My friend Lacey comes up with the best ideas.Seriously. Our Sunday school class has class socials each month, and we’re always looking for something new to do. We’ve had progressive dinners, costume parties, game nights, movie nights… the list goes on. Which means that a new idea is always welcome.
Especially an idea like a puppy chow party.
Let that one sink in for a minute. A party where the entire point is to sample various kinds of puppy chow. (And visit with each other, but let’s not get bogged down in the details.) We had cake batter, snicker doodle, s’mores and peanut butter brownie puppy chows. I kept things simple and whipped up a riff on the traditional puppy chow. And since the party was the same day as the Ohio State / Wisconsin football game, I knew I had to represent my team. The solution was simple: Add red M&Ms.
And while I see it as Buckeye puppy chow all the way (even the flavors scream GO BUCKS to me), a few of my friends said that it could just as easily be Badger food. Whatever. It’s clearly scarlet and gray, not red and white.
It did get my creative juices flowing (must be all that sugar!) though. I’m already scheming up a way to make Dawg Pound Puppy Chow for the weekend that my Browns play the Packers. 😀
Ohio State Puppy Chow
5 cups corn or rice chex (I used a combination.)
2 cups pretzel sticks, broken in half
12 ounces (2 cups) milk chocolate chips
2 cups red M&Ms
1 cup powdered sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
In a large, microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter, peanut butter and chocolate chips. Stir until smooth. Gently stir the cereal and pretzels into the chocolate mixture and toss until well-coated.
Line two baking sheets with waxed paper. Evenly divide the cereal mixture between the two pans and spread in an even layer. Place pans in the refrigerator and allow to chill for 20 minutes.
Pour half of the powdered sugar into a gallon-sized Ziploc bag. When the cereal mixture has cooled, pour the cereal mixture from one cookie sheet into the bag. Seal the bag and shake until the cereal is fully coated. Pour the coated cereal into a large bowl, and then repeat the process with the remaining powdered sugar and cereal mixture. When the cereal is all coated, stir in the M&Ms. Store in an airtight container.
Enjoy! And GO BUCKS! 🙂
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