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!
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.
- 8 cups apple & cinnamon Chex cereal
- 16 oz vanilla coating/almond bark
- 2 teaspoons apple pie spice mix (see below)
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
- A pinch of ground ginger
- Pour cereal into a large bowl.
- Using a double boiler, melt the vanilla coating/almond bark.
- Pour the melted vanilla coating onto the cereal, stir. Add in the apple pie spice mixture, stir until thoroughly combined.
- Add the powdered sugar into the cereal mixture, about 1 cup at a time, until the cereal is evenly coated with powdered sugar.
- Spread onto waxed baking sheets for coating to set. Store in airtight container for 1 week.
- Makes about 8 cups.
- 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.
- Spice mixture recipe adapted from My Baking Addiction.
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!
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.
Recipe adapted from A Pumpkin & A Princess
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