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Lemon Blueberry Muddy Buddies

Surprise your family with these Lemon Blueberry Muddy Buddies… a tart new spin on the classic!

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I was provided the ingredients to make this by Chex Cereal,
however all the opinions are my own. 

My kids love the classic peanut butter and chocolate Muddy Buddies.  They practically beg me to make a batch at least once a month.  You really can’t go wrong with the classic.

When Chex Cereal emailed and asked if they could send me a surprise  box of goodies, of course I said yes!  In the box was a super cute picnic basked fill with all the ingredients to make Lemon Blueberry Muddy Buddies!

At first, my oldest was reluctant to try the new flavor.  She acted like it was a sin to eat any flavor other than the original Muddy Buddies.

After her first bite though… she proclaimed that she loved the lemon blueberry better than the original!

Now that’s a great endorsement!

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What I love about these Lemon Blueberry Muddy Buddies is that you can really taste the lemon shine through!  The fresh juice and zest of the lemon are tart and the powdered sugar is sweet.

Add the crunch and blueberry flavor of the Chex and you’ve got a perfectly delicious treat! So yum and an instant family favorite!

This recipe is just as easy to make as the traditional.  The addition of the lemon takes no extra time at all and the entire recipe can be prepped in just two bowls!

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Dump the cereal into one large bowl then heat the butter, vanilla chips, lemon zest & juice together until melted.  Pour the melted mixture over the cereal, cover with powdered sugar and you’re done!  Easy peasy!

I served these Lemon Blueberry Muddies to my kids topped with fresh blueberries.  The pop of the berry in your mouth gives an extra sweetness that’s to die for!

Make sure to check out my other Chex mix and Muddy Buddies recipes!

Photography by Frenchly Photography

Lemon Blueberry Muddy Buddies

Lemon Blueberry Muddy Buddies

Yield: 24 servings
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box Chex blueberry cereal
  • 1 1/4 cups white vanilla baking chips (white chocolate chips work alternatively)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of one lemon
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 small microwave safe bowl
  • 1 2-quart resealable food-storage plastic bag
  • parchment paper covered large baking sheet

Instructions

  1. Put the Chex blueberry cereal into the large bowl.
  2. Mix together the butter, vanilla chips, lemon zest and lemon juice together in the microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 90 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds until the completely melted and smooth.
  3. Pour over the cereal in the large bowl and fold together until all the cereal is covered.
  4. Put half the powdered sugar into the plastic bag. Fill the bag with the cereal mixture then add the remaining sugar. Seal the bag closed.
  5. Shake the bag, turning it in all directions, until the cereal is completely covered.
  6. Pour the Muddy Buddies onto the baking sheet with parchment and spread out to cool.
  7. Cool completely before storing in an air tight container.

 

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Marshmallow Muddy Buddies

Some people call it Puppy Chow and other’s call them Muddy Buddies.  No matter the name, these Marshmallow Muddy Buddies are overflowing with sweet marshmallow flavor, chocolate and of course peanut butter!

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These super fun, colorful Marshmallow Muddy Buddies are my take on the classic cereal treat.  Most people know of this treat as Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies… but it doesn’t matter what you call it, it’s delicious!  Crispy cereal covered in melted peanut butter and chocolate covered in powdered sugar… you just can’t go wrong with that combo!

I begin with the base of Chex cereal but instead of using the traditional rice or corn Chex, I kick it up a notch by using a mix of Vanilla and Chocolate Chex.  Yum!

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The traditional peanut butter is substituted with Mrs. Miller’s Peanut Butter Marshmallow Spread.  I had never even heard of this before 3 months ago when I went to visit my in-laws in Pennsylvania.  My mother-in-law said she buys a jar of this heavenly spread every few months and enjoys a spoon full with crackers, veggies or just by itself!  It’s her guilty pleasure!

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When I saw the jar in her kitchen, all I could think about was all of the things I could make with it.  Cupcakes, frosting, and these Marshmallow Muddy Buddies were my first ideas!

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Any candy could be added to this snack, it doesn’t have to be Crispy M&M’s.  However, I really liked the smaller size of these chocolates and I love adding a pop of color to a fairly boring looking snack.

