Sunday, February 21, 2010

Unchocolate Peanut Butter Cups

My quest to create a no chocolate peanut butter cup has not been in vain. Nor has it been exceptionally hard to do. I'm sure plenty of people have done it before, loads of times perhaps. Even Hershey upped the ante and made a white chocolate peanut butter cup. The critical words in that statement being "white chocolate." Still has cocoa. Still has caffeine. Still is bad for me.

All I'm saying is that it gives me a certain sense of accomplishment to know that I can make my own peanut butter cups that are just as yummy as the ones I'd buy in the store. Actually, they might be a bit better simply because I control the flow of candy coating and the amount of peanut butter stashed inside. Who wouldn't want to be in control of the peanut butter?

Unchocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Serves 12
Points: 3 per peanut butter cup

12 paper candy cups
8 oz vanilla candy melt
2 tbsp reduced fat Jiff peanut butter

Place candy cups in mini-muffin tin.

Warm 2 oz of the vanilla candy melt in a quart size Ziploc bag in the microwave on half power (defrost) in 30 second intervals until smooth.

Snip the corner off the ziplock and drizzle candy melt into the bottom of the candy cups. Tap the muffin tin to spread the candy melt evenly. You'll only need a small layer on the bottom, so be careful not to overfill the candy cups.

Let the first layer of candy melt set until hardened, approximately 3 minutes. You can cut the time in half by placing the cups in the refrigerator to set.

Place 1/2 tsp of peanut butter in the center of each candy cup on top of the first layer of candy melt. Once you've placed peanut butter in each candy cup, begin melting the remaining 6 oz of candy melt in a separate Ziploc bag using the same method as before. Once melted, drizzle candy melt over the top and around the sides of the peanut butter. Tap the muffin tin to spread out the candy melt and create an even, smooth top.

Allow the peanut butter cups to set for approximately five minutes. This allows the candy melt on top of the peanut butter to set properly and provides time for the bottom and top layers to adhere to one another. Once again, you can put the cups in the refrigerator to harden quicker, but make sure not to skimp on the set time too much. You don't want you candy to fall apart the moment you unwrap it.

Now unwrap one of your unchocolate peanut butter cups and enjoy the yumminess. Be prepared to share one unless you want to hear a grown man whine. I learned this the hard way.

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