I love a good chow, because it appeals to those who love savory and those who love sweet. Also, it’s portable!
I was around the first year Starbucks unveiled its infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte, and wow, do I feel ancient seeing how that flavor palette has taken off since then! You can get almost anything in “Pumpkin Spice” now to an obscene point of creativity. But that just means that we can create new concoctions and pitch-in perfections with greater ease or eccentricity. #Basic culture is booming this autumn. Haha. A good “chow” (from the classic “puppy chow” or “reindeer crack”) is about bringing the crunchy with the melty and the savory with the sweet.
I made this chow for a recent office pitch-in, and there was hardly any left! Please enjoy this, and make it your own!
- 1 box Quaker LIFE Pumpkin Spice cereal
- 1 box General Mills Cheerios Pumpkin Spice cereal
- 1-2 bags (8 oz.) of M&M’s White Pumpkin Pie
- 1 bag unsalted pretzels
- ½ bag (5 oz.) of Nestlé Toll House Pumpkin Spice Morsels (full bag, 10 oz.)
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 package (20 oz.) vanilla-flavored almond bark
Go grocery shopping, if needed.
Line baking sheets (ideally with 1-inch edges) with parchment paper.
(Optional) Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
Evenly sprinkle White Pumpkin Pie M&M’s and Nestlé Toll House Pumpkin Spice morsels across baking sheets at a 2:1 ratio. 2 M&M’s to every 1 morsel. The morsels are exceptionally sweet and can quickly overpower the mix.
Review your work. If something looks uneven or you want more of an ingredient or additional ingredients, now is the time to add them.
Some additional possibilities include: Rice squares cereal, Original Bugles, or Honey Nut Chex Mix.
Break your almond bark into pieces and place in a microwave-safe container. Microwave at 60-90 sec. Intervals, stopping to stir and prevent burning. Once bark is melted, use a spatula to drizzle it over your mixture. Let sit and harden.
Use parchment paper to help you flip and mix ingredients. Then repeat last step to ensure all of the mixture is evenly coated and sticking together.
Store in airtight container, and be sure to bring the Ziplocs if you’re taking to a group event!