Pecan Pie Pringles, Chex Mix Muddy Buddies and More Limited Edition Holiday Snacks
The Guilty Pleasure: Mass-market holiday novelties
Where to Get Them: Your favorite grocery store, mostly
Price: A few bucks. Easy impulse buy if you see them in the store.
What They Really Cost: Like you needed another excuse to eat more this time of year.
Now that it's almost December and pumpkin-flavored mania is on the wane, snack manufacturers are turning their eye to a wider array of sweet treats. There's always an air of comforting familiarity to them, but not always in unexpected ways. On a recent grocery store run, I picked up a few limited-run holiday treats to see if they're worth the calories.
See also: Sweet (Christmas) Dreams from Chow Bella
Chex Mix Muddy Buddies
For all I know, General Mills has been making bagged Muddy Buddies (better known to many as Puppy Chow, but given a different name by General Mills for several reasons) for ages and I'm only now noticing it because they gave it a cute holiday-themed bag. Considering the only time of year I've seen bowls of Muddy Buddies is winter holiday time, I might as well throw it on the list in case you're as morbidly curious as I was.
On the surface, these look pretty similar to the homemade version, at least until you notice they're unsettlingly uniform. That's where the similarities end. The homemade version has a good dose of chocolate and peanut butter, but there isn't much of either flavor here. There's a vague peanut flavor, and maybe a hint of chocolate, but all I get is sweetened Chex.
Much like standard Chex Mix, the bagged stuff doesn't hold a candle to the real homemade version. Considering that Muddy Buddies are dead easy to make (General Mills has a convenient recipe on their website) and the recipe makes a ton more for a little more cash the only reason I see to buy bagged Muddy Buddies is as an impulse buy that gets devoured before you get home.
Lay's Wavy Potato Chips Dipped in Milk Chocolate
I'm amazed that of the various items I picked up, chocolate-covered potato chips aren't the weirdest. I'm a little nervous as to what The Powers That Be will come up with next year. Anyway, the folks at Lay's have released chocolate-covered potato chips as an exclusive item at Target. Target did a good job hiding them. After asking staff, I eventually found the chips in the very back of the holiday food section.