When it’s My Turn to Treat

White Puppy Chow in individual cups

Back when my sons were in grade school, there was a tradition for the birthday kid to bring treats for the class. It did not seem to matter that there was awhile when we were income level low enough to qualify for Reduced Fee Lunch, the classmates really made a big deal about birthday goodies.

I do not remember having to do this when I was young, school was out by the second week of June when my birthday happens.

Some parents would supervise a nice party, but I’m a bit lazy at organizing events for other peoples’ happiness.
I managed to persuade my sons that just passing out a candy bar at the end of the day would be fine.
I would buy a box of regular size candy bars in each son’s favorite flavor.

And it worked! My son got to hand over something, kids got a treat to take home.

Years later, as in college age, I saw a former classmate of my kid at a store. He said he still remembers getting a Full-Size candy bar from a Wiman just for himself, and that he did not have to share with his brother because it came as a special treat from school.

Today is my own birthday, and I wanted to make some Puppy Chow. However, in the pantry was white chocolate bought on Clearance after Christmas. Eh, have an adventure, I told myself. The cooking and measuring would be the same recipe.

It turned out quite tasty.  But there was a huge bowl full, as in—a whole box of cereal goes into the creation.
So I decided to share with my Needlework Group.

And I wrote about it for my Dear Ones e-mail friends.  One gal replied “Just wanted to comment on your decision to do a “my birthday, my treat” thing with your group.  That is very German!!  The birthday person does the treating!  So you are right in German culture/style!”

Well, I didn’t realize tradition went back so far.  I’m thinking of 20 years ago when I was stressed out about providing my sons with something to be okay about.
Not that I would have carried in containers full of Puppy Chow for a whole class—- You do realize how much stirring goes into the preparations? In those days, I was a bit harried doing the mothering thing.

Today, it was nice I packed the stickiness in cups.  Don’t believe a box of plastic wrap when it says it will cling to anything. I had to tie yarn around.  Another gal had brought coffee cake from the Farmer’s Market, which we had during our time together, so most of those cups of Chow went home.

I’m having a Happy Birthday! Cards in the mail, Messages on Facebook, e-Greetings. Don’t really need any other sweetness. Something crunchy is fine.

~~love and Huggs, Diane

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6 Responses to When it’s My Turn to Treat

  1. Diane,
    It sounds like a wonderful day. I am certain everyone loved their puppy chow. It looks delicious.

  2. Pam says:

    Now the only thing you left out was the RECIPE! (see, always thinking of what to post – so there’s another idea, eh?) The cups look festive and I’m sure the recipients were happy to have an ‘extra’ treat to take home after eating the coffee cake at craft time.
    BIG HUGS to YOU for your birthday (I’m late getting an e-mail greeting card to you…sorry…blush)

  3. MrsDoF says:

    the recipe can be found within the comments at Husband’s post for T-gvg 2009
    he prefers it with the actual chocolate chips

    I’ll copy and paste the recipe here by request, since it more or less goes with the picture

    What I do is melt together in a double boiler

    1/2 cup Land o Lakes real butter
    12 oz Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
    1 cup Kroger name all Natural Peanut Butter

    then pour it over and stir ‘em good
    12 oz actual Crispix cereal (not Chex)

    then shake it all up in a bag with
    2 1/2 cup powdered cane sugar

    son Chris says bestest Puppy Chow ever, so it must be the ingredients cuz the action is easy to follow

    Here is the recipe from the website

    Crispix Puppy Chow

    12 oz. box Crispix cereal
    1/2 cup butter
    1 cup peanut butter
    12 oz. pkg. chocolate chips
    2 to 3 cups powdered sugar

    In medium microwave-safe bowl, combine butter, peanut butter and chocolate chips and microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring once during cooking, until mixture is melted and smooth. Place the cereal in another large bowl and pour the melted mixture over the cereal. Stir until the cereal is thoroughly coated. Pour the powdered sugar into a large plastic food bag. Pour the coated cereal into the powdered sugar and shake until it is well covered with the sugar. Pour the cereal onto wax paper to cool and dry. Store in tightly covered containers at room temperature.

  4. Oh … I missed your Birthday … phooey! I hope it was full of special treats and maybe a surprise or two.

    Belated Birthday Greetings … I hope this will be a great year for you.

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  6. momma says:

    Please forgive I was busy breaking my leg! I hope it was a good one!