Ok, I have no pin for this one, because there are a meeeellion pins for chocolate + peanut butter on Pinterest.
Seriously. One million. Search it for yourself if you don’t believe me…. go. I’ll wait.
See. I told you. There are PB chocolate balls, bars, cupcakes, cookies, spreads, parfaits. All sorts of crazy things. The only thing… most of them aren’t all that unique. I’ve made some of those things before.
So why am I reviewing something everyone has tried before? Short answer… Because I want to. Long drawn out answer…. I’m glad you asked!
I do not buy any peanut butter that comes in a jar with a Disney character, or misspelled word, that I really don’t know what it means. I don’t buy peanut butter in a jar that could last for years in my pantry. I don’t buy peanut butter in a jar.
I grind my own peanut butter at our local store, back in the bulk area. Fred Meyer and Winco both offer this service. If your store has a bulk section, see if they have this option to make your own. There is one ingredient. You know exactly what that ingredient is. There are no preservatives. The most refreshing part, if you don’t use it in a timely manner, it will go bad! Some people might see that as a negative, but seriously, please do not eat ANYTHING that doesn’t go bad. It’s not good for you!
Some people will say that the texture of fresh ground peanut butter is awful, and a long time ago, I would have agreed with you. Jason has always loved it, so I weaned myself off the jarred junk by purchasing the more natural version that you had to stir before using. I hated stirring it up, and it always made a mess. I bought the no stir option, but it added an extra ingredient that I didn’t want. Plus, it is pricey!! I decided to just go over to the grinder, and make my own for SOOO much less. My boys love it, Jason loves it, and now, I love it. Jarred peanut butter tastes gross to me now. It’s so sweet with all the sugar they add to it! Blugh! I have not bought jarred peanut butter in years.
Okay. I’ll put my soapbox away.
With the knowledge that I buy grind your own peanut better, I’ll let you in on the negative. There is just one. It is very difficult to bake with. Baked goods just do not come out the same. BUT!!! It makes the best peanut better cups! The Best.
These are mindblowingly delicious! And painfully easy to make. Which makes me wonder why I don’t make them more often? Oh yes, because they are dangerous to my hips.
First you have to get your double broiler going. Or if you do not have a double broiler, like yours truly, just set this up. Just make sure you use a heat resistant glass bowl. You’re probably smart enough to know that without me telling you though.
Throw your chocolate chips in once the water is boiling. I used a little more than a handful because I wasn’t making a lot. Just eyeball how much you think you’ll need. The good thing is that it’s extremely easy to melt more chocolate if you didn’t do enough the first time.
Pretty, melting chocolate. Make sure you stir it the whole time. This is not the time to go vacuum your living room.
Now that the chocolate is melted comes the fun. If you used chocolate chips, you have some time to work with it. It takes a bit for it to set back up. But be warned it’s messy. Just think, you get to lick your fingers when you’re done. The easiest way to work with the peanut butter is to refrigerate it first. Once it’s hardened, it the peanut butter balls roll through the chocolate pretty easily.
I also spooned some chocolate onto the peanut butter that I had put into cupcake wrappers. I made a chocolate ball for all four of us, but only had enough chocolate for three. I didn’t want to melt more chocolate for one peanut butter cup.
Then you stick it in the fridge for a while. Or the freezer if you’re as impatient as me. You can tell that it’s ready when it’s not shiny anymore. It’s a matte texture. That’s when you know it’s set. Even if there is just a tiny spot that is shiny, you need to wait a little longer.