I have this vivid memory of my mother in the kitchen of our old house, apron around her waist, a smile on her face, mixing melted chocolate and peanut butter together before pouring it over Chex and rolling it in some powdered sugar. If I was good enough, she’d let me have a few pieces before putting it into the sugar. She used to call it “Moose Munch” – my aunt called it “Puppy Chow”…whatever you call it, it was one of my favorite snacks as a kid.
Even now, two decades later, whenever I make it for myself, and steal a few pieces before putting it into the powdered sugar, I’m transported back to that moment. The feeling is something like this. But this delicious snack isn’t only for when I’m feeling nostalgic – it’s also a great (and inexpensive) gift you can make for your loved ones!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 box Chex mix
1 cup peanut butter (must be the creamy kind)
1 bag of semisweet chocolate chips
¾ stick of butter
(1) 2 lb.bag powdered sugar
Cellophane gift bags
1. Pour one cup of powdered sugar into the bottom of either a paper or plastic bag.
2. Divide Chex mix evenly into two large bowls.
3. In a large saucepan, over low to medium heat, mix together butter, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. (If you don’t have use of an oven, you can do this in the microwave. First, cut butter into small cubes and microwave for 30 to 45 seconds. Remove and mix in peanut butter and microwave for 20 seconds. Mix, add one cup of chocolate chips, microwave for 15 seconds, remove, and repeat until all chips are added. It is important to keep a close eye on your chocolate – if microwaved too long, chocolate will harden and will become impossible to work with. Also, make sure you mix constantly – you want a smooth mixture.)
When you’re done mixing, it should look something like this:
4. Pour chocolate over each bowl of Chex mix, equally splitting amount of chocolate between both bowls.
5. Use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to mix chocolate and Chex mix together. Make sure all cereal is evenly coated – it’s okay if some pieces stick together. It should look something like this:
6. Pour one bowl into bag with powdered sugar. Once Chex is in the bag, pour one cup of powdered sugar onto Chex before adding second bowl. Add one additional cup of sugar on top of Chex mix before gripping top of bag tightly. Once you have a decent hold on your bag, shake vigorously to coat Chex (this is the fun part)!
7. After you’ve mixed for a few minutes, check your mix to see if any more sugar needs to be added. When you’re done, it should look something like this:
8. Place 3-4 spoonfuls into cellophane bags, tie with ribbon, and gift away!
Chex mix: $2.00 at Target (reg. $3.39)
Peanut butter: $2.99 at Target
Chocolate chips: $2.29 at Target
Butter: $3.98 at Target
Powdered sugar: $1.69 at Target
Cellophane gift bags: $3.99 for 20 at Michael’s
Ribbon: $2.99 at Michael’s
The total amount of groceries is going to run you somewhere in the ballpark of $22 with tax. However, the 12 servings you can squeeze out of this recipe put each portion at $1.83. These tasty treats are worth every penny and make great stocking stuffers, gifts, or a great addition to your holiday buffet!
Cellophane bags ($6.95) and ribbon ($7.95) featured in photo are from The Paper Source. Final price of project calculated using cellophane bag and ribbon prices from Michael’s.