When I was growing up my grandma and I spent a lot of time in her kitchen. She always let us make (and eat) gobs of cookie dough when we would come to visit, which was often because she only lived a few blocks away. We made gnocchi, and pasta, cookies, and any number of other treats. My grandma was a teacher for most of her life, in the same elementary school I went to. But, as soon as I hit kindergarten she retired. This meant when we were sick, we often went to grandma’s house. She was the hands-on grandma. She taught us how to crochet, and sew, how to cook, and do all kinds of other little domestic things. We would walk to the grocery store from her house, go to the park, and in the summer go to the lake cottage for the day. I never thought much about this until I was much older – probably because it felt so normal. Of all the memories I have, there is one very vivid memory of making puppy chow with grandma that sticks out.
If you’re not familiar with puppy chow, it’s Chex cereal, coated in melted chocolate and peanut butter, and then tossed in powdered sugar. Certainly not diet food but amazingly delicious. Grandma had a “special” way of making sure the cereal was coated. We would mix the cereal with chocolate and peanut butter in a gigantic plastic bowl, and then pour powdered sugar into a paper bag. The coated cereal would be dropped in the bag. We would fold it over several times and shake it until we thought everything was coated. When the bag was opened a puff of powdered sugar always greeted us. I still argue that puppy chow tastes best when tossed in a paper bag. I couldn’t help but remember cooking with my grandma when I made these. I’m getting a little melancholy as our departure date for Morocco looms closer. I’m cherishing these small memories more. I know that I’ll always have them, but somehow I feel that they will be further away from me. I know I can pull them back by making foods that remind me of special times, or just sitting and thinking but there’s still a piece of me that knows this experience will be a new chapter in our lives, and that this older chapter will be closing.
This month will be last month participating in The Leftovers Club. Each month food bloggers are paired up and send our “leftovers” to our partner. My partner this month was Jennifer of Licious. I sent her these and in return she sent me some treats too. You can see what everyone has made by visiting the links below.
If you want to make your own puppy chow rice krispies here’s how.
- 6 cups rice krispie cereal
- 3 cups marshmallows
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup chocolate
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- powdered sugar
- Prepare rice krispie treats by melting butter in a large pan and add the marshmallows. Stir continuously until the marshmallows have melted.
- Stir in the rice krispie cereal.
- Allow to cool just slightly so that you can touch mixture.
- Instead of spreading out the rice krispies in a pan, take a palmful and roll it into a ball.
- Continue to roll balls until all of the cereal has been used up.
- Melt chocolate and peanut butter in a bowl.
- Add powdered sugar to a plate or bowl.
- Dip or drizzle rice krispie balls into the chocolate mixture and coat with powdered sugar.
- Continue until all of the balls have been dipped and "sugared".
- Eat - I promise you can't stop at just one!