Monday, January 20, 2014

Puppy Chow aka Muddy Buddies

Puppy Chow also know as Muddy Buddies - yummy chocolate peanut butter covered cereal coated with powdered sugar. 
Did you know that according to Wikipedia (a totally reliable source) Puppy Chow is most often consumed in the the Northern Midwest (Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, and Missouri) and my house.  

They say the name Puppy Chow is based on the look and consistency of this snack which resembles the Dog Chow brand of dog food in its appearance.  In my opinion, this snack looks nothing like dog food, and it definitely does not taste like it (although I've never eaten dog food, but I've smelt it, and that counts)!
 Into a microwave-safe bowl (I'm using a glass measuring cup) place 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter
 and 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter.
 Microwave on High for 1 minute, stir.  
 Continue microwaving and stirring at 30 second intervals until nice and smooth. (This will probably only take one time).
You can stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla to this mixture right now if you'd like (sometimes I do, sometimes I don't).
Place 9 cups of corn, rice, or wheat cereal (or a combination) into a large bowl.
 Pour chocolate mixture over cereal
 carefully stir as you pour until the cereal is evenly coated.
 In a large plastic bag, place half  (3/4 cups) of the powdered sugar.
 Carefully spoon chocolate coated cereal into the baggie.
  Add the rest (3/4 cup) of the powdered sugar.  Close the baggie and shake, shake, shake until all the cereal is well coated in sugary goodness.
 Puppy Chow

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
9 cups corn, rice, or wheat cereal
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips, butter, and peanut butter together 1 minute on High; stir.  Microwave 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth.  Stir in vanilla.  Measure cereal into a large bowl.  Pour chocolate mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Into a 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag, add the half powdered sugar, chocolate coated cereal, and then the rest of the powdered sugar.  Seal bag; shake until well coated.

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