Muddy Buddies are one of those classic childhood treats that everyone remembers enjoying as a kid. Chocolate. Peanut Butter. Sugar. Crunch. The ingredients for a perfect snack. Unfortunately though, more and more kids (and adults) are allergic to peanut butter these days, and Tall One's roommate happens to be one of those people. Her allergies make it difficult to enjoy many desserts, so from time to time The Spatularettes like to put a new twist on an old recipe and make it nut free so Jess can enjoy it too. Although chocolate and peanut butter might be the world's greatest sweet combination, we think mint and chocolate is a close second, and it proved to be true when we whipped up these Mint Chocolate Muddy Buddies!
-5 cups Rice Chex cereal
-2 cups (1 10 oz bag) chocolate chips
-2 tsp peppermint extract
-1 cup powdered sugar
Measure 5 cups of cereal into a large bowl and set aside. Measure 1 cup of powdered sugar into a 1 gallon zip lock bag and set aside.
Over low heat on the stove top, melt together chocolate chips and peppermint extract. Stir frequently to avoid burning. When chocolate is smooth and melted, pour over the cereal and toss with a wooden spoon until Chex are evenly coated. Immediately transfer the chocolatey cereal into the bag of powdered sugar and zipper the bag to seal. Shake the bag until all of the cereal is coated in sugar.
To avoid making a big mess when serving your muddy buddies, we suggest shaking off the excess sugar in a sieve before transferring your final product to another bowl.