Peppermint Mocha Puppy Chow

I’m excited and nervous to share today’s recipe—it’s one that I came up on my own. I know it’s not like I invented the wheel here, but it’s still kind of a big deal to me! I had decided to try a new recipe for puppy chow and found these Andes Peppermint Crunch chips at the store (I’ve seen them at Wal-Mart and Target if you can’t find them) and decided to get creative!

peppermint mocha puppy chow -- a perfect easy treat for the holidays

This recipe is inspired by my favorite holiday drink—peppermint mocha! I just love the combination of peppermint, chocolate and coffee, so I combined all three into a quick and easy treat! This would be wonderful as a simple, homemade gift along with some hot chocolate mix for Christmas or as a snack at your holiday parties. Or just whip up a batch to enjoy just because you want to! It’s quick, easy, and delicious!

You’ll need:
5 cups Rice Chex cereal
5 oz. Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips (half the bag)
5 oz. milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tbsp. instant coffee granules or espresso powder
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Optional: red sprinkles

1. Measure out the Chex cereal and place in a large mixing bowl. Pour measured powdered sugar (and sprinkles) into gallon-sized ziploc bag.

2. Using a double boiler or in a microwave-safe bowl, melt the peppermint chips and chocolate chips, stirring often. Once the chocolates have melted, stir in instant coffee or espresso powder.

3. Moving quickly, pour the melted chocolate mixture over Chex cereal and mix until cereal is coated.

4. Pour cereal into ziploc with powdered sugar. Now shake until all the cereal is coated with powdered sugar!

peppermint mocha puppy chow!

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Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Have you caught the pumpkin spice bug too? As soon as September hits and all the way through the holidays, I am all about pumpkin flavored everything: cakes, cookies, breads, and, of course, the infamous pumpkin spice latte! Unfortunately, I can’t afford a delectable $5 Starbucks creation everyday. This spiced pumpkin coffee creamer is the solution to all my woes.

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The ingredients in this homemade creamer are simple and make me feel better about what I’m putting in my body than that icky orange coffee from Starbucks. It’s a wonderfully delicious way to welcome autumn!

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You can adjust the ingredients to suit your taste, but here’s what you’ll need to get started:
2 cups half and half
3 tbs. pumpkin puree
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
4 tbs. maple syrup
3 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg

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  1. Whisk the half and half, pumpkin, syrup, and pumpkin pie spice together over medium heat.
  2. Once combined and warmed through, remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour into covered bowl and let set for 3 to 6 hours in fridge.
  3. Using a strainer or sieve, transfer the cream into a jar, pitcher, or bottle of your choice. (Don’t skip this! It’s important!)

And there you have it! It’s quick and easy and will last quite a while in the fridge.

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What other pumpkin recipes are you looking forward to this fall? I’ve got a loooong list of recipes I can’t wait to try! You can see what I’m looking forward to on my all things pumpkin Pinterest board.