Muddy Buddies

Muddy buddies, eh? I know, I know. It's not something you haven't heard of a million times before. So what makes my recipe any different from the hundreds of others?

Firstly, my recipe is scaled to the use the ENTIRE box. I personally hate the fact that the regular recipe uses all but two cups. I want to use it all up! Who wouldn't be happier with two more cups of muddy buddies?! 

Secondly, my method skips the two gallon bag. I sift the sugar into the bowl and continue to toss to coat. Less waste and more control of the sugar distribution, and the mix cools faster this way. The bag method has never been my favorite. While it can be fun, I get annoyed at the large clusters created and the unevenness of the sugar coating. 

The result, in my opinion, is far superior. It's faster, less measuring, and more muddy buddies!!!

What's not to love?!

Muddy Buddies 
adapted from Chex Muddy Buddies

1 whole box Corn Chex cereal (11 cups)
1 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup butter
1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 cups powdered sugar, per your preference

Into large bowl, measure cereal and set aside.

In large microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on high for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.

Sift half a cup of powdered sugar over the cereal. Stir. Repeat until the cereal is evenly coated in sugar. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.