People. The name of this nostalgic childhood treat is called muddy buddies. It’s also known as puppy chow. And yes, I made it. For you!
What makes this worse is that this doesn’t even bring back any childhood memories for me. Mostly because my mom wouldn’t have it. You’re not making dog food in my kitchen, she once told me way back when. Fair, I thought. (And anyway, she had her own version of chocolate peanut butter cereal treats that were just fine by me.)
And yet, here I am. I made these anyway. There was always something about this that I wanted to try. Chocolate! Peanut butter! Cereal! Nostalgia! Ziplock bags filled with powdered sugar! Basically, my top 5 favorite things. How could this be bad?!
I think that the most appropriate word to describe this is “addictive.” But I’m sure you have all probably had these before. They defy all logic – their name is so unappealing, their appearance equally so; but the reaction I got when I gave these away was pure (childhood?) joy. And for that reason alone, you should make these muddy puppy chow buddies.
Muddy Buddies (slightly adapted from the Chex website)
9 cups Rice Chex
1 cup dark chocolate chips
heaping 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Place cereal in a large bowl. In another bowl, microwave together chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in 30 second intervals, stirring after each time, until smooth and melted. Add vanilla and salt to the chocolate/peanut butter mixture. Using a rubber spatula and constantly stirring to make sure that the cereal does not break, mix in the chocolate mixture into the cereal until the cereal is evenly coated. Divide in 1/2 and place in two 1 gallon ziplock bags. Distribute 3/4 cups powdered sugar in each bag. Seal top and shake the bag until the cereal is coated with powdered sugar. Line two baking sheets with wax paper. Pour cereal out on baking sheets to let chocolate harden and cool.