Two week ago, I watched my best friend move in with her boyfriend, another good friend of mine who I’ve known since 7th grade, and it finally hit me: we were growing up.
Here she was, moving in. WITH A BOY! WHOA! Call me silly, stupid, naive, etc, but up until that point, it never crossed my mind that we were becoming A-D-U-L-T-S. Despite my impending 23rd birthday (9 days!), I don’t consider myself a grown up because of two things: I don’t pay a mortgage/rent/etc, and I don’t have a retirement plan. Very adult-like duties, don’t you think?
In my head, those things constitute a childlike existence. Sure, I pay for everything I own and have car/cell/medical payments, but those don’t count. I have a pretty easy life, where I go to school (ha, 9 days and counting!), go to a pretty lovely internship (don’t ever want to leave!), and spend my free time baking, reading, shopping, running, or being lazy. I throw silent tantrums when I don’t get my way, I stutter when cute boys are around, I consider ice cream a diet staple, and I totally can’t hold my liqueur.
So, seeing my best friend in her new house woke me up from my little daze. All of a sudden, I got really scared about the coming weeks and months. College provides this great safety cocoon that protects you from the “real” world at times. You have a set schedule, you know where you are supposed to be at 1:15 on Mon/Wed, and your nights are filled with papers and assignments. What’s a girl supposed to do when all those things disappear? What do I do when the past 4 years have been consumed with college? Just thinking about this gives me the shivers…
Moving out (again), finding a stable job, taking care of yourself, and being truly independent. These are all on the horizon for me and it’s a bit much for me to deal with. Personally, I’d like to go back to the age of 10 when everyday consisted of recess, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Connect Four (I rocked at that game), and these muddy buddies.
What are muddy buddies? Only the best things created! It’s literally the snack of your childhood. Peanut butter and chocolate melted together, poured over chex cereal, with powdered sugar dumped on top. Mix it up a bit, and let it sit. Voila! You’ve got legal crack, only better. I remember the first time I had these at a friend’s sleepover. I remember sneaking in to the kitchen, after everyone was asleep, thinking that no one would miss a suddenly empty bowl of Muddy Buddies. I could just blame the dog!
To calm my quartlife crisis, I made these bad boys and it brought me back to the days of saturday morning cartoons and ovaltine. Rich, sugary, and messy, this is pure kid food. I think that making this with kids would be a great idea too, especially when dumping the powdered sugar on top of the melty, gooey mixture. Plus, lickingthe chocolate and peanut butter off your fingers will make their day. If you are looking for a quick holiday treat, this will work as well as the whole recipe comes together in about 20 minutes. I guarentee that you will be the star of the party if you bring this to a holiday soiree this season.
One tip: don’t try to be healthy and use a different kind of cereal. Chex cereal was made for this snack and don’t think otherwise. I used Barbara’s Puffins, thinking I’d get the same result with the added fiber and whole wheat benefit and it just didn’t taste right. Too chewy, and dense for my taste. So use a kiddy cereal, and be done with it.
Now, if you will excuse me, A Charlie Brown Christmas is on and I’ve got a glass of Nestle chocolate milk waiting for me…
Origin: Chex Cereal
Yield: 18 servings (1/2 cup each
Prep Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 15 min
● 9 cups Corn Chex®, Rice Chex®, Wheat Chex® or Chocolate Chex® cereal (or combination)
● 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
● 1/2 cup peanut butter
● 1/4 cup butter or margarine
● 1 tsp. vanilla
● 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. 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.
Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
ps. to my best friend Julia, congrats on the new place! It’s fantastic and I’m sure you and Tony will make it even more lovely. Love you!
Champagne + us = awesome