It’s the weekend. It’s snowing. And it’s about 10 days before Christmas. That means I’ll be snuggled up on the couch in front of the TV watching some of my favorite Christmas movies. That’s a lie. I’ll be watching movies on the iPad so it’s easier to hide from the kids and sneak these Peppermint Bark Muddy Buddies.
When my sisters and I are shopping on Black Friday, Williams Sonoma is always on our must stop list. Not because we’re in the market for high end kitchen goods but because the always have great samples. This year we hit the jackpot. They had a Thanksgiving leftovers casserole, chocolate cake with pumpkin butter, and freshly restocked peppermint bark. Instead of the tiny scraps left in the bottom of the jar, we were able to score big chunks of the candy. That mix of the dark chocolate, white chocolate, and peppermint is heavenly! I took all of that goodness, transformed it into muddy buddies, and created the perfect snack for movie night!
Muddy buddies (or puppy chow) are also great to make with the kids since it’s mostly just measuring, stirring, and shaking it all up the big ol’ bags with powdered sugar.
- 8 cups Rice Chex, divided
- 8 ounces white chocolate
- 6 ounces dark chocolate
- 1 - 1 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 8 candy canes, crushed or about 3/4 cup
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- In a large bowl, measure out 4 cups Rice Chex.
- In a microwave safe bowl, add in white chocolate and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat process until white chocolate is half melted. Remove from microwave and continue stirring until white chocolate is completely melted. Mix in half of peppermint extract beginning with 1/2 teaspoon since peppermint extract varies and can be quite potent.
- Pour white chocolate over cereal and toss to coat. Mix in half of crushed candy canes.
- In a gallon size re-sealable bag, add in 1 cup powdered sugar and coated cereal. Seal bag and shake to coat the cereal in powdered sugar.
- Repeat the process with the dark chocolate. Mix together white and dark chocolate coated cereal and serve.
- Store in a re-sealable container.
White chocolate can seize very easily. By only melting the chocolate half way and stirring to complete the melting, you prevent the chance of overcooking the chocolate. It also allows the chocolate to cool enough to prevent the chocolate seizing when the extract is added.
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