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Andy Sullivan: Against the Grain

Last week we talked Christmas movies.  You know what goes well with Christmas movies? Snacks! From peanut butter balls to Christmas cookies, you can never go wrong with a good snack. 

This week, I got one of my favorites through the mail-Archway Christmas cookies.  There isn’t a Christmas cookie that I’ll turn down(thank God for that treadmil I run on every weekday).  I’m not just a homemade and Archway Christmas cookie guy, though.  I said peanut butter balls but I also like plantation crunch.  What is plantation crunch?

Plantation crunch is white almond bark candy coating, ¼ cup peanut butter, 1 cup peanuts(the recipe I found online says Spanish peanuts but I bet you can use whatever you like), 4 cups Rice Krispies.  Melt bark and peanut butter in top of double boiler.  Combine peanuts and cereal in a bowl.  Pour melted mixture over cereal, combine thoroughly.  Spread on a cookie sheet or wax paper1/4 inch thick.  When hard, break into pieces.  I got this particular recipe off Plantation Crunch - Recipe | Cooks.com.  They have several other recipes as well.  Check it out!

You also can’t go wrong with good old Chex mix.  If you want to shake it up a bit, you can try a favorite of mine.  The website I went on calls it muddy buddy but I just call it chocolate.  Actually, I just call it good!

9 cups Rice Chex, Corn Chex or regular Chex(or a combination).

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

½ cup peanut butter

¼ cup butter or margarine

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 ½ cups of powdered sugar.  Measure cereal into a large bowl and set aside. 

In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on high 1 minute; stir.  Microwave 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 wax paper to cool.  Store in airtight container in refrigerator.  Gluten Free Chex™ Muddy Buddies™.  It’s GOOOOOOD!

There you have just a few of my favorite Christmas snacks.  Like I said, they’d be great to munch on while watching some of those Christmas movies. 

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