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St. Patrick's Day Muddy Buddies

Need a fast, easy snack for Saint Patrick's Day? Make a batch of these muddy buddies (aka puppy chow): cereal coated in chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar, plus Lucky Charms marshmallows and M&Ms!

#StPatricksDay Muddy Buddies | theredheadbaker

When I mention that I'm a food blogger, more often than not, people ask, "What do you do with all that extra food??" Well, there's not as much extra food as you would think. Many of the recipes I post are things my family eats and enjoys.

Other times (like this one), I'll make a half-batch of what I'm planning to blog, so there's not as much extra hanging around. And there are times (like this one) where I wish I'd made a full batch because it's so darn tasty!

#StPatricksDay Muddy Buddies | theredheadbaker

Seriously. I really like Chex. I love peanut butter. I *really* love chocolate. And marshmallows. And M&Ms. You'd think I'd have had the forethought to realize, "Hmm, I'm taking ingredients I really like and combining them into one epic snack. Maybe I should make a FULL batch."

Alas. I did not. Thankfully, it's so easy to make, it's no problem to make another half-batch. Or a full batch. And hide in the closet with the bag because I don't want to share.

Don't judge.

#StPatricksDay Muddy Buddies | theredheadbaker

#StPatricksDay Muddy Buddies | theredheadbaker

St. Patrick's Day Muddy Buddies

Ingredients

  • 9 cups Rice Chex cereal, 8.5 oz
  • 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Lucky Charms marshmallows
  • ½ cup green M&Ms

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper set aside. Pour the Chex cereal into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. Place the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high for 1 minute, then stir. Heat an additional 30 seconds if necessary, until mixture is smooth. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal, and stir with a folding motion until all of the cereal is coated. Spread the cereal on the prepared baking sheet and let sit for about 15 minutes to cool.
  4. Place the powdered sugar in a gallon-sized zip-top plastic bag. Add the cereal. Seal the bake and shake until all of the cereal is coated.
  5. Pour the cereal into a serving bowl. Add the marshmallows and M&Ms, toss to distribute. Store sealed in an airtight container at room temperature. That is, if there's any left to store.

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Adapted from the official General Mills Chex website

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Melanie

Wednesday 18th of March 2015

Just love this. Very festive and something the kids could help make. And this stuff is so addictive.

Rose | The Clean Dish

Wednesday 18th of March 2015

Paddy Day themed easy snacks are the best!! I'd love to try these muddy buddies - what a unique idea!

Nutmeg Nanny

Wednesday 18th of March 2015

What a fun and delicious looking snack! I would be sad if I didn't make a whole batch either :)

Kim Beaulieu

Wednesday 18th of March 2015

Ha, I can often be found hiding in the closet with extras I don't want to share. This is perfect for a nice snack, you can change it up for any holiday. I love recipes like that. Cute model you have there too.

Angie | Big Bear's Wife

Tuesday 17th of March 2015

Muddy Buddies are so addictive! I love them and I can't stop eating them! Going to have to make these this weekend!

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