Now that the term is over, I’ve had so much more time to relax and do things I enjoy. Which is why this week I’m taking HerCampus back into my kitchen to make a childhood favorite, muddy buddies. Do you ever remember your friends, or even your teacher, bringing these delicious little morsels into class? I definitely do, and let me tell you, I can’t just eat one handful.
For any of you who haven’t had the pleasure of tasting muddy buddies, or haven’t heard of them before get ready to have your mind blown! They are Chex covered in chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar (have you noticed my addiction to chocolate and peanut butter yet?). If that doesn’t sound delicious, I don’t know what does.
Although I'd had muddy buddies before, I have never made them, so I was excited to see how easy they were to make. Here is the recipe so you can either follow along or use it in the future:
9 cups Chex cereal
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
So here’s what I did: I measured out the Chex into a large mixing bowl just so I knew what I was working with. Then I melted together the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in the microwave. I used a microwave safe bowl for this part. It takes about 1.5 minutes for the chocolate and peanut butter to melt, but keep an eye on your microwave, you don’t want anything getting too hot and exploding!
Next, I put a small handful of the Chex into another bowl and slowly poured the chocolate mixture over it. The recipe says you can cover all the Chex at once but I found that to be extremely difficult just because you want to evenly coat the chocolate and I didn’t want to crush the Chex, so I went for smaller batches.
After you’ve coated the Chex, you pour them into a plastic bag. Then you measure out the powdered sugar, dump it into the bag and shake away. Don’t be afraid to break the Chex, by now they’ve got a chocolate barrier around them.
After that I put them on a baking pan (lined with aluminum foil) and let them cool a little bit. Let them sit for about 20 minutes and they should be ready to eat. If you want to add a little more powdered sugar just sprinkle some over the top of the pan. I was so happy with how they turned out I decided to make two more batches so I could give them to my friends.
The best thing about muddy buddies is that they make great gifts! You can put them in cute little gift bags and pass them out to your friends as a surprise for any occasion. I hope you enjoyed this weeks edition of HerCampus in the kitchen. If you have any suggestions for future projects feel free to comment below.