Savannah of Hammock Tracks invited me to join another one of her blog hops today with the theme being Halloween Goodies. At first I assumed I would sit out since I'm not big on making those severed fingers or bloody eyeballs that I see all over blogs and Pinterest this time of year. But then I saw a Halloween snack that wasn't a bit creepy and sounded really good, so I thought, what the heck? Enter: my first-ever Halloween-themed recipe on this blog! I got it from Your Cup of Cake, who posted it just 10 days ago. I don't usually like to repost other bloggers' recipes so soon after they do, but this one was so good I couldn't wait to share it with you.
Halloween Muddy Buddy Snack Mix
4½ cups Cinnamon Chex cereal
½ cup white chocolate chips
½ cup creamy peanut butter, divided
¼ cup butter, divided
1 tsp vanilla extract, divided
1½ cups powdered sugar, divided
4½ cups Rice or Corn Chex cereal
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tbsp cocoa powder
Line two baking sheets with parchment or wax paper. Set aside.
Place Cinnamon Chex in a large bowl with a lid. In a medium-sized microwaveable bowl, combine the white chocolate chips, ¼ cup peanut butter, and 2 tbsp butter. Cook in microwave on high for one minute. Stir until smooth and then stir in ½ tsp vanilla. Pour mixture over the Cinnamon Chex and stir to evenly coat cereal. Add ¾ cup powdered sugar, cover with lid, and shake to coat. Spread cereal out on one of the baking sheets to cool.
Repeat this process with the Rice Chex, semi-sweet chocolate chips, remaining ¼ cup peanut butter, 2 tbsp butter, ½ tsp vanilla, and ¾ cup powdered sugar. Spread this cereal out on the other baking sheet.
Once cereal is cool, transfer it to a large bowl and add Reece’s Pieces, candy corn, and any other candy you would like. Toss to evenly distribute candies.
Makes 9 cups.
I made this the other day. Unfortunately, I failed to notice the line at the top of the print-out that said "Makes 18 cups". Whoops! Yep, I made the full recipe and ended up with 18 cups of Muddy Buddies and no one to share them with! So I went ahead and halved the recipe for posting here because you would have to have one heck of a party to need 18 cups of this stuff!
Another change I made was using Cinnamon Chex for the white chocolate pieces. I have used Cinnamon Chex in a dessert before (White Trash, yum!), so I knew they would be good in this too.
Muddy Buddies (or Puppy Chow) is such a great snack/dessert because it is so incredibly easy and fast to make. And everyone loves it. What really caught my attention about this recipe was the combination of white and dark chocolate pieces. I thought that was pretty creative. My dark pieces didn't turn out as dark as the picture on the original blog, so I increased the cocoa powder a bit in the recipe above. I think that will help next time.
I was tempted by another Halloween-ish dessert and I am making some Halloween-themed preschool snacks for my daughter's class next week, so you can look forward to two more Halloween recipes from me this year!