Four Midwestern​ fall treats that aren’t only for Midwesterners

By Carolyne Croy

Warm mugs of cider. Knit sweaters. Fuzzy socks. Wrapping yourself up in a warm blanket and watching a marathon of Halloween movie. You close your eyes and smell the pumpkin candle burning, and you hear the wind outside blowing the bright colored leaves off the trees. It doesn’t get any more ~fall~ than this. You think to yourself. But there is something missing.

It’s the food!

If there is anything Midwesterners do well, it’s food. It may not be the healthiest, and it might not cater to popular dietary restrictions of the day, but Midwestern food is delicious and there are so many autumn recipes just waiting to be shared! So put your pumpkin spice lattes away and get ready to experience the Midwestern tastes of Fall!

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Peanut Butter Haystacks

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Peanut Butter Haystacks

For this recipe you will need:

  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts
  • 2 cups chow mein noodles

Directions:

  1. Melt butterscotch chips and peanut butter. Blend together.
  2. Stir the salted peanuts and uncooked chow mein noodles gently into the peanut butter/butterscotch mixture.
  3. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper and allow to cool completely.

These delicious peanut-butterscotch flavored treats are loved by all ages and are so easy to make! Feel free to serve with candy corn, candy pumpkins or any other decorative fall-themed candy!

 

Buckeyes

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Buckeyes

For this recipe you will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • Toothpicks

Directions: 

  1. Mix peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar.
  2. Shape mixture into 1inch balls and refrigerate
  3. Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips and canola oil in a double boiler until it is liquid and smooth
  4. Pick up refrigerated balls with the toothpicks and dip into the melted chocolate. Leave small circle surrounding toothpick bare to resemble a Buckeye.
  5. Place on a tray with wax paper and refrigerate/freeze until hardened.

Buckeyes are probably the Midwest’s most famous dessert and for good reason! The perfect mix of salty and sweet, Buckeyes are the perfect dish to bring to any Fall function!

 

Puppy Chow

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Puppy Chow

For this recipe you will need:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 (17.5 oz) package crispy rice cereal
  • 1 pound powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Melt peanut butter, butter, and milk chocolate chips.
  2. Pour mixture over the crispy rice cereal and toss until well coated.
  3. Place coated cereal in a plastic zip bag, add the powdered sugar. Zip bag closed and shake to coat the cereal.
  4. Add to bowl and serve!

Puppy Chow (also called muddy-buddies) are such a fun treat to make, and are so versatile! Leave them plain or add your favorite candies such as mini peanut butter cups, candy corn, or even pretzels!

Scotchies

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Scotchies

For this recipe you will need:

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 6 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips

Directions:

  1. Melt peanut butter, corn syrup, and white sugar in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Pour mixture over cereal and stir until well coated
  3. Press into a 13×9 glass pan
  4. Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips and butterscotch chips over medium heat.
  5. Once melted, spread over and evenly coat the cereal.
  6. Wait until completely cooled, and cut into one-inch squares.

Scotchies are so much tastier and more fun than regular crispy rice treats! A fan favorite, Scotchies are guaranteed to be the first dessert gone at any party!

 

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Now that you have the recipes for these 4 delicious fall-themed Midwestern treats, you can really get into that Autumn mood! Any of these treats are perfect for a Fall get-together, or for a cozy day at home. So kick up your feet, turn on that Halloween movie, and eat these treats along with your hot apple cider! Happy Fall!