Thursday, October 24, 2013

Muddy Buddy Snack Mix

My kids' teachers have been GREAT this year, and have tolerated quite a bit, to be honest.  I have no idea how preschool and Kindergarten teachers do it.  I teach high school students and I know the patience that requires!  That being said, when listening to stories of the day, we have often said, "Wow! That was really nice of Miss So-and-so, wasn't it?"  In response, my kids have decided that they want to do something nice for their teachers.  Specifically, they wanted to make cookies.  Not wanting quite the project would entail on a weeknight, I decided that we would instead make them this treat, which is well-known and popular and absolutely delicious.  I could never make a batch without plans to give most of it away...I just have no self-control.

Be aware of peanut allergies and corresponding rules of your child's school if sending this snack to teachers!
  • 9 cups of Rice Cereal squares, like Chex (feel free to use corn or wheat or a combination of all three)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut into quarters
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar)
  1. Measure the cereal into a large bowl.  
  2. In a medium bowl, add peanut butter, butter, and chocolate chips.  Microwave on High for 45 seconds.  Stir.  Microwave for 45 seconds longer.  Stir.  At this point, the mixture should be smooth; if need be, microwave for 20 seconds longer.  Stir in vanilla.
  3. Pour chocolate mixture over the cereal and gently mix until coated.
  4. Put 3/4 cup of confectioner's sugar into each of two gallon-sized resealable bags.  Put half of cereal mixture into each bag.  Gently toss until coated.  Spread on parchment paper to cool.

Difficulty: Super easy; kids can help a lot
Time: depends on if the kids are helping!  This takes me about 30 minutes when my 6 and 4 year old help with the measuring, mixing, etc., but it takes less than half of that if I am doing it by myself.
Source: I think I may have made this with a friend in high school the first time. It was her mom's recipe. 

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