Peanut Chews

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These chewy peanut butter munchies are a favourite in our house, and they're pretty simple and cheap to make, too!

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Step 1: Ingredients

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What you will need:

Rice Krispies or similar
1 jar of smooth peanut butter, smallish size, probably 1lb but don't have any right now so can't check!
1 1lb (454g) can of golden syrup
Chocolate for coating, 8oz (225g) or so.

1 large saucepan
Spoon for mixing, easier with a metal one
Large tray, this one is about 12" by 18" (31 by 36cm)
Spatula, rolling pin or anything to smooth out a stiff mixture.
Greaseproof paper (baking parchment)
Some strong arms, either yours or borrow a pair from somewhere.

Step 2: Making the chew.

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Put all the peanut butter and syrup into the pan, scraping it all out, then fill up the syrup can with sugar and pour that in too.

Heat it while stirring over a low flame until the sugar has mostly dissolved and it looks as runny as it's likely to get.  Don't heat too fast or leave it to stand for too long because it will start burning on the bottom easily - you're not making toffee, just melting it all.
Beware, this gets very hot and will stick to you and burn if you try putting your finger in!  Don't be tempted to try any without cooling it first.

The nutty smell may attract raiders from the garden, have a peanut or two on hand to fend them off!

motocaveman4 years ago
Try using 1 cup butterscotch chips and 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate for the topping... it'll blow your mind! My grandma used to make these when I was little. They are super addicting.
Betornillo5 years ago
Looks great. I have a question, i'm in mexico, so probably i will not find the golden syrup, what else could i use?. Can i use honey or caramel? Thanks for the recipe.
Sparrowhawk (author)  Betornillo5 years ago
You could try it with honey, corn syrup would probably be closer in texture but with a different flavour. Don't know about Mexico but you can get golden syrup on, just search for "Lyles golden syrup", seems to be about $5 plus postage. I'm also trying recipes to make golden syrup at home, once I get it to work I'll make an instructable :p
yoyology5 years ago
How would this work with crushed Rice Chex?  They're gluten-free, and cheaper than the organic puffed rice.

I might have to give them a try myself and answer my own question.  My four-year-old son is celiac, so I'm always looking for GF dessert ideas.
Sparrowhawk (author)  yoyology5 years ago
Crushed Chex... hmm no idea, try it! Would give it an interesting texture I would think if they were crushed fairly finely.
My mom used to use crushed Corn Chex as a coating for oven-fried chicken. I'm not familiar with Golden Syrup. Is it readily available, or a specialty item?
Sparrowhawk (author)  yoyology5 years ago

Well it's readily available here in the UK, in the US it seems to be more of a specialty thing, maybe used in Cajun cooking.

Found this which might help though.
Thank you! The answerer mentions Albertson's, which is now Food Pyramid in our area, and I know they have a British section in the Ethnic foods area. I'll look there.
this looks great but what is golden syrup?
Sparrowhawk (author)  nightninja875 years ago
Golden syrup is a thick sticky syrup made from sugar, like treacle but not such a strong flavour. According to Wikipedia it's not very well known in America...
thats probally why i dont really know it thats where i live
Jayefuu5 years ago
Loved the reuse of the golden syrup can for measuring the rest of the ingredients. And the visitor from the garden! Will definitely be trying these.
DIY Dave5 years ago
looks good