Is it normal to always have two jars of peanut butter in the house at all times? I feel like I’m running low when I’m down to one unopened jar. I guess it means that I love peanut butter… a lot, or I’m just being ridiculous. (My husband suspects both may be true.) 😉
My latest adventure with peanut butter is this awesome sweet and savory snack. It’s a combination of peanut butter and chocolate covered Chex with pretzels, and peanut butter M&Ms.
Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies Recipe
(makes about 5 cups)
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 and 1/2 cups of Chex or similar cereal (I used a combination of Rice Chex and Wheat Chex.)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup pretzels
- 1/2 cup peanut butter M&Ms (I used M&M’s Peanut Butter Speckled Easter Eggs Candy for seasonal flair.)
- In a small bowl, melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in the microwave. Use 30 second increments, stirring in between sessions.
- Stir in the vanilla extract.
- In a big zip top bag (I used a gallon sized bag), add the cereal squares and melted chocolate mixture. Seal the bag and shake it until the cereal is evenly coated.
- Add the powdered sugar, seal the bag again and shake it until the cereal is evenly coated.
- Add the pretzels and M&Ms, seal the bag again and shake it some more.
- Pour the entire mixture onto a baking sheet and let it set until the melted chocolate mixture has hardened. (I placed it in the refrigerator to speed up the process.)
Have you heard of a snack called Puppy Chow… the one that humans eat? I’d never heard of it until I saw tons of recipes for it on pinterest.com. I initially thought it was a recipe for dog food. You know, because it’s called puppy chow and all? In fact, it’s human food that simply looks like puppy chow. (And thus the name I suppose.) That just messes with my brain so I’m calling this a “Muddy Buddies” recipe, which is another common name for the same snack.
This snack is super duper easy to make. I promise you that you can’t mess it up. It does start out looking kind of messy though, but it turns into something fabulous (I’m singing that last part). Just wait and see what my precious powdered sugar turns this into!
Oh yea! Powdered sugar rocks! If you’re new to my blog, I’m a little obsessed with it. 😉 This was my first time covering pretzels with the stuff. Brilliant idea!
Chex cereal covered in peanut butter and chocolate! Heaven, I tell you. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to try this trendy “puppy chow” snack. I love sweet and salty together, so I added some pretzels to the mix. You can add whatever shape you want, as much of it as you want, or even skip it entirely if you want a purely sweet snack.
I also added some fun peanut butter Easter egg candies to the mix to celebrate the upcoming holiday. Of course for any other day of the year you can add regular peanut butter M&Ms. I wanted the peanut butter flavor to shine here, but you can certainly use regular M&Ms or any other similar chocolate candy instead. Just like the pretzels, you can add more or less of it. This is your snack! See, I told you that you can’t mess this up.
Are you a peanut butter fan too? What’s your favorite way to eat it? My favorite way is right out of the jar!
Adapted from: The Pioneer Woman
Here are some other fun peanut butter goodies for Easter.