Appetizers · Snacks

Jackal Chow

Golden jackal in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Photo by Lee R. Berger.

We have Jackals. Not as a pet, I mean our neighborhood is surrounded by Jackals. Some people might try to convince you that Jackals are small and harmless like foxes or other small canine-like creatures. The Golden Jackal which is widespread throughout Africa and the Middle East is larger, heavier, and similar to the Wolf. In short, they are scary. Our town, otherwise known as the Rama, is surrounded by carved out valleys and on one side a large quarry. At night if you stroll around the perimeter of the city you can hear them. Packs of wild Jackals. Last night I lay awake in bed listening to the crazed howling. There have been stories of cats and even small dogs torn to pieces. For now, all I’m going to worry about is this howling beast:

Do you remember eating Puppy Chow as a kid? I guess that was before the ban on peanut butter at every school, birthday party and play date in the country. The crunchy chex mix delight covered in PB, chocolate and powdered sugar was stored in massive ziplock bags and disappeared within minutes. While the Jackals kept me up last night I started to form a Middle Eastern version of my favorite Puppy Chow recipe. The whole point of Puppy Chow was that it’s fun to eat a snack that looks like dog food. For some reason, kids like that sort of thing. I’m going to pretend that Jackals eat food that looks like this, and not the Miniature Pinscher who lives upstairs. Feel free to use peanut butter or Sunbutter in this recipe if you don’t feel like being exotic, or if you can’t find Tehina. A small note: in the States, Tehina is usually referred to as Tahini or Tahini paste and can be found in most large grocery stores or in a Middle Eastern supermarket. This is a great alternative to the peanut butter version as less of the population is allergic to sesame, and can be made with kids or as a quick snack. As an added plus, you can find gluten-free rice cereal and dairy-free chocolate chips and give it away to your vegan or gluten-free friends! I would totally appreciate a beautiful tin filled with Jackal Chow as a holiday gift.

Jackal Chow
Makes a lot

1 box crispy rice cereal squares
1 cup pure Tahina paste (or peanut butter, sunbutter, etc.)
1 12 oz. bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2-2 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 tsp salt (optional)

Stir your tahina well so that the oil settled on the top is combined. In a large microwave safe bowl, combine the tahina and chocolate chips. In the microwave, heat for 15 second intervals, stirring in between until melted. Alternatively you can melt the chocolate chips and tahina in a large stock pot. Taste the mixture, and add 1/4 tsp salt if you think it needs it. Once the mixture is melted and combined, remove from microwave or heat source and stir in the cereal until completely coated. In a large plastic bag pour your confectioners sugar. Pour in the chocolate coated cereal into the bag and shake shake shake until everything is well coated in sugar. Store in the bag or an airtight container until you devour it like a wild Jackal.

3 thoughts on “Jackal Chow

  1. sounds DELICIOUS!
    one more added value of tehina is the high Iron content, which is especially important for vegeterians. only catch is, to get the Iron, you need Vitamin C as well. does adding a bit of freshly squeezed OJ to the mix sound reasonable? of course you can just drink the OJ instead…

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