Do you go to any of the Mardi Gras celebrations?
I have ALWAYS dreamed of going to Mardi Gras in Paris. When I was studying French and French history, the pull of going to Paris for Mardi Gras has always remained with me. The next best? New Orleans. It's funny because I have always had plans to go to New Orleans but when Em was brain injured, that travel plan was moved to the bucket list. Some day.
Until then, we have local events and make our own colorful costumes, props and snacks.
Speaking of snacks, this Mardi Gras Snack Mix fits the bill.
Definitely make it for your Mardi Gras celebration!
This recipe is adapted from a recipe on the back of a Chex Mix box.
4 cups Chocolate Rice Chex
5 cups Muddy Buddies (recipe below)
1/2 cup purple and green M&M's
16 Pretzel squares
8 Wilton purple chocolate melts
8 Wilton lime green chocolate melts
Chocolate sunflower seeds -purple green and yellow
Mini BreadSticks (the kind that comes with Nutella)
1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Set aside.
2. Place 8 pretzel squares on a microwave safe plate and microwave for 20 seconds to warm the pretzels.
3. Place the 8 purple melts in the middle of each warm pretzel and microwave for an additional 20-30 seconds until the chocolate melt is soft.
4. Let cool on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes.
5. Repeat steps 2-4 using the green chocolate melts.
6. In a large mixing bowl, add the chocolate Chex cereal, muddy buddies recipe below), purple and green pretzels and Nutella sticks. Toss to mix.
7. Sprinkle the M&M's and sunflower seeds on top.
INGREDIENTS FOR HOMEMADE MUDDY BUDDIES
9 cups Rice Chex cereal
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick) - room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
DIRECTIONS FOR HOMEMADE MUDDY BUDDIES
1. Place the Rice Chex cereal in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
2. In a medium microwaveable bowl, add the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter. Microwave for 1 minute and stir.
3. Microwave for an additional 30 seconds until smooth.
4. Add the vanilla and stir to incorporate.
5. Pour mixture over the cereal and stir to get all of the pieces covered.
6. Transfer the cereal into a large Ziploc bag (one gallon or larger).
7. Pour the powdered sugar into the bag and seal it. Gently shake the bag until all of the cereal pieces are evenly coated with the powdered sugar.
8. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
9. Carefully, pour out the cereal onto the baking sheet and spread out to cool.
10. Once cooled, add to the above Mardi Gras recipe.