Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Thin Mint Puppy Chow - And the mystery of Real Chocolate

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Thin Mint Puppy Chow
by ShugarySweets
So, there is not much healty, or natural about this recipe. But I have always had a weak spot for Puppy Chow and I love chocolate mint. This just happened to be a perfect combination, in my humble opinion. And since it was my 25th birthday when I made it [nearly two months ago now], I decided to go ahead and splurge.
Ghirardelli large chips, Andes Mint Pieces
But the recipe called for chocolate flavored Candiquik as the 'chocolate' base. Which, in case you don't know, is NOT chocolate. [shock]
It's just, like, sugar, wax, butter, and 'natural and artificial flavors'. This is not chocolate.
Instead, I used Ghirardelli baking chocolate [or any kind of chocolate chips; just check the ingredients, cause the "Chocolate flavored morsels" are not usually chocolate either, you have to be discerning these days to know if your really getting chocolate or some ones cheap idea of chocolate.

The recipe also called for Green's & Black's 3.5 oz chocolate mint bar. I couldn't find that, but found a bag of Andes Mint Pieces [in a bag like the chocolate chips, in the same isle, too]. Since it's a total of 19.5 oz of meltyness in the original recipe I put in about 15-18 oz of Chocolate and about 3-5 oz of Andes Mint Pieces.
ShugarySweets suggests melting in a microwave, but since I don't have one, I put it on the stove top, on low heat, melting slowly, and stirring constantly.
All Melty! [and smelling AMAZING!]
Pour over a box of Rice Chex Cereal [about 10 cups]

Just look at all that amazingly real chocolate!

Add 2 cups of powdered sugar...

Toss together, set on a couple sheets of foil/wax paper let set a few and enjoy!

I couldn't find the green M'n'M's that ShugarySweets used, but I got those York Peppermint Pieces and added to the mix. They are minty, and pretty blue and white.
Thin Mint Puppy Chow - SN Variation
16 oz Real Chocolate [chips/bakers/etc. Just not 'chocolate flavored' whathaveyou]
4 oz Andes Mint Pieces
10 cups Rice Chex cereal
2 cups pwd. sugar
Optional; m'n'm's, york peppermint pieces
Just melt the chocolates together, pour over the cereal, toss in the pwd sugar, spread out and let set 10-20min on wax paper or foil. Add candy. Enjoy!
Have a blessed day!

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