Halloween is that magical time of year when regular recipes are made needlessly complicated for the sake of being cute. Do you enjoy sandwiches? Why not painstakingly arrange them to look like tombstones? Are you a fan of olives? Did you know you could stab them with tiny slivers of rosemary to make them look like spiders? What about cheese? Have you ever considered dying it green and putting a lettuce wig on it to make it look like Frankenstein?
We at Silver Spork don’t have time for that shit. We’re too busy coming up with improbable costumes, consuming large amounts of Harry Potter-themed alcohol, and scheming new ways to get candy away from children. So if you’re like us and you want a delicious Halloween snack that doesn’t involve hours of careful cheese arranging, this puppy chow (god help you if you call it muddy buddies) is perfect for those of us who want to sate our appetites and get back to the haunting.
Halloween Puppy Chow
1 cup chocolate chips (the most festive among us use Nestle Halloween chocolate chips)
½ cup peanut butter, divided
1 and ½ cup confectioners’ sugar, divided
1 bag of Reese’s Pieces
9 cups of Chex cereal, divided
¼ cup butter, divided
If you’ve gotten special Halloween chocolate chips (okay, Betty Crocker), now’s the time to separate the orange chips from the brown. Otherwise, fuck it, and don’t bother with halving the quantities unless you want to make smaller, more manageable batches.
Melt your brown chocolate chips, ¼ cup peanut butter, and 1/8 cup butter in a microwave-safe bowl for 1 minute, then stir. Cook for an additional minute and stir again until completely creamy.
Pour 4 and ½ cups Chex cereal into a gallon-sized Ziploc bag and pour the chocolate mixture over it and seal, then shake gently until all of the cereal is evenly coated. Then pour it into a new gallon-sized Ziploc bag and pour ¾ cup of the confectioners’ sugar inside and seal, shaking gently until all of the cereal is evenly coated in the sugar. Add more sugar if you’re feelin’ freaky.
Repeat with the orange chocolate chips. If you’ve previously said “fuck it” and made the entire batch already, skip this step.
Pour each bag of your mix onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper and refrigerate for about 20 minutes to set. Pour your puppy chow into a large bowl and mix in Reese’s Pieces. You’re done! Now eat, demon dogs.
Post by Bailey James. Recipe and Photo by The Rebel Chick.