puppy chow/ muddy buddies!

For a bake sale that my key club, which I help lead, hosted at my school, I decided to make puppy chow! I know some people call them muddy buddies, but I usually call it puppy chow :). The America-themed bake sale was to raise money for Folds of Honor, an organization that supports the families of veterans, in honor of Veterans Day.It was very successful: our club raised $841 from two days of selling, and all my bags of puppy chow sold out!

I have always wanted to make puppy chow and knew it had been a popular item at our previous bake sales, so I decided to try out making it!

I started off with these ingredients:

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  • 9 cups Rice/Wheat Plain Chex cereal (most of one box)
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (if you like extra chocolate, use 1 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

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Then, to melt the chocolate and peanut butter together, I brought a 1/4 filled pot of water to a boil and placed a glass bowl atop it (this process is called double boiling because you are boiling the water underneath which melts the contents in the bowl above).

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Next, I added the chocolate chips.

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Following that, I needed to add the peanut butter. Here’s a quick hack to measuring peanut butter: cover your measuring cup in plastic wrap and then scoop the peanut butter into it. This makes clean up so much easier because you don’t have to deal with the sticky mess in your measuring cup.
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Stir the peanut butter and chocolate together until the mixture is smooth and silky as shown in the picture above. By the way, if you ever want to make a dessert dip, this combination of peanut butter and chocolate is perfect (it’s so easy, and tastes just like  Reese’s). You can dip fruits like strawberries and bananas or even marshmallows and Oreos, and it tastes like heaven.

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Moving along with the puppy chow, you next want to remove the chocolate from the stove and add in your Chex cereal. It may seem like a lot of cereal in proportion to the chocolate mixture at first, but don’t worry, it’ll be enough to coat all of the cereal. If you prefer more chocolate, add 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips instead of just 1 cup.

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Toss the cereal with the chocolate like you would toss a salad: take two spoons and mix from the bottom up until all of the cereal is coated (like shown above).

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Then, separate your powdered sugar in half into two large freezer ziploc bags (it’s easier to shake the powdered sugar onto the chocolate coated chex if there is more room in the bag).

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Add about half of the chocolate covered Chex to each of the bags.

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Then, shake away! I mostly shook the bag up and down since the sugar and Chex were separated vertically, and by doing so, I was able to better coat the Chex. It should only take about 10-15 seconds to get all of the Chex coated!

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To fit into our America theme for the bake sale, I added some red and blue mini M&Ms!

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I mixed it all together and then separated portions of it into smaller ziploc bags to sell at the bake sale! I made about 15 bags with this recipe, but you could make more or less depending on how much you fill the bags with!

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I spelled out “Key Club” with the excess powdered sugar and chocolate left onto the bowl! 🙂 It helped with cleaning a little bit!

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Don’t let that extra boiled water go to waste! Make some tea! I used my filters to add in one of my favorite teas into the water.

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My tea choice: White Ginger Pear from Tea Forte. Other recommendations: Calm Chamomile from Tazo, Strawberry Blossom from Teavanna, and Oprah Cinnamon Chai from Teavanna/Starbucks.

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I added my tea bag and stepped it into the water for about 4-5 minutes, added some honey and lemon, and had the perfect cup of tea!

If you don’t like tea, use the leftover water to boil some pasta or cook something else! Don’t let it go to waste!

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