Christmas is only a few days away! If you’re like most people, you’ve got about a half dozen parties to go to, and you’re expected to bring dish to each one. It can be a lot of work! I just hope that in all the craziness of shopping, decorating, partying, gifting, and more, that we never forget that God became a human. Jesus gave us his heavenly throne room for a filthy stable, his limitless power for a vulnerable infant’s body. It’s the greatest miracle in the history of the world. And He did it all for us….a bunch of people who largely ignore Him altogether. Whoa. Take some time during the busy holiday season to remember that…and be in awe.
Anyways, on to recipes and such…I have made puppy chow once before (it was a Reese’s version), and it was AWESOME! I loved how crunchy and sweet it was. I just couldn’t stop eating it! So I thought I’d give this red velvet version a try. I gotta say…the IDEA of this recipe is great, but it didn’t turn out very well for me. It was just like eating powdery cereal.
Here are the things that made it not so great, so you can learn from my mistakes and improve on it! First, make sure you get the rice chex mix (not the corn or the wheat). The rice kind is much lighter and crunchier. Second, I followed the recipe to the letter and did not have enough chocolate to cover all the cereal! So I’d recommend even doubling the amount of chocolate, cream cheese, and milk. The lack of chocolate is what made mine so powdery and it didn’t get that delicious sweet coating. Also, the cake mix powder won’t turn red (which is what makes it festive looking) unless there is moisture, so the cream cheese and milk are essential for that. I’m posting the original recipe with the original amounts below.
I hope you can take these tips and have some awesome Christmas puppy chow! I know it could be great if I had known then what I know now!
Holiday Red Velvet Puppy Chow
Source: Your Cup of Cake
5 C. Rice Chex cereal
1 C. white chocolate melts or chips
2 oz cream cheese, room temp
1 1/2 Tbsp. milk
1 C. Red Velvet Cake mix
1/2 C. powdered sugar
Holiday colored M&M’s or other candies
*Note: I didn’t have enough chocolate coating to cover the cereal, so I would recommend doubling the chocolate, cream cheese, and milk
Measure out Rice Chex cereal and place into a large bowl.
Place cake mix and powdered sugar into a large plastic bag or tupperware with a lid.
Melt chocolate in the microwave. Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between.
Stir cream cheese and milk into the chocolate (the chocolate will get thicker, but it’s okay).
Pour chocolate over Rice Chex cereal and stir until coated.
Dump cereal into the bag or tupperware with powdered sugar and cake mix. Shake, shake, shake until coated.
Dump onto a cookie sheet and let cool.
Mix with colorful candies and serve!
NOTE: Because of the cream cheese, keep in the fridge if you won’t be eating them that day.