This post is probably my all time favorite: Muddy Buddies! These are my first and last idea for any event. My mom usually says it’s not a good idea since they are hard to serve and eat though. So maybe these aren’t your ideal treat for a fancy event because they pretty much requires you to use your fingers to eat (I don’t mind since my high school mascot was appropriately the Caveman). They also might not be good at a get-together where there might be lots of little kids who just can’t resist sticking their hand in the bowl all the time. But if you’re looking for a go-to treat to satisfy your most inner peanut butter and chocolate cravings, a fun treat for a meet and greet (and eat) with a couple chums, or really whatever you want, these are your best friends! Or should I say “buddies?” No, you’re right, I shouldn’t.
First note: these things are so good frozen! They’re kind of addicting. Plus, it’s always nice to have a sweet frozen treat to sneak every once in a while. Other idea: try these on ice cream. Really, the sky is the limit here people.
The recipe I’m using for these is originally based on the recipe you’ll find right on a Chex Cereal box, but I’ve switched up just a couple things. I find that the original recipe just isn’t chocolaty enough for me. I can’t stand to see any bare pieces of cereal in the bunch when I’m done with them. I also love to find a big clump or two (or fifteen) of chocolate/cereal/powdered sugar/peanut buttery goodness! Maybe it’s just me.
These are also perfect if you don’t have too much time to get a treat together. They’re pretty easy to make. Just a warning though, don’t overcook the chocolate mixture. The chocolate will seize, and it will be impossible to spread over your cereal. However, if it does seize, don’t throw it away!! If you still mix all the things together and add a little milk, it will often make a delicious fudge! This is what ends up happening every time I trust my husband to melt the chocolate for me. Bless his heart.
Some recipes say to coat the cereal with the powdered sugar in a plastic bag, but I’ve never done it that way. You’re more than welcome to do it that way, but I grew up doing it a little different. We would mix the cereal and chocolate mixture in some type of salad bowl or mixing bowl that had a lid. Then we would just put the powdered sugar on top, put the lid on, and shake it. I always liked that. Also, I honestly have no idea how much powdered sugar I use. I pour some all over the top of my bowl mixture, and I shake those suckers for a bit (by the way, this is a great arm workout! – get rid of those bingo wings before you stuff your face with sugar!). Then I take the lid off and evaluate whether they are coated with enough sugar. If they’re not, I pour more sugar in and shake some more. I do this until they look like I want them to. So, however you want them to look will determine your amount of sugar.
Anyways, without further ado . . . muddy buddies/puppy chow/dirty friends/whatever the heck you want to call these!
1 Box Chex Cereal (about 13 cups) *
1 Package Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips (2 cups)
1 Cup Peanut Butter
½ Cup Margarine or Butter
2 tsp Vanilla
3 Cups Powdered Sugar
*Gluten Free: use Rice Chex
Put Chex Cereal in a bowl and set aside. Microwave the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and margarine/butter in a bowl on high for one minute. Pull out and stir. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir it again. Repeat until the chocolate mixture is smooth when stirred. Add vanilla to the mixture. Pour chocolate mixture over cereal and stir until all the cereal is coated with chocolate. It might take some time but keep stirring. Either put in a plastic bag with powdered sugar and shake until all the cereal is coated, or put powdered sugar in the bowl, put the lid on, and shake until all the cereal is coated. Enjoy!