Thursday, June 18, 2009

Chocolate PB Hearts

So a while ago I ran into a dilemma. At first I was discouraged by this challenge, but once I embraced it fully, I was pleasantly surprised.

The dilemma was this. I am a food lover. However my tastes were never cultivated much beyond crap. Esp as I became aware of exactly how much crap is in "mainstream" food, and what it does to your body. There was no way I was going to put it in my children's bodies, and thus I had to change my habits as well. I never want to be a "do as I say not as I do" type of parent, or person in general.

The GOOD news is that there is not ONE product I have discarded b/c of crap ingredients that I have not found a better, more natural/whole alternative to, that is so far superior in nutrition, health and TASTE that I think I must have been crazy to ever even enjoy the substandard version.

But the bad news is that sometimes it takes a while (and a lot of attempts!) to find the ONE THING that is the aforementioned.

One of my life long love affairs has been with reese's peanut butter ANYTHING. I did not like any other kind of knock off pb chocolate growing up-not palmer's, not uncle scooter's, nada. Always and only reese's.

So when mainstream candy bars went off our lists, I was worried. Holidays were marked by the arrival of reese's limited edition candies. PB pumpkins, PB heart, PB christmas trees...Reese's even came out with a PB BAT in honor of Dark Knight O_o. Keith and I almost couldn't handle it the day we saw a Reester Bunny at Walmart. (I still like to say that though, hehe)

I tried a lot of pb organic chocolate stuff. Newman's. Endangered Species. Other tried and true brands that just could NOT fill the void left in my heart (and thighs...) by the removal of Reese's from my life.

And then one day, something magical happened. Someone posted a recipe and I wrote it down and thought "eh, that's too simple to be that great, i'll try it someday". I finally tried this recipe, and I almost swooned. FANTASTIC, and I have no more love for Reese's, ever. I can use cookie cutters and make my own holiday shapes, thankyouverymuch.

I realize this is a very long-winded intro to this recipe, but really, if y'all KNEW how tight Reese's and I were at one point, well, then I guess you'd know ;)

Without further ado, the most delish chocolate pb candy recipe ever. And it's easy too. Life is good, no? :D

Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts

1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix it all together with your hands.
scrape your hands clea
Press the mixture into a heart-shaped cookie cutter...
Put them in the freezer for ten or fifteen minutes, until they're nice and firm.
Meanwhile Melt some chocolate. I used maybe half a bag of 60% cacao chocolate chips, and melted them in the microwave at half power in thirty-second intervals, stirring in between, until they were smooth.
Dip just the bottom half of the heart, sort of gently scraping off the excess on the edge of the bowl as you lift it out
stick them back in the freezer for a couple of minutes. Give the chocolate another 30 seconds in the microwave so it stays nice and fluid.
Dip the top halves of the hearts.
Ta-da! Put them in the fridge for a bit this time, just to set up a little.

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