Update: See comments section for the "Official" Monkey Munch Recipe.
I DVR several shows because I am not disciplined enough to catch shows when they originally air, and now I do not like to watch live TV because you cannot skip past the commercials. Well, I do make an exception for the shows Lost and Boston Legal. I will watch those at their proper time with commercials because I love them so much. Anyhoo, one of the shows I DVR is the chaotic, conflict/resolution show, Jon and Kate plus 8. Do you watch this? I’m not really sure why I like to watch people’s daily lives. I think it stems from wondering if I’m normal. Maybe? Well, of course I’m not. I have a website that is a shrine to sugar. That is definitely not normal.
On the show they rarely talk about anything sweet because they fill the hour with discussions about Organic Food. Last night I was going through my DVR’d shows and overheard something called “Monkey Munch”. I first heard the words “1 cup” which got my attention. As the show went on I realized that Monkey Munch was really just Puppy Chow. I looked for a recipe called Monkey Munch but could not quickly find anything. Apparently, other people out there watch the show and wanted to know more about this Monkey Munch because several bulletin boards where full of questions.
I settled on the recipe below and simply divided it in half because we did not need 2 gallons of the additive treat in our house over the holiday weekend. The taste is yummy. The sweet and salty flavors are encased in a powder sugary envelope. This is an easy one for kids to help prepare and they will love the name if you can settle on one.
Monkey Munch or Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies
(12 oz.) box Chex or Crispix
1 (12 oz.) semi-sweet morsels
1 c. peanut butter
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 stick (8 tbsp.) butter
1 lb. powdered sugar
Put cereal in a large bowl and put 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 over the cereal while stirring. 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.