If you’re like me, the second you see Easter candy hit the shelves, your mind goes to one thing and one thing only. Forget the jelly beans and chocolate bunnies, and get me straight to the gold. The gold in this case being the little sinful chocolate bites we like to call Cadbury Mini Eggs. It’s hard to say when my love for these morsels began, but needless to say, I was hooked from the start. As I was making a quick “just need milk” grocery run the other day, I came across the shelves of these purple packaged devils. And I obviously
resisted threw them into the basket and carried on through the aisles. But I made myself a deal and decided that I had to find something to put with them. Otherwise, there was no doubt that I would be munching on them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the next 3 weeks. And so, the quest to figure out what I would do with them began…
I thought & thought about what I would make. I wanted something simple, yet delicious that I could package into treat bags for a friend’s birthday the next day. My first thought was the traditional ol’ puppy chow, but if I was going to make it, I wanted to experiment with it. And that’s when the idea came to me. Since Cadbury eggs are covered in a sweet candy shell, why not use white chocolate instead of the usual milk chocolate in the puppy chow? And then add in crushed Cadbury mini eggs? It would be the perfect combination.
I wasn’t sure about it at first. I had never altered the traditional puppy chow recipe, and I wasn’t sure how the white chocolate would taste. Was it going to be too bland without the milk chocolate mixed in? That was my initial concern.
But as I was mixing up the peanut butter & white chocolate mixture, a quick swipe of the spoon erased all my doubts. I mean, what the heck was I thinking anyways? Of course anytime chocolate & peanut butter are mixed together, it’s going to taste pretty darn delicious. And that it did. It was like a white chocolate Reeses peanut butter cup, only in liquid form. If that’s not enough to get me hooked, I don’t know what else would.
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any more dangerous, it does. Real dangerous. After mixing up the puppy chow, it was time to add in the Cadbury eggs. Prior to starting, I had placed the eggs in a plastic bag & started pounding them with a rolling pin to break them up. Not like I was opposed to throwing them in whole, but if they were crushed, it would make for more CPB (chocolate per bite). And of course, I was all for that, so the crushing continued. It was almost like I was giving them a good beating for all the hours of the gym they were about to bring upon me. If they were going to give me a fight, I was going to throw it right back at them. Needless to say, they didn’t survive.
So into the bowl they went. After a quick shake, they were good to go. Now, the only problem was that I had a huge bowl of puppy chow in my presence, and one more day until it was going to be given away. Luckily, I resisted spoon feeding myself with it, and it made it to the next day. Minus a handful…or two.
|White Chocolate Puppy Chow with Cadbury Eggs||
- 8 cups rice or corn Chex cereal.
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ¼ cup butter (feel free to substitute with margarine)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 (10 ounce) bag of milk chocolate Cadbury Mini Eggs
- In a glass microwavable bowl, combine the white chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Stir to combine, and melt on high in the microwave for one minute. After one minute, stir the mixture, and microwave for 30 more seconds (or until mixture is smooth). Take out of the microwave and stir in the vanilla. Place the Chex mix in a large heat resistant bowl & pour the hot mixture over top. Stir until evenly coated. Once covered, pour the mix into a 2-gallon resealable plastic bag or a large brown paper sack. Add the powdered sugar & shake until coated. Meanwhile, place the Cadbury Mini Eggs into a 1-gallon resealable bag. Crush with heavy object (rolling pin), until broken. Do not crush to crumbs. Mix the small chunks of Cadbury eggs into the puppy chow mixture.
- Store in airtight container or resealable bag in the refrigerator.
I’d like to believe this combo was a win-win for everyone. I got to get rid of those temptation eggs, and the recipients got to feast of this big bowl of goodness. All I know is that it’s a good thing these things only hit the shelves once a year…because things could turn ugly real fast. It’s really just a love/hate type of relationship. (Way more love that hate, of course.)
Anyone else share this dangerous Cadbury Mini Egg addiction?