Holy moly, friends, this stuff is totally addicting and oh, so yummy! I've made traditional Peanut Butter and Chocolate Puppy Chow for years. And, I made (and admittedly devoured) Cake Batter Puppy Chow for the holidays last year. But, this version just screams Christmas to me! I am a peppermint junkie, so this is right up my alley.
I use melted white chocolate chips that I flavor with peppermint oil for this recipe, but I am wondering about simply using the Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips that I've seen recently in stores for my next batch. Alternately, if you're not a fan of white chocolate (or, you're an even bigger fan of regular chocolate), these would be great with milk or semi-sweet chocolate flavored with peppermint oil. The mix just wouldn't be totally white, however, and would more-resemble traditional puppy chow in appearance.
This would be so fun to package up for coworkers, neighbors or teachers. But, I'm not quite sure that your batch will last long enough to give away! I know mine sure didn't!
5 cups Chex cereal
10 ounces white chocolate chips
A few drops of peppermint oil (to suit your taste)
2 - 3 candy canes, crushed
1 cup confectioner's sugar
Any holiday-colored sprinkles, decorating sugars or nonpareils, if desired
Melt the white chocolate chips in a large bowl in the microwave in thirty-second intervals. Stir and repeat until fully melted and smooth.
Add in a few drops of peppermint oil. Stir, taste and add more oil if you'd like a stronger peppermint taste.
Pour in the cereal and stir to fully coat. Add the confectioner's sugar, crushed candy canes and any sprinkles you'd like to use into a large zip top bag. Add in the cereal, close bag and shake well to coat.
Store in an airtight container.