Perfect PBL Provisions

We have this mandatory course in school called “Problem Based Learning” or PBL. This class isn’t like a normal med. school class where you sit in lecture and spend your time half taking notes and half stalking people on Facebook, this class is two hours long, has only 4 students and a preceptor, and is totally interactive. In order to survive this ordeal, which tends to take us from mundane medical problems to absolute catastrophes, we have a rotating “snack b****” each week. Well, that’s a lie. We’ve had snack 6 times and I’ve brought three of them so I suppose it’s not the best rotation schedule. But I don’t mind– I like concocting sweet things to bring to school. This snack is great because it is super easy to make, and even easier to share with lots of people. This is your run-of-the-mill “muddy buddy”/”puppy chow” with a few simplifying tips added in. Good luck!
  • 9 cups Chex cereal (I like the rice variety, personally, but you can use the corn also. Don’t use wheat because they’re much more squished and don’t allow for the chocolatepeanutbuttery goodness to seep in.
  • 1 cup chocolate chip
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • optional: 1 tsp vanilla extract (I never do this but it’s in the official Chex recipe so I figured I’d give you the option to include it)
9 cups of Chex is WAY more than I ever think it’s going to be so plan accordingly. I used the biggest bowl I had with a lid.
Put the chocolate chips, peanut butter and margarine into a microwaveable bowl and microwave on high for between 60 and 90 seconds. Pro tip: microwave the peanut butter jar before trying to scoop it out to measure. If you microwave it enough (usually about 40 seconds or so) you can actually more or less pour out the peanut butter and the rest of the jar goes back to normal in a few minutes at room temperature.
Mix the peanut butter-chocolate-butter concoction thoroughly before you pour it onto the cereal.
Mix well. Since the chocolate mixture is heavier it tends to flow down to the bottom of the bowl (I knew I took physics in undergrad for something!) so try to scoop the chocolate and “flop” it over the cereal. Not every single piece is going to be covered perfectly so don’t freak out. Just make sure you don’t have any pieces that aren’t covered at all.
Pour on the powdered sugar, put the lid on it, and shake for a few minutes. The official recipe says to put it in a huge baggie and shape but that’s just one extra step that I can’t be bothered to do.
Admire your handy work and get excited for people to ask you to be in charge of snack every week!

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