Crowd Pleaser

Eat, drink, and be merry. That’s what happened this past weekend. Who am I kidding? That’s what happens every weekend. Except this time, we didn’t just spend it with a few people; we spent it with a condo-full of people.

There was a lot of chocolate involved. Also, cheese, but more on that later. We’ll be talking party food for a while in these parts.

I ‘advertised’ a party with ‘snacks’, and as a direct result of my inability to choose between all the things I wanted to make, we ended up with plenty of food, and good thing because most of it was put to good use. Cheryl and Luke were lucky enough to get to help out with some of the snack-making since they came in Thursday night, but they didn’t seem to mind being put to work. Me? I love having people to cook with, and as a result there was more time to chill, which was also nice. (as a side note, Luke also let me play with his ‘prime lens‘, which I promptly put on my wishlist.)

Of course, we’re talking about someone who gets a kick outta baking bread and cookies all day, and someone who didn’t seem to mind having to prep and cook all week so that all 12 items were ready well in advance of party time. To me, all of that makes perfect sense, and I didn’t regret an ounce of it (well, maybe I regretted making macarons for the first time on Saturday afternoon, but again, more on that later).

I realized early in the week that the snacks were cheese-heavy and chocolate-heavy. Is that a problem? No. I pushed through, and only adjusted a wee bit to add (rather than change because again, I’m silly like that) a non-chocolate cookie and a non-cheese savory snack. But people liked the chocolate – especially the puppy chow.

What’s not to like, right? In contrast to what you might think, puppy chow isn’t dog food, but if dog food tasted this good I’d seriously have to consider a new diet. Puppy chow is a dish that combines all of my favorite things: crunchy cereal, peanut butter, chocolate, and sugar. Also, butter.

This is a dessert I can totally get behind, 24/7. It’s easy, it’s quick, and it’s a crowd pleaser for sure. It’s also adjustable, with no extra effort, to varied diets – gluten-free, dairy-free, even vegan.

I should also add that if you do make it, hide it. It’s only slightly addictive, but when you’re making things in advance that bowl, no matter how well covered it is, seems to get opened on multiple occasions.

Puppy Chow
adapted from Fast & Fabulous Party Foods & Appetizers; serves a party

time commitment: less than 10 minutes

i’ve seen this recipe in quite a few places, and i remember first trying it when my mother in law made it. i don’t have her recipe, but i’m guessing it’s pretty similar to this one, which i found in a book my mom got me for christmas. thanks, mom!

printable version

1 stick vegan butter
1 c chunky peanut butter
1 12-oz bag vegan chocolate chips
1 box corn Chex
3 c powdered sugar

in a microwave-safe bowl (or in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly), combine butter, peanut butter, and chocolate and warm in 30 second intervals until melted, smooth, and runny.

dump 1/2 of Chex into a large bowl and cover with half of melted goodness. add the rest of the Chex and cover with remaining melted goodness. combine gently and mix together. dump contents into a double-bagged paper bag, toss in powdered sugar, and shake vigorously (which is why you need the bag doubled…) until sugar coats all of Chex. enjoy!

3 thoughts on “Crowd Pleaser

  1. So sorry we missed the party – it was on the schedule, then totally slipped our minds after a long day…though it’s probably good for my waistline that I missed the puppy chow. I cannot be left unsupervised with a bowl of that in the room. I’ve spent many a holiday in Michigan groaning in sugar coma due to my sister-in-law’s puppy chow. Good stuff, and SO hard to resist!

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