Since I am not much of a baker, I am always on the lookout for easy “sweet treats” to serve at tailgates or parties that don’t take too much time.  Pinterest is always a great place to start and I found a recipe called Chocolate Coconut Chex Mix that looked really pretty and even better, something I could easily make!
Chocolate Coconut Chex Mix
I tried the recipe for the first time a few weeks ago just to test it.  It only had a few ingredients and the only cooking required was microwaving and melting the chocolate.  Easy Peasy!  The chocolate melted beautifully but then the recipe called for adding Coconut Extract.  I don’t know what kind of reaction happened but all of a sudden the chocolate became “gloppy” (not sure that is really a word but you get my meaning!). I continued on with the recipe but literally had to use my hands to get it to mix well.  The end result was “ok” but I knew it could be better.
First, I didn’t really think the recipe needed the coconut extract since it called for actual shredded coconut later so I omitted that.  I also decided to use Honey Chex Mix instead of the rice chex mix and I believe this little step took this recipe to another level! It was a hit at our tailgate party last weekend when my sister visited!
Since one of the main purposes of this blog is to test recipes for you, I present my updated version that several different people have told me is commonly known as “Puppy Chow”.
Chocolate Coconut Chex Mix
Ingredients:

9 cups Honey Chex cereal (I think the Cinammon would be great, too!)
3 cups chocolate chips (I have used both milk chocolate and semi-sweet)
2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions:
Pour the Chex cereal into a large bowl. Set aside.
In a medium microwavable bowl, melt the chocolate chips. Heat for 1 minute then stir. Heat for an additional 30 seconds and stir again. Continue with additional 30 seconds until completely melted and chocolate is smooth.
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Pour the chocolate over the Chex cereal. Gently stir until cereal is well coated. image
Stir in the shredded coconut until the cereal is evenly coated.Pour the cereal onto two or one really large baking sheets. Sprinkle cereal with powdered sugar until well coated. Let the Chocolate Coconut Chex Mix sit until chocolate is dry, about 30 minutes.
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Note-you can store the Chocolate Coconut Chex Mix in an air tight container for 3-4 days.
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Bottom Line:  You know you have success when someone wants the recipe.  This is for you, Christy Hughes!  I am Chef Frankie…Always in the kitchen, having fun, and cooking with wild abandonment!

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