Puppy Chow (I've also heard it called Monkey Munch and Muddy Buddies) is not suitable as a dog treat, but is a very tasty treat! Crunchy Chex cereal mingles with creamy chocolate and peanut butter, a hint of cinnamon*, and powdered sugar. Try it once and you'll be back for more. Did I mention this is easy, too? I made made this and was out the door within 15 minutes. Now that's the kind of "cooking" I like!
adapted from Betty Crocker
9 cups Corn, Rice, Wheat, or Chocolate Chex cereal (or a combination)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup margarine
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
In large bowl, measure and pour cereal; set aside. In small, microwavable bowl, heat chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave 30 more seconds or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into two-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag. Add powdered sugar and cinnamon. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in fridge.
*The original recipe doesn't call for cinnamon, but I'm a huge believer in adding cinnamon whenever possible, especially alongside something sweet with chocolate. Give it a try, it's a good addition!