With Halloween upon us in a few weeks I am thrilled to share a homemade candy that is reminiscent of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Because, who doesn’t love those that classic peanut butter and chocolate combination? I am a lover of almond butter, so that’s what I use in my version, but if you are craving a true Reese’s, go for peanut butter!
I am looking forward to October 31st for several reasons, one being that I will have my freezer stocked with these homemade candies that will take me back to trick-or-treating days =)
Chocolate Covered Peanut/Almond Butter Cups (Faux Reese’s)
2/3 c creamy peanut or almond butter
6 fresh Medjool dates, pitted
Pinch sea salt
3 tbsp pure maple syrup
In a food processor, combine the first 3 ingredients and blend until smooth. A sticky ball should form, or if your nut butter is on the dryer side, the mixture may be slightly crumbly. Add the maple syrup and process until a smooth paste forms. This will take 25-30 seconds.
In candy molds or small ice cube trays, spoon a small amount of melted chocolate to cover the bottom of the mold. Freeze for a few minutes. Spread filling on top of frozen chocolate, then top with another teaspoon or so of melted chocolate. Freeze or refrigerate until firm. Pop out of molds and store in the fridge.
If you don’t have molds or want a more rustic candy, you can simply form the filling into coin-size pieces, place on waxed paper, and top with the melted chocolate. They will look more like a turtle.
If you like this recipe, check out my recipe for Almond Butter Fudge.