My favorite part of any holiday is the food! Come on, you feel that way too, don’t you? My daughter was hosting a Halloween Party this past weekend so I decided to create my own salty-sweet snack for her and her guests. Voila’…Reese’s Muddy Buddies were born.
I started this dreamy party dessert with a basic muddy buddy recipe by melting chocolate chips and creamy peanut butter in the microwave. I then added vanilla extract and combined it with Rice Chex Cereal. (I got to use my homemade vanilla extract again for this recipe.)
I recommend that you chill the cereal mix for a short period of time so that when you combine it with powdered sugar it will stick better and doesn’t dissolve into the wet chocolate mixture.
I then used two gallon-sized storage bags and placed powdered sugar and half of the cereal mix in each bag. Gently tossing the powdered sugar and cereal mix in the bags will coat all of the cereal mixture and make it oh, so yummy.
You know the expression, “everything but the kitchen sink”? Well, that’s how I approached this recipe. I went through the grocery store and got as many Reese’s products as I could to make sure there was multiple ways to enjoy the combination of peanut butter and chocolate.
First, there were Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips with the chocolate chips. There were also bags of Reese’s Pieces combined with small Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in the baking aisle. I also bought a bag of Reese’s Minis that are individually wrapped and cut them into fourths. Reese’s Puffs Cereal rounded out the Reese’s theme. To add a little salty to the mix, I used roasted salted peanuts.
Once I got all of the ingredients together, I truly felt that I needed to taste them all before assembling the Reese’s Muddy Buddies. I’m just keeping it real, friends. Honestly, I didn’t eat anything else until late in the afternoon because I was completely full from snacking before, during and after making this recipe. I totally recommend that you ONLY make this if you take it to a party or have someone with you to supervise your snacking. For something that tastes so wonderful, it can get really ugly once you get your first taste of sugar. It’s hard to stop eating.
Getting back to the muddy buddies…
I found the largest bowl I had and poured the two bags of powdered sugar-coated cereal mix into it. I then added all of the Reese’s candies and cereal to the bowl and gently tossed them together. Your hands may be the best utensil for combining everything.
Mic drop. We’re done. Enough said. Just eat.
If, by some odd chance you have leftovers, these muddy buddies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for about a week. You can also place it in an airtight container and keep it in the freezer for up to two months.
There are no leftovers here. I am thinking of making another batch this weekend. Help me, please!
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Classic Muddy Buddies meet everything Reese's for peanut butter and chocolate goodness!
- 8-9 Cups Rice Chex Cereal
- 1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 1 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1-1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar divided
- 1 Cup Reese's Peanut Butter Chips
- 1 Cup Roasted Salted or Lightly Salted Peanuts
- 1 8.5 oz bag Reeses' Pieces Baking Cups & Reese's Pieces Candy (find them in the baking aisle with chocolate chips)
- 1 Cup Reese's Miniatures, cut into fourths about 20 miniatures
- 2 Cups Reese's Puff Cereal
Combine peanut butter and chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl. Microwave for 1 minute and stir. Microwave an additional 30 seconds and stir until all chocolate chips have melted.
In a large bowl, add 4 cups of Rice Chex Mix. Pour half of melted peanut butter/chocolate chip mixture over cereal and combine until all cereal is coated in chocolate. Repeat by pouring an additional 4 cups of cereal into the bowl and adding chocolate mixture until cereal is coated. Additional cereal can be added if there is an excess of chocolate in bowl. Add cereal in 1/4 Cup increments.
Place bowl of coated cereal in fridge for 10 minutes to cool. Do not let chocolate harden. (Slightly cooling the chocolate will help the powdered sugar stick to the cereal better without dissolving.)
Using 2 one gallon-sized plastic storage bags, divide powdered sugar by pouring 3/4 cup of sugar in each bag. Divide cereal mixture and place half of cereal in each bag. Seal each bag and shake until all cereal is evenly coated in powdered sugar.
Place bags in to refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
Pour 1/4 cup of powdered sugar in each bag and toss. Add an additional 1/4 cup of powdered sugar, if desired.
Pour contents of each bag in a large bowl. Add all remaining ingredients and lightly toss until combined.
Place in an air tight container and store at room temperature for up to a week. Mixture can also be frozen in an air tight container for two months. (If frozen, let thaw slightly before serving.)
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