I have been sick this week. Sick enough that food didn't sound good. What the heck? Now that's just weird! I was attempting to catch up on mount laundry today when my co teacher for preschool called an said "you have to do a Reese's smackdown this week" "Oh yeah" my brain said "smackdown" while my mouth said "oh, great idea!" Truthfully she saved my rear because smackdown was so far down the list of things to do, it wasn't even registering.
We made the peanut butter candies, dipped them in chocolate and left them to cool at her house on Monday for preschool. I totally forgot about them. Apparently she did not forget them, as they innocently cooled in her fridge not knowing they were tempting Wonder Woman ( I call her that because she has 2 sets of twins, all boys and reacts pretty calmly to most situations) with their sweet peanut buttery chocolate siren call. They had to be sentenced to a closed box to keep them safe from nibbling. So the smackdown this week (Thanks Jen) is peanut butter wrecking balls vs Reese's peanut butter cup.
Peanut Butter Balls (AKA wrecking balls when you have 5 year old helpers)
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 softened butter
1 cup powdered sugar
chocolate for dipping
we used chocolate chips about 1 1/2 cups melted together with 2 teaspoons oil but you could use almond bark white or chocolate or a mix have fun!
mix the peanut butter and the butter together until well blended
mix in the sugar until it is well incorporated
roll in small balls and chill well
melt your chocolate
dip the balls in chocolate and set carefully in small candy cups or on a wax covered cookie sheet
chill for up to 2 hours before eating and keep in the fridge
give them to people you love for a sweet treat along with a hand cut valentine heart
Now the smackdown. The homemade peanut butter balls are very simple to make, very inexpensive and so delicious! They are, as Wonder Woman pointed out, not too sweet, which is actually a good thing. We used chunky peanut butter for a crunchy texture and they were highly praised by our little preschool testers. Labeled "mmmm the best" and "gooooood" by everyone they were definitely a winner! We did have one dissenting 5 year old twin but his little voice was drowned out by everyone else. The cost for a batch of 16-24 depending on size was about $1.75.
The Reese's peanut butter cups are also inexpensive coming in at 1.19 for a king size 4 patty package. The store bought have a few additives, they were greasy upon opening and horrifically sweet. So sweet they made my sweet tooth hurt! Of course this didn't keep me from inhaling the last peanut butter cup. (ha! as if)
This is a picture of the 1910 treadle sewing machine I bought for my husbands birthday this week. Thought you guys might enjoy it!
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