In my brain, winter starts when I turn on the heat.
Mind you, it’s been winter at my house for…I think two weeks. I know. I need a new system.
If I hadn’t started baking with pumpkin in August, my brain would have missed fall entirely. I know. I maybe pushed the envelope. (What does that even mean? Slash, did I even get that saying right?)
It happens with other things too. Should I even wash my hair today? I answer this with a ponytail. You can figure that out. Also…is frozen yogurt dinner? Poptarts and wine? Yes, and yes.
I’ve mostly decided that starting early with pumpkin and fall, leaves just enough time to perfect my favorite fall treat before winter comes.
And this is definitely it. (Just barely in time.)
Canned pumpkin is stirred into melted white chocolate, poured over Chex cereal and coated with powdered sugar and a hint of cinnamon. Just like puppy chow. But not…you know.
The trouble is, you could eat this by the handful immediately. (And by you I really mean me. You have self-control. Especially in the early morning hours…when this was made.) But seriously…the real trouble is, you should eat this by the handful. Immediately.
As time passes, the pumpkin softens the cereal and gives it that sogginess that comes after you’ve poured the milk on and someone distracted you. I’m not super crazy about this texture.
In the first few hours after this is made though, it’s still crunchy and pumpkiny and sweet. I imagine it would make the perfect treat for an evening with friends, if you had a quick second to throw it together before things began.
I miss Phoenix for reasons like this. I’d definitely bring this to our small group Bible study. And, also I would be warm.
Pumpkin (and White Chocolate) Puppy Chow
8 cups Chex cereal
10 ounces white chocolate, melted
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Measure Chex into two separate gallon sized Ziploc bags, and set aside. Melt white chocolate, then stir in pumpkin. Pour half of the chocolate and pumpkin (about 3/4 cup) into each Ziploc bag. Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon to each and shake to coat. (I separated the mix into two bags to allow room for the cereal to coat evenly.) Transfer to a serving bowl and eat/serve immediately.