Trick or Treat Puppy Chow

One of the joys of Tate having a human brother is that we now have a new excitement for celebrating the holidays. Even though Tate’s brother Myles is just over a year old, we have gone off the deep end with the celebrations for Halloween. This Trick or Treat Puppy Chow is the perfect, whimsical Halloween snack for both kids and parents alike. It’s also a great way to use up any extra candy after Halloween is over. We have toned down the sugar in a traditional puppy chow recipe to compensate for all the added candy. It’s a quick, easy recipe to add to your Halloween festivities over the next few days, and a guaranteed crowd pleaser regardless of the average age of your guests.

Trick or Treat Puppy Chow

  • Servings: 10+ cups
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Our favorite way to use up that extra Halloween candy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 9-11 cups Chex cereal (one full box)
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 cups Halloween candy of your choice

Directions

  1. Heat the butter, peanut butter, and white chocolate chips in a pot over low heat. Stir constantly to keep any from sticking to the bottom of the pan. When the chocolate chips are fully melted, add the vanilla and salt, and stir to combine. Remove from heat immediately.
  2. Pour the Chex cereal into a large bowl, and drizzle the peanut butter/chocolate mixture over the top. Use a spatula to gently fold together so that all of the cereal is coated. Be careful not to stir too hard and break the cereal in the process!
  3. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, tossing to evenly combine and coat. This can be done effectively in the bag that the cereal came in or any other large ziplock. Use enough powdered sugar so that the peanut butter liquid is coated over and the pieces are not sticky to the touch. Toss with the Halloween candy and serve.


Heath Bar Brownies

Everyone needs a good brownie recipe to have in their back pocket, and this is the one we have in ours. These brownies are fudgy, chocolatey, and contain that little bit of surprise when you bite into a piece of caramel Heath Bar. We love this recipe because it comes together really quickly- even with a quick trip to the grocery store for Heath Bars, we still have these on the table in less than an hour. We have shown them photographed in bite sized pieces because #portioncontrol, but we are known to scoop them hot out of the pan and top them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate sweet treat.

Heath Bar Brownies

  • Servings: 16 brownies
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A classic brownie recipe with a little something extra thanks to decadent chunks of Heath Bar.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2.25 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs coffee or 1 tsp coffee extract
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 12 oz Heath Bars, roughly chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 x 11 inch baking dish with parchment paper; spray the parchment with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Heat a medium sauce pot over medium heat. Add the butter and melt until it fully coats the bottom of the pan. Add the chocolate and melt completely. Remove from the heat immediately after the chocolate has melted.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the sugar, eggs, vanilla, and coffee together. When the chocolate mixture has cooled a bit, add that into the mix as well, whisking as you go to evenly distribute any remaining heat so as not to scramble the eggs.
  4. Use a mesh strainer to sift the salt, baking powder, and flour into the chocolate mix. Use a rubber spatula to fold the mixture together, being careful not to over-mix. Add the Heath Bars to the brownie batter and gently fold them in.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. It will be quite thick, so use a spatula to make sure the batter is in an even layer and touches all sides of the pan.
  6. Bake the brownies for 20 minutes, or until the brownies begin to pull away from the sides. Remove the brownies from the oven and cool before slicing. If you are a rabid animal like we are, carefully eat them hot out of the pan with a spoon.