Peanut Butter Candy (Like They Made in Elementary School!)

Back in my elementary school days all the kids were absolutely nuts about this stuff called Peanut Butter Candy.

Me...Not so much.

I was everybody's best friend in the cafeteria on Peanut Butter Candy days because everybody wanted to trade something for that distasteful little chunk of peanut butter and chocolate.

Funny how your tastes change as you get older.

When we blessed Cee a couple of months back, my cousin Melissa (who eats gluten-free by the way) brought a panful of Peanut Butter Candy to the luncheon afterwards. People were practically elbowing each other out of the way to get to that pan of chocolaty, peanut buttery goodness. The little kids hardly stood a chance, unless they could reach from under the table and bypass the crowd of adults vying for a piece...or two...or three.

After the blessing and luncheon were over and everyone had gone on their merry ways, Joe and I talked about what a beautiful day it had been. Sure, we blessed our baby and all, but his lasting impression of the day???

Must. Have. Peanut. Butter. Candy. Recipe.

So I asked my cousin for it.

If I had only known how simple it was to make...I'd probably be trying to lose twice as much weight as I already am.

I made some yesterday. In fact I made a double batch yesterday. A pretty rotten thing to do to myself whilst in the middle of a weight loss journey. But I was a very good girl. I ate a few pieces, sent half with my sister who was visiting for the day, and half to the neighbors who had sent over some roast beef for dinner the night before. (Never return a dish empty, I say.)

Since I can't make a habit out of making these little bits of heaven, at least I can share some heaven with you.

Elementary School Peanut Butter Candy

3 cups Rice Chex cereal (for those who eat gluten-free) or Rice Crispies cereal, crushed (I've tried both ways. I thought the Chex made it a little more crunchy than the Rice Krispies did.)
1 cup creamy peanut butter (I bet you could use crunchy too.)
2 TBSP softened butter
1 and 1/4 cup powdered sugar or confectioner's sugar
Chocolate chips
(I use semi-sweet, but you could use milk chocolate.)

Combine first four ingredients in one bowl. Mix thoroughly then press firmly into 9x9 pan.

Melt chocolate chips in double boiler: Fill bottom of pot with inch of water. Heat to boiling. Place glass bowl over pot of water and pour in chocolate chips. Turn down heat on pot. Chocolate chips will melt quickly. Stir every so often until chocolate is completely melted and creamy.

Pour chocolate on peanut butter layer. Smooth out chocolate. Then just try to resist Peanut Butter Candy while the chocolate cools and hardens. Place in fridge hoping to speed up the process.

Devour. Or share with your neighbors after daintily eating a piece or two...or...Don't.

I'm linking up my peanut buttery, chocolaty memories, recipe, and good behavior with Amy at Involuntary Smiles for Time Out Tuesday.


Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

"Never Return A Dish Empty"

I knew I couldn't be the only Mormon living with this ridiculous rule.

Cherie said...

Oooohhhh I remember these from school and they are yummy!!
Thanks for the recipe my mouth is actually watering!! YUM!

Jill said...

Now my sweet tooth is starving! Sounds SO good. :)

K Lind said...

Dude, how did I NOT know this during junior high?!?! I LURVE them so much! I've never met a Peanut Butter Candy that has matched the goodness of our schools. Mmmmmmmmmmmm. I'm hungry!

Patty Ann said...

Never even heard of this stuff before, but it looks amazing. I think we might have to try it this weekend, just to make sure it is really good, you understand!!

Brittany said...

I don't remember this stuff at all! I will have to try making it this week.

Missy0327 said...

OMG!! What the good heck!! You had to post this recipe! Well now I have a new one for our weekly dessert night.

Amy said...

Thank you for linking up!
I was also the kid who got rid of my peanut butter bars (that's what ours were called). I still am, actually. I just don't like peanut butter. :) Good for you for your good behavior! I am so impressed!

MiMi said...

Must. Have. Those. YUM.
Tried to comment on your other blog but bloggers being weird, so I can't.
But congrats!!!! on the 7 lb amazing weight loss!

Crystal/Scott/Charlie said...

Yay for the recipe! It feels like I'm in on a CIA tip or something, getting the recipe for the coveted peanut butter candy! Before we left Pocatello we discovered that Geraldine's bakery makes the pb candy and you better believe I found every excuse to go there and grab some before we left!

JPK said...

So did you think the crunchy was better or go with the rice Krispies? This is all new to me

Lisa said...

Oh. My. Gosh. I am SOOOOOOOOO happy right now! I ADORED that candy! I'm so making some of this later today! :)


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