Think nothing can beat the delectable chocolate and peanut butter combination made famous by Reese’s? Think again!
In the mid-1920’s Harry Burnett Reese, a retired dairy employee of Milton S. Hershey of Hershey Foods Corporation, left the farm industry to become a full-time candy maker. He began trading his peanut butter cups in wholesale markets. Due to the difficulties at the time around World War 2, Harry concentrated solely on making peanut butter cups, placing all of his efforts into one product. Few would dispute he made a mistake!
Peanut Butter Types
Peanut butter can be creamy, crunchy or organic or raw, salted and unsalted. The best peanut butter has no sugar, flavorings, or preservatives added and are usually called “all natural.”
Peanut Butter Cup Recipe
Makes 32 – 40 peanut butter cups
2 cups of creamy peanut butter
1 ½ sticks of butter or margarine
2 ½ cups of confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
Two teaspoons of vanilla
2 ½ cups of graham cracker crumbs (well crushed)
12 ounces of chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk chocolate)
Melt the peanut butter & the butter together.
Remove peanut butter and butter mix from heat. Add sugar, crumbs, and vanilla.
Press mix into 13” x 9” x 2” pan.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. If no double boiler is available, use two saucepans, one on top of the other. Boil about 2” of water in the bottom pan. Put the chocolate in the top pan to melt. The double pan allows the chocolate to melt slowly, without burning.
Pour melted chocolate covering the peanut butter mixture.
Freeze for 15 minutes.
Cut into squares. Refrigerate when not enjoying them.
Variations on this Recipe
Just like Reese’s has creativity on their world renowned peanut butter cup, this candy recipe can be altered similarly.
Easy and Delicious Homemade Candy Recipes
Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes
Gourmet Chocolate PB Cup Brownies
Replace the semisweet chocolate chips with the corresponding amount of white chocolate.
Replace the semisweet chocolate chips with a dark chocolate chip to combine healthy antioxidants to this sweet treat.
Use the same volume of crunchy peanut butter in place of the creamy peanut butter.
Put a layer of chocolate on the bottom of the dish before laying down the peanut butter. Add another layer on top of the peanut butter for a sandwich type peanut butter cup.
A Treat for Any Holiday
For a holiday treat make these in a special pan and tie a festive ribbon around it, or gift wrap in a holiday themed box. These are a sweet gift for Valentines Day, Christmas, or a hostess gift for any party, any time of the year. Peanut butter cups can be enjoyed year round for any occasion