I like to convince myself that my friends and I were actually really cool in middle school, and that it was everybody else who, well, just wasn’t. So they just could not comprehend and appreciate our level of coolness. As adults, not much has changed, except now our get-togethers are less frequent (the last one was five years ago – we can’t let that happen again) and involve alcoholic beverages. Yes, we were your typical goody-two-shoes – no bending the rules. Our strongest drink back then was probably Dr. Pepper.
One thing that has changed is our selection of food. When we were kids, our party snacks of choice were Bugles, Cheetos, and Onion Dip. We may not have matured all that much, but our snacks have gotten a bit more sophisticated. Potato skins, Buffalo chicken dip, chocolate-covered cheesecake strawberries (yes, that recipe is coming), and this…
Almond Joy Puppy Chow!
a.k.a. Coconut Almond Muddy Buddies
a.k.a. Insane Chocolaty Nutty Goodness
This stuff was addictive. I mean, seriously addictive. But I managed to control myself at the party
and then proceeded to devour a lot of the leftovers in the car on the ride home. Sorry, oops, that never happened.
FYI – since we were a small group and there were going to be a few desserts, I actually only made up a half batch of this, but I put the full amounts in the recipe here. So you could definitely cut this in half, if you don’t want to make so much.
Oh, and bonus – since several varieties of Chex are gluten-free, this is an easy sweet treat for anyone who has to avoid gluten. And if you want to make it vegan, that is an option to. Just make sure to use gluten-free and/or vegan chocolate chips, powdered sugar, and vanilla.
What were your favorite party snacks as a kid? Do you have any childhood friends that you still hang out with? Were you as goofy as us?
- 1 c powdered sugar
- 1 c shredded sweetened coconut flakes
- 8 c Chex (any variety, or a combination)
- 2 c unsalted almonds
- 1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips (use vegan and/or gluten-free chocolate chips, if needed)
- ½ c almond butter
- 4 T coconut oil* (see note below)
- 1 t vanilla extract
- In a food processor or Magic Bullet, combine the powdered sugar and coconut, and chop until the mixture is mostly a powder.
- Place the sugar-coconut mixture in a large plastic storage bag.
- Combine the Chex and almonds in a large bowl, and set aside.
- Combine the chocolate chips, almond butter, and coconut oil in a medium bowl and microwave on High for 1 minute (or melt on the stove over low heat, preferably in a double boiler).
- Stir until completely melted, then stir in the vanilla extract.
- Pour the chocolate mixture over the Chex and almonds, and stir until the cereal is completely coated.
- Dump the mixture into the bag with the sugar and coconut, seal,and toss until the cereal and almonds are evenly coated.
- Pour onto wax paper to cool and dry. Stir in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
This recipe was adapted from Chex Muddy Buddies.