Monday, April 23, 2012

Puppy Chow

I had such a good weekend! Michael and I had a lot of fun meeting with our high school's trip to NY. We saw "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying", starring Nick Jonas (we did not love it.) and "Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark" (so cool! Not spectacular as far as plot and music, but visually astounding!). We also spent a lot of the time just visiting. It was super nice :) And it made me super nostalgic (I went on that trip 3 years in a row, in High School). This nostalgia brought me back to Puppy Chow. This delightful treat is known by many names, but it's pretty much amazing. It was one of the first things I ever started to make on my own (way back in high school). I tweaked it to my own personal preferences. I like a lot of chocolate and peanut butter (so I added slightly more of those), and I don't like when there's a lot of powdered sugar (so I use a little less than called for). Those changes are reflected in the recipe below. It's the best. And it's no bake! Ok...so you tech. use the stove. But....who cares!? You should make this. You'll feel like a teenager again ;).

Puppy Chow

Adapted from my cousin Shannon/the back of the Chex box


Ingredients:
  • 9 cups Chex cereal (any variety)
  • Heaping 1 cup chocolate chips (I've used, and loved, milk and semi-sweet. Use what you like/have)
  • Little over 1/2 cup peanut butter (I've never tried this with natural peanut butter...it worries me.)
  • 1/4 cup butter (I'm curious how coconut oil might do as a substitution?)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
Preparation:
  • In a large bowl measure out Chex.
  • In a saucepan, heat chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter, over low heat. Stir frequently, until melted and smooth.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  • Pour chocolate mixture over cereal and mix until evenly coated.
  • Pour into a 2 gallon resealable food storage bag. Add powdered sugar, seal bag, and shake until evenly coated.
  • Spread out on wax paper to cool.

29 comments:

  1. This is a wonderful food memory and a tasty classic. I remember in college we would take a break from late night studying and all meet up at the TV room in the dorm and munch on this. Easy and always a welcome snack. You did have a good weekend hooking up with some high school friends-that is always fun!

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    1. It was great :) I love that you have memories with this too!

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  2. I love this post!! I could eat myself to death with puppy chow...seriously...! Yum! This totally brings me back to high school too :) Our cafeteria sold these gigantic cups of puppy chow and I think I literally ate one before every soccer game, I need to make some again asap!

    And question for you New Yorker too :) Do you have any restaurant recs for when I come to visit my school?? I've been googling like crazy but I've only been to NYC once so I"m clueless!

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    1. Ooooh there are so many places!! Some of my favorites are Heartland Brewery, Max Brenner's, Peanut Butter & Co, San Ambroeus, and Dallas BBQ. I've been wanting to visit Momofuku's Milk Bar, Levain Bakery, Public House, Hotel Chantelle, Doughnut Plant, The Old Homestead Steakouse....and I could go on. Honestly, one of the coolest things about NY is you can usually walk around and find a million amazing restaurants. :)

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    2. yay thanks!!! Your are awesome! I'm writing all of those down to bring with! I reallyyyyy want to go to Momofuku's Milk Bar too, I got four days so lots of time for food! Can't wait to come, I'll let you know where I end up eating at!

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    3. I'm so excited for you!!! I hope you end up at that school bc then you'll live here and we can have blogger dates!! :P

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  3. Ohhh I vote try it with the coconut oil! I'm so curious now. Puppy chow is crazy addicting :)

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  4. I found a lemon puppy chow that I can't wait to try. I adore puppy chow. Mostly because it has a cute name and you can munch on it endlessly!

    Glad you had a great weekend!

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  5. Puppy chow- Yum! I've never had it before, but I so want to reach in and grab a handful. I will be making this- stat! Thanks for sharing, Kayle.

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    1. Ah! You've never had it before?! You must make it noooow!

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  6. I've never had this with chocolate and peanut butter. But if I make it I will sit there and shovel in the entire thing! :)

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    1. Oh...you have missed out. You def. can't stop eating

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  7. This looks so good! I've only ever had puppy chow with white chocolate, but I'd love to try your variation!

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    1. I'm not a huge fan of white chocolate, but I know that this is suuuper yummyyy

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  8. OMG - I have never had puppy chow before and this looks amazing!

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  9. i've never had puppy chow before but i'm totally intrigued, it sounds awesome! and i bet the coconut oil would be really good with these flavors!

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    1. *gasp* you guys are all breaking my heart! You must have this!

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  10. Unfortunately I can't the ingredients for Puppy Chow in England.:-(Otherwise I would have had a go at making it.

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    1. Oh that's right, I always forget you guys don't have peanut butter! So sad :( There's always internet shopping :P

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  11. The puppy chow looks delicious, but I'm intrigued by the reviews of the plays you saw. How was the choreography of "How to Succeed"? I remember seeing a number from it on the Tonys last year that looked really good--although I have no need to see Nick Jonas in anything.

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    1. The choreography was prob. the best part of it. It was just a really kind of blah plot, and Nick Jonas was not likeable in any way.

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  12. I totally forgot about this stuff! It's super good, thanks for posting it!!

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  14. Love puppy chow - although like you said, it has so many different names. We always called it muddy buddies, but same thing... Once you take a nibble, you just can't stop ;)

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