Apr 262010

Don’t laugh…

Yes, I have watched a couple episodes of Jon & Kate plus Eight in my time. I must admit, I was fascinated by the show when I was pregnant. It seemed unreal….and by all accounts, it looks like it was, but let’s not go there.

In one episode she made the kids “Monkey Munch”. I’d never heard of the stuff. Is it just me or is this a common kiddie treat? That episode was ages ago but I’ll admit, I was intrigued. Fast forward to last week, I stumbled on the recipe (don’t you love the Internet) and decided to make it.

Last night, I tested it out on a couple of friends. Part of the attraction was using up the box of Rice Chex Cereal I had been trying to get rid of for a couple of months (the cereal box that never ends, you know the one).

It took maybe 10 minutes to make. Then I spread the coated cereal on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper and stuck it outside for 10 minutes to harden and Voila! The perfect dessert for my dinner party…too funny…

What did people think, you ask? They actually liked it. They actually liked the “chocolatey, peanut butter, powdered sugar, coated” mess….unbelievable. One man said he reminded him of a snack you’d put out in little bowls at Christmastime (Ryan, are you nuts? I know you’re reading this…lolol).

My take on this snack was a little different than the rest. I think I’d eat a Rice Krispie Square any day over this stuff. Let’s just say I’m not a huge fan. On the bright side, there’s more room on our cereal shelf now…YEAH!

p.s. For someone who wasn’t that enthused, I just ate half a bowl of the stuff…and hate myself. It’s addictive but that’s a sugar thing. Please keep this away from me…lolol

Results of Monkey Munch Poll:

Liked 75%
Neutral 25%

Monkey Munch Recipe

9 cups Chex cereal  or any variety or  Crispix (I used 1.5 cups of Cheerios as I ran out of Crispix)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup margarine or butter
1 tsp.  vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1.  Measure Chex and place in large bowl

2.  Place chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in a quart size microwavable bowl

3.  Stir the ingredients together

4.  Microwave the mixture uncovered for a minute on high.  Stir the mixture again and continue to zap in 15-30 second intervals until mixture is smooth

5.  Add the vanilla and stir

6.  Pour warm chocolate mixture over the cereal while stirring

7.  Put mixture  in a large  ziploc freezer bag

8.  Add powdered sugar, SEAL, and shake the bag until the powdered sugar is evenly distributed

9.  Spread coated cereal on waxed paper to cool and dry

10. Store refrigerated in airtight container

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