Stella May I know how you make puppy chow? My little tips for Muddy Buddies.

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Of course you may. Puppy chow or muddy buddies are kind of like a classic afterschool snack. It's like rice krispie treats. Quick to make and not a lot of ingredients. So like the other cereal treat, there are tons of recipes online for puppy chow (there's one on the back of the Chex box!). For today's Tutorial Tuesday, I'll be showing you my version of puppy chow or muddy buddies or reindeer munch.
 What you will need: Chex cereal (it doesn't really matter corn or rice, whatever your preference is), peanut butter, vanilla extract, chocolate chips and powdered sugar.
This nifty contraption is really nice for measuring sticky ingredients. & there's a line for ⅜ cup, which if you read it down below in the recipe is a little funky, I know. But nothing here in this recipe needs to be exact. It'll be about two times the chocolate to peanut butter (or almond butter or NUTELLA!)
Look how easy it is to scoop out!
Place the chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave safe container and zap it for 30 second intervals. Taking it out and stirring the mixture between each round of microwaving.
Just until it's all smooth. Also to note you don't need to make it with chocolate chips, you can also just chop up some chocolate bars you laying around (I don't have that, but maybe you do?) It's also an ingredient you can swap out to make it fancier or themed! Try it with white chocolate and mix with cookie butter?
So I chose the corn Chex, because of the crunchy factor and because Mister has a thing about how puffy it should be. It's doesn't really matter which Chex (or Crispex).
To use only half a box I used a scale and for it precisely half the box. (The box was 12 ounces and I poured out 6 ounces.) But again this recipe doesn't call for any precision. Just roughly half the box.
Set the cereal aside and check on the choco/pb. Remember it should just be smooth. Then add in the vanilla extract (or almond? lemon? peppermint?) The choco/pb mix doesn't need to be so melty that it becomes a liquid. I find that over heating it to the super liquid stage lends itself to making the cereal soggy.
In fact as you can see I almost cool it until it's just about solid. I would describe it like peanut butter texture. Don't worry about not being able to mix it all together!
Just start slowly and mix gently.
It will slowly come together.
 Then before you know it, it's all coated!
 Time sprinkle in the powdered sugar. (This is clearly not enough, I don't know what Mister was thinking.)
 I like to spoon in spoonfuls of powdered sugar until everything is basically white and the puppy chow can't be coated anymore. (The powdered sugar will start to gather at the bottom of the bowl.)
And you are done!

This recipe is for half the box of Chex. If I had the room I would have the whole box, but refrigerator space is precious in a tiny kitchen and I find that half a box is plenty for just me and Mister. Also this is a slightly different recipe than the one on the back of the box. It's omits the butter (not needed and makes it a little soggy imo) and a lot more chocolate/pb compared to cereal. I find that it should really coat every piece of Chex.

Puppy Chow
Ingredients: 
½ box of Chex (about 6 ounces)
¾ cup of semisweet chocolate chips
⅜ cup of peanut butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2-3 cups of powdered sugar
Directions: 
1. Place half a box cereal in a large bowl. 2. Place the chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave safe container. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the mixture is smooth. 3. Stir in the vanilla extract. 4. Make sure the mix is warm enough to the touch and pour the mixture into the cereal. 5. Gently stir and mix until the cereal is coated with the chocolate and peanut butter. 6. Pour in the powdered sugar starting with 1 cup and mix. Keep adding powdered sugar until the cereal can't be coated anymore or if everything is just white. 7. Enjoy!
(Storage: airtight container, I like to stick mine in the fridge, although that's not necessary.) 

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