Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Make Some "Trash" for a Chocolate-Peanut Butter Treat!

I can picture the puzzled expression on your face as you read my title today! "Trash" is a simply delicious snack that is said to have originated on the campus of the University of Tennessee. The snack was so-named because the Greeks would make it in big batches and toss it in clean (new!) garbage bags to coat it with the powdered sugar. I've made it many times. One year I made "Trash" for the staff where my husband worked, and put it in fancy containers as small Christmas gifts; it went over very well with everyone. This year I plan to make some and pack it into snack-sized Valentine bags for my buddies at Ladies' Class. The guys at my house like this snack, so it will serve as a Valentine treat here, as well! This is an easy recipe; you've gotta give it a try!


1 stick of margarine
12 oz. bag of chocolate chips
1 C creamy peanut butter

-Put in microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 3 minutes, or melt in saucepan on top of the stove. Remove and blend together with a wooden spoon.

-Pour a large box of Rice Chex cereal into a large bowl, then slowly pour the chocolate mixture over the Chex. Gently fold until all cereal is covered.

-Pour 1/2 box of confectioners sugar into the bottom of a clean (new!) tall kitchen garbage bag. Next pour in the chocolate/Chex mess.

-Finally, pour the other 1/2 box of confectioners sugar on top of chocolate and cereal in the bag.

-Tie the top of the bag tightly. Gently roll the bag from hand to hand about 10 times. Open the bag and enjoy!

This keeps well in air-tight tins. If you have kids or a large family, you'll want to double this recipe because it goes fast!

I will be at these great swaps today:

Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.com


  1. My family would inhale that stuff! Sounds great!

  2. I love these. My problem is I am very messy when I make them. Really that is okay, just more to lick of my fingers. Ha ha. Thanks for linking to TMTT.

  3. We love these. I was at a girl's camp a few years ago and some of the older girls were feeding this to the younger girls telling them it was "dog food". It was pretty funny to see the reaction of how great it tasted. Thanks for giving me the recipe and helping me to remember a great memory! I love the way you packaged it in the picture! When I first looked at it I thought it was "real" garbage in a bag! Nice touch.

  4. What a great recipe. It sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy TMTT.


  5. Now if this were the trash at my house, I'd be first in line to take out the garbage! it looks delicious.

  6. Scooby Snacks!!!! that is what we call them around here and they are the best!

  7. We call it puppy chow around here! It's addicting.

  8. I've seen this recipe before, but I've never had the pleasure of trying them. Sounds delicious!