Anybody else remember those extremely silly commercials from back in the day? You have one person walking somewhere with a jar of PB (like the person who posted the video asked, who walks around munching from a jar of peanut butter?) and another walking around with a chocolate bar. They crash, the foods collide and junk food magic is created, aka Reeses Cups.
I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a huge peanut butter fan. I would go hungry before eating peanut butter cookies (I can’t even handle the smell of them cooking lol), I tend to omit the peanuts or PB in any recipes needing it and I eat a PB&J sandwich maybe twice a year. I DO however like Reeses Cups (and cinnamon raisin peanut butter but that’s a different post). They may be peanut butter but the taste is different. So when I saw the following recipe here on Big Red Kitchen , I knew I had to try it. Especially since I knew that in my family, it would be a hit. One of my sons is about like me when it comes to PB but the rest of them like it and my daughter in law would kill someone to swipe this from them Love you Tiffy!) 😛 .
As for those I know in the blogger community, Erin ,
Peabody and Lindsey , this is for you ladies who if I remember correctly are peanut butter fans. I know I am remembering correctly that Peabody shares my love for a certain brands cinnamon raisin peanut butter 🙂
The rest of you, if you like peanut butter or Reeses Cups, give this a try. It tastes amazingly similar to a pb cup yet is more fun somehow with the big chunks (ok, that’s just cause I’m a pig) and homey look of it. This is exceedingly simple to make…and way too easy to eat. 😛 The only thing I really changed from the original recipe was to use chocolate chips instead of candy coating because I don’t care for the somewhat fake flavor of coating.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark
- 2 1/2 pounds candy coating (or chocolate chips. (I used half milk chocolate, half semi sweet.
- 1 pound peanut butterÂ (I used a full 18 ounce jar. I was NOT about to try and measure out a pound. I just used it all.)
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Melt half the chocolate according to package directions.
- Spread it out to about 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly greased baking pan. The original called for parchment paper lined but over time (over 30 years of cooking. OMG, I’m freaking OLD!), I’ve learned what can go w/out the called for parchment and IÂ knew that since the chocolate would harden in the fridge and be able to be lifted off, it wouldn’t be needed.
- Set aside in the fridge.
- In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter, powdered sugar, butter and vanilla. Beat well. The mixture will be thick.
- Crumble this over the top of the first chocolate layer.
- Melt the remaining chocolate and pour it over the peanut butter layer. Spread it out making cutesy little swirls 😛
- Refrigerate this for at least a few hours or overnight until totally hardened.
- Break up in pieces.
- Store in the fridge.
To be honest, I always wanted to be a marsbar but I think I can push that dream aside and take on yours with this delicious recipe 🙂
Your blog is fantastic and I hope if you get some time, you can visit mine 😀
Hmmm, being a marshbar could be interesting. Then I personally would have a valid reason to be fluffy 😀 And thank you for the compliment!!
This sounds so decadent, Jan! I looooove peanut butter. I see nothing wrong with using the whole 18 ounces! 🙂
Thanks Cassie! And yep; the full 18 ounces works. Too much darn work otherwise 😛
This is the best thing I’ve seen all day!!
Why thank you Steph!!
I make something similar…soooooooo good! I wouldn’t touch a pb sandwich with a 10 foot pole, but I could eat a whole pan of these!
I hear ya on the pb sandwich, Liz. Not sure why I get a craving for one a couple times or so a year… must be a nostalgia thing
That commercial sure is memorable and the pb and chocolate rages on! You know, you would be the perfect person to host a pb and chocolate party-I can only imagine all the goodies you would come up with. However, until the party, I will enjoy what you have offered here. Thanks for this yummy treat!
Thanks Tina!! And no way… someone else can host that PB party… I’ll just do the chocolate one hehehe
I love when I make your blog posts. I really hope you saved me some of these!!!
Of course there is some left. All of it actually; it’s one of the treats for Christmas. 🙂 So if you can fight your sisters in law and brothers in law off of it, you’ll get some 😛
YEAH!!! You made something with peanut butter!! These look amazing! I need to have more time for making all the treats I want for Christmas!
Erin, I know what you mean! I feel like all I’m doing is cooking the last few days yet there are still 9000 cookbooks and paper recipes scattered on my kitchen counter (at least I THINK there’s a counter under there) waiting to be made. I need more time!!
And glad you like the sounds of this. I had a feeling you might 🙂
The more peanut butter the better….LOVE! These sound incredible…will definitely give them a try.
Thanks Alida!! I have to admit; even avowed pb hater that I am, I loved these.
I am a peanut butter fan, so I thank you for sharing! These sound amazing! I am drooling over the recipe as I read it ;)!
Oh I love that cinnamon raisin PB too!
Great combo. Mouthwatering!
Wow Janet! I don’t care how they come together…..as long as they come together. This is almost like peanut butter bark! Which, by the way…..I loved your previous bark post, and am interested to try the lemon bark! I DO remember those commercials….(I’m growing old with you!). But I am a peanut butter freak and can eat it right out of the jar with a spoon. And chunks of chocolate is way better than a spoon! This looks fabulous!!!
OMG! That is amazing! I adore anything peanut butter – but try to be a good girl! It’s one of my favorite foods EVER! Bravo Janet – this is incredible! (loved the old commercial!)
wow this is what I am looking for looks the ingredients is easy to find. Looking forward to make one this coming holidays
Yes, PLEASE!! I love this combination and that’s putting it lightly. I’ll put peanut butter on chocolate ice cream… it’s that good! 🙂 This is a fantastic recipe. It’s also a little dangerous because I’ll eat the whole batch. I hope you have a wonderful week of Christmas fun… Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! ~ Ramona
Oh my goodness!! This looks fantastic! I’d like to live in a peanut butter cup when I grow up!! Can’t get enough of pb & chocolate! 🙂
My daughter would LOVE that! She just bought something similar yesterday at the candy chop which cost me an arm and a leg!
I think I kindaaaaaa remember those Reese’s commercials. I also remember one where someone dips their chocolate bar in a jar of peanut butter, but it’s JUST NOT REESE’S, so they look really sad, haha!
Also, and I’m sure that I don’t have to remind you of this, if you become a Reese’s Cup when you grow up then someone will definitely munch on you. 😛
Oh wow, this is amazing. What a wonderful gift it would make for a special someone. Peanut butter and chocolate….two of my favorite things.
Lol.. I haven’t thought of this commercial in years. Love it! Thanks for such a great flashback.
I make a bar similar to these, but I only make it about once a year… I know once I make them, I am going to carry the pan around with me until they are all gone!
Yummy! I love PB and Reese’s!
Big hunks of chocolate and peanut butter?? Oh yes I’m all about that!
I loved these adds! I think pb + chocolate makes peanut butter even better – say that fast 5 times…!
Sounds sooo good and love how basic the ingredients are. I remember those commercials!
Jan, Happy Holidays!!! all the best, xoxo
Sounds amazing!! I’d kill for these!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas 🙂
What size pan did you use to make these? They look AMAZING!
Hi Candee! You would just do this on a typical cookie sheet. Not the flat kind but the ones with a slight rim. 🙂