“I think it shows you care about someone when you make a homemade gift,” said Savannah, a 9th grader at the Walker School.
“Homemade things are always better than just going out and buying it. When you give it to a friend and you see their face light up and they know it’s homemade and you know they’re happy about it, it makes you feel good,” said Peyton, a seventh-grader at Walker. Their parents are Joni Ware and Michael Ware.
No-bake Christmas Puppy Chow is combination of Chex cereal with powdered sugar, chocolate, peanut butter and other sweet ingredients. Although any of the plain Chex cereals work with the recipe, Savannah prefers Corn Chex. “It’s like crunchy candy,” said Savannah who found the recipe at allrecipes.com and tweaked it.
“I added a couple of different things to it,” she said.
During Christmas, the girls make the Puppy Chow festive by adding ingredients like crushed peppermint or caramel to the mix. “You can customize it and throw in whatever you want. It’s really one of those throw everything in recipes,” Peyton said.
Christmas Puppy Chow is ideal for sharing with friends. “It is inexpensive to make. You can put it in little bags so it’s easy to decorate and it’s cute. It’s something you can give to a lot of people instead of just a couple,” Savannah said.
“You can tie it off with little bows and make it look like a present,” Peyton said.
The gift can be personalized with different decorations on the gift bag such as basketballs or soccer balls depending on who is receiving the gift.
“You can make it cuter than you could get it in stores. A little extra effort shows,” Savannah said.
“It’s easy. You could do it with kids. It’s something that everybody could do together. It’s quick and you can make a lot of it pretty fast,” she said.
“You can do it with your whole family. It’s one of those things you could do every year, and when you’re 30, you can still be making it with your mom at Christmas,” Peyton said.
CHRISTMAS PUPPY CHOW
9 cups Chex cereal
1-cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup melted smooth peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
In a saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate and butter; add peanut butter and vanilla and mix until smooth.
Remove from heat, add cereal and stir until coated.
Pour powdered sugar into large plastic bag, add coated cereal and shake until well coated. Store in airtight container.
Tip: Add additional ingredients such as caramel with peanut butter or crushed peppermint with the cereal.