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Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow

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!

Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow - 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! 

Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow - 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!

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! 

Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow - 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!

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! 

Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow - 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!

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? 

Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow - 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!

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Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow
A seriously addictive snack of malt wheat seriously, chocolate orange, christmas spices and icing sugar!
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Ingredients
  1. 500g malted wheat cereal (such as Shreddies or Chex Wheats)
  2. 1 1/2 Chocolate oranges (approx 280g)
  3. 180g icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
  4. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  5. 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate, I do mine in the microwave in 30 seconds blasts, stirring in between.
  2. Measure the cereal into a large bowl and add the melted chocolate, stir to coat cereal
  3. 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
  4. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and spread the puppy chow out on it do set.
Notes
  1. Store in an airtight container for maximum freshness
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Chocolate Peppermint Puppy Chow

Whether you call it Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies, this Chocolate Peppermint Puppy Chow is the perfect Christmas snack! Full of festive flavours and totally addictive!

Chocolate Peppermint Puppy Chow - Whether you call it Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies, this Chocolate Peppermint Puppy Chow is the perfect Christmas snack! Full of festive flavours and totally addictive!

 

It’s day three of my Countdown ’til Christmas – I’m posting a festive recipe every day up until, and including, Christmas Eve. Yesterday I posted this Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake, is it weird to have 2 peppermint recipes in a row? Maybe, but it’s such a festive flavour you can’t really have too much of it this time of year can you? So I bring you Peppermint Puppy Chow!

Chocolate Peppermint Puppy Chow - Whether you call it Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies, this Chocolate Peppermint Puppy Chow is the perfect Christmas snack! Full of festive flavours and totally addictive!

Up until I made my own I’d never had Puppy Chow, aka Muddy Buddies, before. It’s definitely an American thing, or at least not a UK thing. But man, us Brits have really been missing out. I don’t know what makes this stuff so addictive, but it’s so hard to stop eating this stuff! In the US it’s generally made using Chex Mix, I used Shreddies. Usually, puppy chow is made with chocolate and peanut butter but I wanted to be festive so peppermint it was! I also made another festive version which I’ll post soon! I’ve yet to try the traditional chocolate and peanut butter, but I’m definitely going to try it soon!

Chocolate Peppermint Puppy Chow - Whether you call it Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies, this Chocolate Peppermint Puppy Chow is the perfect Christmas snack! Full of festive flavours and totally addictive!

Christmas is so nearly upon us guys, 8 days to go! I’m pretty much done with my shopping, I’m mostly just waiting for things to arrive because I’m lazy and do all my Christmas shopping online! Are you guys already done with yours? If you celebrate Christmas in your house that is of course! How about Hanukkah? Anybody doing anything nice for Hanukkah? Whatever you’re celebrating this year, or if you’re not celebrating anything, I hope you have a wonderful season! This puppy chow will be great to have out to snack on throughout the day, while you wrap presents or even when you have guests round – kids especially will love it! 

Chocolate Peppermint Puppy Chow - Whether you call it Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies, this Chocolate Peppermint Puppy Chow is the perfect Christmas snack! Full of festive flavours and totally addictive!

And the best part, of course, is how is easy it is to make. You can have this ready to go in 30 minutes, and the majority of that time is just waiting for the chocolate to set up – then it’s puppy chow city! It’s called puppy chow because apparently looks like a brand of dog food in the US, but please don’t feed this to your dogs – I’m sure you already know not to give dogs chocolate, but just in case!

Chocolate Peppermint Puppy Chow - Whether you call it Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies, this Chocolate Peppermint Puppy Chow is the perfect Christmas snack! Full of festive flavours and totally addictive!

 

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Peppermint Puppy Chow
Cereal with chocolate and peppermint makes for the most festive and addictive holiday snack!
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Ingredients
  1. 500g Malted Wheat Cereal (such as Shreddies, Chex Wheats etc)
  2. 175g dark chocolate
  3. 75g white chocolate
  4. 1/4 - 1 tsp peppermint extract
  5. 180g Icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
  6. 5 candy canes, crushed (optional)
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolates separately using your preferred method, I like to do it in the microwave in 30 second blasts, stirring in between.
  2. Add the peppermint extract to the melted dark chocolate, start with 1/4 tsp and test, add more as needed. A little peppermint goes a long way so it's always best to start off with a little and gradually add more until you get the desired taste. I used 1/2 tsp + a few drops total, you may use more or less.
  3. Measure out the cereal into a large bowl. Pour on the melted dark chocolate with peppermint and stir to cover the cereal as best you can. Pour on the white chocolate and stir to cover
  4. Transfer the mixture to a large container with a lid and add the icing sugar. Secure the lid and shake the container well to coat the mix in sugar.
  5. Stir in the crushed candy canes if using.
  6. Spread out on a lined cookie sheet to leave to cool and set.
Notes
  1. Store in a lidded container
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