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Food for the dogs.

29 Jan

Today, I made puppy chow. I got the recipe and idea while scoping out foodgawker.com, basically my favorite website ever. The Savory Sweet Life had posted about it and I bookmarked it to make at a later date. That date has arrived! Puppy chow is chex cereal covered in chocolate chips and peanut butter, covered in powdered sugar. It is super quick and easy to make, and contains only six ingredients!

First you take chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter, and you dump them in a bowl together. So far, so good.

Then you melt them.

Mmmm... Doesn't that look good! Or not.

Then you stir everything together and add vanilla. Everything’s better when you add vanilla. Speaking of which, I’ve got a couple of vanilla beans that some of my brothers gave to me for my birthday. I need to make something with them. But I feel so special having them. Like “Haha, I have vanilla beans and you don’t! Don’t you feel inadequate?!” Maybe when I finish admiring how they look in my cabinet, I’ll make something nice. But in the meantime, I’ll open my spice cabinet a couple of times a day and just stare contentedly at the beans. Life is good.

Or it’s super tame. Man, I need to get out more.

Back to business! You combine all that melty goodness with the chex cereal and you get this:

While this ultimately resulted in deliciousness of the highest order, I think next time I make it, I’m going to either increase the amount of chocolate-y coating stuff, or decrease the amount of cereal. I like my puppy chow with a thick coating of heart-attack inducing fun! None of this light, pansy coating. “Go big or go home,” I always say. And since I’m already home, I guess that just leaves “Go big.”

Still, once it’s coated in powdered sugar and its flaws are hidden to the world, this puppy chow looks mighty tasty!

Huh? Huh? What’d I tell you? I wouldn’t turn up my nose at that!

The recipe is from Savory Sweet Life.

Ingredients:
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
9 cups chex cereal (I used corn chex, and next time I will use less than 9 cups. Maybe 7 or 8 cups.)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 1-gallon ziplock bags

Dump the first three ingredients into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave for another 30 seconds and then stir until smooth. Add the vanilla. Dump it all over the chex (which should be in a big bowl at this point). Mix. Divide the chocolate-y chex in between the two bags. Add 3/4 cups powdered sugar to each bag and stir to coat.  It’s that easy!

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