There is a time and a place for healthy foods, moderate portions, and balanced nutrition, but this is not one of those times. I’m addicted. I can’t help it. There’s something about chocolate, crunchy and chewy textures, plus a dusting of sugar that makes me weak at the knees.
Warning: You may find yourself eating an entire batch all to yourself within a matter of four days (only because you rationed it “wisely”, instead of eating all of it in one sitting, directly from the bowl)… or at least that was my experience last week. But it’s not too late for you to turn back and stop reading. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
(aka Chex Muddy Buddies with a few alterations)
- 6 cups Corn Chex Cereal
- 2 cups Multi-Grain Cheerios
- 2 cups Mini Pretzels (don’t you dare use unsalted!)
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 c cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- Place cereals, pretzels, and dried fruit in a large bowl.
- Warm chocolate, peanut butter, and butter until melted and smooth. I usually microwave on high for 60 seconds, then stir out the lumps.
- Add vanilla to chocolate-butter combo.
- Pour chocolate over cereal mixture and maneuver gently with a spatula until all pieces are coated.
- Scoop cereal-and-pretzel-bathed-in-chocolatey-peanut-butter-deliciousness mixture into a large plastic bag and add powdered sugar.
- Seal bag and shake (or dance in anticipation of devouring the Ambrosia of All Sugar Crashes) until all pieces have a blissfully white coating of sugar, then pour into a large bowl (serving for one, please!) or sealable dish, and store at room temperature.
- Consume at your leisure, but be sure to lick your fingers at regular intervals so as to make every last molecule of sugar feel loved and appreciated.
Why is this recipe especially awesome/ridiculous/dangerous/finger-licking-worthy? The pretzels are perfectly designed to collect excess chocolate and sugar, as are the small holes of the cheerios, leaving small clumps of joy for you to cram into your mouth. The dried cranberries add fun to this dance party for a little chewiness among the crunching.
Looking forward to my next batch,