and enjoy!


    Instead of using green-colored candy melts, you can use white ones and add green food coloring to the melted mixture.