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I’ve been a little obsessed with puppy chow lately. I just made these, and I already have about a dozen different other variety of flavor combinations I want to make already!

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Brian really isn’t a big fan of puppy chow, so every time I make these, my friends and coworkers are in luck – as much as I’d love to eat 8 cups worth of Chex cereal covered in sugary goodness, I find myself packing them into little snack bags to bring to work and school to share (sharing is caring, right?). My friends really aren’t as lucky when I make cookies or cupcakes, as those tend to slowly mysteriously disappear when I’m out of the house [ahem] :)

Although I’m not ready to let summer go and am in some sort of a denial state of mind that autumn is upon us, I can’t help but be excited about the different fall recipes I have planned for the next few months – apple pie spice puppy chow sounded like the perfect way to welcome the arrival of fall.

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apple pie spice puppy chow
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Ingredients
  1. 8 cups apple & cinnamon Chex cereal
  2. 16 oz vanilla coating/almond bark
  3. 2 teaspoons apple pie spice mix (see below)
  4. 2 cups powdered sugar
For the apple pie spice mix
  1. 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  2. 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  4. 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  5. A pinch of ground ginger
Instructions
  1. Pour cereal into a large bowl.
  2. Using a double boiler, melt the vanilla coating/almond bark.
  3. Pour the melted vanilla coating onto the cereal, stir. Add in the apple pie spice mixture, stir until thoroughly combined.
  4. Add the powdered sugar into the cereal mixture, about 1 cup at a time, until the cereal is evenly coated with powdered sugar.
  5. Spread onto waxed baking sheets for coating to set. Store in airtight container for 1 week.
  6. Makes about 8 cups.
Notes
  1. Measurements for the ingredients for the apple pie spice does not have to be exact. Amount can be varied if you prefer a little bit more (or less) of one particular spice.
  2. Spice mixture recipe adapted from My Baking Addiction.
Adapted from A Pumpkin & A Princess
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As if the apple pie spice mixture wasn’t delicious enough, the apple and cinnamon Chex cereal really kicks the flavor up a notch. If regular Chex cereal is all you have on hand, I’m sure it’ll taste just fine, too. Like I mentioned in the recipe card, the measurements of the spice mixture doesn’t have to be exact – everything can be made “according to taste” when it comes to these babies! I personally love cinnamon and nutmeg, so I added a bit more in mine. I wasn’t sure quite sure about the ginger flavor, so a dash of ground ginger was all I put in it. So feel free to play around with the spices – this is one of those recipes that doesn’t require exact measurements!

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I brought a few little baggies of these to school to share, and they sure got rave reviews from everyone! I think the smell of apple pie brings back warm happy memories for everyone – family gatherings, warm cozy blankets, falling leaves…

I would be one happy camper only if there could be two seasons in a year: summer and fall.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from A Pumpkin & A Princess

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