Are you a lover of peanut butter and chocolate?
If you answered, 😍 Yes!
Then you must take this opportunity to make a batch of these lovely crispy peanut butter balls.These old time favourites are just too good to resist and can be made anytime of the year. Every morsel you experience will have a creamy yet crunchy filling that is rich of peanut butter while draped with smooth Belgium,dark chocolate.They splendidly melt in your mouth and you can never just have one.
Treats like these have a way of sticking in your brain and becoming highly addictive. So,it's recommended to at least make an extra large batch,since they have a way of disappearing fast.Although,if your comfortable with 70-90 peanut butter balls under one rood,then it's best to stick with the original recipe.But I am warning you now!,the temptation is thick with these.
So if you stick with the original recipe and have so many of these delectable treats running around,you would think it be pretty expensive to make them. Right? Well actually? This recipe is surprisingly budget friendly,along with using common pantry products.It's a simple candy that any beginner could make,using efficient directions as well as simple ingredients.Its also a recipe that is pretty adaptable as well,especially for the more adventurous candy makers.Here you can have the ability to use any nut butter,extract,cereal as well as chocolate to create your own extraordinary treat.
Overall,this recipe is great for any stage of candy maker and would be great as a gift,served at a gathering or to curb a peanut butter craving.No one can resist these!
So try it out for yourself and see what your own unique creation will be.😃
Crispy Peanut Butter Balls
Adapted from 300 Best Homemade Candy Recipes By Jane Sharrock
Recipe Directions: Yield about 70
Mine:Yield about 90 ,varies with size.
2 cups crunchy or creamy peanut butter (500ml)
(See last minute fix)
1/2 cup softened unsalted butter (125ml)
1 lb confectioner's (icing) sugar (500g)
1 tsp vanilla extract (5ml)
2 cups rice cereal(500 ml)
12 oz dark chocolate candy melts
(Always have an extra bag)
Second Option:Good quality dark chocolate such as
1 1/2 bars of Water bridge Belgium Dark Chocolate (400g).
(Always have extra chocolate)
LAST MINUTE FIX!
Only had 1 cup of store bought peanut butter left.So Homemade Condiments saved the day! Recipe made exactly 1 cup of homemade peanut butter. If anyone wishes to replace the 2 cups of peanut butter for homemade, be sure to double the original recipe,sweetener is optional.
Prepared 2 large baking sheet with wax paper,setting aside.
In a large mixing bowl using a handheld electric mixer,I combined the peanut butters and softened butter,until creamy.
Then I gradually added the icing sugar and vanilla,blending till smooth.Mixture became more dry and crumbly reaching the end.
Then I began stirring in the rice cereal with a wooden spoon.
Then I began shaping the balls about 1 inch in diameter and placed them on the prepared pans.Once done,I freezed the peanut butter balls for 20 minutes.
Covered a large counter top with wax paper (option: reuse the large cookie sheets with wax paper)
While the peanut butter balls were freezing.I used the top pan of a double boiler over hot water (not boiling) to melt the pieces of chocolate, till smooth (keeping heat on low). (Substitute: Using a large glass bowl over a pot of hot water)
Using my Wilton's candy melt tongs, I dipped the chilled balls in the melted chocolate,till fully coated and placed each gently onto the counter top waxed paper.The I let them stand until firm,will vary with the temperature.If to warm place in the fridge to help harden.
Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.