For our grandchildren

This is a familiar recipe to most of you…. but I had to share this for my grandchildren.  My husband and I kept them for a weekend recently and we spoiled them, as usual.  The oldest loves to get in the kitchen and cook with us… he especially loves to help Pa Pa with breakfast.  One of the things we made with both was “Muddy Buddies.”  They both helped and had a blast!  The oldest didn’t think he would like this treat when he first saw the chocolate mixture.  In fact, his exact words were “YUCK, YUCKY!”  Soon after he spoke those words… I caught him licking the spoon.  Then his spoken words were… “YUM… That’s good!!”  The littlest one was at the opposite side of the kitchen island throwing a fit because she wanted her hands on the spoon and a taste!  I let her shake the bag after adding the powdered sugar.  She thought that was a lot of fun!.  Both grandchildren took a bag of their homemade treats home with them the next day.  We had fun!  I encourage you to make these “Muddy Buddies” with someone you love! 

Muddy Buddies (aka… Puppy Chow)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth)
1 package (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
1/4 cup margarine or butter
9 cups Chex cereal (any variety)

Measure cereal into large bowl; set aside.  Microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and margarine in 1-quart microwavable bowl, uncovered on high for one minute; stir.  Microwave 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth.  Stir in vanilla.  Pour chocolate mixture over cereal in bowl, stirring until evenly coated.  Pour into large plastic food-storage bag; add powdered sugar.  Seal bag; shake until well coated.  Spread on waxed paper to cool.  Store in airtight container in refrigerator.  Makes 9 cups snack mix.

We make clean-up easy by pouring our cereal mix in a large freezer bag (gallon) and pour the melted chocolate in and mix.  We then put a little of the powdered sugar in the bag after the cereal is coated with the chocolate…toss until the chocolate coated cereal is completely coated.  Then transfer the mixture to a clean bag, pour the remaining powder sugar and toss until powder sugar coats the entire mixture.  We put this bag in the refrigerator to store.

We have used a couple of other types of cereal.   Crispix is one of our favorite ones!

Source: (General Mills’ Chex Cereals)

Question to all you grandparents out there –
 What is one of your favorite things to make with your grandchild(ren)?


  1. My grandchildren love my chocolate chip pancakes, but I usually have them ready when they arrrive (every Saturday morning). While we don't have a favorite single recipe, my 5 year old GD, Maddison loves to help with breads, cookies and especially cupcakes! What fun to have them in the kitchen.