To celebrate the spooky Halloween holiday (or maybe that was just a passable excuse) we tried our hand at making our own candy: crunchy chocolate peanut butter balls. They were delectable! Think of Buckeyes but with more crunch and fewer ingredients. Maybe I should call these Hawkeyes? Or does that scream “wannabe?”
These bite sized candies are rich, satisfying and easy to make. We used dark chocolate (chocolate chips would work well too), a sleeve of crackers (pretzels would be nice too if you’re swanky enough to have access to them), and the peanut butter from Elisa (or you can make your own).
First you crunch up the crackers, but not too fine because their purpose is to add a nice chunky texture.
Then mix in the peanut butter and put it in the freezer for a bit to make it easier to roll into little balls. The balls then go back into the freezer while you melt your chocolate so the peanut butter doesn’t melt into the warm chocolate when you roll ’em around in there, the last step.
The easiest way to melt your chocolate is in a double boiler, which obviously I don’t have here in Paraguay but it’s easy to make your own with a sauce pan of water under a heat-resistant bowl. That’s it. This method beats the microwave for me since it’s harder to scald the chocolate and keeps it nice and melty for longer so you don’t have to frantically rush to dip the balls before the chocolate cools and hardens.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
1/2 cup crushed crackers or pretzels
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate (heaping)
1. Crush crackers in bowl until chunky.
2. Stir in peanut butter.
3. Put in freezer until easier to handle, about 10 minutes.
4. Roll into tablespoon sized balls. (Makes about 12.)
4. Place in freezer again, about 10 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, melt your heaping 1/2 cup of chocolate.
6. Roll balls in chocolate until covered.
7. Place in fridge to harden. Enjoy!
If you’re feeling fancy I can see these being jazzed up by sprinkling chopped nuts, sprinkles, or coconut on the tops before the chocolate dried. But I like them in the nude just as much. The chocolates in the nude. Without fancy toppings, I mean.
Store these in the fridge to prevent melting if you’re lucky enough to have any left over. What do you think? Does the peanut butter and chocolate combo give you as much of a thrill as it does me? Be sure to report back if you try these little Hawkeyes!