Say screw you to Hershey and drown yourself in homemade chocolate peanut butter heaven ^^
This recipe is so simple it seems impossible for it to be so delicious, but rest assured after your friends have this once they will be beating down your door for more! I'll let you decide if that's a good thing or not.
Step 1: Step 1, We Can Have Lots of Fun
Some way to melt chocolate, in two different containers. I use bowls in the microwave because I'm paranoid about water getting in there.
1 or 2 Spatulas
Wax or parchment paper
Cookie sheet - must have sides, unless you're brave like my mother.
Latex Gloves [optional]
Willpower to keep yourself out of the chocolate, some sort of weapon to keep others out of it.
2 cups milk or dark chocolate
2 cups white chocolate
1 cup peanut butter
Yep that's it!
Step 2: Gettin Down and Chocolatey
Before you start melting get your cookie sheet and cover it with your wax/parchment paper. Try to use one that isn't bent because you'll get really thick and really thin sections.
Break/chop your chocolate into small pieces [if not chips or wafers] and put in separate bowls.
Melt! Here's 4 different ways to achieve this goal - http://www.ehow.com/how_5320929_melt-chocolate-four-different-ways.html
I do it in the microwave one bowl at a time, it's the fastest way to do it and most klutz proof.
Once your white chocolate is melted stir in the 1 cup of peanut butter until fully mixed. Mmm smells good...
Step 3: The Magic Begins
Ok! So if you haven't eaten all your chocolate yet we can start to put it in the cookie sheet.
Pour one bowl of your chocolate onto one side of the cookie sheet, and one on the other. Grab your spatula and start swirling! If you've never done it before it may take a couple tries to get it to look right, but you'll enjoy eating your practice.
Try to a] drag the spatula across the bottom of the pan to thoroughly mix the two, and so you don't get sections on the bottom of just one kind, and b] try not to over mix, or the white/peanut butter mixture will disappear into the dark, killing the aesthetics and some of the contrast in taste. It's a catch 22 but it's possible to do. If you don't get them mixed together enough the chocolate can be flaky after setting.
I still haven't gotten it perfect but my mother nails it every time.
Step 4: The Hard Part
Slap that baby in the fridge and go play New Vegas for an hour. Yes, an hour. Don't even bother to test it at 40 minutes, it won't be set. Believe me.
Step 5: The Delicious Part
Alright! You didn't give into temptation and now you can enjoy the properly set fruit of your labors!
Now it's time to break it into bite [or two] sized pieces. I use latex gloves for this step because I found I was leaving fingerprints on the chocolate without them; fine if you're going to scarf it all yourself, not so fine for gifting.
It doesn't really matter how you break it, just do it! I break a larger chunk off and then break that chunk down into smaller pieces. Oh yeah, take the paper off first. Unless you need the fiber.
I was going to say 'put in an airtight container' but it probably won't make it there.
I have no idea what the shelf life is on this because it's gone long before that would be an issue. I think you may have the same problem.
I highly suggest that you don't tell anyone you're doing this, you won't want to share.