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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Chocolate Chow Mein Clusters

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This is another one of those odds and ends treats where I literally took stock of what I had in my cabinets and starting tossing stuff in a bowl….inventory control, if you will! Otherwise, I continue buying baking supplies and suddenly my organized containers are overflowing with half-full bags of nuts, candies, and chocolate chips. This particular day I was out of butter and needed to make something to bring for church refreshments.
These are reminiscent of a similar chocolate covered chow mein treat I’ve had before—but I think that one features peanut butter or butterscotch. These are simply covered in dark chocolate candy melts (STILL leftover from my all-time favorite Cheesecake Pretzel Bites) and I also tossed in some M&Ms and peanuts. You could throw just about anything in them and guarantee good results—pretzels, Reese’s pieces, dried fruit…just start emptying those half-empty bags! :) Desserts need not be fancy—just cover them in chocolate and you’re good to go!

One Year Ago: Paul's Pumpkin Bars (Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting)
Two Years Ago: Glazed Scallops with Spinach and Peppers

Chocolate Chow Mein Clusters
(no measurements below---just make according to what you have on hand and add more dipping chocolate if needed!)

-chow mein noodles
-dark chocolate dipping chocolate

1. In a large bowl, mix chow mein noodles, M&Ms, and peanuts.
2. Melt dipping chocolate according to package instructions and pour over mixture in bowl, stirring to coat evenly.
3. With your hands or a spoon, scoop out portions of the coated mixture (about the size of a golf ball) and place on wax paper until hard.
4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.