GFchicagomom's Recipe Reviews
Posted 6/30/2012 5:28:48 PM
Chex® Muddy Buddies®
My kids love Muddy Buddies but we wanted to try a different version and see if it would work with marshmallows instead of peanut butter. I thought if marshmallows can be successfully used to make Rice Krispie treats, then why not Muddy Buddies? I searched the internet to see if there were any marshmallow/Muddy Buddy success stories but there were none to be found. I decided to give it a try myself and quickly learned why there are no marshmallow versions of Muddy Buddies ...it doesn't really work.
Here's what happened: I tried melting the chocolate, butter and marshmallows all at one time. That definitely didn't work. The chocolate melted very fast and quickly coated the marshmallows which prevented the heat from melting them. I then transferred everything to the microwave and successfully melted it all but then it became very, very sticky. I decided to put the mixture back on the stove but I first melted more butter before adding my marshmallow mixture to it. It was still very sticky and didn't look smooth. Almost like the butter was separating it all into pieces. I added more chocolate chips which got the texture back to a creamy look but it was still sticky. I decided to move forward to see if I could actually mix the marshmallow/chocolate/butter with the cereal. I poured the mixture over the cereal and clumps quickly formed. With the traditional recipe, the cereal generally stays in it's individual pieces. I then decided to add the powered sugar which helped a bit to separate things but then I had to physically handle each and every clump to get it to separate from it's friends and get the powered sugar coating. I did all this in a bowl and had to add more powered sugar several times to get it to look like the regular recipe. In the end, the marshmallow version came out barely ok (2/5 stars), my 9 yr old likes it, my 7 yr old does not and I will probably go back to the standard recipe for future versions.