When I was going to pick up my daughter at the airport yesterday, I stopped by Trader Joe’s and found this…
Everyone at Trader Joe’s said that these roasted coconut chips are AMAZING! I decided that although I had NO idea how I would use roasted coconut chips, if I purchased some I would make something with them. So into the cart they went.
Well, my daughter LOVES Almond Joys and when I was looking in my pantry this morning, I thought, “what if I made some Almond Joy inspired Chex Mix?” I thought that I would make a “coating” using milk chocolate chips, Nutella, butter, vanilla and almond extracts. Then rather that dusting my Chex Mix with powdered sugar, like Muddy Buddys do, I would coat mind with ground “roasted coconut chips” and ground almonds. Sounds like a winner, doesn’t it?
So, I first ground the contents of my 2 oz bag of roasted coconut chips (made approx. 1/2 cup) and I ground 1 cup of roasted almonds. Here they are.
I then measured out 9 cups of rice chex in a bowl and set it aside. In a double boiler, I added 1/4 cup butter, 1 cup of milk chocolate chips, and 1/2 cup nutella. I melted the contents and then added the extracts. Rather than having a smooth and glossy looking mixture, it was thick and siezed. I decided to proceed anyway and dumped this onto my cereal. It was so thick, I had to use my hands to actually smoosh the chocolate mixture onto the cereal. Then I added the ground coconut and almond and tossed to “coat”.
Well, here is how it turned out….
I don’t know if you can tell but basically there are squares of cereal that are heavily coated with chocolate and others that have barely any chocolate on them at all. Also, virtually none of the coconut almond mixture coated the cereal…about 10% actually stuck to the cereal….most is just “free floating” in the bowl.
Most bloggers only show their successes giving everyone the feeling that bloggers are “perfect” and “experts”. This is so not the case. Bloggers just chose to only share their successes! Also, I just wanted to let you know that yummy cooking is the result of not being afraid to try new things!
So, I after today’s “experiment” I now know one more way NOT to cook something….and you do too!