Monday, March 30, 2009

Homemade "Fancy" Peanut Butter Cups

What you need:
  • Chocolate/candy molds
  • Chocolate chips any choc will work, I like to use semi-sweet/dark because I trick myself into thinking it's better for you =), it's true! but milk chocolate works too
  • Peanut butter crunchy or creamy, or both=)
  • 2 Bowls for melting chocolate and peanut butter
  • 2 Spoons for mixing up chocolate and peanut butter
  • A little paint brush

1. Melt about 1/2 cup chocolate chips at a time at 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between each 20-30 second interval. You don't want to heat too much choc at a time because it will start to harden and it doesn't work as well when you reheat it =):

2. Spoon a little melted chocolate into mold and coat with a paintbrush. You don't want to use too much chocolate so you have room for the peanut butter...buuuut you need enough to cover the mold and have a nice layer for what will be the top, phew :)

3. After you think the mold is coated well. Hold the mold up to the light. If you see nothin' but chocolate then you're good. If you see any spots that are transparent, then you need to add a bit more chocolate to those areas. Works like a charm!

4. Carefully wipe off excess chocolate from around the molds. Once they cool and are ready to pop out, if you have extra chocolate around the bottom, you won't get your true shape of your mold and it's difficult to break off without breaking your beautiful creation =)

5. Put molds in the fridge to harden. Patience, it's already looking yummy!

6. Melt about 1/2 cup peanut butter, at a time. Stir it up and you're ready!

7. Take molds out of fridge. Spoon a little peanut butter into each chocolate coated mold, but don't completely fill 'em up. Don't go light but don't overfill. =) Balance people. (If you overfill then your finished products won't lay completely flat, oh the details =))

8. Back in fridge to harden!

9. Melt some more chocolate, same as Step 1 =)

10. Take molds out of fridge. Spoon a little chocolate on top of the peanut butter and use paint brush to cleanly cover tops.

11. Back in the fridge! Almost done =)

12. Get your platters or plates ready to present! You can artistically fling some melted chocolate on your dish for a fun effect. I painted "Crunchy" and "Creamy" on mine so the lovely guests would know if they wanted a mode of transportation, a rose, a present, or a heart.

13. Eat and enjoy!!

I kind of had to rush these so they're not perfect but still yummy!

It's so fun to customize the molds for each occasion. I made sports themed ones for BabyBoy's first b-day party guests. There are molds out there for anything your sweet hearts desire!


quite contrary said...

SO cute! I LOVE peanut butter ;)

Lindsey said...

Super cute!!

Lucky in Love said...

Those are so cute :)

PB and chocolate are my favorite things in the whole world!

Lora Lynn @ Vitafamiliae said...

very creative and classy

SassyEngineer said...

Those look so absolutely delightful and sinful all at the same time!

*~! megs !~* said...

Your blog makes the gym time I just did very necessary!! I now need some of these!

Milltini said...

yum! what a fun project!

Renee said...

Those look great!

I woman I used to make with made fancy candy like that. It was always fun to get gifts from her.

Sweet Simplicity said...

Very cute! And now my tummy is growling!

Shanny said...

Looks yummy and cute!

Tracy's Porch said...

so cute!!!! I wonder if I have the patience for it???

Jon and Steph said...

How fun! Those are adorable. I bet they were yummy!

Sandy Toes said...

Oh yum...even at 7:50 am!
sandy toe

Nikki said...

How cute and yummy!

ARK said...

Where do you find the energy to be such a creative and fun mom??????????

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

oh man - I have sworn off of PBC and have not cheated in 2 weeks - are you trying to kill me?????

Megan said...

Those look really cute! :0)

The Shabby Princess said...

What a fun idea!!!

Nancy said...

"Fancy-Schmancy! " says Nancy

(sorry, couldn't resist!)

Becky said...

Oh my gosh! Those look
A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!!! GULP!

Heather said...

Oh that looks evil... if I made that in my house it wouldn't last 10 minutes as I have a bunch of peanut butter lovers on the premises.

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