Make Muddy Buddies Your Holiday Snacking “Go To” @OriginalChexMix, @Chex_Mix, #snacks

It is almost a rite of passage, to make Chex mix for your party or at-home munching.  Almost everyone has tasted it at a party, or has made a batch with mom or grandma.  But now General Mills Chex Mix’s “masters” have  come up with some interesting variations that you don’t have to make, or mix.  I first discovered it at “Snack Attack,” a really great showcase of well…snack foods!

One called Muddy Buddies, is a peanut butter and chocolate covered Chex that not only tastes like sweet peanut butter and cocoa, but has 50% less fat than regular potato chips. It is a sweet dessert type delight but at 4.5g of fat per 28g serving (about1/3 cup), vs. 10g per 28g serving of chips, you can indulge with just 130 calories and only 9g of sugar.

The Advice Sisters always test what we write about up-close-and-personal. So for Chex Mix, I offered a full full sized (10.5 oz. 10 serving package) of Muddy Buddies to my guests during a lunch with some friends and their children.  To my extreme amusement, one guest who is the pastry chef at a super-luxurious resort, kept dipping her own hands into the bowl, competing with the kids for a handful.  At the end of 40 minutes, not a crumb was left!

There is some sodium, but at 50 g  it is a lot less than a standard chip, and there are no trans fats.  This Muddy Buddy does contain peanuts , milk, soy and some varieties may have wheat. The only issue I have with Muddy Buddies is that they are addictive.  Put a bowl out and your guests will gobble them up.  Serve it as a snack for your next girls night in, or movie night, and everyone will think you are the best host, without ever having to lift a spoon or stir a bowl!

Bags of Muddy Buddies are great to keep in the house for last minute guests.  And, they’re great for travel. Each 4.5-ounce bag has a suggested retail price of $2.19.  Get Chex Mixes at your favorite retail outlet or mass market retailer or visit: www.generalmillscstore.com

The original Chex Mix Muddy Buddies recipe is the second-most downloaded recipe on ChexMix.com, behind the original Chex Mix recipe, according to the company. Here is how to make Chex Muddy Buddies yourself (thanks to Betty Crocker):

 

Muddy Buddies made by hand!

Muddy Buddies:

9     cups Corn Chex®, Rice Chex®, Wheat Chex® or Chocolate Chex® cereal (or combination)

1     cup semisweet chocolate chips  *You can substitute peanut butter chips instead of the chocolate chips.

1/2   cup peanut butter

1/4   cup butter or margarine

1     teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

STEP !:  Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.

STEP 2:  In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 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. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.

STEP 3: Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

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