I had a fantastic idea the other day while thinking about fun munchies. In the summer, funnel cake is the most amazing thing ever. In the winter, I’m a huge fan of puppy chow, also called monkey munch by some.
So, onto the fantastic idea, Fried Puppy Chow! Of course if you have two amazing things and you put them together you have one fantastic snack!
I call this recipe an experiment because I learned a few things in the process. I’ll explain what I did and then I will explain what I think will make it even better!
Chex Mix Ingredients
3 cups Chex
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/6 cup peanut butter (2 2/3 tbsp)
1/12 cup butter or margarine (1 1/3 tbsp)
1/3 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup powdered sugar
First, I mixed up a small batch of puppy chow. I combined the chocolate chips, peanut butter, butter, and vanilla in a microwave safe container and microwaved for about 45 seconds, mixing every 15 seconds. Then, I poured the mixture over the Chex as you normally would for puppy chow. My original idea was to add the chocolate to the Chex before frying and then add the powdered sugar after frying.
Then, I mixed up the batter ingredients in a separate bowl.
Frying Batter Ingredients
1 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk (I used soy milk)
2 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 quart oil, for frying
For frying, I heated the oil then did a test with the frying batter to check the temperature. Then, I took a spoonful of the Chex and dumped them into the batter. I made sure to get them fully coated with batter then took them out a couple at a time and dropped them into the oil. Once they were cooked, I took them out of the oil and set them on a paper towel to dry a bit. Lastly, I dusted them with powdered sugar.
The fried puppy chow turned out delicious but there wasn’t as much of the chocolate peanut butter flavor as I had hoped for. Here are a few suggestions to make this treat even better!
- Use chocolate Chex and fry before dipping in the peanut butter mixture. Once the chex have been fried, drizzle with the chocolate peanut butter mixture and powdered sugar
- Double the chocolate peanut butter mixture, fully coat the chex, then freeze for thirty minutes before frying.