I know I'm way late to be finally jumping on the s'mores train. But I've finally come around to making something s'mores themed, and it's pretty ULTIMATE! (hence the name). S'mores have had their day, and they are still going strong! I think this s'mores dip makes up for all the lost time. Ooey, gooey, melty, chocolatey, peanut buttery, caramel-y, and salty! Need I say more?Read More
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I've seen this stuff called so many names. Muddy Buddies, Puppy Chow, Reindeer Chow (for Christmas time) and Sweet Minglers. I like to refer to it as Reindeer Chow. You're probably familiar with some variation of it. If you're not, you should be!
The main two variations I have seen are differences in the coating. Your basic ingredients are the same (Chex cereal, M&M's, pretzels, etc.) but you go with either 1.) melted white chocolate or 2.) melted peanut butter, then coated in powdered sugar. While both ways sound delicious, why not have both? I decided to go with option 2, and add in white chocolate chips to the mix. This way I don't have to miss out on either flavors!
I also like to melt chocolate with the peanut butter to make for an even better mix! Who doesn't love chocolate and peanut butter? This stuff is so good! Make it for a snack while watching a movie, bring it to a party, give it as a gift! Just be careful that you don't eat it all before you serve it. I had to walk away from the huge bowl I just made because I couldn't keep my hands out of it.
Reindeer Chow Ingredients:
Makes about 12 cups
5 cups rice Chex cereal
1 cup Chocolate M&M's
1 cup Peanut Butter M&M's
1 cup white chocolate chips
2 cups pretzel sticks
1 cup Peanut Butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips or melting chocolate
3 cups powdered sugar
Reindeer Chow Directions:
1. In an extra large bowl, combine chex, white chocolate chips, and pretzel sticks. (save the M&M's for last, so their colors can be seen)
2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt peanut butter and chocolate chips in the microwave, for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each time, until smooth.
3. Pour melted peanut butter chocolate mixture over the chex mixture, and stir gently. Try not to crush the cereal.
4. In a large paper grocery bag, pour the powdered sugar inside, then pour in the chex mixture.
5. Fold the bag to close it, and hold tightly as you shake the bag around. Check every couple of shakes to make sure the chex mix is getting coated. Add more powdered sugar if needed.
6. Pour back into your large bowl, and add M&M's, and stir.
7. Let it sit for 10 minutes before serving, to let the peanut butter dry and the powdered sugar to settle.
This is one of my favorite things to make this time of year. I can always count on this simple quick recipe to bring to parties and even to give as gifts. People LOVE it! It's addicting, which is why we refer to it as "crack". There are so many variations and ways you can mix it up! I first tried this at my old work, where one of my co-workers brought it for a Christmas party. Needless to say, it was gone before our morning break, and I may or may not have had a sugar rush.. I was lucky enough to get the recipe from her, and now I want to share it with you all! I've tweaked it a bit to my own preferences, and I think you'll really enjoy it!
This time I tried a few variations, and I added butterscotch chips to one section, and walnuts to another section, and left most of it plain chocolate. This is a great gift to give your friends for Christmas!
Saltine Toffee Recipe
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 sleeve Saltine Crackers
2 cups chocolate chips (I prefer a mix of milk and semi sweet)
*additional variations and add ins: nuts, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, sprinkles, etc.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1. In a medium saucepan combine brown sugar and butter and vanilla. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for 5 minutes.
2. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper. Spread out the entire sleeve of crackers evenly. I like to crush them up so they are better mixed into the toffee. Use a metal spatula to crush them into smaller chunks.
3. Once the butter mixture is thick and done simmering, pour evenly over the saltines. Use a rubber spatula to spread around and mix in any stray crackers that didn't get coated. I like to mash it up and bring the edges in to make sure they all have the toffee coating on them.
4. Place sheet in the oven at 350 degrees and bake for 10 minutes.
5. After 10 minutes, set on a cooling rack, and sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the hot toffee. Let them sit a few minutes until they are melted enough to spread. Spread with a rubber spatula.
6. Add any extra toppings you have, such as walnuts.
7. Put the sheet in the refrigerator to cool for at least 30 minutes.
8. Once the toffee has cooled off and the chocolate has completely set, you can break it apart, and eat!
Let me know what you think! What kinds of variations do you like to do?