One of my favorite childhood treats was, and still is, a Reese’s peanut butter cup. Especially when they’ve been sitting in the freezer for a little bit. However, one little Reese’s cup is 87 calories. But who eats just one? Not to mention there’s 61 mg of sodium, 5g of fat, 8g of sugar. There’s nothing good about it.
I recently discovered Justin’s nut butter and fell in love. They have a bunch of different flavors such as maple almond butter, honey peanut butter, and chocolate hazelnut butter. My favorite is the classic peanut butter. It has a slight crunchy texture to it, which I love. Here’s what I love about Justin’s: not only is Justin himself a very good looking person to look at, he started making his own nut butters in his early 20s to get him through his long bike rides through Colorado. Justin’s evolved into a 100% organic and recyclable company with seven different flavors of nut butters. Justin’s also has snack packs with pretzels, peanut butter cups, and individual squeeze packs perfect for lunches.
I could go broke buying Justin’s peanut butter cups, so I decided to attempt them myself. There are three, count ’em, three ingredients in these peanut butter cups. Ready to see how easy they were?
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 12 oz bag of dark chocolate chips
1/2 c. peanut butter
Course sea salt
Start buy melting your chocolate. This can be done in numerous ways, but I prefer the old fashioned microwave technique. NOTE: To keep your chocolate from getting dried out and crunchy, melt in increments of 10 seconds. Stir the chocolate really good every 10 seconds to insure that it’s melting together nicely. I think the overall time was about 40 seconds.
Line a muffin tin with paper cups. I used a mini cupcake pan and mini cups. Spoon a tablespoon of melted chocolate in each cup until the bottoms are completely filled. Hint: I used a melon baller and it was perfect.
Spoon peanut butter into a Ziploc bag and push it all down to one corner. Snip the corner off. This creates an icing technique. Squeeze a dollop of peanut butter in the middle of the cup. Top of remaining chocolate to cover up the peanut butter. Store in freezer or fridge for 20-30 minutes to harden and enjoy!
This post was proudly sponsored by Justin’s. You can purchase Justin’s at The Fresh Market, Target, Whole Foods or any other organic food store. As always, all products can be found on their website: www.justins.com