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Monday, November 9, 2015

Squirrel Chow - A Fun Fall Extra Peanut Buttery Twist on Puppy Chow


     This squirrel chow is a perfect fall treat!  We were headed to Chicago to visit Matt's sister Jess and her family and I knew I wanted to bring a fun snack along.  Jess's husband, Ant, gets migraines when he has chocolate.  So you can imagine he avoids it like the plague!  I don't know how he survives without... but I get nasty headaches sometimes too, so I certainly see why he does.  So I wanted to make sure to bring something he could have as well.  This was the perfect answer!  
      The base of this snack mix is a lot like the puppy chow you are used to, except I used white chocolate chips instead.  It has the creamy peanut buttery coating on the crunchy cereal you are used to.  The peanut butter flavor really carries through with the white chocolate, which I really enjoyed.  The Reese's Pieces and candy corn add a nice splash of color and a little extra texture.  Once we opened the container, we were all hooked!

     While we were there Jess made a super chocolaty cake to celebrate one of their friends who had just completed an IronMan. Can you imagine?  The cake had two pounds of chocolate in it and it was amazing!  You may have seen some pics on my Facebook or Instagram pages a couple of weeks ago.   I can't wait for her to share the cake with you on her blog, Year of Cake.   Anyway, this was a great non-chocolate sweet alternative for the party goers.  I thought the kids might eat the bulk of it, but the adults couldn't keep their hands out of it either!





Squirrel Chow

Ingredients:

1 12.8oz box Chex cereal (I used the corn variety, but any would do)
1 cup peanut butter
1 12oz bag white chocolate chips
2 cups powdered sugar
8 oz candy corn
1 movie sized box of Reese's Pieces


  1. Put cup of powdered sugar into each of two gallon zippered bags (or use one 2 gallon bag).
  2. In a microwave safe bowl large enough to accommodate the full box of cereal, melt the peanut butter and white chocolate chips until smooth.  Be careful not to overheat the chocolate chips by starting with one 30 second interval in the microwave, but then switching to 10-15 seconds at a time stirring between each round until just smooth.
  3. Stir cereal into the peanut butter mixture until coated.
  4. Transfer into zipper bags with powdered sugar and shake until coated.
  5. Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes to set and then stir in candy corn and Reese's Pieces.
  6. Sit back and watch it disappear! 

20 comments:

  1. Your squirrel chow sounds yummy, Carlee, and perfect for a Fall treat. My grandkids would love this!
    Thanks for coming to visit my post on your pumpkin oatmeal. I'll be making it again this week.

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    1. Thanks so much Kitty! It is a lot of fun to have some positive feedback on a recipe I created!

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  2. How fun! My family will love this!!

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    1. Be warned, it is addictive! We couldn't stay out of it!

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  3. What a neat snack! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  4. This sounds like such a fun snack to have Carlee!
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J!

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  5. Squirrel Chow! Love it! I have a small obsession with squirrels. Lol. This sounds so good with the peanut butter added in. ;-D

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    1. Thank you! We really enjoyed it! Since the puppy chow normally has chocolate, I figured I had better come up with something else to call it. Squirrel chow just seemed right!

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  6. Hi Carlee,

    This looks super cute, easy, fun and yummy! Thanks for linking to our Tips & Tricks linky party. I know people will enjoy this recipe and I hope to see you again next week.
    Patti~ Garden Matter

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    1. It is all three for sure! Thanks so much for hosting!

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  7. Great idea, my kids would love this! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

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    1. We all loved it, that is for sure! Thanks so much for hosting!

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  8. Think I will be adding this as a little nosh while I cook Thanksgiving Dinner! Than for sharing

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    1. It will be perfect for Thanksgiving snacking!

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  9. YUM! This looks like a great dessert snack. As long as there's chocolate and peanut butter, I'm in!

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    1. It is a great munchy mix, that is for sure! Me too, peanut butter in almost any of it's forms is fine with me!

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  10. Such a neat snack idea ! Thank you for linking up with us @ #HomeMattersParty. We would love to have you again next week.

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    1. Thank you so much for hosting! Have a great week!

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