Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Puppy Chow

Halloween Puppy Chow

          Raise your virtual hand if you ever ate Puppy Chow as a kid! If you didn't and you've never heard of Puppy Chow, let me reassure you that I have not started blogging about dogs LOL! Puppy Chow is a delicious snack that always conjures up memories of elementary school Halloween, Christmas and Valentines Day parties when at least one of my classmates would bring Puppy Chow for snack. I grew up in a 'Cupcake household" so my mom and dad always baked the most delicious cupcakes for us to bring to school for these class parties. However, there is just something about crispy rice cereal, sweet chocolate and powdered sugar that satisfies my sweet tooth every single time I enjoy it :-)

          This past weekend a couple of my friends and I took a trip to a Pumpkin Patch and decorated pumpkins while my friend Juanita, blogger behind The bRUNcher Blog, and I cooked up some Halloween/Autumn Recipes. 


Below is a look at our adventure along with the recipe for my Halloween Puppy Chow!!!!








Picking out the perfect little pumpkin :-)


Thanks to my friend Latasha for hosting our cooking party at her gorgeous home!! She went above and beyond by laying out a great spread of food to compliment our recipes along with providing these cute masks we decorated for our trip to the pumpkin patch!


The Real Working Women of Nashville.......TV show coming soon to BRAVO! LOL!






Yummy Halloween Punch!







Operation "Make Puppy Chow" begins.........


I start with basic Rice Square cereal such as Chex Cereal


Measuring out my brownie mix


A Sampling of all my ingredients


Measuring out the Chocolate chip pieces


After I've mixed everything together (See below for the Ingredient list and instructions), I added the Candy Corns followed by the Reese's Pieces for accent......


Recipe

Yield: 8 Cups
Total Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients:
8 Cups Rice Cereal Squares (Chex Cereal)
1.5 Cups Chocolate Chip melts
3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
3/4 Cup brownie Mix
2.5 Cup Reese's Pieces
2.5 Cup Candy Corn
2 - 1 Gallon size plastic bags

Instructions:
■ Place Chex Cereal in a large mixing bowl.
■ Pour brownie mix into 1 large gallon bag. Pour Powdered sugar into the other 1 Gallon Bag.
■ Pour Chocolate Chips into a saucepan or pot over medium heat and begin to stir in slowly until all chocolate is completely melted.
■ Pour melted chocolate over Chex mix and stir until all Chex mix is coated with chocolate.
■ Pour 1/2 of the Chocolate Coated Chex into the bag containing the brownie mix and the other 1/2 into the bad containing the Powdered sugar. Seal each bag and shake until the mix is covered with the respective coating.
■ Empty the mixes onto a cooking sheet to cool for approximately 15-20 minutes then place in a bowl, adding Candy Corns and Reese's Pieces throughout for garnish/accent


 And here is the finished product - Halloween Puppy Chow!






 The colors are just gorgeous and SCREAM Halloween!


Arranging the candy corns on my Puppy Chow while Nita, The bRUNcher is making her Pumpkin Soup in the background

 I'm very picky about my presentation LOL!


 All smiles because I got it the way I want it :-) :-)


While Juanita and I were cooking, the rest of the ladies were carving these fun Pumpkins! 



Juanita actually made the Pumpkin Soup and seeds from these very Pumpkins! Look at those gorgeous fall colors!


 Nita preparing the fresh pumpkin seeds for roasting.....





Nita, The bRUNcher, with her completed dish



Presenting our Autumn-Inspired Recipes :-)


I decided to paint my Pumpkin instead of carving it :-) Shout out to my Mississippi State University Bulldogs...Go DAWGS!!!!


And yes, our host for the evening, LaTasha, is an Alabama "Roll Tide" Alumni LOL!



Do you have memories of eating Puppy Chow or visiting Pumpkin patches as a kid? If so, leave a comment....I'd love to hear about it!

--Dr. April

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