No, I haven’t totally lost my mind and am not suggesting you pull out the boxes of Cheerios and cartons of Silk at your next party. 😉 Instead, I am urging you to make some seriously addictive candy for your next hosting. Or better yet…for your family for a simple dessert. Everybody at my house expects this around Christmas, New Year’s, and at the Super Bowl “party” (which actually consists of just the family, so I’m not sure you can call that a party – lol.)
I have given up making a single batch. I might as well not bother, because everybody will be whimpering that it is all gone and they “hardly got any.” If you decide to make a double batch, you will need a very large mixing bowl ~ on the bottom mine claims it holds 8-qts. For those of you moderates, or for those who don’t have to share, you will only need half that size.
Party Cereal (aka Chocolate-Covered Cereal)
- 1 c. chocolate chips (about half a 12-oz bag…but a full cup really works the best)
- 1/4 c. natural smooth peanut butter (or other nut butter)
- 6 c. Barbara’s Bakery brand Shredded Spoonfuls cereal (you’ll need around 12 oz.)**
- 1 c. powdered sugar
Melt the chocolate chips in a 1-qt. bowl in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir and heat for 1 more minute. While it is melting, measure the cereal into a 4-5 qt. bowl. Stir the melted chocolate so that any tiny pieces left unmelted will join the club. Now mix in the peanut butter. Scrape the chocolate mixture onto the cereal. Using a very gentle folding motion, begin turning the cereal over and over, carefully scraping the spoon against the bowl and trying to avoid damaging the cereal pieces. (You will still get some crumbs in the bottom that will eventually succumb to somebody’s spoon, but I don’t think there will be any complaints.) Keep patiently stirring ~ and nudging any clumps apart ~ until the cereal is completely covered in chocolate and there are only the tiniest occasional bare spots seen. Pour the powdered sugar over the top of the cereal and begin the stirring process again. When all of the pieces are evenly colored and no bare chocolate spots remain, you are done.
Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator (or freezer if you wish).
** You can use other cereals, but they need to have crevices to hold onto the chocolate and they must be sturdy enough to withstand the stirring process. Nature’s Path makes a Heritage Bites cereal that looks like it might work. Wheat Chex might also work, but wouldn’t be as tasty.