Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Okay so it’s October 31st.

The day we loved as a child: candy, sugar, chocolate, more candy… sugar coma.

The day we anticipated as a college student: an excuse to get drunk and wear little to no clothing.

Today: um….

I’m sorry, but this is the first year that I have not cared at all about Halloween. There must be something wrong with me. Has work made me boring? Help! I used to sooo look forward to Halloween. I loved dressing up, decorating, carving pumpkins, and jello shots. But today? Meh.

This Halloween will not consist of trick or treating with Theresa as a New England Patriot…

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or saving the world with Kathy as Wonderwoman….

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or getting wasted with Shannon in a penguin suit.

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Good times… from what I remember.

Even though I am not feeling the dressing up, decorating and getting drunk I still had to get into the spirit somehow. I guess I could have come up with a spooky Halloween workout, but chocolate is much more fun and Halloween just wouldn’t be Halloween without some treats.

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I really don’t buy packaged treats… the added “gunk ingredients” have totally turned me off. I get that sometimes you need/want to have the real deal but I wouldn’t be true to myself or to you or to the world of nutrition if I didn’t make one of my favorite packaged and processed Halloween treats healthyyyyy right? Duh, of course!

In deciding which one of my favorite treats to healthify it was a no-brainer: no-one likes chocolate covered raisins, peppermint patties seem too hard, PB and chocolate? A match made in heaven.

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When I was little I used to sneak Reese’s peanut butter cups from our “candy cupboard” and then cut them into tiny slices so it would last longer. Then I’d hide the wrappers in our umbrella stand. I wonder if my parents ever knew? Awkward because they read my blog and now know my closet-eating ways. Thankfully I don’t sneak, eat or hide these mini-cups… I just enjoy them and I hope you do too.

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Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Ingredients (Makes 12 mini cups)

  • 112 grams (4 squares) pure, unsweetened baking chocolate (OR: 1/2 cup chocolate chips – see notes)
  • 3 tbsp. all natural peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp. honey (see notes)

Instructions

1. Line a mini-muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.

2. Combine 3 tbsp. of peanut butter and 1 tbsp. of honey in a small bowl.

3. Microwave peanut butter and honey for 30 seconds, until crumbly.

4. Allow to cool and roll peanut butter into 12 dime-sized balls, then flatten with your finger to form small circles and set aside.

5. Heat a small pan over medium heat.

6. Once hot, add chocolate and stir until melted (about 3-4 minutes) — watch carefully, you don’t want it to burn.

7. Transfer chocolate to a small bowl and mix in 2 tbsp. of honey.

8. Fill the bottom of each liner with a heaping teaspoon of chocolate.

9. Place your peanut butter circles on-top of the chocolate.

10. Cover the peanut butter with another heaping teaspoon of chocolate.

11. Freeze until solid — about 40 minutes.

12. Store in the fridge in an air-tight container and enjoy.

Notes: If using sweetened chocolate chips, omit the tbsp. of honey. If using the ingredients outlined, this produces a rich dark chocolate. Add more honey to taste.

Happy Halloween

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Questions of the day…

What is your favorite Halloween candy/chocolate/treat?

What was your best Halloween costume ever?! 

How are you celebrating Halloween this year? Are you making your own goodies? 

35 thoughts on “Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

  1. Omg I’ve been eating sooo much candy including obviously reese’s and I can feel the “gunk” building up, but I can’t stop! Your look aaamazing though, I basically died when I saw them on IG. Also I love all your throwback pictures! I feel like it’s normal to get out of the spirit after college. I’ve dressed up/partied/celebrated once or twice in the years since then, but it pales in comparison.

  2. Halloween at university was so much fun. We got so into it!! My favourite year was when I dressed up as an Oompa Loompa.. it was hysterical. Grant was Hulk Hogan and his costume was SO good! I’ll have to dig up a picture of us.. we won best costumes at the bar! Ha!

  3. Nothing beats a good chocolate peanut butter cup. I love how you used minimal ingredients in this recipe. Just like everything else you make- these look fantastic!

