While growing up, my mom would always make homemade candies at Christmas. She would make a big assortment and fill boxes to give out as Christmas gifts includiung peanut butter balls.
I remember coming home from school to find my mom working on the candies and having trays all the varieties filling the kitchen and dining room table. I think everyone was thrilled if there were lucky enough to receive a box of these homemade chocolates created with lots of time and love.
My favorites to eat were anything that included homemade caramel and these peanut butter balls. Today, you are lucky enough that I am gonna share the recipe for these delicious peanut butter candies!
Now, back in the day, I remember my mom would buy candy melts. Then place them in in here Corelle bowls and keep the bowls in an electric skillet. This is how she would melt the chocolate and keep it melted while working on the candy.
Since then, there are now a few items that I think are helpful to use. First, I love to use Ghiradelli melting wafers. I used the dark chocolate when making these. Their melting wafers are excellent. The chocolate melts smooth and sets quickly. There is also no need for tempering when using these.
Next, if you are going to make chocolates I like to use this Wilton melting pot. There is a melt and warm setting. It keeps the chocolate perfect and ready to use.
For the actual dipping, these Wilton dipping tools are nice. However, for the peanut butter balls you can even get by with using a mini silicone spoonula. If you don’t own a mini spoonula, you really should consider getting one!
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup corn syrup
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 lb. chocolate melting wafers
- In a bowl, combine the butter, corn syrup, powdered sugar, and peanut butter together until well blended.
- Shape in to balls and place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or until firm.
- Melt chocolate while balls chill.
- Dip balls into chocolate and place on waxed paper or parchment to set. Makes 45 – 50 peanut butter balls.
Recipe from my mom.