Friday, September 12, 2008

Crunching the Munch

Call it what you want..."Monkey Munch", "People Puppy Chow", or "Muddy Buddies" is just plain good. If this little treat has never crossed your lips, then you're in for a little bit of yum.
Benjamin and I had some time after his therapist, Miss Robin, left this afternoon to whip up a batch of our favorite snack. I had been searching for the Kate Gosslin version of this, and found it! Yeah! The recipe is basically the same no matter what you call it. When my mom made this when I was a kid, she was a die-hard Chex user. My sister-in-law, Lisa, always used Crispix. And when my college roomie, Lori would bring it back from Topeka, I am pretty sure she always used the Crispix version, too (is this right, L?) No matter which "crunch" you prefer, this is a great recipe to make with kids. Around here, we call it "Monkey Munch", and like my mother, I stick to Chex....the original.

Monkey Munch
courtesy of Jon & Kate (+8) Gosselin's web site:
9 cups Chex cereal (any variety)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Put Chex in a large bowl and set aside.
Place chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter into a quart-sized
microwavable bowl.
Stir the ingredients together.
Microwave the mixture uncovered for a minute on "high." Stir the mix again and continue to zap in thirty second intervals until it mixes smoothly.
Add the vanilla and stir.
Pour chocolate mixture over Chex and gently mix.
Put combination into a 2-gallon, Ziploc freezer bag.
Add powdered sugar, seal the bag and shake until distributed.
Spread Monkey Munch out on wax paper to cool and dry.
Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for storage.

His favorite part:

And, it is kid brother approved, too:


Wendy said...

Truly, that is the best stuff EVER. I could eat my weight in it. And being 7 months pg, that's a lot!

Amanda said...

Benjamin is so cute in that video! He's a good shaker!

Amy said...

I love that stuff too! Yummy!

Rachel said...

awesome!!!! i was actually asking people around my school the other day if they knew how to make "puppy chow" - yea!!!!! and i think i might adopt the name "monkey munch" it just sounds more appealing;)

Lori said...

Oh, how I wish I could make some! With Jackson's peanut allergy we do not get to indulge in some good ole "monkey munch," sad. I really don't remember what cereal we used back then. I guess that is what happens when you start having children.

Melissa said...

I am so hungry for "monkey much" although my fam always called it puppy chow. I wonder who came up with that name anyway???

Arly said...


I have found that almost any mention of food (especially gooey food) makes me insane. I cannot rest until I have it. I hope that feeling dies off after I give birth...

Becky said...

mmmmm...I ate my fair share at Life Groups the other was finger lickin' good!! My little monkey loved it too :)