You might know of it as Puppy Chow, or possibly Muddy Buddies, but around our house it is simply known as “crack” and it is the ONE confection that the mascot has requested this year.
Warning: this stuff is wickedly addictive. My advice is to make a batch and then package 90% of it up and give it away. Stat!
Muddy Puppy Crack
9 cups Chex or Crispix cereal
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup natural, smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
Place cereal in a very large mixing bowl and powdered sugar in a very large ziplock bag. In a double-boiler, melt together peanut butter, butter and chocolate chips, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Carefully pour mixture over cereal, mixing well to coat every piece. Working in batches, and while still warm, place coated cereal in ziplock bag and shake to completely cover with sugar. Remove, shaking off excess sugar, and transfer to parchment lined baking pans to cool. Store in airtight containers for up to… oh, who are we kidding? This stuff won’t last a day in your house.
Note: there is really no way to make this “healthy”, other than using a good, natural peanut butter and the “multi-grain” varieties of the cereal. If your peanut butter is fairly thin, you could probably just use 3/4 of a cup of that and forego the butter completely.