by Sara Mead
You know you’re a Midwesterner when the thing you think when you hear “puppy chow” looks like the picture above, rather than this. Some may argue that this is a snack rather than a candy, but I say anything that’s composed primarily of peanut butter, chocolate chips, and powdered sugar, and that you don’t bake in an oven, has got to be candy–cereal be damned.
There are tons of recipes for this stuff out there on the internets, but they’re all pretty much the same: Melt 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup butter, and a 12 ounce bag of chocolate chips in the microwave or in a saucepan. Mix in a 12 ounce box of Crispix cereal. Pour coated cereal into a large paper bag containing 2 cups powdered sugar. Close bag well and shake to coat with powdered sugar. Spread out on wax paper or greased cookie sheet to cool and dry. Store in airtight container.
This is a great recipe to make with kids, who will enjoy both shaking the bag and eating the results. Some people make this with Chex cereal, but I prefer Crispix because the six-sided shape coats better than the squares in Chex.