Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sugar-Free PB Cups

If you can excuse the blurry photo you'll see a peanut butter cup. Mr S was sick this weekend with a cold & sleeping in. The boys and I were sitting around the table debating what to do when I remembered there was chocolate in the pantry and I'd just restocked on the only decent tasting peanut butter that doesn't have sugar in it in our area. I jumped up and said, "Let's make candy."

The boys were far more interested in playing lego and had no idea what I was talking about so I set about the task myself.

Last week I'd picked up a bar of sugar-free chocolate from the local health food store. It did have artificial sugar in it vs a natural sugar. Normally we avoid these things, but on occasion we succumb. This particular bar {sorry no photo} was Swiss chocolate and I was in shock that it was sugar-free. Thus it landed in my basket.

Anyway, all I did was break the chocolate into small pieces and melt it in the microwave. This took a bit of time and a lot of stirring. Probably for the best because despite the call of lego I had the boys empty the dishwasher before running off for the day. I also melted peanut butter, about a tablespoons worth. I just put it in a bowl and heated it in the microwave until it was very runny.  Then I poured a thin layer of chocolate in the bottom of a mini muffin pan, topped it with a generous scoop of the peanut butter, & topped it with more chocolate.

I put it in the fridge to harden while I cleaned up the kitchen & exercised. I know, the irony of exercising while candy hardens in the fridge is a bit much, but that's the way things roll around here. After it was hardened I popped them out of the pan and the boys indulged, as you can tell by the above photo!

The boys thought they were awesome, and this is one of their favorite "candies", all though they rarely ever get to have them from the shop. I confess to trying one, and they weren't bad. I'm not sure they tasted exactly as I recall a Reece's tasting, but I can't even remember the last time I ate one so you never know! I'm considering trying it again and adding a few things to the peanut butter, just for fun. We'll see. My idea was to try this recipe on the kids and make a few for them for Christmas.

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