101 Days of Christmas: Candy Cane Muddy Buddies

Candy Cane Muddy Buddies {101 Days of Christmas at lifeyourway.net}

This treat combines two of my very favorites — classic Muddy Buddies (often called Puppy Chow) and the very best holiday flavor combination: peppermint and chocolate — in a delicious treat that’s perfect for your next holiday get-together, packing in treat bags as gifts or just snacking on at home!

And the best part? It is so easy to make!

Ingredients:

  • 9 cups Chex
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup crushed peppermint candy canes or candies

Directions:

Measure cereal into a large bowl.

In a smaller microwave-safe bowl — or in a small saucepan on the stove — melt chocolate chips and shortening. In the microwave, start with 1 minute, stir and then repeat for an additional 30 seconds.

Add peppermint extract and stir well. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.

Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag and add powdered sugar, shaking until well coated. Add crushed candy canes and gently mix.

Spread on waxed paper to cool, sprinkling with additional powdered sugar if needed, and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Stir gently before serving because the candy cane pieces will settle to the bottom.

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Mandi Ehman is the blogger behind Life Your Way. She and her husband have four beautiful girls plus one baby boy, and together they live, work and homeschool on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia. Mandi loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.