Puppy Chow

As juvenile as this treat sounds, I promise it will be a winner at any party you attend or plan on attending – no matter who the guests are. It’s has just the right amount of sweet, savory, and crunch, all the while combining a few of my favorite things: peanut butter, chocolate, and cereal.

Over the holidays I made “puppy chow” for my neighbors, for a Christmas dinner party, for my own family’s Christmas celebrations, and for the NYE party my boyfriend and I threw. It’s almost too easy to make, but the reaction I get from anyone who grabs a handful is priceless and makes me want to bring it every event I attend.

That being said, here’s my ‘how to’.

You will need:

– 6 cups of Chex cereal

– 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

– 1/2 cup of peanut butter (or almond butter, Nutella, etc.)

– 3 tbsp. butter

– 1 tbsp. vanilla extract

– 1 cup powdered sugar

– 1 large sealable plastic bag

– 2 bowls: one microwavable one, one large one

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Start by measuring out the chocolate chips, peanut butter, butter, and vanilla extract. Put all these ingredients in a bowl and microwave them together in 3 to 4 30-second increments. After each increment, give the ingredients a quick stir so they melt together smoothly.

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Place the 6 cups of Chex cereal into a large bowl, and pour the melted chocolate mixture over the top. Toss the cereal gently until all (or almost all) pieces are coated in chocolate.

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Take your plastic bag and pour the cup of powdered sugar into it. Then follow by pouring as much of your wet cereal mixture into the plastic bag as well (it is okay to do this in more than one go). Then seal the plastic bag and shake gently until the cereal is generously coated in the powdered sugar. Once the cereal is all coated, pour out either into a bowl or into individual bags.

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Repeat the sugar-coating process with the rest of your cereal and ta-da! You now have a perfectly simple and sweet snack for your next party, or even just as a treat for movie night!

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