In preparation for my cooking extravaganza, I needed to make sure I had something to snack on while I whipped together my ever first homemade Thanksgiving dinner. Because strangely enough, working with food makes me hungry (crazy, right?!) and I need something to give me strength as I fumble my way through this without having to resort to Boston Market takeout.
Thankfully, I only have The Boyfriend to please with whatever I cook up, and he'll probably just be happy that there's food, but still – it matters to me that I get it right.
As for my snack food options, you'd think I'd already have a house full of snacks with the way I've been baking lately, but alas, The Boyfriend and I (and even some of the neighbors) have polished off my stockpiles of baked sugar. So, naturally, I needed to replenish the resource. Puppy Chow Chex Mix seemed like the best solution. It's sugary and crunchy and not too rich, so I can graze on it (or in other words,
So, naturally, I needed to replenish the resource.
Puppy Chow Chex Mix seemed like the best solution, because… chocolate.
And peanut butter.
I mean, c'mon! You know what I'm talking about there. It's sugary and crunchy and not too rich, so you can slowly graze on it (or in other words, stress eat) to help you get through the day.
It's been a while since I made Puppy Chow Chex Mix, which seems like an absolute crime.
As much as I love easy, tasty food, you'd think this would be a staple in my house – but, alas, I have a hard time allowing it in this house because I will eat all of it.
Most likely before it's even done cooling on the counter.
There's also the fact that I (apparently) must not go down the cereal aisle very often at the grocery store, because as I stood there in the aisle earlier this week, it was like the sky parted and I suddenly remembered all the glorious things you can make with just Chex mix.
It was a total epiphany moment and time portal to my childhood.
So, naturally, I bought 3 boxes of the stuff. Wouldn't want to be caught unprepared to settle a craving now that it's on my mind again.
This has been a busy week, so like my last post, I'm going to keep this short and sweet – and let you get right to the recipe! I hope those celebrating in the US enjoy their holiday with lots of family and great food!
Puppy Chow Chex Mix
Crunchy Chex cereal covered in chocolate, peanut butter, and sugar. It's the classic winter snack food (and perfect for gifting, too)!
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- 9 cup Chex Cereal (roughly 1 12oz box)
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 and 1/2 to 2 cup powdered sugar
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- In large bowl, measure out Chex cereal and set aside.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chocolate chips and peanut butter, stirring frequently until chips are melted and smooth.
- Remove saucepan from heat and and stir in vanilla.
- Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal, tossing until the cereal is evenly coated in chocolate.
- Using 2 gallon resealable plastic bags, pour half of the chocolate covered cereal into each one.
- Add 3/4 cup powdered sugar to each bag, seal it, and shake until the cereal is coated in sugar. Add more sugar to the bag as needed or desired.
- Pour the finished puppy chow on a baking sheet (or some wax paper) to cool, about 1 hour. Store in an airtight container.
Please note that I am not a certified nutritionist; I am merely a quirky girl who loves food. Any nutritional information that is discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates. If nutrition is important to you, I highly encourage you to verify any data you see here with your favorite nutrition calculator.