28 January 2014

Butterscotch Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies)

Are you headed to a big Super Bowl party this weekend?  My husband and I are not into football at all (I'm a baseball girl, thankyouverymuch), so we will not be watching "the big game".  While I don't get everyone's obsession with football, I can definitely appreciate the food aspect of the Super Bowl and its parties.  I have a couple of super simple snack recipes to share with you this week.  These recipes are great because they are way better than just opening a bag of something from the store, but they don't require much time in the kitchen.

First up is a yummy snacky-type dessert.  Puppy Chow.  Or do you call it Muddy Buddies?  I have heard it both ways.  I grew up calling it Puppy Chow, so that has stuck in my mind.  Call it whatever you want; it's good!  The traditional version is a mixture of chocolate and peanut butter of course, but there have a myriad of twists on it lately.  Have you seen them?  They all look and sound so delicious.  I came across this recipe for a butterscotch version at Sally's Baking Addiction and just had to try it since I am obsessed with all things butterscotch.  One of my most favorite flavors ever.

Butterscotch Puppy Chow

6½ cups Rice Chex 
1 (11 oz.) pkg butterscotch chips
½ cup creamy peanut butter 
2 cups powdered sugar

Pour the cereal into a very large bowl with a lid. Set aside.

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butterscotch morsels and peanut butter. Stir constantly until smooth. Remove from heat and pour over the cereal.  Fold the butterscotch mixture very carefully into the cereal, being careful not to crunch up the cereal.  

Pour the powdered sugar on top of the cereal and put the lid on the bowl.  Shake the bowl until the powdered sugar is evenly distributed over the cereal.  Use a large slotted spoon to separate the cereal from the extra powdered sugar and place the cereal in a serving bowl.

Store at room temperature up to 2 weeks. 

Makes 6½ cups.

This is so amazing.  It comes together in about 5 minutes.  I love that.  This would be such a perfect thing to take to a Super Bowl party.  I made it on New Year's Eve and took it to our friends' house.  I was delighted to realize that my box of Rice Chex contained 13 cups, so there was exactly enough leftover needed for a second batch, which I made last week to cheer myself up when my husband was out of town for four days.

I seriously don't know if I can go back to traditional puppy chow now that I've had the butterscotch version.  So addicting!  My almost-six-year-old and I nearly had it all gone by the time my husband came home.  We left him a few bites. :)

On Thursday I'll share a great savory snack for your Super Bowl party.  And a quick shout-out to my mother-in-law, who made me that pretty table runner in the photo above. Thanks Tammy!

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  1. Love these! Wish I had a bowl full right now!

  2. I do half chocolate and half butterscotch chips. It's delicious!!