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The All Mighty Monkey Munch Recipe!

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 4:00 am by BGW

Monkey MunchI was watching Jon and Kate Plus 8 and Kate makes “Monkey Munch” for her sometimes bratty kids. It looked like the little rugrats were enjoying this treat very much … it made me salivate a bit.

We have researched a good Monkey Munch recipe, and supplied it to you below:

Monkey Munch Ingredients:

  1. 9 cups Chex® cereal (any variety)
  2. 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  3. 1/2 cup peanut butter
  4. 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Monkey Munch Stove-Top Preparation Directions:

Monkey Munch

  1. Add cereal into a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Stir together chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in a 1-quart microwavable bowl.
  3. Microwave uncovered on High for 1 minute and stir.
  4. Microwave an additional 30 seconds or until the mixture can be smoothly stirred.
  5. Stir in vanilla.
  6. Pour mixture over cereal while stirring until cereal is evenly coated.
  7. Pour everything into a 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.
  8. Add powdered sugar.
  9. Seal bag and shake until well coated.
  10. Spread mixture on waxed paper to cool.
  11. Store Monkey Munch in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  12. Cut into squares or break into chunks before serving.
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38 USER COMMENTS:

By Amber on 07/02/2008 at 9:50 pm -

Kate’s kids aren’t bratty their young children. give them a break!!!!

By ryadmin on 07/03/2008 at 8:29 pm - <- Administrator

Bratty is defineds as: an ill-mannered immature person. Almost all kids are “bratty”. However, I can say that Hannah might be the exception…She’s actually well-mannered.

By A F on 07/08/2008 at 1:04 pm -

The kids are not nearly as bratty or self absorbed as their mother. Is she a piece of work or what. I have great empathy with her poor husband. Hopefully none of her other childred will turn out like Mady.

By admin on 07/09/2008 at 6:29 pm - <- Administrator

A F wrote:

The kids are not nearly as bratty or self absorbed as their mother. Is she a piece of work or what. I have great empathy with her poor husband. Hopefully none of her other childred will turn out like Mady.

I agree….Mady = bad girl

By marcy on 07/14/2008 at 9:08 pm -

I happen to like jon and kate and all their children. They handle everthing pretty good considering that they have 8 children. I can’t imagine what any of us would act like if in that position. its alot of work to be a stay at home mom and keep your sanity. so the kids are not bratty they are just acting how kids act and for jon and kate keep up the good work..

By tracy on 07/14/2008 at 9:46 pm -

I have 3 small ones myself all boys oldest age 7, twins age,3. I stay @ home full time with them. It is the best job ever but IT IS A JOB. I Can sypathize with the Gosselins. I enjoy their show very much, and I think all chidren have different personalities. Some are quiet, shy, or loud and outspoken. The point is they are still kids.Jon and Kate are doing en excellent job considering they have 8 kids. They play with them ,take them on trips,discipline them in a loving manner. They had 6 kids to potty train all at once.I have twins that are learning to potty train and it has been difficult, so I can’t even imagine 6 @ the same time. Oh and can you imagine the laundry they have. If Kate didn’t have help with some of that, she’d NEVER have time for ANYTHING ELSE. You’d probably be a little bratty to if you had to share mom and dads attension with 7 other kids. Keep up the good work Jon AND Kate

By Teresa on 07/15/2008 at 1:25 pm -

who ever says they are bratty are dead wrong

By Mommy02 on 07/16/2008 at 12:54 pm -

Whoever says those kids are brats must never go out to eat, the playgrounds, the mall, or have kids of their own! And Mady is not a “bad” child, she’s just opinionated and just trying to make herself known. You’d struggle too if you went from one twin sister to 6 other babies in the house over-night! Shame on you for speaking ill of a CHILD!! Great job to Jon and Kate for raising their children in a Godly home!

By momamia on 07/16/2008 at 6:10 pm -

Good kids and a very good recipe!

