It’s the most wonderful time of the year and in my home it’s also the most delicious time of the year. I absolutely adore whipping up special treats for family and friends during the holiday season and for me, experimenting with old recipes while adding a new flare is what makes this time of year so magical. I’ll be the first to admit that I spend a good portion of the holiday season in the kitchen. I just can’t help myself and I know that a truly perfect way for me to share love with the special people in my life is through a little something sweet. Each year, I try to come up with a signature holiday recipe that I can serve up at home, dish out at parties and most importantly, gift to others as a way to spread the holiday cheer. In past years I’ve mixed up cookies that had just the right amount of peppermint and brittle to make anyone drool. This year, I really went above and beyond with my sweet holiday treat and I made Peanut Butter and Chocolate Holiday Muddy Buddies™!
Now, just in case you don’t know what Muddy Buddies are, I’m about to enlighten you and introduce you to your new holiday snacking must-have! Muddy Buddies are traditionally Chex™ Cereal coated in melted chocolate and peanut butter and tossed in powdered sugar. Sounds good right? Well, it totally is but I’ve never been a believer in the old adage that you can’t improve perfection. In fact, I think that you can absolutely take a treat as amazing as Muddy Buddies and make it even better and that’s exactly what I was able to do by adding Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios™, nuts, peanut butter cups and more to the traditional Muddy Buddies recipe! This easy to make holiday treat has just the right festive flair and is perfect for serving at parties or giving as gifts! Here’s how you can make it using ingredients from Publix!
What You Will Need
9 Cups of Rice Chex™ or Corn Chex™ Cereal
1 cup Nestlé® Semisweet Chocolate Chips
½ cup Skippy® Creamy Peanut Butter
¼ Cup of Butter
1 Teaspoon of McCormick® Pure Vanilla
1 ½ Cups of Powdered Sugar
3 Cups of Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios™ cereal
32 Miniature Peanut Butter Cups (unwrapped and cut in half)
1 Cup Planters® Salted Cocktail Peanuts
Red and Green Chocolate Candies and Sprinkles for Color (optional)
Ziploc® 2-4 count containers (for sharing!)
Psst….here’s a holiday not-so-secret gift for you! Right now when you purchase 3 boxes of Chex cereal you can get one (1) box of Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios FREE! Get your coupon here so that you can start making this delicious treat today!
How to Make It
This easy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Holiday Muddy Buddies recipe is a must but for any holiday occasion! It makes great teacher gifts, neighbor gifts or even just a perfect snack to munch on in front of the tree! To make this tasty treat, I first started by measuring out my Chex Cereal into a bowl.
Once I had all of my Chex cereal added to my bowl, I poured my semi-sweet chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter into a smaller bowl and microwaved them for one and a half minutes, stirring the mixture every thirty seconds. As soon as my mixture was hot and melty, I poured in my pure vanilla and mixed it all together until it was nice and smooth.
With my chocolate and peanut butter mixture still hot so that it would perfectly coat my cereal, I poured it over the top of my Chex and then stirred it gently, coating the cereal without crushing it in the process.
As soon as I had my cereal covered in my deliciously gooey chocolate mixture, I transferred it to a large Ziploc® bag.
I immediately poured my confectioner’s sugar in and sealed the bag, shaking it gently so that the sugar would stick to every piece of my Chex cereal, turning it into amazing Muddy Buddies.
Now, often Muddy Buddies are served just like this, but after discovering an amazing recipe that inspired me to go a little further, I quickly opened my bag back up and poured in my Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios.
This crunchy cereal with just the right hint of chocolate and peanut butter in every bite was the perfect complement to the already amazing flavor of my Muddy Buddies! After cutting my peanut butter cups in half and adding them to the bag along with my peanuts, I sealed it up again, gave it a few final shakes to ensure that the delicious confectioner’s sugar was on every morsel and opened my bag to discover perfection in the form of Peanut Butter and Chocolate Holiday Muddy Buddies!
I knew the taste of my Peanut Butter and Chocolate Holiday Muddy Buddies was just right but I wanted to add a little festive flair so I quickly pulled out some red and green chocolate candies and red and green sprinkles and gave my Muddy Buddies a holiday spritzing that had this dish looking as festive as it tastes! After adding it to a serving bowl, I had the perfect snack for my guests all season long!
I have to say the taste of these Peanut Butter and Chocolate Holiday Muddy Buddies was so inspiring that I decided it had to be shared…and shared some more! I quickly pulled out some Ziploc containers and filled them with my delightful creation.
After securing each one with a red bow to finish the holiday look, I set my containers of my Peanut Butter and Chocolate Muddy Buddies on the table as well. Now, I can encourage my guests to enjoy this sweet treat in the comfort of my home and to take some with them as well to ensure that the holidays stay delicious and bright!
Are you ready to whip up this tasty treat to spread the holiday cheer to your own friends and family? Head to your local Publix today and pick up all the ingredients and then check out this easy video that shows you how to make this delicious treat! To help you create more delicious moments, right now when you buy 3 Chex cereals you’ll get one (1) box of Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios FREE! Be sure to look for both Chex Cereal and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios in the cereal aisle at your local Publix today! Then check out all the details on this amazing offer and print out your coupon here!
Now tell me, how will you spread the cheer in a delicious way this holiday season with Peanut Butter and Chocolate Holiday Muddy Buddies made with Chex cereal and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios from Publix?