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Game Day Chex Football Munch

Do you ever get in the mood to experiment for something different? I do all the time. I will eat something I like but I will then think, Hmmm, I wonder how this would taste if it was chocolate, or vanilla, or strawberry.

Do you then find that what you had your heart set on can’t be done because you are out of everything you need and it is snowing so you don’t want to go to the store? Well that is what happened here. I had decided Chex Muddy Buddies would be a good experiment since they are very popular in my house.

I was originally going to make a Valentine’s mixture that we could snack on while cuddling on the couch. But, I didn’t have any white chocolate to melt. Then, I thought a Nutella version would be yummy…….but someone finished off the Nutella. Well, my plans were fading fast when I spotted some butterscotch chips in the pantry. Hmmmm, I wonder how they would work?

Game Day Chex Football Munch

I snatched up that bag of chips faster than you can imagine since I was getting hungrier by the minute. Butterscotch may not have been my first choice or even my second but I wasn’t going to let that get in the way of a good snack craving.

First, how will butterscotch go with the original recipe? Well, I didn’t want the peanut butter in this recipe as it would clash with the butterscotch so I went without it. Since this would reduce the amount of melted matter, I also didn’t use as much cereal as I usually do so I would get good coverage. There is nothing worse than making something chocolate (or butterscotch, in this case) covered and not having enough to fully cover everything!

I also wasn’t sure I wanted just plain powdered sugar as the coating or something more. I ended up trying two different ways and each turned out well. After I coated the cereal, I divided it between two plastic zip bags. One had 1 cup of just powdered sugar. It gave the cereal a sweet coating and the butterscotch flavor was subtle and good. The second bag had 1 cup of powdered sugar + 2 Tablespoons of dry instant butterscotch pudding mix mixed in. It gave the snack mix a pretty golden butterscotch color and the taste was more intense but still not overpowering. In a taste test, both my husband and son said they were equally good.

I ended up mixing them both together in the same container, though. But it wasn’t enough for some reason.

That is when I got the idea for a game day treat. I knew the Super Bowl was just around the corner and a sweet crunchy snack would be a hit.

But, it definitely needed more work so I went back to the drawing board. I got out chocolate chips and made another batch. They are closer to the original recipe but, again, no peanut butter. I wanted a more chocolate taste. I also added a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder to the powdered sugar to make the mix darker brown like a football.

That was the trick. I now had three different colors that reminded me of football. All I had to do was add a cup or two of roasted almonds (they are shaped like tiny footballs, after all) and I had a great game day treat!

Of course, since we totally devoured this batch, I will have to make more for the real game day!!!

Game Day Chex Snack Mix

Butterscotch:

1 12-oz package of butterscotch chips

4 Tablespoons coconut oil

1 teaspoons vanilla

6-7 cups Chex cereal, corn or rice or a combo of both

1 1/2 to 2 cups powdered sugar

3 Tablespoons dry instant butterscotch pudding mix

Measure and pour the rice cereal in a large bowl. Set aside. In a large plastic zip closure bag, measure the powdered sugar and pudding mix. Set aside

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chips and coconut oil at 30 second intervals until chips are melted and mixture is pourable. Pour over cereal and gently stir and fold until all the cereal is completely covered. Immediately spoon cereal mixture into plastic bag with the sugar. Seal well (believe me, you want to make sure this is completely sealed!) Then shake the bag gently but thoroughly until all the cereal is coated.

Pour cereal mixture onto two sheet pans and allow to harden and cool, usually about 30 minutes.

 

Chocolate Crunch: 

1 12-oz package chocolate chips

4 Tablespoons coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

6-7 cups Chex cereal, corn or rice or a combo of both

1 1/2 to 2 cups powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons cocoa powder

Measure and pour the rice cereal in a large bowl. Set aside. In a large plastic zip closure bag, measure the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Set aside

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chips and coconut oil at 30 second intervals until chips are melted and mixture is pourable. Pour over cereal and gently stir and fold until all the cereal is completely covered. Immediately spoon cereal mixture into plastic bag with the sugar. Seal well (believe me, you want to make sure this is completely sealed!) Then shake the bag gently but thoroughly until all the cereal is coated.

Pour cereal mixture onto two sheet pans and allow to harden and cool, usually about 30 minutes.

Mix the butterscotch with the chocolate crunch, add a couple of cups of roasted almonds and you have a batch of Game Day Chex Football Munch!

Keep in airtight container or bag up to a week. Although, I have never had to keep this stuff a week as it is usually gone in just a couple of days!

Tips: Be sure to have all your ingredients measured and ready to go. Once the cereal is coated, you want to work quickly to get the best coating.

If your plastic bag isn’t big enough, you can divide your powdered sugar and then split the cereal between the two. This will ensure even coating.

I hope you enjoy this easy and delightful snack!

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