When I found this recipe last year, Family Christmas had already come and gone. Don’t get me wrong, the Hot Cocoa Ornaments were amazing and everyone loved them. But since two of Bryan’s siblings live 5 hours away, I really wanted to prepare a little snack for them for the ride home.
But that’s okay, because I didn’t know about the gift wrapped pringles can until this year.
Before I made these, Mumika told me something that boiled my blood for two days straight. I couldn’t focus on Christmas Eve and Christmas Dinner, I was so pissed. I mean, who does that and I had showed her what I was making. But when the time came, it was no where to be found.
As it turned out, my mother in law was making a different chex mix for the kids to munch on. A more savory version and forgot to put it out. When she said she had added Worcestershire sauce to hers, I automatically knew which version she was making. Mumika must have misunderstood her or something.
By the time I had made these little mx of awesomeness, I didn’t care that much. Why? Because they came out awesome.
Originally I was going to make two completely different batches and mix them together before putting them in the canisters. But then I realized, that was too much of a hassle and ended up making something completely different.
I made peanut butter and nutella muddy buddies. It was pure and utter genius.
Reindeer Chow(Peanut Butter and Nutella Muddy Buddies)
10 cups chex mix (corn or rice or a combo)
10 ounces of dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup Nutella
1/2 cup peanut butter
5 tablespoons butter
12 ounces green and red M&Ms
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
Melt the peanut butter, nutella, and butter in a microwave safe dish.
Microwave in 15 second intervals until butter is melted. Stir each time
Add the chocolate and continue 15 second intervals of microwaving until all is melted into the mix.
Continue stirring at each interval.
Add the vanilla and stir together.
In a large bowl add the cereal and pour chocolate peanut butter nutella mixture over it.
Mix with a spoon.
In a large paper bag, place the powdered sugar.
Pour the chex mixture into the paper bag.
Close the bag and shake it until the powdered sugar has coated the chex mix evenly.
Add the M&Ms and shake it..
Makes 20 servings. Or Four Canisters. Per serving/canister.
OMG, it tastes amazing. It’s really interesting because when you take your first bite, you taste the nutella and as you keep chewing the peanut butter comes out.
Also I reduced pretty much everything – the powdered sugar, the chex, the chocolate.
By keeping the peanut butter, you get some protein in there.
One of my sister in laws called it crack. Which it is. She would give one of her sons a few pieces as she ate the chex mix. When he popped the first square she gave him, his head moved back in pure euphoria and he said “mmmmm” and demanded more.
Adults and children alike will love this. Both kid and mom tested and approved.
My mother in law later told me everyone loved the gift, which made me happy. Bryan and I don’t have a lot of money to spend on our seven nephews, so I figured food would be the best bet. Just watching that one nephew’s reaction made me feel like I did enough even though he got a BB gun, toys, candy, books, and a skateboard from the rest of the family.
But then again, you’re talking to a girl that went all EEEE! when Mumika gave her a huge box of walker shortbread for Christmas one year.
It really is the little things.