Thursday, January 8, 2009
Puppy Chow for Dad: A Chocolatey, Crunchy Gluten-Free Gift
My cute youngest daughter Amy was excited to make her Dad a homemade Christmas present (the best kind!) of Puppy Chow, a snack she had sampled at a friend's house. She made out a grocery list and nagged me to go grocery shopping with her (!?!) last month. We purchased the necessary ingredients and then she hid them under her bed until we had a safe, secret cooking time.
This recipe is extremely easy, made even more so with the use of our microwave oven, so it only took about 20 minutes from start to finish. It certainly takes longer to eat it up! Dan was very happy with his present and I am happy to report that there is none left.
1 (12.8 oz.) box Rice Chex (the only Chex cereal that is gluten-free)
2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 (12 oz.) pkg chocolate chips
1 cup confectioner's sugar
Melt chocolate chips in microwave, taking care that they don't burn. Microwaves vary widely in their heating strength and amperage, so try melting them 1 minute at a time.
Empty Rice Chex into big bowl or pot. Stir melted chocolate chips into the cereal to coat it.
Melt peanut butter in microwave, again watching closely to ensure that it doesn't burn. (burnt peanut butter smells unappetizingly like feet). Mix into Chex. Cool 10 minutes.
Mix in confectioner's sugar and toss Puppy Chow to make sure it is evenly coated.
Fills 2 (1 quart) tins.