By Austinitemom on 07/19/2008 at 6:09 pm -

Why make rude comments- The children,Jon & Kate are great

By Tanya on 07/19/2008 at 9:44 pm -

This recipe looks delicious. However, to make it more appealing to the monkey-types, I’m going to see how it would taste with an extra 1/4 cup of chopped pecans and 1/4 cup of crushed, dried bananas added in.

As a side note, I also think it’s unfair to call any of the Gosselin kids a “brat” or a “bad girl”. Considering the circumstances (ratio of young children to adults in the home, limited one-on-one time with parents, etc.), I’d say these children are amazingly well-adjusted and well-behaved, and Jon and Kate deserve a good deal of respect for running their home and raising their children as well as they do. As a teacher, I’ve seen children from much easier circumstances display much more “bratty” behavior than Mady or any of the other Gosselin kids. Contrary to some of the opinions here, I think Kate’s extreme type A personality serves her family well. Also, as a teacher, the number of grammatical errors and problems with writing mechanics on this page is making me cringe (beware of verb agreement and comma usage :-D).

By Nicole on 07/20/2008 at 5:06 pm -

I watch the show all the time and my 4 year old asked if we could make monkey munch I did and my kids can’t get enough of it they love it! Love Jon and Kate plus 8 best show!

By Sarah on 07/29/2008 at 6:35 pm -

What type of adult picks on one particular child? Mady is outspoken, young girl that happens to have 7 siblings. An “adult” would be able to recognize that Mady’s actions are simply a way to grab so extra attention from her mom and dad. It’s disturbing that someone older than the age of 5 wrote that Mady = Bad Girl. Hope that “adult” doesn’t label their own child in such manner.

By STACEY on 07/30/2008 at 8:00 am -

JUDGE NOT, LESS YOU BE JUDGED…IF THEY PUT YOUR FAMILY UNDER A MICROSCOPE YOU WOULD NOT LOOK SO PERFECT EITHER.

By erica2 on 07/31/2008 at 4:12 pm -

lov tha show and i just made monkey munch like 2 sec. ago and itis fast easy and great!!!!!!!

By Cindy on 08/07/2008 at 4:24 pm -

I think for having 8 children they are doing a pretty good job. Watching a 1 hour episode of this show is really not enough for anyone to have a real opinion. I think Maddy can act a little bratty sometimes but that could be the way they edit the show. Kate reminds me so much of my mother. I’m sure she is a wonderful mother…. or could all be editting. As for the Monkey munch My three kids love it. I’ve even made it for my neighbors three children also.

By Stephanie on 08/11/2008 at 7:56 pm -

I am a proud mother of 1 year old twins, boy & girl. I have to say that Jon & Kate have been my inspiration. I couldn’t even begin to imagine handling 8 different personalities all at the same time without losing my sanity. For those of you who even bring “bad” or “bratty” to your lips are truly insane. Put yourself in their shoes for just one day and you will see how difficult it is to raise multiples. Jon & Kate, your doing a wonderful job at raising all of them! Keep it up.

By tess on 08/19/2008 at 4:47 pm -

i think kate and jon are mighty smart to have marketed their family this way. allowing us into their life allows kate to stay home with their brood. sponsors are willing to pay, and we are all willing to watch their life unfold, but that doesn’t give us the right to criticize their ways, their moods, their anything. they are raising pretty darn good kids and yes some of the family might not be to your liking, or mine, but they are entertaining and if we don’t like it, we can always turn the channel!

By ann on 08/21/2008 at 6:10 am -

As a Grandmother of 6, I fully understand Kate. I love watching the children grow and develop as NORMAL children in difficult circumstances!

By ryadmin on 08/21/2008 at 11:24 pm - <- Administrator

The Gosselin kids are too easily amused and make big deals about small insignificant things.

