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Popcorn Muddy Buddies

Popcorn Muddy Buddies

Sometimes we make a snack that we can enjoy in moderation. This is not one of those times. Popcorn muddy buddies (sometimes called puppy chow) are dangerously good and we highly recommend you only make them when you have lots of people around to help you eat them. Or as gifts for others. Or when you're just having a bad day. We're not judging you here, we're just warning. Disclaimer out of the way? Great, let's talk about this recipe.

The classic recipe for muddy buddies just uses Chex mix cereal but, of course, we need to add popcorn to everything. Our only concern was if the popcorn would stay crunchy and for how long. Good news and more good news because it stayed crunchy along with the Chex mix. We can't really tell you at what point the whole mix would get soggy because we couldn't keep it around long enough to find out. 

But back to the basics of the recipe which is peanut butter melted together with chocolate chips. Some recipes also call for melted butter but we didn't find that it was needed. You pour the melted mixture over the popcorn and cereal, stir really, really, really well and then pour into large plastic bags. It's going to be a little messy but who cares, right? Then you add powdered sugar and shake the hell out of it until every nook and cranny is covered. We like to spread it out on a sheet pan to cool and dry a bit, add a little salt and then dig right in.

You can use whichever kind of Chex cereal (there are so many) you like. When we were browsing in the cereal aisle we spotted peanut butter Chex and didn't even know those existed. It made our decision pretty easy though. When there's a question of peanut butter or not peanut butter, our answer is always yes, peanut butter. We used our Movie Night popcorn kernels because we love how big and fluffy and crunchy they pop.

So this snack is sweet and salty and crunchy and chocolaty and peanut buttery. Um, we need to go make more.

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