“Muddy Buddy” Christmas Treats

Make up a better name...annd GO!

Muddy Buddies are a deliciously nice way to say you’re thinking of someone over the holidays. Put them in a fun jar and give them to your friends or neighbors (or both, if you’re lucky!).

This stuff is almost effortless to make. But hey, it’s the thought that counts right? 😉 Get creative and make up a shiny, new name for these things. They’re so good that they deserve a better one than Muddy Buddies….annd GO!

All you need is:

  • 3 Cups Chex
  • 2 Cubes of Almond Bark (chocolate)
  • 1 Packet of Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 2 Tbs Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2 Tbs Butter
  • 2 Tbs Powdered Suga
  • 12 Minutes
  • Love        -The Beetles

This recipe filled two old 24 oz sauce jars!


 

Ingredients:

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Make a double boiler by placing a heat-safebowl on top of a large pan. Fill pan 1/4 of the way with water so that it can steam-heat the bowl on top. Melt your butter, PB, & almond bark.

Once melted, incorporate the Chex into the bowl.

Be careful when you remove the bowl because the steam will come rolling out from the bottom.

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Lay the mix on parchment paper to cool:

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While it’s cooling, mix 2 tbs powdered sugar and 1/2 of the Jello packet in a large ziplock:

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Dump the cooled Chex into the bag and shake until each piece looks nicely dusted.

Put them into baggies or jars…if it makes it that far!

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Tips:

  • Make your own powdered sugar in the blender. Blend regular granulated sugar on high until powdery.
  • Rub peppermint oil in the jar caps if they still have their original “scent” after washing. It really works!
  • Add  another 1/4-1/2 cup of Chex if you want a less concentrated chocolate flavor (& if you want more volume).
  • Add less Chex if you want a more concentrated “chocolatey” version.
  • To make a whiter, more powdery version, add a whole package of Vanilla Pudding mix per batch.

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I’m going to experiment with popcorn, corn flakes and rice cereal since I have some left in the cupboard. I will let you know if it’s worth adding to your next batch of Muddy Buddies! ‘Til then….enjoy!

I was inspired to make these after reading the blog: www.therecipecritic.com. I changed up some of the ingredients based on what I had on hand, but ultimately wouldn’t have made them without this inspiration! So, thanks!


Update: If you want a healthier version here are a few ideas:

  • Substitute one of the almond bark cubes with dark chocolate chips
  • Substitute the butter with coconut oil
  • Substitute half of the pudding packet with protein powder so the mix was half protein half pudding.
  • This way is still super tasty, but it’s not quite as caloric. I tried doing all dark chocolate and all protein powder…in my opinion it was not nearly as good. So keep it at halvsies and you can hardly tell the difference. 😉 yummy!

I filled 1 1/4 of the almond bark tray cubes with chocolate chips to measure. Here’s what it looks like:

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