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Poppy Chow

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Poppy Chow. Guest post by Maria Lichty of Two Peas and Their Pod, recipe submitted by TK member ZoeDawn of Whole Eats and Whole Treats.

 
One of my favorite snacks as a child was puppy chow. Not the dog food, but the cereal snack that is covered in chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar. (My brother did dare me to taste real dog food once. I don’t recommend it, bleh!) Whenever it was my turn to choose a snack for movie night or for a slumber party, I always asked for puppy chow. I love chocolate and peanut butter together. I also had fun making a mess with the powdered sugar. I usually ended up with a stomach ache after eating too much but just I couldn’t stop myself, it is so good!

When I saw ZoeDawn’s recipe for Poppy Chow on Tasty Kitchen, I immediately bookmarked it. (ZoeDawn blogs at Whole Eats & Whole Treats. What a beautiful blog!)

The recipe calls for popcorn instead of the traditional cereal, hence the name Poppy Chow. Genius idea! I had to give it a try.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Poppy Chow. Guest post by Maria Lichty of Two Peas and Their Pod, recipe submitted by TK member ZoeDawn of Whole Eats and Whole Treats.

Here is what you will need to make Poppy Chow: popcorn, peanut butter, chocolate chips, butter, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar.

For a complete list of ingredients, measurements, and instructions, please view the recipe link at the end of this post.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Poppy Chow. Guest post by Maria Lichty of Two Peas and Their Pod, recipe submitted by TK member ZoeDawn of Whole Eats and Whole Treats.

Place chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a microwave safe bowl.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Poppy Chow. Guest post by Maria Lichty of Two Peas and Their Pod, recipe submitted by TK member ZoeDawn of Whole Eats and Whole Treats.

Put the bowl in the microwave for one minute. Stir and heat for another 30 seconds, or until ingredients are melted. You can also use a double broiler-but I was feeling lazy.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Poppy Chow. Guest post by Maria Lichty of Two Peas and Their Pod, recipe submitted by TK member ZoeDawn of Whole Eats and Whole Treats.

Add the vanilla extract to the mixture.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Poppy Chow. Guest post by Maria Lichty of Two Peas and Their Pod, recipe submitted by TK member ZoeDawn of Whole Eats and Whole Treats.

Pour popped popcorn into a large bowl. Make sure there are no unpopped kernels in the bowl. Pour the chocolate peanut butter mixture over the popcorn.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Poppy Chow. Guest post by Maria Lichty of Two Peas and Their Pod, recipe submitted by TK member ZoeDawn of Whole Eats and Whole Treats.

Stir popcorn until the kernels are evenly coated.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Poppy Chow. Guest post by Maria Lichty of Two Peas and Their Pod, recipe submitted by TK member ZoeDawn of Whole Eats and Whole Treats.

Add the powdered sugar.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Poppy Chow. Guest post by Maria Lichty of Two Peas and Their Pod, recipe submitted by TK member ZoeDawn of Whole Eats and Whole Treats.

Gently stir until all of the pieces are well coated.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Poppy Chow. Guest post by Maria Lichty of Two Peas and Their Pod, recipe submitted by TK member ZoeDawn of Whole Eats and Whole Treats.

Spread popcorn onto a large baking sheet and let the chocolate set.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Poppy Chow. Guest post by Maria Lichty of Two Peas and Their Pod, recipe submitted by TK member ZoeDawn of Whole Eats and Whole Treats.

 
Eat and enjoy!

If there are any leftovers, store in an air-tight container. I didn’t have any left over; I still haven’t learned to back away. This Poppy Chow is addicting! First, you get an explosion of chocolate, then a kick of peanut butter, and last comes the sugary sweet ending. This popcorn melts in your mouth. It is easy and fun to make; kids and adults will love it.

Poppy Chow is a great treat to make for the holidays. Enjoy it while you watch holiday movies, serve it at your holiday parties, or wrap it up in cute little bags to give away to your friends and family.

Thanks ZoeDawn for bringing me back to my childhood with this recipe. I will be making Poppy Chow from now on. Poppy Chow sounds so much better than Puppy Chow, don’t you think?

 
 

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Poppy Chow

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No, that’s not a typo in the title…this is puppy chow made with popcorn! My husband recently had a craving for puppy chow but I never keep Chex on hand so he suggested using popcorn. It is a delicious, healthy alternative!

Ingredients

  • 9 cups Air-Popped Popcorn
  • 1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • ½ cups Natural Peanut Butter
  • ¼ cups Butter (1/2 Stick)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1-½ cup Powdered Sugar

Preparation Instructions

In microwave or double boiler, melt chocolate, peanut butter, and butter until melted. Stir in vanilla. Place the popped popcorn* in a large bowl and pour the chocolate mixture over all. Stir until evenly coated. Add the powdered sugar and stir until each piece is covered. Spread out on cookie sheets to set the chocolate. Try not to eat the whole batch immediately. If you have any leftover, store in an airtight container.

*Be sure to first remove any unpopped kernels from the popcorn! We don’t want any broken teeth!

 
 
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Maria and her husband Josh (who she affectionately refers to as her “dough boy”) blog at Two Peas and Their Pod. They’ve been featured on Saveur, Eatocracy, Gourmet Live, Glamour, and the Los Angeles Times, to name just a few. We’re so glad to have them here!

 

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Barbara Wade on 1.12.2011

Jessica add some carmel for your daughter instead of peanut butter.

Wendy on 1.7.2011

Jessica – I’ve made the Puppy Chow for my son’s class with Sun Butter instead of peanut butter. It’s made with sunflower seeds, not tree nuts. It was found in the past in health food sections of the store, but I’ve noticed it’s made its way next to the peanut butter in the main aisles.

Jenny K on 12.9.2010

I make this all the time (with Rice Chex) for my kids – we call it “Snow Buddies” – I make it every time it snows! It has become a tradition with the kids. However, I tweaked the recipe by adding an extra tablespoon of butter…this makes the chocolate/pb mixture a little thinner and MUCH easier to spread evenly over the dry ingredient. So, instead of using 4 Tbsp butter, I use 5 Tbsp. butter. I dont use the vanilla either, and I only use 8 cups of cereal.

GKJ on 12.8.2010

Think I could use soynut butter instead? I am allergic to peanuts, and sensitive to other nuts, but soynut butter is king in our house!

Leslie B @ One Day Before Yesterday on 12.8.2010

mmmmmm this sounds so good! I am hosting a cocktail party saturday, you’d better believe this will be there!