By christine on 08/25/2008 at 10:22 pm -

I love the show and the kids. I think Jon and Kate are a hilarious couple. I give them credit for doing a wonderful job so far with such a large brood with six four year olds in the bunch. Those who think Kate can be mean or too stressed out who wouldn’t be and I think it would not be normal if you are hunky dory like June Cleaver all the time in a situation like hers. I think the kids are beautiful, well adjusted, and happy, loved, and well taken care of. However one particular child can be unbelievably difficult, maybe there is more than just jealousy of her siblings or she could just be a high strung individual. Anyway I look forward to seein the show when I can.

By Nana on 08/31/2008 at 5:55 am -

Amber wrote:

Kate’s kids aren’t bratty their young children. give them a break!!!!

THOSE CHILDREN ARE NOT BRATTY! I think they are wonderful young creatures and cannot even imagine how they do it. Sometimes a trip to pool or mall is taxing enough without adding 6 more of the same age. Have you ever been to a birthday party for kids that age? Well go and then you can define bratty! Kate and Jon, you are wonderful parents and more power to you. I am sure the people who think you have bratty children are the same ones who think their kids are perfect, straight A, best athlete, etc, etc

By stacy on 10/02/2008 at 7:10 am -

kate you are the best! if i could be half the mom as you i would be happy!!! you are doing great! you need a award! i love your whole family!!!!!!!!!

By NotLovin8 on 10/07/2008 at 1:01 pm -

Jon is a lazy pile and Kate is a straight up witch. She’s loud mouthed and demandiong, thinks she’s a queen and sits on her bum all day. Mady is just exactly like her mother. A drama queen who wants everyone to pay attention only to her. Fit throwing not cute monkey butt munchers, all of ‘em.

By REE on 11/12/2008 at 2:37 pm -

Tanya wrote:

This recipe looks delicious. However, to make it more appealing to the monkey-types, I’m going to see how it would taste with an extra 1/4 cup of chopped pecans and 1/4 cup of crushed, dried bananas added in.

As a side note, I also think it’s unfair to call any of the Gosselin kids a “brat” or a “bad girl”. Considering the circumstances (ratio of young children to adults in the home, limited one-on-one time with parents, etc.), I’d say these children are amazingly well-adjusted and well-behaved, and Jon and Kate deserve a good deal of respect for running their home and raising their children as well as they do. As a teacher, I’ve seen children from much easier circumstances display much more “bratty” behavior than Mady or any of the other Gosselin kids. Contrary to some of the opinions here, I think Kate’s extreme type A personality serves her family well. Also, as a teacher, the number of grammatical errors and problems with writing mechanics on this page is making me cringe (beware of verb agreement and comma usage :-D).

I think the children are very well behaved. I have seen some families with just one or two children who act much much worse. I have said since their very first episode how well be haved they are. Mady does whine alot, but she has an older sister and 6 younger brother and sister who get alot of attention so she needs to feel important. None of them are bratty.

By MizLeBlanc on 11/18/2008 at 8:38 am -

Give me a break. Kids are kids. Try handeling 8 kids and see if you get grumpy or snippy. If you like the show watch it, if not change the dang chanel.. I love watching and think the kids are well behaved. A few have a bratty personality but you are an adult, deal with it.

By MOMMYO2 on 11/19/2008 at 10:30 pm -

I have 2 children ages 15mos and 26mos.. and boy my kids consume a lot of time and energy.. I praise Kate for doing it with 8.. so yes she can come off a bit grouchy at times but wouldnt you taking care of 8 kids alone for the majority of the day.. being a mom is a 24 hour job.

By Necole on 11/24/2008 at 10:30 pm -

ryadmin wrote:

The Gosselin kids are too easily amused and make big deals about small insignificant things.

My two year-old triplets are easily amused. The simplest things in life make them happy and guess what, that thrills me because they are young vibrant children who are learning and experiencing something novel. As an adult, what we think of as insignificant is not insignificant to a child. Administrator you cannot possibly be viewing those children truly as children. Your judgement of that family, specifically of those children is flawed and largely biased. As a psychologist I ask why?

