Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow
Sweet snack mix made with white chocolate and candy canes. Perfect to serve or give away during the holiday season!
Oh, just the most addicting little snack in all the holiday land. Crunch crunch crunch.
Puppy chow, muddy buddies, chex mix… whatever you call these sweet, powder sugary, addictive little Chex Cereal bites… I know you won’t be able to get enough. This weekend I turned my beloved Puppy Chow upside down and threw in Christmas’ favorite treat. Candy Canes.
This recipe is actually inspired by the Chew Mix Muddy Buddies Peppermint Bark I spotted at Target the other day. Be still my heart, there is a peppermint version? I knew I had to make this Christmas treat myself once I checked out and headed home.
For the record, I somehow spent $50 on a scarf, candy canes, gum, and dish soap. HOW does Target do that to us?
We have a simple recipe today. A blessing, especially after all that hard work we put in for Thanksgiving Day!
Four ingredients is all it takes. No bake, no chilling, no sweat, no fret. The magical mixture of rice Chex cereal, white chocolate, crushed candy canes, and powdered sugar shake together to make your new favorite holiday treat. Clearly this puppy chow is not dog food. Ha!
First, melt the white chocolate. No magic tricks here – just melt in the microwave according to package directions. I used Bakers White Chocolate bars. It’s so smooth, creamy, and melts in the microwave so easily. Once melted, pour the white chocolate over the Chex cereal. I go with the Rice Chex Cereal over the Corn Chex when I’m making puppy chow. The Rice variety hardly has any flavor – perfect for recipes like this. Next, crush up some festive candy canes and throw them into the mix – I went with the green and red striped variety for an added pop of color. Regular candy canes will work just fine. The fourth and final ingredient is your confectioners sugar. This is the fun part. Pour 1 cup of the soft powdery sugar into a large ziplock bag. Add your melty white chocolate chex/candy canes and go to town.
Shake shake shake!
There! You’ve got yourself a hefty dose of Christmas crunch right there, folks. Just a warning – eating too much of this at midnight will keep you up for hours. I speak from experience. Hellooo, sugar.
Ok, who’s ready for Christmas treats?
Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow
- 5 cups Rice Chex cereal
- 10 ounces melting white chocolate OR vanilla flavored Almond Bark
- 1 cup crushed candy canes
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- Pour the cereal into a large bowl. Melt white chocolate/almond bark according to the package directions. Pour melted chocolate over cereal, stirring and folding until the cereal is completely covered. Fold in the crushed candy canes.
- Pour the confectioners' sugar into a zipped-top bag. Pour the chocolate covered cereal/candy canes in next. Seal the bag or container and shake until all the cereal is coated with the confectioners' sugar mixture.
- Discard excess powder. Store at room temperature up to 2 weeks, if it lasts that long!
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Try my Cookies ‘n Cream version (with Oreos!) next.
Q: Do you have any “addictive” little treat recipes?
Especially around the holidays, I love things like candied nuts, homemade Chex Mix, caramel corn, chocolate covered pretzels, you name it! We make a slew of treats like this in December and I can’t wait to share them with you!
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