Thursday, December 20, 2007
Picture heavy, Possum Chow tutorial
So, here it is - Possum Chow (aka, Puppy Chow).
The quantities and instructions that follow are enough to make one bacth. Now...I have tried doubling the recipe, but it never comes out quite as well. I'll explain my theory on this in the tutorial.
You will need:
9 cups of rice or corn Chex cereal
1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup of smooth peanut butter
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1/4 cup butter
2-3 cups powdered sugar
This is a really great recipe to do with children, so...here's my advice.
Put the cereal and chocolate chips in big bowls (so little ones can scoop easier) and use stick butter that they can cut with a dull knife. The peanut butter is kind of tough to get out of a jar and into a measuring cup, so I give them a large spoon.
On the lowest flame, on your stove, or in a microwave, in a sauce pan, melt the butter (but make sure not to let it sizzle - it'll make the chocolate bitter). To the butter add your chocolate chips and stir until they've melted down into the butter. Then, add your peanut butter and stir until smooth (still on the lowest heat). I can't stress enough how important it is to NOT walk away during this step. If you burn the chocolate, it will taste bitter. After you've got a nice gloss with your mixture, add two teaspoons of vanilla. Stir in. Your chocolate should now look like this...
Here's my theory on bigger batches: when you have more butter and chocolate in the pan, it tends to be harder to stir and gets bitter (because it's in the pan longer).
While you're doing this, have someone else prepare (or prepare, yourself, ahead of time) a large mixing bowl with 9 cups of cereal. As you can see, this is Grace's favorite job.
Carefully remove your chocolate from the stove and drizzle over your cereal.
It should look like this.
Gently fold the chocolate into your cereal.
Double line a new, large plastic bag. To the bag, add your powdered sugar and sprinkles.
Then, add the chocolate coated cereal to the bag. Twist the top of the bag shut and tumble the cereal until it's well coated with the powdered sugar. Warning: let the sugar settle before you open the bag for a peek or you'll get a face full of sugar.
Place on a paper lined cookie sheet to cool.
Attempt to keep everyone from eating it while it cools.
We did three trays tonight and it only took about forty-five minutes total (incl. clean-up). One of our batches looks dark because we did one with a bit less powdered sugar (hazard of letting the five year old measure). :) It'll still taste yummy.
Posted by Atheist in a mini van. at 9:20 PM