    Favorite Halloween candy- Reese’s PB Cups. No pb cups can contend lol

  4. I’m not really feeling Halloween this year either, and I have no idea what it is… I probably won’t do much today besides lounge around at home, toss in a movie, and maybe try my hand at some homemade treats. I was thinking about Twix, but you’ve just given me a huge craving for some kind of nut butter and chocolate cup. I’d have to sub out AB for the PB, but I’m thinking it’s going to happen…

  5. You can NEVER go wrong with Peanut butter and Chocolate. And I have to admit I was such a debbie downer this year as well when it came to Halloween. First year ever with no costume. Oh welll … lol

    -Elise @ 9toFit.com

  6. Ha your halloween excitement levels made me laugh! I feel the same way, although we are dressing up for work today and my ‘costume’ is jeans and a sweatshirt so I am actually kind of excited about that. I love chocolate and peanut butter together.

  7. You will get excited about Halloween again when you have kids because their costumes are freakin adorable and hilarious. Joseph is a skunk this year- last year he was a Tootsie Roll.. See what I mean? The penguin costume is the best! My favorite costume has been either Pippie Long Stockings or Rainbow Brite. Oh, and the peanut butter cups look delicious!

  8. Adorable penguin outfit!
    While I have a hooge sweet tooth, I prefer to make my sweet stuff at home, rather than buy packaged stuff -other than fro yo & Reeses :) So these PB cups of yours look totally delish! Like the honey/dark chocolate idea.
    I grew up in two countries that did not do Halloween – only when I came to the US did I find out about it…and celebrated it till my daughter informed me she was too old for it!

  9. Hahah okay okay I’ll give you a pass for those “no healthy bullshit” words I spoke earlier on my blog. You got me with peanut butter cups. I wish Reeses made natural PB cups because that’d be awesome. These sound super simple to put together!

  10. Oh, wow! Chocolate & PB are two of my favourite things in this world, so I believe I will be returning to this post in the very near future to experiment with this. I’ll be sure to let you know! What a great Halloween treat!

  11. Yep, I couldn’t care less about Halloween this year either. Last year was Hurricane Sandy, so that’s what I was doing to celebrate. Loved seeing your costumes through the years though! AND peppermint patty candy would be my vote, (especially since I’m allergic to pb), so if you ever decide to make that I’ll be SO excited.

  12. Loving the penguin costume. Peppermint Patty’s are my favorites along with a Coffee Crisp but I’m going to give these PB&Chocolate a go. Did you chill the PB and honey before rolling it into a ball?

  13. Mmm PB cups are my favorite! I don’t get excited about Halloween either, too much candy and tacky decorations haha! I don’t really eat candy, but I am a fan of Reese’s cups. Probably a good reason to make your recipe :-)

  14. I will be celebrating at the gym…fail. And, I didn’t dress up this year at all…double fail. I will be enjoying some candy though :) That tradition will live on forever for me!

  15. I feel you on not wanting to do Halloween this year..I literally haven’t done anything. I’m using the excuse that I was out of town but that’s actually a really lame excuse. HOWEVER, these pb cups look seriously delicious AND simple—mmmmmmm! Plus pb+choc=best combo ever.

  16. Yessssss!! Just what I need, except not in the mini version ;) Love making candy recipes at home – then even though I’m eating wayy too many of them, at least I know what’s in the ingredient list. Happy Halloween!

  17. This is PERFECT timing as Lindsay sent me that unsweetened chocolate just yesterday!! Haha, I used to be so naughty as a kid with our chocolate stash… I would eat the chocolate then throw the wrappers over our neighbours fence….oops.

    I reckon when I come to Canada, we dress up and get wasted to relive our university days!

  18. Oh my goodness these look delicious! I love your little story about hiding the wrappers in the umbrella stand…too funny. My favorite candy EVER are peppermint patties but I actually ADORE chocolate covered raisins :)

  19. Aha I am pretty sure I am guilty for leaving a few wrappers around our house as a child too. Gosh, I thought I was the only one who didn’t feel like dressing up this year. Guess that’s what getting older does. My niece however relit my “halloween” spark so I dressed up and even went trick or treating. It was fun for her to get some toys from our neighbours since she is much too little for sugar laden anything. I used to love kit-kat – I’d eat around the edge and leave the wafer cookie for last… but these days my favourite “treat” is dark chocolate covered pomegranate or blueberries (not that anyone gives those out really…)! As for best halloween costume, a tie between Pippi Longstocking (Age 8) and my “Devil Wears Prada (13)! I’ve always had homemade costumes which made them all pretty special. Loved your costumes and captions!

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