Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween Buddy Chow

Growing up in the midwest, chocolate coated Chex coated in powdered sugar was called puppy chow.    I have no idea why.      A friend who grew up in Florida calls them muddy buddies.    Whatever you call them,  you should make them more often.   It's an easy sweet snack to make that (in moderation) won't push you over the nutritional edge.
Oh candy corn....why is your season so short?
I associate candy corn with Thanksgiving.     At some family Thanksgiving of yore, there was a cornucopia on the dining room table that had fruit and candy corn spilling out of it.   That means that you don't have to limit yourself to eating these by next Wednesday.    Your snacking window has extended until the end of November. 
And I think that candy corn and salted peanuts are a match made in heaven.   The crunch and salt of the peanut.   The sweet softness of candy corn.   Instant party in a bowl.     This buddy chow has both candy corn and salted dry roasted peanuts along with the traditional chocolate / peanut butter blend on the Chex. 
This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled, depending on how many friends you are sharing with. 
What You Need

4 1/2 cups Chex (or square cereal of your choice)
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter (creamy or chunky, your choice)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup candy corn
1 cup salted peanuts

What You Do
In a large microwave safe bowl, melt the peanut butter, chocolate and butter/margarine.   Try 30 seconds on high to start, then stir until smooth.    I added the cereal to the bowl of chocolate so that I had only one bowl to clean, but you could pour the chocolate mix over the cereal too.     Stir until all the cereal is coated by the chocolate.   If you want, add half the peanuts and candy corn at this time so they get a little chocolate coating.

Pour the chocolate coated mix into a gallon ziploc bag.     Add the powdered sugar and shake until coated.   Then add the remaining candy corn and peanuts and shake again.     Pour your buddy chow out onto wax paper until it cools then store it in an airtight container.  

Happy Snacking!

What about you?   How do you feel about candy corn?

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