This Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow is full of Christmas flavours and chocolatey goodness. It’s the perfect addictive snack to serve throughout the festive season!
It’s now only four days until Christmas, I’m starting to feel very festive! If you’re not, this recipe could definitely get you there! It’s day 7 of my Countdown ’til Christmas recipes, Day 1 was Spiced Caramel, Day 2 was a Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake, Day 3 was Peppermint Puppy Chow, Day 4 was Mince Pies, Day 5 was Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake and Day 6 was Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies. Today I bring you Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow (aka Muddy Buddies), now the Peppermint Puppy Chow I posted on Day 3 was seriously festive and yummy but this one is even better!
Chocolate Orange is one of my favourite, if not my ultimate favourite, flavour combinations. I can seriously eat an entire Terry’s Chocolate Orange in one sitting without even realising, it’s just too yummy! I knew I had to incorporate it into a festive bake, a puppy chow turned out to be a really good choice (even though it’s not actually baked). Then I just had to add some Christmas spices because they just lend themselves so well to the already festive flavours. This was a real winner and I think I’ll probably end up making it all year round!
If you’ve not had it before, Puppy Chow is a seriously moreish snack made up of malt wheat cereal, chocolate and icing sugar- usually it’s chocolate with peanut butter but this is a great festive version! It’s probably obvious by now, but to be on the safe side – do not feed this to your dogs, despite the name it’s not suitable for dogs, in fact chocolate is toxic to dogs and depending on their size can make them very sick or even be fatal for them!
Now we’re in the final countdown to Christmas, how are you guys fairing in preparation? I’m sure some of you will put us all to shame and be completely organised and ready to go, but I’m also sure there’s many of us who are still rushing around trying to get things done! I’m actually pretty prepared for once – I’m waiting on a couple gifts to arrive in the mail and I need to go buy some Brandy for the mince pies but otherwise I’m pretty close to being ready to go! I’m really looking forward to Christmas as usual, I’m working on the day but it’s only for a couple hours in the morning so not too bad – and I have the whole day off the day after. What do you guys have planned for the day? If you’re not celebrating Christmas do you do anything special or do just enjoy a nice day off?
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- 500g malted wheat cereal (such as Shreddies or Chex Wheats)
- 1 1/2 Chocolate oranges (approx 280g)
- 180g icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- Melt the chocolate, I do mine in the microwave in 30 seconds blasts, stirring in between.
- Measure the cereal into a large bowl and add the melted chocolate, stir to coat cereal
- Pour coated cereal into a large container with a lid, add the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Secure the lid and shake to cover the cereal in sugar
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper and spread the puppy chow out on it do set.
- Store in an airtight container for maximum freshness