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My favorite part of these Marshmallow Muddy Buddies… the giant clusters of cereal covered in chocolate and powdered sugar.  If you’ve had this snack before you know what I’m referring to!  Ohhhh yeah… so much chocolate and it’s so good!

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What’s your favorite way to make Muddy Buddies?


Marshmallow Muddy Buddies

Marshmallow Muddy Buddies

Yield: 12 cups

Ingredients

  • 5 cups Chocolate Chex cereal
  • 5 cups Vanilla Chex cereal
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup Mrs. Millers Peanut Butter Marshmallow Spread
  • 1/4 cup cream peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 9.9oz bag Crispy M&Ms
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 large ziploc gallon size bags

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the vanilla & chocolate chex and set aside.
  2. In a medium sauce pan over low heat, combine and melt together the chocolate, peanut butters, butter and vanilla extract until smooth.
  3. Pour the mixture evenly over the cereal. Using a rubber spatula to cover the cereal completely with the chocolate mix.
  4. Add 3/4 cup of powdered sugar along with half of the cereal mix into each bag. Seal the bags closed then shake, shake, shake, shake! Shake those badboys until the cereal is completely covered in powdered sugar.
  5. Line a large baking sheet with wax paper and spread the cereal evenly across the sheet. Allow to cool for 1 hour until the chocolate is set.
  6. Pour the cereal back into the large bowl. Add the marshmallows and M&M's and mix gently to incorporate.
  7. Store in an air tight container.
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Lucky Charms Cupcakes

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Celebrate this lucky holiday with these festive, fun Lucky Charms Cupcakes!

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A few years back I made green velvet cupcakes topped with Bailey’s Irish cream frosting for St. Patrick’s Day.  It was way back in 2009, the super early days of blogging.The cupcakes turned out really amazing, but my blogging skills lacked just a little bit.  So, if you’re interested in a little giggle… go check out that post!

These cupcakes, however are a LOT better and this post will be more up to my current day standards of blogging.  Pretty pictures.  Nicely written recipe.  Ya know, the works!

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So to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, I wanted to use that famous lucky cereal with those marshmallows.  You know, Lucky Charms! But, I didn’t want my cupcakes to be like every other Lucky Charms Cupcakes I’d seen on Pinterest.  So, I took what I liked from a few different recipes and combined them to make these!

The bulk of the recipe comes from The Novice Chef.  I really love how she made cereal milk by letting the cereal just hang out in the milk.  You know, like what’s left in the bowl after you eat all the marshmallows and throw out the cereal bits from your Lucky Charms?  That deliciously sweet cereal milk is what’s is used in this recipe for the moisture.  Genius if you ask me.

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I was actually out of vanilla extract, but I did have maple extract.  I thought it worked perfectly because the maple added a more breakfasty flavor to the entire cupcake.  Perfect combination with the Lucky Charms.

After baking, I did notice that the cupcakes that had less cereal in them puffed up really high.  Some even had a massively big dome on them.  So, if you want a bigger dome, put LESS cereal in your batter.  And to be honest, if I make these again, they will probably only get about a cup of cereal, at the most.

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I’m serving these cupcakes up to the kids at my daughter’s middle school today… a lucky treat for them!

Happy Baking!

Lucky Charms Cupcakes

Lucky Charms Cupcakes

Yield: 2 dozen cupcakes
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 53 minutes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cups Lucky Charms cereal, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 1 cup vegetable oil

Frosting

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pans with liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup Lucky Charms cereal and the milk. Allow to soak for 20-30 minutes. Strain out the cereal & discard. Measure out 1 cup of the milk and discard the rest.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the sugar, oil and maple extract and whisk until completely incorporated.
  5. Add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the cereal milk. Begin and end with the flour. Mix until the flour is about 90% mixed into the batter.
  6. Gently fold 1 1/2 cups Lucky Charms cereal into the batter so that it is evenly distributed.
  7. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Allow to cool in pans for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Frosting

  1. In a double-boiler over medium high heat, combine the egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar with a whisk.
  2. Constantly whisk the mixture until the sugar has dissolved and the egg whites have become foamy.
  3. Pour the egg mixture into the bowl of your stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, whisk the eggs on high until stiff peaks form.
  4. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  5. Using a star tip, pipe frosting onto cupcakes
  6. Garnish with Lucky Charms Cereal.

Notes

Recipe originally from The Novice Chef

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