How to Make Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

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Introduction: How to Make Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

This was a bit of an experiment to see if I could manage something like Reese's king size cups. I don't really like these things but my sister does and they're hard to find in the UK (and expensive).
A fairly simple task I thought - chocolate, peanut butter, sugar. Reese's list the ingredients as milk chocolate, peanuts, sugar, salt (& preservative).

The only other Instructable I could find like this is this one. The method of construction is different, but probably a bit easier if you don't want the classic cup-shape.

Thank you for the peanut butter cups, i have just eaten one, it was lush. X(verdict by SMS)

Step 1: Ingredients & Other Materials

I used:
~100g Icing-sugar, otherwise known as confectioner's sugar. This packet is white powdered refined cane-sugar.
~100g Peanut butter (smooth). This jar claims the ingredients to include 92% roasted peanuts and some salt. Yes the label does advise that it "Contains peanuts."
~200g Chocolate. Use what you like, I went for "Chocolate flavour cake covering", as this is the sort of thing my sister likes.

For making the cups, I used some "white baking cases", an improvised bain-marie and a few other common kitchen tools.


Step 2: Stage 1 - Hollow Chocolate Cups

If you take baking cases out of the packet, you tend to find them sagging, add weight to them and they'll sag some more. So I cut up a kitchen-tissue inner-tube to hold the sides of baking-cases vertical, which did a pretty good job.

Melt the chocolate in whichever way works for you. I improvised a bain-marie by sitting a bowl on top of a pan simmering water gently.

Add a spoon of molten chocolate to a baking case, and push it up the sides with a small spoon. It will relax back down to the bottom, leaving a coating on the sides. Leave the chocolate to cool and move on to the next case.

Step 3: Stage 2 - Peanut Butter Filling

Mix peanut butter & sugar together until you've got the sweetness you like, I went roughly 50/50.

To fill the cups - warm the filling, but only warm it, to around body temperature.
I found the mixture to be thixotropic i.e. it would liquefy to an extent if shaken, so one blob in each cup, a bit of a shake and the filling settled nicely.




Step 4: Finish

To finish the cups, add a spoon of chocolate to the top, give a bit of a shake, and let them cool.

With a bit of practice I could do better, and so could anyone else. But the things worked, I ate one it was just fine (and I don't really like these things).

I made 10 cups from the ingredients, they'll be ~40g (twice the Reese's) ~200 kcal.: they are high in fat and sugar.

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    How to Make Homemade, Healthy Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

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    How to Make Homemade, Healthy Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

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    By stating "I don't really like these things..." really sold your recipe.

    What a clown.

    OMG!!!-How can anyone not love Reese's peanut butter cups? Just wondering. I hate peanut butter and don't like chocolate, but I love Reese's!

    Because they are unnecessarily salty, probably use adulterated (with hydrogenated oil) peanut butter, and the chocolate is barely worthy of the name.

    If they were made with quality dark chocolate, and legitimate peanut butter, and less sugar, they'd be good. If you live in the U.S., Trader Joe's has their own version which like many of their copycat products (crackers, etc.), is better than the original!

    Trader Joe's are ok, I prefer the original Peanut Butter Cups. TJ's is an expensive yuppie palace. The good part of the place is that they do have unique stuff and so if you want it you pay the premium.

    If you worry about hydrogenated oil and such get out the food processor and grind it yourself. And since you shop at TJ's get some Cashew Butter and do these, but add some salt cuz the Cashew Butter is not salted enough. Or make your own PIGNOLI Butter (I have) add that , or Pecan Butter

    mmm

    so many fat grams so little time

    TTFN

    Hm, you must be going to a different Trader Joe's than I do. I buy better than 50% of my groceries there, because it's cheaper! Nuts, juice, dairy, chips; you name it. I see brands there for at least 2 bucks a bottle (hair care products) less than health food stores or discount vitamin and health products stores have them for. Same goes for a lot of food products, and the quality is, often as not, better than regular grocery store chains.

    Also, when I must go to the local Lucky store (California grocery chain), I go there first, endure the fishy stench that always greets me at the door. (The fish dept. is at the back wall), and overweight, unhappy, and mistake-prone staff (The bakery lady is great, sightings of staff other than cashiers are quite rare.) Then I go to Trader Joe's. If I get there before the mob of hungry grade school kids and parents, it's always a pleasure. Great products, happy staff busily doing a repetitive work as if it mattered to them. It does! They get paid less than the union slobs a few doors away, yet they are happier, more efficient, and take pride in their work. Any slow or lazy staff never last. The good ones are often there for years. If I were looking for people to hire, that's one of the first places I'd go.

    Sure, they have premium products, and some of them seem expensive, at least until I price the same or similar elsewhere.