So let's see… where were we.... oh yeah, I was about to post these amazing chocolate balls for Valentine's Day when granddaughter Ella made her appearance and I got totally distracted. From everything.
She is grandbaby number 6 for me and I’d like to find a way to do this for a living. Is there anything more wondrous than a newborn baby? I think not. I’m still in awe of how perfect she is, and I think I will stop gushing right there because this could very easily get out of hand.
So even though I'm a little late for Valentine's Day with these scrumptious little chocolate balls, it seems entirely appropriate to talk about something sweet and wondrous when that's pretty much what my life has been about this past week or so.
I made these Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls over the holidays and we couldn’t stop eating them. I mean, what’s not to love about a peanut butter-filled chocolate ball. But the thing that makes these a little different from a traditional buckeye (the latin term for a peanut butter filled chocolate ball), is that these are krispie. Not crunchy. No, that would be a different thing entirely. These are krispie inside and thereby far and away even better than you can imagine.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with buckeyes (not the plant), because I wasn’t before I moved to the Midwest, they are a somewhat traditional confection here named after the buckeye plant because I guess they sort of resemble the nut produced by it.
And yes, I do see the resemblance.
But these buckeyes are most likely a bit more scrumptious than their namesake and actually fairly easy to assemble. I apologize for not including any process photos, but I honestly didn’t expect them to be as good as they were, so I didn’t grab the camera until after we’d eaten a fair number of them.
They would have been a lovely thing to make for your loved one(s) on Valentine’s day, but they would be equally as fun at Easter, made in sort of an egg shape instead of balls, or just make them for no reason whatsoever. Except that you will be very glad you did. Here’s the recipe…
Krispie Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
I'm not really one for making candy or overly sweet confectionaries, but when a friend gave me this recipe, I just couldn't help myself. Turns out, they are every bit as good (and maybe better) than I imagined they would be. The krispie interior makes these incredibly addictive. Proceed at your own risk...
1 stick butter
2 cups smooth peanut butter
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 cups Rice Krispies cereal
20oz semisweet chocolate
3 tablespoons coconut oil
Melt butter and peanut butter in large pan.
Remove from heat, then add powdered sugar. Mix well.
Stir in Rice Krispies.
Refrigerate mixture for about 15-30 minutes.
Remove from fridge and roll into 1” balls. Put them back in the fridge.
In separate bowl, melt chocolate then remove from heat. Stir in the coconut oil.
Dip the balls in melted chocolate with a spoon and roll them around until coated.
Cool onto waxed paper and then store in the fridge.