In the Kitchen: Peanut Butter Cups

In an attempt to get all my recipes and cooking talk in one place, I’ll be periodically re-posting recipes from my time writing on the Kitchen Mirror here. In some cases I may update pictures & proof-read, but for the most part it will just be a re-posting of what I had there. The posts are not in chronological order – I’m trying to post holiday appropriate recipes near the holidays they go with & fill in others around them.

Originally posted September 7, 2008

I have a thing for sweets and sugar. It is my downfall, seriously. No matter how many times I try to get on track to eat healthy, something sweet and delicious sneaks into my mouth. Especially if it’s chocolate. Chocolate can turn me into Homer Simpson, complete with drool.

So, recently I’ve decided to cut down (if not out) on the amount of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in my diet. Which doesn’t mean that I’m going to be all freakazoid about it and insist on ingredient lists when I’m out eating, but I’m really trying to be more conscious about the foods I’m putting into my body and right now, I’m still learning what those are. This has led to the possibly annoying habit of reading ingredient lists on EVERYTHING until I figure out what the limits are.

Which has nothing to do with today’s cooking experiment, but it will probably flavor my future posts here, so heads up.

Now, let’s get to the fun stuff, shall we?

I love peanut butter. I love chocolate. I like making foods myself so that I know what ingredients are in it. And just the other day, I found this recipe for a home made peanut butter cup. Naturally, I jumped all over that.

peanut butter cups<

Doesn’t it look fantastic? It really was quite yummy.

What I did – I doubled the recipe because I wanted bigger pb cups and I used regular size muffin papers to make them in.

What happened when I did that – I ran out of chocolate about halfway through topping the cups, so I improvised. I used the rest of my bag of chocolate chips and tossed in some semisweet Scharffen Berger chocolate squares I had in my candy stash (oh, yes, there is a candy stash), melted it all together in my microwave and still ran out.

Oh, well. In the end, these were delicious, but I think that next time I’ll follow the directions to make them smaller by using the mini muffin cups.

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Life List Item #3: Taste mmmph kinds of chocolate or candy

I don’t know who it was who first put together peanut butter and chocolate*, but that person was a genius. I can’t say if he or she was a sane genius or a maniacal one, but GENIUS nonetheless.

So far be it from me to deny myself a new treat with the words “chocolate” and “peanut butter” in their names.

Let me got back to how I discovered this treat. Before knit night on Wednesday, I stopped at the local convenience store for a refreshing beverage & small snack. I went to the aisle with the Corn Nuts because I was craving salty. As I looked around, I saw the Chex Mixes of the world and other random hanging bags of salt. My eyes darted past a bag and caught the glorious words “chocolate peanut butter”.

For a moment, the skies were glorious and the angels were singing.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bugles

And then I realized what I was looking at. Chocolate Peanut Butter BUGLES**. This would be either the greatest thing on the planet or something that would terrify me until the end of my days.

It’s been 24 hours since I had one and I’m still not sure how I feel.

Do you remember Puppy Chow? The Chex mix with chocolate & peanut butter melted together, then coated in powdered sugar? Well, it was kind of like that. Only without the powdered sugar. And with Bugles instead of Chex.

You know how Bugles have that artificial flavor of corn with enough salt to take down a lesser person? Well. That flavor mixed with the chocolate peanut butter (I’m just gonna call it a chocolate peanut butter paste, okay?) paste was a little alarming at first.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bugles
a close up of the horror

Yet I could not stop eating them. It was addicting, this trying to figure out if the Bugles were good or bad. I forced them on the rest of the knit night crew, hoping for…I’m not sure what.

According to Rachel, they are: “Repulsive if you savor them. Less repulsive if you bite right in to them, but still not good. Engineered to make me crave them.”

I still don’t know what to think of them. But the remainder are sitting in a bowl in my kitchen beckoning me to try just one more. Just one…

*or, really, peanut butter plus anything. Also, remember

**My brief bit of research tells me this product came out in 2009 sometime, but as I don’t usually go shopping for Bugles, I had not seen them until now.