December 14, 2011

'Traditional' & Nutella Yuppy (or Puppy) Chow



Yuppy Chow.  Puppy Chow.  White Trash.  Whatever you call it, the bottom line is ... this stuff is good!  Not just good.  Addictively good.

My family was introduced to this delectable sweet treat years ago by my brother's mother-in-law.  And ever since, my Father has been in love with Yuppy Chow.  To him, it's just not Christmas without it.  Of course, the rest of us like it pretty good too.  Crunchy cereal, pretzels, chocolate, ... all coated in powdered sugar ... what's not to love?  (Well, the calories maybe.  But we're going to forget those are there.  Okay?  Please just agree with my denial.  And nobody will get hurt here.  Deal?)

My Mom and I especially love the big hunks created when a bunch of pieces of the cereal-pretzel mixture all clump together.  That means there's extra chocolate coating holding the big clump together!  (You do all know I'm a choc-a-holic right?  And you all have figured out who I inherited that from, right??)

Well, given my family's love of Yuppy Chow and my love of Nutella, can you imagine how excited I was when I came across Healthy Tasty Chow's Nutella version?  I just had to give it a try!  Had to.  No choice about it.

So I did.  And then, of course, I put it to a head-to-head taste test against the traditional version. 

The results, you ask?  This one was a super tough call! ... and I actually have to call it a tie.  I love them both.  I might ... might ... love the Nutella version just a teeny-tiny bit better.  It's so slight it's impossible to decide!  I think which one I like better just depends on my mood.  If I'm in the mood for a chocolate-and-peanut-butter-kind-of-taste, then I like the traditional version better.  If I'm in the mood for a chocolatey-hazelnutty taste, then I like the Nutella version better.

Here's how to whip these chows up, so you can decide for yourself.

Start by melting together your chocolate coating ingredients ... chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and peanut butter for the traditional version ... chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and Nutella for the Nutella version.

Melting

Then pour the melted mixture over your crunchy mixture.  Ummmmm, does anyone else just want to stick their finger right into that beautiful chocolate waterfall?

Yummy chocolatey waterfall  (Does "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory" come to mind??)

Next, gently stir the mixture together to coat the crunchies with the chocolate.  Sometimes I use a spoon ... sometimes I just dive in with my hands.  I'm not afraid.

All coated!

Once your crunchies are coated, dump them into a brown paper grocery bag and dump the powdered sugar on top.

Shake, shake, shake

Close up the bag real good, and then shake, shake, shake ... shake, shake, shake ... shake your baggie ... shake your baggie!  (Gotta love a little play on the classic KC and the Sunshine Band!  I haven't included a song in one of my posts for a while.  I was due.  Sooooo ... just in case you don't know that song, here it is!  Classic "Shake Your Booty."


That was fun.  Now back to Yuppy Chow.)


Your Yuppy Chow should now look like this ... 

"Hey!  Who left us out in a blizzard?"

... all nicely coated and white.

You're ready to serve up a bowl and enjoy.  But be warned! ... once you start eating this stuff, it's really hard to stop!


'Traditional' Yuppy Chow
Source:  A family friend

12 oz. (2 c.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 oz. (1 c.) butterscotch chips
3/4 c. peanut butter
3/4 c. (1 1/2 sticks) butter
1 box Kellogg's Crispix cereal
1 (12 to 16 oz.) bag small pretzel twists
1 c. peanuts
1 (1 lb.) box confectioners sugar

Melt chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter, and butter together slowly over medium-low heat, stirring to combine well.  If consistency is too thick for pouring, melt in additional butter.

Combine cereal, pretzels, and peanuts in a large bowl or other container.  Pour chocolate mixture over the cereal mixture.  Gently stir to coat the cereal mixture with the chocolate mixture.  Place the coated mixture in a large paper grocery bag and add the confectioners sugar.  Close tightly and shake to coat the cereal mixture with sugar.  Place bag in the freezer for one hour to set the chocolate mixture.  Store in an airtight container in a cool place.  This can also be frozen.




Nutella Yuppy Chow
Source: Adapted from Healthy Tasty Chow

12 oz. (2 c.) white chocolate chips
6 oz. (1 c.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 c. Nutella
3/4 c. (1 1/2 sticks) butter
1 box Kellogg's Crispix cereal
1 (12 to 16 oz.) bag small pretzel twists
1 c. hazelnuts (or peanuts)
1 (1 lb.) box confectioners sugar

Melt white chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips, Nutella, and butter together slowly over medium-low heat, stirring to combine well. If consistency is too thick for pouring, melt in additional butter.

Combine cereal, pretzels, and hazelnuts in a large bowl or other container. Pour chocolate mixture over the cereal mixture. Gently stir to coat the cereal mixture with the chocolate mixture. Place the coated mixture in a large paper grocery bag and add the confectioners sugar. Close tightly and shake to coat the cereal mixture with sugar. Place bag in the freezer for one hour to set the chocolate mixture. Store in an airtight container in a cool place. This can also be frozen.


This post is linked with It's a Keeper Thursday hosted by It's a Keeper, Foodie Friday hosted by Designs by Gollum, Inspiration Friday hosted by At the Picket Fence, Sweets for a Saturday hosted by Sweet as Sugar Cookies, Sweet Indulgences Sunday hosted by A Well-Seasoned Life, Think Pink Sundays hosted by Flamingo Toes, Savvy Homemade Monday hosted by Home Savvy A to Z, Cure for the Common Monday hosted by Lines Across My Face, This Week's Cravings hosted by Mom's Crazy Cooking, Market Yourself Monday hosted by Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Mangia Mondays hosted by Shine Your Light, Crazy Sweet Tuesday hosted by Crazy for Crust, Tasty Tuesday hosted by For the Love of Blogs, Tuesday Talent Show hosted by Chef in Training, Tea Party Tuesday hosted by Sweetology, Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party hosted by Mrs. Fox's Sweets, These Chicks Cooked hosted by This Chick Cooks, This Week's Cravings hosted by Mom's Crazy Cooking, Christmas in July.

9 comments:

  1. I love puppy chow, and this twist looks even better!

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  2. Loving your yuppy chow! It just says Christmas! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

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  3. I love this stuff. You're right - it is very addictive. I forgot to make it this year. Thanks for the reminder!!!

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  4. I love that it has pretzels in it! Never would have thought of that but I'm totally making it that way now. :)

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  5. I grew up hearing that song, well my early years...lol! This looks yummy! Thanks for sharing at Mrs. Foxs Sweet Party :)

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  6. I LOVED shakin my boot-tay to that song! WHOOP! And let us just be HONEST here....this nutella yum yum you got going on here is like the BEST EVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

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  7. This looks delicious and is a feature at Savvy HomeMade Monday this week! Thank you so much for sharing another awesome post, Tracey!

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  8. ok, I just made the traditional puppy chow without the butterscotch chips!! boo hoo!! I wish I had known!
    So now I have several options to try!! And thanks for another fabulous recipe!!

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