I’m a pretty loyal Neiman Marcus shopper. Wait! Wait! Don’t click away. There already aren’t that many of you. I’m not the Neiman Marcus shopper you probably have pictured in your mind and neither are most of the others who shop there. I know who you’re picturing because it’s who I pictured before I started shopping there. The little old lady dressed in a tweed Chanel suit and pearls, clacking around in kitten heels, a little dog accompanying her. Her attitude is unfriendly; she is nice to no one and thinks she’s better than everyone.
Yeah. That’s not me. I’m really nice. I swear. I don’t wear tweed suits, pearls, or kitten heels and I don’t have any pets (though I’d really like a pet, but I wouldn’t take it shopping with me). I see all kinds of people shopping at Neiman Marcus: young, old, mothers, daughters, guys scrambling to pick up that last minute gift for their wives or girlfriends, families, dressed up, dressed down, famous, not famous, and everything in between.
The first time I went to Neiman Marcus, it was to buy mints. Seriously. I was in sixth grade and during rehearsal for an assembly one of my classmates shared an entire tin of Neiman’s mints with a small group of us. It was decidedly against the rules but made the boring afternoon go incredibly fast and I fell in love with these mints. I had to have more. Six months after that, I went back for some makeup and a year or so after that my first pair of designer shoes. After that I was hooked and the rest is pretty much history.
The amazing merchandise is only part of what has made me a NM shopper. The sales associates are the other part. They’re actually more than sales associates; they are friends. They are some of my most loyal blog readers, my cheerleaders, encouraging me to continue pursuing my passion. We’ve gone to lunch and dinner with some of them, met their families, looked at vacation pictures. And chatting on a visit to the store is the high point of my day.
The makeup ladies keep me in the know when it comes to the newest collections. The shoe guy sends me pics of the freshest styles, and the PR manager makes sure I have a front row seat at the fashion shows. Plus, I don’t even have to leave my house to go shopping. A phone call has the newest want or need in a box, on a FedEx truck, and to me in no time. I love going to the store when I can though, as it’s really not just a store, but an escape from the real world, even if it’s only a few steps away from it.
Fluffernutter Puppy Chow is also an escape from the real world. Peanut butter and marshmallow is my favorite flavor combination right now and puppy chow always sounds good. Tons of peanut butter and peanut butter chips are melted together before enrobing Chex and Peanut Butter Toast Crunch. Feel free to use all Chex, I am just in love with Peanut Butter Toast Crunch and wanted to intensify the peanut butter flavor. Some mini marshmallows also join the party. They don’t melt and become sticky, but rather soften only a little from the warm peanut butter. A shower of confectioners’ sugar finishes the whole thing off, creating a crunchy, soft, sweet, nutty treat that you won’t want to stop eating. Fluffernutter Puppy Chow is a dream come true, just like shopping at Neiman Marcus. Just don’t combine the two. Puppy chow and designer clothes definitely don’t mix
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup peanut butter chips
3 cups Corn Chex
2-3 cups Peanut Butter Toast Crunch
1 cup mini marshmallows
3-4 cups confectioners’ sugar
In a large microwave safe bowl, melt peanut butter and peanut butter chips in 30 second increments, stirring in between until fully melted. Immediately stir in cereal and marshmallows. Stir until they are fully coated and there is not too much of the peanut butter mixture in the bowl. Add about 4 cups of cereal to start and then continue adding in ½ cup increments until most of the peanut butter has been absorbed. I tend to like mine on the gooier side.
Add 3 cups confectioners’ sugar and stir until all of the cereal is coated. You may need to add more sugar based on how thick you would like the coating. May be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week. I do not recommend freezing this recipe.