Peanut butter and chocolate are two classic flavors that we all know and love. If you’re a fan of peanut butter cups, here they are in the form of cute and adorable chocolate balls. This chocolate peanut butter balls recipe is easy to make and perfect for the holidays! Serve them alongside chocolate covered strawberries for a delightful chocolatey snack.
Tips for Making Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
This easy peanut butter balls recipe makes about 120 pieces of chocolate candy balls. A batch this large is perfect to give as gifts to all your friends. If you want to make these just for yourself, cut this recipe in half or into thirds. Here are the best tips on making them:
- Use good quality pure chocolate bars or chocolate wafers. They are ideal for coating candies and fruits because they melt well and set up firmly, better than chocolate chips. Parowax, a food-grade paraffin wax, also helps stabilize the chocolate coating.
- Use processed creamy peanut butter to make your chocolate covered peanut butter balls. Chunky or smooth — it’s your choice. Just avoid using natural peanut butter or else your fudge will end up being too runny and greasy to be shaped into balls.
- It’s best to work with small amounts of the dough-like mixture, keeping the rest refrigerated until you’re ready to form and dip.
- Mix in other delicious ingredients to your fudge. You can add texture by loading them up with rice krispies, sunflower seeds, nuts, chia seeds, toasted oats, and even cream cheese shaped into little balls.
- Top and garnish your peanut butter truffles with drizzles of melted chocolate, shredded coconut, sea salt, cocoa powder, or holiday-themed sprinkles.
More Chocolate Peanut Butter Desserts You’ll Love
Loving these chocolate covered peanut balls? We know! It has the classic flavors that never get old and we never get tired of. For that reason, here are more must-try chocolate and peanut butter dessert ideas that we believe you’ll surely enjoy! Check these out:
- Buckeye Balls — Simply dip your peanut butter balls three-quarter way through in melted chocolate and you’ll get yourself a buckeye recipe. Easily make them at home using either smooth or chunky peanut butter, your choice!
- Tiger Butter — This 3-ingredient chocolate and peanut butter fudge is a perfect example of a quick and easy dessert! An upgrade from your usual homemade chocolates, its tiger-like stripes make it pass as a festive holiday snack.
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge — This is an easy truffle recipe in the form of bars, so there’s no kneading needed. It serves irresistibly smooth and chewy desserts.
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares — Here’s a crusted version of chocolate and peanut butter truffles. The crust is made with Nabisco chocolate wafers, while the filling has a chewy peanut butter fudge topped with milk chocolate ganache.
- Hi-Hat Cupcakes — These cute little confections are homemade chocolate cupcakes topped with a fluffy peanut butter frosting and capped off with a chocolate shell.
How To Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
These chocolate peanut butter balls are a sweet and delectable chocolate dessert made of creamy peanut butter fudge coated in semi-sweet chocolate for a crunchy and creamy combination.
- Mix peanut butter, sugar, butter, and vanilla together in a bowl.
- Shape peanut butter mixture into balls about the size of a quarter. Lay them on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet.
- Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Melt chocolate chips with parowax over low heat or double boiler.
- Using toothpicks or small forks, dip the balls into the chocolate.
- Set on wax paper and refrigerate.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Sugar: 3g
- Calcium: 5mg
- Calories: 92kcal
- Carbohydrates: 4g
- Cholesterol: 8mg
- Fat: 8g
- Fiber: 1g
- Iron: 1mg
- Monounsaturated Fat: 3g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
- Potassium: 59mg
- Protein: 2g
- Saturated Fat: 4g
- Sodium: 57mg
- Trans Fat: 1g
- Vitamin A: 96IU
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you make chocolate peanut balls less sticky?
The peanut butter balls get too sticky to handle if they are too hot. For easier handling, refrigerate them for at least 20 minutes to firm up. Another reason is that there is not enough powdered sugar. Add additional powdered sugar by the tablespoon and mix until a dough-like consistency is achieved.
Can you freeze chocolate covered peanut butter balls?
Yes! These peanut butter chocolate balls will stay good in the freezer for 2 months. We suggest thawing them first to avoid serving rock hard chocolate candy balls. If kept in the fridge they will stay good for 2 weeks.
ConclusionFor an easy chocolate dessert that satisfies the sweet tooth while also filling up the energy, these protein-rich chocolate peanut butter balls fit the bill! Make a big batch and stack them in the freezer to last a few months, or give them away for the holidays.
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