Saturday, September 28, 2013

Vanilla Chex

General Mills recently sent me some samples of Vanilla Chex to try out... and if you know me, you know I'm not one to say no to a giveaway.  When I received the two boxes of Vanilla Chex I decided to make one of the included recipes for a party I was going to that weekend.  I'm very glad I did that, as the Vanilla Chex muddy buddies were an enormous hit!

Before I get to the recipe, did you know that Chex offers tons of gluten free options?  There are now gluten free Rice Chex, Vanilla Chex, Chocolate Chex, Cinnamon Chex, Corn Chex, Apple Cinnamon Chex and Honey Nut Chex.  Pretty great, right?  I haven't had the opportunity to try the Apple Cinnamon flavor out yet, but I can confidently say that the other flavors are delightful.  I'm not generally a huge cereal person but when I do pick some up I'll include a box of Corn Chex in my selection.

Anyway, I used the recipe General Mills provided me to make some muddy buddies for the party.
Here's the recipe:
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Chex® Vanilla Muddy Buddies® 

Prep Time: 15 Minutes 
Start to Finish: 15 Minutes 

9 cups Vanilla Chex® cereal 
1 cup white chocolate chips 
1/4 cup butter or margarine 
1 teaspoon pure vanilla 
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 

1. Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside. 
2. In 1-quart microwaveable bowl, microwave chips and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir and microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth.  Stir in vanilla.  Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.  Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.
3. Add powdered sugar; seal bag.  Shake until well-coated.  Spread on waxed paper to cool.  Store in airtight container in refrigerator. 

18 servings  
1/2 cup: Calories 150 (Calories from Fat 70); Total Fat 7g (Saturated Fat 4.5g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 5mg; Sodium 170mg; Potassium 0mg; Total Carbohydrate 18g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 1g 
% Daily Value: Vitamin A 8%; Vitamin C 4%; Calcium 6%; Iron 35% 
Exchanges: 1/2 Starch, 1/2 Other Carbohydrate, 1 1/2 Fat 

Carbohydrate Choices:
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They are super easy to make and were a HUGE hit - I can't tell you the number of people who asked me for the recipe!  Chex also provide me with the below photo and I wish I had been thoughtful enough to prepare them like they are in the below photo.  Instead I just threw the muddy buddies in a big bowl and let people take as many as they want.  Oh well - there is always next time (and there will definitely be a next time!)

Fortunately I had enough left over to treat myself to a bowl of Vanilla Chex after and was so happy I had enough - I love this cereal!  The flavor is great and has a scant 8 grams of sugar - relatively low when you consider that flavored greek yogurt can back up to 24 grams of sugar in one serving!

Do you love it or do you love it?
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Vanilla Chex
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