By Donna on 11/26/2008 at 2:12 pm -

As a Mom of 4 (all grown) I find it hard to understand why their are so many negitive comments about this family on line. I would do anything for my babies to make sure they have a great life, thats why I had them. This family is more normal than most of the families I’ve known in my 53 years on this rock. If most of you “Neggie Nellies” had a chance to raise your kids and get paid for it, I am sure we would find out that those who do the most protesting are those who are most guilty….Thanks for the recipe, I wish everybody would love their children like Jon & KAte.

By Marlo on 12/16/2008 at 4:03 pm -

I’ve NEVER posted a message online, but feel compelled to after I read the comments by “A F” on 7/8/08. How ugly to take time and energy to spread negative thoughts or feelings about a family who (so bravely) allows themselves to be put out for the world to see. Kate could be described by many words, but self-absorbed should be NONE of them! The woman has 8 young children who she selflessly gave up her career to stay home and take care of. I stay home with two my young children and EVERY child, no matter how polite, articulate, well-behaved, or angelic they usually are…EVERY child has meltdowns every now and then. Thank goodness my children’s are not broadcast on television! As for empathy for Jon, every couple has their issues and I think it’s admirable the way they interact and communicate with eachother. Are they perfect? No, but none of us are. They’re real and you can see and feel the genuine love they have between them. Lastly, how cruel to label Mady a bad girl. She is NOT! She is a YOUNG girl trying to figure herself out in what appears to be a very busy home. She has many great qualities and good for her for having a strong personality! One day, she may be in a leadership role or a management position, but in the mean time she’s LEARNING how to best handle herself. Everyone has gone through these growing pains, we just don’t all have to do it in front of millions of people watching! Keep up the great work Gosselins! You’re a good example of a real family :)

By NCP on 12/29/2008 at 11:53 am -

Kate is so selflessly. She loves them more than herself.

By HayTayJay on 01/17/2009 at 3:11 pm -

I think they are doing the best they can, we should give Kate a break… we all have our moments we are not so proud of she has 8 children and her moments are broadcast for all to see…who if any of us can say they go to be every night happy with how are day went, they have 8 kids 8 times the stress and 8 times the laundry :S that would be enough to drive me up the wall,they’re a great family to watch and we (as a family) loved it and them :)

By Mokie on 04/07/2009 at 12:42 am -

We get a slanted view of Jon & Kate Plus 8 due to editing. I think all the children are well adjusted under the circumstances and acting better than their age. I know kids that are the only child and act worse. It’s not easy raising one let alone 8 children and give them all the love, attention and descipline that they need to growup in this world today.
Way to many people are critical, but yet do nothing to improve their own situation or to help others worse off than they are. If you have not walked in their shoes you have no right to be critical of others. If you have then you would be all the more understanding.

By Mokie on 04/07/2009 at 12:47 am -

NotLovin8 wrote:

Jon is a lazy pile and Kate is a straight up witch. She’s loud mouthed and demandiong, thinks she’s a queen and sits on her bum all day. Mady is just exactly like her mother. A drama queen who wants everyone to pay attention only to her. Fit throwing not cute monkey butt munchers, all of ‘em.

From you comments I see you want all the attention!!!

By Mokie on 04/07/2009 at 12:50 am -

ryadmin wrote:

The Gosselin kids are too easily amused and make big deals about small insignificant things.

Hey, they are only 4 years old and the onler girls are 8. How are you amused? Do you watch TV all day?

By Anita on 05/12/2009 at 8:08 am -

I love the show and can’t wait to make the monkey munch. Is there a substitute for the peanut butter?

By Karen on 08/10/2009 at 8:01 am -

As noted we only see the edited version of Jon and Kate’s lives. No one is at fault here they are ultimately human beings and I wonder what would be said about any of us if our lives were an open edited book for the world to see. I think Jon and Kate do an outstanding job in knowing, understanding and handling each of the children’s personalitys. Remember these are children not robots.

By admin on 01/05/2010 at 10:04 pm - <- Administrator

Guys…take it easy now. I said SOMETIMES bratty. That absolves me of any wrongdoing.

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