Last week, a friend of mine posted on Facebook that she was making "Puppy Chow", and I legitimately thought she was making her own dog food. Later, I found out that puppy chow is actually an amazingly delicious combination of chocolate, peanut butter, Chex cereal, and powdered sugar. I hunted around a bit and stumbled across this recipe...it's actually a combination of a few recipes and some tips from friends. The kids had a great time making this and we made a HUGE mess! Granted, that could be because of my 3-year-old helpers :) Then, when the big kids got home from school, one of the girls said, "Oh, you made MUDDY BUDDIES"! I have to admit muddy buddies sounds much better than puppy chow, but whatever you choose to call it, this treat is a must-have for the little ones.
For this recipe, we used:
1/4 cup butter (some recipes omit the butter)
12 oz. chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
7-8 cups of Rice or Corn Chex (we used Corn Chex)
1. Melt butter, chocolate, peanut butter, and vanilla in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high one minute, stir, and continue microwaving in 30 second intervals until completely smooth and melted. (I think next time I would even add a splash of milk to get a thinner consistency for pouring over the cereal.)
2. Combine Chex cereal and chocolate mixture in a large bowl. If you have a large bowl with a lid, you can cover and let your kids shake until their hearts content :) (This is also why a thinner consistency makes mixing easier.)
3. Let cool for a few minutes in the refrigerator. This helps the powdered sugar to coat evenly and not clump.
4. Combine cereal and powdered sugar in a Ziplock bag. Shake to coat. *Tip - some recipes say to use a brown paper bag. We tried this and ended up with sugar all over the kitchen. Granted, that could have been 3-year-old user error, but there was sugar that leaked through the bottom seams.
5. Store in an airtight container.
I bagged mine up in treat bags for the kids and attached holiday ribbon. I also used the girls' hair bows for extra pizzazz and they made adorable gifts for the kids!