Dark Chocolate Trash

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Trash is known by many names. Some call it Muddy Buddies, while others call it puppy chow. We always called it trash because it was shaken in a white trash bag.

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While we no longer shake this in a trash bag (Ziplock now makes a large bag), it still is the delicious treat that I remember as a kid. It is sweet, and chocolatey, and peanut buttery, and crispy.

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I have updated it a bit by using dark chocolate in lieu of chocolate chips. Really good dark chocolate. Oh, and natural, freshly ground peanut butter.

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Plus, I use less powdered sugar and add cocoa powder to the powdered sugar to make it a little less sweet and a little more chocolatey. I think it might be the more grown up version of the classic childhood treat.

This stores well in the refrigerator for a few weeks, if it lasts that long!


Dark Chocolate Trash

by Jessica

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Keywords: dessert


Ingredients (9 cups)

  • 1 cup chopped Dark Chocolate
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 9 cups Chex or Crispix (any flavor)
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder


In a large bowl, microwave chocolate with the peanut butter and butter on high fro 60 seconds. Stir and microwave an additional 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. Stir in vanilla and salt. Pour in cereal and stir carefully until coated.

In a large zip-top bag (at least 2 gallon or 2 1 gallon), add powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Shake to combine. Add the cereal mixture and shake to coat.

Spread onto a waxed paper lined jelly roll pan. Allow to cool. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

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  1. Cindys Recipes’s avatar

    Cool quick and easy snack, Jessica! Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday!

  2. jessica’s avatar

    Thanks for stopping by!

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