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homemade peanut butter cups

I briefly mentioned in this post that I had discovered Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup ice cream and how it rocked my socks off. That stuff didn’t last 3 days in our freezer.

I’ve tried the classic American Reese’s peanut butter cups (and my favourite, Reese’s pieces), and think they are annoyingly delicious, but they definitely contain some questionable ingredients and are generally not the healthiest choice. I am not at all against having such snacks now and then, but I was convinced that I could try and whip up something similar at home, with fewer (and pronounceable) ingredients.

So I experimented, and it actually worked!

I’m sure this isn’t an original idea and no doubt you can find countless versions of this on Pinterest, but here’s what I did (and it was so easy & quick!):

Ingredients:
100g dark chocolate (I used 70% cocoa Green & Blacks)
100g milk chocolate (Again, used Green & Blacks)
120g no sugar added smooth peanut butter
10g agave nectar (or honey or maple syrup, can add more)

To make:
1) Prepare a mini muffin tin (or a regular one, or any moulds you like), line with mini muffin cases.
2) Heat half of each chocolate bar in the microwave until completely melted.
3) Fill each muffin case with 2 teaspoons of the melted chocolate, make sure it’s levelled, place in fridge or freezer until hardened.
4) Stir the peanut butter with the agave nectar until mixed.
5) Once the chocolate is hardened, fill each muffin case with 2 teaspoons of the peanut butter mixture, level, place in freezer until hardened.
6) Repeat 2 & 3. Freeze until hardened, and then tuck in!

They can be stored in the freezer if you prefer them to be rock hard (E and I both preferred them frozen), but they can be stored in the fridge too – the peanut butter portion will just be a little softer. They are pretty virtuous as far as chocolatey treats go, and as with the B&J ice cream, these didn’t last very long around here either.

And if you’re thinking how cute those polka dot mini muffin cases are, me too.

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  • Reply Cherie Koh

    My oh my! These look divine! I shall have to try them out soon x Cherie | SINONYM

    June 8, 2014 at 8:00 am
  • Reply Ice Pandora

    Wow your version of Reese looks a lot healthier c: Haha nice defining them 'annoying delicious' 😛 Iagree!Thanks for sharing ^__^ Xx

    June 8, 2014 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply Saskia B

    I have seen these around before, but yours looks so much more delectable! Great recipe.Saskia / girlinbrogues.com

    June 8, 2014 at 6:40 pm
  • Reply jennie

    Oh my goodness! Can I come and live at your house please? You make the yummiest looking treats!! <3 Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

    June 8, 2014 at 11:12 pm
  • Reply Marla Rogers

    Ohhhh myyyy goddddd. I agree with the comment above…can I just come live at your house. I'll sample all your recipes for you…!

    June 9, 2014 at 2:06 am
  • Reply Sartorial Diner

    Wow, this looks positively delightful and delicious! The photos are beautiful as well!

    June 9, 2014 at 3:36 am
  • Reply Julie Hoang

    These look amazing!

    June 9, 2014 at 11:58 am
  • Reply Elizabeth Georgian

    Those look delicious and easy to make! I'm going to try it!

    June 9, 2014 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Jane

    yum~~ they look amazingly delicious. made me gulp!

    June 9, 2014 at 2:17 pm
  • Reply Naomi Wilson

    I know what I'm making on Friday : )These look fantastic. Thanks for sharing, M!Naomi xowww.whatnaomiwrote.blogspot.co.uk

    June 9, 2014 at 6:28 pm
  • Reply Sharlynn Ng

    You are a freaking genius!!! These look amazing and sooo yummy! I will still however buy my peanutbutter resses, I don't have the patience to work with chocolate and confectionery!

    June 10, 2014 at 3:57 am
  • Reply Kelven

    Wow this is insane. And dangerous… being able to make these at home… you have no hope of resisting now! 🙂

    June 10, 2014 at 8:40 am
  • Reply Setarra

    Charles and I always put our Reese's in the freezer when we get home! This recipe looks simple enough, definitely adding it to my list of desserts to make 🙂

    June 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm
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