Who’s ready for the 4th of July? I have been having fun looking at all these creative ideas that everyone is coming up with with the red, white and blue patriotic theme! Unfortunately in Minnesota fireworks are highly regulated and we are only allowed the sad little baby ones like sparklers. Luckily we live less than an hour from the South Dakota state border and are able to go get the fun expensive ones, shhhhh.
This year unfortunately we didn’t get the chance to go buy any this year. Boo! And we don’t have any plans. Double boo. So I think I’m just going to load up on a whole bunch of appetizers, sit out on the deck and enjoy the nice weather we are supposed to have. Honestly sometimes it’s nice not having plans for a change. Seems like someone does something for every holiday and we always have to run here or there. I like staying put once in a while.
Since everyone else had something up their sleeve in the spirit of the season I figured I would follow suit and thought what better way than to do an addicting finger food! Puppy chow is an awesome past time treat. Grew up on this stuff. And yes I have always called it puppy chow despite its other well-known name of Muddy Buddies. Now my husband swears that my blue is actually green but I beg to differ. Kind of like that viral picture of the dress that was either gold and white or blue and black. Did you guys get into that? Yeah we disagreed on the color of that as well. Ugh, men and their color blindness. Well if you see green just know its supposed to be blue! Don’t judge me lol.
9 cups chex cereal
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 stick butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2-3 cups powdered sugar
Red and blue food coloring
In 3 1 gallon zip lock baggies separate your powdered sugar evenly among each. Place several drops of blue and red food coloring in 2 baggies leaving the 3rd one plain. Shake and massage bags vigorously to distribute the dye amongst the sugar. The dye likes to stick to the sides of the bag, when this happens just rub sides together until it comes off and massage into the powdered sugar until it begins to distribute.
Meanwhile, place your chex cereal in large bowl. In sauce pan melt together your chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter. Once melted stir in vanilla. Pour over chex and stir until everything is coated. Separate evenly among the 3 bags and shake to coat. Add additional powdered sugar if you’d like a thicker coating. Let sit to cool then dump in serving bow and enjoy!