Do teenagers still write notes, or exchange notes during school? Or has texting and social media totally replaced that? This has nothing to do with the recipe, but I was on my way home from the grocery store over the weekend when a John Cougar Mellencamp song came on the radio. His music (among countless others) always reminds me of high school, and suddenly I found myself down a rabbit hole thinking about high school… and I thought about passing notes. Sometimes my girlfriends and I sneakily passed them during class, but more often than not, one of us would write something, then pass it off between periods… during the next class I would respond, then pass it back, etc. And being 14 and getting a handwritten note from a guy? The absolute ultimate, am I right?
I still have shoeboxes of notes at my mom’s house that my girlfriends and I shared over the years. Texting and Facebook messaging and Tweeting is all easy and convenient and right in the moment, but you can’t package all those back-and-forth exchanges up in a shoe box and read them 15 years later. I might need to teach my future children the fine art of writing notes when the time comes.
Enough about my high school note-writing days… let’s talk about this outrageous recipe!
If you have teenagers, or kids of any age, I think they’d go bananas for this recipe (whether they write notes or not). I think you’ll like it, too :) I actually went into my pantry last week with the intention of making a knock-off of some Girl Scout cookies, and came out with all of the ingredients to make Muddy Buddies, plus some marshmallows. When I made my first batch of Muddy Buddies last fall, I polished off the entire thing myself in an embarrassingly short amount of time. I love Rice Krispie treats, and had made a s’mores version with Golden Grahams before, so I decided that a Muddy Buddy version with Rice Chex should be equally fabulous.
Fabulous, it was! These bars taste like ooey, gooey, marshmallow-y Muddy Buddy snacks. Chocolate, peanut butter, Rice Chex, marshmallows, and even a dusting of powdered sugar on top for good measure.
Whip up a batch of these and share them with your kid, and tell them about the good ol’ days when no one had cell phones and we had to handwrite notes to each other to communicate during the day. Bonding time!
Combine the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until completely melted and smooth.
Reduce the heat to low and add the marshmallows. Continue stirring until the marshmallows are all melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract and cereal, stirring to evenly coat. Immediately turn the mixture into the prepared pan, pressing it into an even layer.
Dust the top with powdered sugar and allow to set at room temperature, at least 30 minutes. Cut into bars and serve. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.