Before we begin, a quick show of hands. The following is a photo of crunchy Chex cereal, covered in chocolate and peanut butter and coated with powdered sugar (a.k.a Muddy Buddies, a.k.a. King Among Snacks). Who's tried it?
And if you haven't tried it, you are missing out on one glorious snack-slash-dessert, and are about to come down with a serious case of what the kids today call FOMO. Because a life without Muddy Buddies is a life that is not being fully lived. If you've tasted it, you know what I'm saying.
For the uninitiated, allow me to walk you through the Five Emotional Stages of Muddy Buddies:
Stage 1: Gaze in wonder upon the morsels of Chex cereal, covered in chocolate-peanut butter goodness and ensconced in powdered sugar.
Stage 2: Delight in the addictive combo of crunchy and sweet, and witness as otherwise calm adults are rendered unable to resist handful after handful.
Stage 3: Marvel at how something with “Muddy” in the name can be completely non-messy (the powdered sugar outside keeps your fingers mess-free).
Stage 4: Weep inconsolably when the bag is empty. Must all good things come to an end?!
Stage 5: Cheer up when you realize you were smart enough to buy two.
So I’m sorry to confirm that if you’re not yet on Team Muddy Buddies, you are indeed missing out. But like so many battles, when it comes to fighting FOMO, your best defense is a good offense. And that comes in the form of a bag of your very own.
Sidebar: If you’re thinking “This reasonable-looking person sure seems emotionally invested in this dessert-slash-snack,” you’re onto something. This was actually the very first recipe we made in my sixth-grade Family and Consumer Education (a.k.a. home ec) class, and that’s a formative moment in the life of a food editor. (Related: I can say from experience that if you ever need a roomful of 11-year-olds to pay attention and follow instructions, the recipe for Muddy Buddies is a powerful motivator.)