Sep 172012

Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter CupsRecently I decided to try a little experiment. I was really in the mood for some frozen dipped bananas, only I forgot to buy any bananas. With just a bag of chocolate chips and a fresh jar of all-natural peanut butter at my disposal, I thought about making homemade peanut butter cups.

But I couldn’t be bothered with all the various steps. Plus, most of those recipes call for added butter and sugar, which I’d rather not use.

Melt Chocolate and Peanut ButterI figured since it all gets mixed together inside your mouth anyway, and when I really want chocolate I’m not at all bothered about presentation, there’s no reason why I couldn’t just combine the peanut butter and melted chocolate chips together and use candy cups to mold little treats.

It’s basically the same mixture I dip the frozen bananas in, only I added more peanut butter so the chocolate wouldn’t set up as firm since these will be solid all the way through, instead of chocolate surrounding a peanut butter filling.

Fill CupsI didn’t properly measure the peanut butter; I opened a new 16 oz. jar and added about a third of it to a 10 oz. bag of chocolate chips. Normally I use the microwave for something like this, but my favorite glass bowls were already occupied so I melted the chocolate using the double boiler/bowl over a pan of simmering water method.

I placed the candy cups in a mini muffin pan before pouring the melted chocolate and peanut butter mixture in so they’d keep their shape and be easy to carry over to the refrigerator. Unfortunately, I don’t have a candy funnel, so pardon the drips and spills. It doesn’t take them long to set up in the refrigerator. Once they’re hardened and out of the mini muffin pan, I keep them refrigerated in a plastic bag/food container.

Chocolate Peanut Butter CupAlso, I overfilled some of the cups, and then I nearly dropped the pan while putting it in the refrigerator, so these didn’t turn out very pretty. They’re still super yummy, though!

My thought with molding bite-sized chocolates with the candy cups was to help with portion control, since usually I just let whatever is left over from dipping bananas harden in a small bowl, break it up, and then eat it. These you actually have to go to the trouble of unwrapping first, which at least slows me down, but they still don’t last very long.

You could certainly play around with these and try using crunchy peanut butter for some texture, or subbing almond butter instead. If you have a fun way to make easy chocolates, please share it by leaving a comment.

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