Kick your cereal treats up a notch or three with these Loaded Pretzel Muddy Buddies!
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The truth about this recipe is that I made it because I needed a small amount of a few different cereals for a different recipe I was working on, and I had these boxes of cereal staring me in the face every time I looked into my pantry for a week or two.
Neither my husband nor myself tend to eat cereal for breakfast, so I knew I wanted to make something with the cereals I had lying around. And as a massive lover of chocolate and peanut butter, my mind naturally went there.
A few months back, a meat board company called Flavor On Board gifted me a meat board full of delicious treats. It came along with small jars of snacks and accompaniments to go with the meat. One of those jars was filled with a genius mashup: muddy buddies made from brownie filled pretzels! I loved the idea, and decided to use it (with permission) to take my cereal based muddy buddies to the next level. I also added some extra flavorings (lotus and marshmallow) to really make these muddy buddies memorable!
I know you’ll love this treat as much as I do, so happy cooking!
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FAQ About Loaded Pretzel Muddy Buddies
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What kind of cereal is best for this recipe?
You can use just Chex, as used in traditional muddy buddies, but I like to do a mixture of different cereals to get a variety of tastes and textures. In this mix, I used a combination of the following cereals:
Chex (both peanut butter flavored and corn Chex)
Any cereals you like will work, but keep in mind that using very sweet cereals may cause the final product to be too sweet.
Can I make these loaded pretzel muddy buddies ahead of time?
Absolutely. These muddy buddies can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container for about a week. You can also prepared this more than a week ahead of time and freeze it. Personally, I love to eat this straight from the freezer!
What is the best way to package this for shalach manos?
These loaded pretzel muddy buddies need to be in an airtight container to stay fresh, so keep that in mind for packaging. Some ideas to try: a small mason jar, a self sealing cellophane bag or a small lucite box.
Can I make this recipe without peanut butter?
You can use double lotus in this recipe instead of using peanut butter, but note that peanut butter is significantly less sweet than lotus spread, so using extra lotus spread will mean extra sweetness. If you’re okay with extra sweetness, you can try it, but you might want to add a big pinch of salt to the mix to balance it all out.
Can I make this recipe with regular pretzels instead of brownie filled pretzels or peanut butter filled pretzels?
You can use regular, unfilled pretzels in this recipe, but those filled pretzels are the surprise in this recipe that really takes it up a level or two, so I sure hope you try it using them! Lieber’s makes both brownie filled pretzels (with some peanut butter flavor) and peanut butter filled pretzels, and they’re both parve!
Can I make this recipe without the lotus spread?
If you don’t have lotus spread, you can double the peanut butter instead.
Should I use creamy lotus spread or crunchy lotus spread?
Creamy lotus spread is definitely the best to use here, as you want a nice creamy texture for the chocolate mixture. If you don’t have it, crunchy will work in its place, but it will alter the texture somewhat.
Can I use regular chocolate instead of 60 or 72% chocolate?
I use the darker, higher cocoa content chocolate because there’s a lot of sweetness going on in this recipe, and the higher cocoa content chocolate is less sweet, which helps balance out the dessert better. If you don’t mind a very sweet treat, you can try regular, lower cocoa content chocolate instead.
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- 10-12 cups cereal of your choice, or a mix of cereals
- 18 oz brownie filled or peanut butter filled pretzels (I used Lieber's)
- 1 bag chocolate chips (regular, about 45% cocoa content)
- 1 bag high cocoa content (60% or 72%) chocolate chips (I used Lieber's)
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup creamy lotus spread
- 1/2 cup marshmallow fluff
- 3 cups powdered sugar
Combine cereal and pretzels in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
Heat a medium pot over medium-low heat. Add both kinds of chocolate chips, peanut butter, lotus spread and marshmallow fluff.
Cook, stirring often, until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is creamy and combined.
Add chocolate mixture to cereal and mix well until everything is fully coated.
Add powdered sugar and toss until sugar coats all the pieces.
Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
Plan ahead: This dish can be prepared ahead and frozen. See FAQ for more details.
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