I have a question for you!
Do you call carbonated beverages such as Coke or Pepsi “soda” or “pop?”
Growing up in the Mid-West it was always “pop.” My family in New England however, says “soda” and I’ve heard people in the South use the term “coke” for all carbonated beverages, regardless if it’s actually the brand Coke or not. When I moved to Boston, I started using the term “soda” because that’s what everyone said and now that I’m back in Ohio, the term has somehow stuck with me. Don’t you just love the regional vernacular!
For this recipe, I use the word “pop” because cherry soda makes me think of cherry Coke and this has a cherry flavor a-la Fanta, with that tangy-cherry kick! It’s also the perfect snack to satisfy your sweet tooth! The combination of white chocolate and jell-o packs a one-two punch of sweetness and tang! You’ll have a hard time stopping at one handful and if you want to be the hit of your next bake sale or party, this will do the trick! Plus, like most of my recipes, it’s quick and easy to make, which just makes this recipe all that more awesome! I based this recipe off of one I saw on Totally The Bomb (dot) com. Instead of using lime flavored jello-o I choose cherry for the red color, but you could really choose any jell-o flavor depending on your taste preference or what color snack you’re looking for. This would be a great recipe for a baby shower, bridal shower or holiday get-together! So regardless if you want to call this recipe “cherry soda puppy chow” or “cherry pop puppy chow” I promise if you give it a try you won’t be sorry!
- 9 cups chex cereal (I used the rice version)
- 2 cups white chocolate chips
- 1 small package cherry jell-o mix (not sugar free)
- 1½ cups powdered sugar
- Lay a piece of wax paper on a large jelly roll pan
- Put the cereal in a large bowl
- Put the chocolate chips in a small microwavable bowl and microwave for 1.5-2 minutes, stirring every 30-seconds, until melted and smooth. Be careful to not over-cook it or the mixture will seize.
- While the chips are melting, put the powdered sugar and jell-o mix in a large zip lock bag, seal and shake to combine.
- When the chips are melted, pour them over the cereal and stir to get all the cereal coated
- Dump the cereal into the zip lock bag with sugar mixture, seal and shake until all cereal pieces are coated.
- Spread the mixture on the cookie sheet to dry. Store in an airtight container or zip lock bag for a few days, although it probably won't last that long!