Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cottage Time = Annual Making of Monkey Munch!

Each year as we prepare to go to the cottage I whip up a batch of Monkey Munch.  It’s a fun, yummy treat that is perfect for sharing with a crowd. (Recipe at bottom of post.)

Last year Hannah was a little too young to help out but we made more last October and her first Monkey Munch experience was a success!

Last Wed night she and I had fun as we whipped up a batch to take to the cottage with us on Thursday.  Too bad we forgot it in the fridge….oops!  (Ended up being just fine though as Mom had had the same idea and made some while at the cottage so there was plenty to go around.)

So, without further adieu I give you, ‘The Making of Monkey Munch!’

(Warning:  There is much tasting involved in the making of MM!  Smile)

While the warm ingredients are melting in the microwave – test the peanut butterIMG_1053

Mommy says this spoon is for stirring but I’d much rather taste the ooey, gooey chocolate topping!IMG_1054

After stirring, quality check to ensure all pieces are equally coated…by tasting them!IMG_1055

Who needs a wash cloth to clean chocolaty fingers?IMG_1056

Shaking the bag with the cereal stuff and icing sugar.  Note to self:  next time don’t use no-name bags!  This oversight caused the initial shaking to create a small blizzard in July!IMG_1058

Spread evenly on a cookie sheet for cooling.IMG_1061

Taste the final product.IMG_1063

Heh….looking back at these pics, I guess it’s a good thing this batch will be in the freezer for the two of us to enjoy.  There sure was a lot of 2yo quality testing going on!!

Monkey Munch (aka Puppy Chow)

9 cups Rice Chex or Life cereal

1 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup butter

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 cups icing sugar

  • Pour cereal into a large bowl and set aside
  • Put chocolate chips, peanut butter, butter and vanilla in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 1 min.  Stir.  Continue at 30 sec intervals until all ingredients are melted
  • Pour over cereal and mix well
  • Transfer covered cereal into a large zip-lock bag
  • Add icing sugar.  Seal and shake
  • Spread on a cookie sheet and cool
  • Enjoy!!!

What? You think I ate some? Whatever gave you that idea???IMG_1057


  1. The tradition alone would make it taste awesome!


  2. Tasting is the best part! I've never made this but should as it looks good, fun and easy.

    So tell me, why is my word verification "chubbe" are they telling me to hold off on making your recipe?

  3. Canada icing sugar is what we call the sugar we use to make icing for a cake. I know that sounds silly but truly that's what it's called on the package. A light, powdered sugar. Hope this helps!

  4. So cute!

    P.S. We call it powdered sugar in the States.

  5. Oooooh, we have not made mm in a while. I will try your recipe, it looks easy and perfect for little ones to.... um..... help (or eat, lick, chomp etc.) Enjoy, and thanks for the idea, we may whip up a batch during this heat wave we are having.


  6. Looks delish! H is a great helper.

    Keep smilin!


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