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This is one of my all-time favorite things to pig out on. There's really no other way to put it. Friends have given me puppy chow for birthdays, Secret Santa gifts, you name it. It's no secret that I adore this simple combination, fondly known as puppy chow. I've had a craving lately, and I finally broke down and made it to bring to our friends' house last Friday night, in the hopes that they'd all eat a lot and keep my portion in check ;)
I use different measurements than the typical puppy chow recipe you'll find online, mostly because those recipes don't use the full box of cereal (who's going to eat a couple bowls of boring leftover rice chex? No one in this household!) and I like my cereal well-coated!!
-1 box rice chex cereal
-1 bag Ghirardelli chocolate chips (can use any chocolate chips, but I opted for the good stuff!)
-1 cup creamy peanut butter
-1/4 cup butter
-2 tsp vanilla
-2-4 cups powdered sugar
1. In a large saucepan over medium low heat, melt the butter, chocolate chips, and peanut butter, stirring frequently until smooth. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
2. Pour approximately 3/4 the box of cereal into a large bowl. Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal and mix well with a large spoon, until cereal is well-coated. Pour the rest of the cereal into the bowl, continuing to stir until the new cereal is also coated. (I find that if you try to do the whole box at once, it becomes too difficult to evenly coat)
3. Pour the chocolate covered cereal into a paper bag (I recommend double-bagging!). Pour in 2 cups of powdered sugar. Fold bag over to close and shake well, coating cereal with the sugar. Continue adding small amounts of powdered sugar until it coated to your liking.