Muddy Buddies

Sorry for the crappy quality iPhone picture--Joel took our good camera with him to FL

Last week, Joel went to Florida to visit his parents, so I stayed at my mom's house so that neither of us would be alone.  During that week, a friend of my mom's told her that she had made "Sweet Minglers" and had put a bag together for my mom and I.  We had no clue what that meant, but assumed it was a cookie.  On Saturday at bowling, we were surprised when we received the bag that it was the Crispix version of Muddy Buddies (or Puppy Chow, as some people call it).  Well, the little snack sized bag lasted all of about 5 minutes when we got home that night.  I decided that I was going to make a batch of it for us to munch on during the Super Bowl last Sunday.  I grabbed a box of Chex out of the pantry and the recipe was right on the side.  This stuff is highly addicting, and I would recommend making it only when there is going to be a group of people, because otherwise, I guarantee you'll eat it all yourself!

9 cups Rice Chex or Corn Chex Cereal
1 cup Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1/4 cup Butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar

Place the cereal into a large bowl and set aside.  In a microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter.  Cook on high for 1 minute, then stir.  Microwave for 30 more seconds, then stir again until the mixture is smooth.  Stir in the vanilla.  Pour mixture over the cereal, stirring to coat well.  At this point, pour the cereal mixture into a 2-quart zip top bag, or a bowl with a cover.  Pour in the powdered sugar, close the bag/bowl, and shake until the cereal is well coated.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge.