18 October 2012

I'll admit it.  I'm not really into Halloween.  I know everyone else just loves it, but I feel it's a pointless and annoying holiday.  We didn't celebrate it at all until last year when my daughter was in her first year of preschool and had a dress-up day.  So I dressed her up as an adorable little butterfly and that was pretty much all there was to the celebration last year.  This year, though, we are pretty much going all out.  My mother-in-law is putting the finishing touches on some really neat My Little Pony costumes for both girls (Rainbow Dash for Lena and Pinkie Pie for Eva), and we are planning on taking them out trick-or-treating.

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
Reece’s Pieces
Candy Corn

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!

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  1. I know what I would do with 18 cups of this....and it wouldn't be good for my weight! ;)

  2. Tell me about it! Luckily, my mom is coming into town today, so she can eat some and I can send some home with her to give my dad.

  3. I am pretty sure this is meant for me and a little chick flick tonight :)

  4. This recipe sounds very addicting! 18 cups of anything would not be good for me. But bagged up in 1 cup portions it would be great for the treats.
    Found you from Savannaha's Halloween Goodies. Drop by my kitchen any time. Pinned this for Halloween. Thanks.

  5. I'm kinda like you on the all out Halloween thing. Our town huge a huge trick or treat on Main Street so no one does the door to door, but main street is so crowded, it's just no fun. Last year I bribed the kids to leave it, and took them to the Dollar Store and bought them candy. I know terrible mom award for that one. Honestly, they were just as miserable as me, but they wanted some candy.
    Can you believe I've never had this snack? I see it all the time, it sounds wonderful but I've never gotten around to making it, Guess I need to make some.

  6. YUM I love the way you've changed this recipe up from the old boring puppy chow that I always make. The candy corn looks beautiful in there!!

  7. I've always been a Halloween lover! But I'm not really into making those weird recipes either. This is a different story - what a yummy and special treat to snack on!

  8. Thank you for pinning. Great idea about the treat bags.

  9. 1. You're not a terrible mom for skipping the whole trick-or-treat thing. It's a pain in the butt! 2. No, I can't believe you've never had Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies). I'll attribute it to not being from the Midwest! It's so easy to make; once you try it, you'll be hooked!

  10. It's been great for snacking on while watching the Cardinals in the playoffs. Makes a great game-time treat!

  11. This looks so delicious! Anything with candy corn!