The countdown to Halloween continues! 14 days left until trick-or-treating 2017 starts. Are you ready? Have you already consumed all the candy you bought and then had to go out and buy more? Honestly, they put the cutely packaged mini-candy out at the end of September, just begging to be bought. Sales and marketing at it’s best. They know you will eat your first round of candy and be back for more. This year, I have avoided the candy isle as I’ve been using Walmart’s grocery pick-up service. See my post here, about this service. It’s a life saver for us.
Today I made some Halloween puppy chow. Isn’t it adorable? Did your mom/dad/grandparent/caretaker make puppy chow for you when you were little? Did they let you eat it from a bowl on the floor while you pretended to be a puppy. It’s called puppy-chow so of course you have to eat it like a dog would right? I’m sure at least a couple of you are laughing remembering the silliness of this food. Obviously, I can’t reenact my childhood for my son. He will never live in a world without a touch-screen device connected to the internet to entertain him or answer any question he might have in a matter of a couple seconds. But there are some things worth continuing. Puppy chow in a bowl on the floor is one of them.
Kids need to be kids. They need to get muddy. They need to scrape their knees. They need to climb trees and run through the sprinkler. They need to make snow angels and drink hot coco when they come inside after playing in the snow so hard they are sweating in all their layers. They need to build forts with the couch cushions. They need puppy chow.
I made a small batch for us today. I didn’t need to have a huge amount of puppy chow sitting around that would take us a long time to eat. If you are making this for a Halloween party, feel free to double or triple the amount. As a reference, the amount that is shown in my photos is the total amount it made.
Halloween Puppy Chow
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter
4 cups Rice Chex
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup Reese’s Pieces candy
1. In a large pot, melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter on medium heat, stirring frequently.
2. Add Rice Chex to melted chocolate/peanut butter mix. Stir with spatula until the Chex are evenly coated.
3. Using a brown paper bag (like one from the grocery store, making sure it’s clean), dump the Chex into the bag. Add the powdered sugar on top. Roll the top of the bag down and shake for a couple seconds. Peak at the Chex to see if the powdered sugar is evenly dispersed. If not, roll top down again and shake some more.
4. Pour into a bowl and gently stir in your Reese’s Pieces.
The recipe above made these 6 cute little puppy chow snack bags. I’ve labeled them and my son will be giving them to his best friend and his cousins tomorrow.
These packaged baggies would be a fun party-favor for a Halloween party favor. Or just simply make the puppy chow and serve it at a Halloween party. I’d bet you’d be surprised how many adults will comment about how they ate puppy chow as a kid. **Please remember that this does contain peanut butter, therefore do be aware of any one with a nut/peanut allergy.
Did you eat puppy chow in a bowl on the floor as a kid? (Was it only me, or is it only a mid-west thing?) Curious!