maple syrup peanut butter cups

maple syrup peanut butter cups

These maple syrup peanut butter cups are made with extra dark chocolate and sweetened with Vermont maple syrup. With Halloween approaching, I wanted a healthier way to engage in the festivities. I used my favorite 85% dark chocolate (from Trader Joe’s) to coat tiny fluted paper cups. Then I combined natural, creamy peanut butter with maple syrup for a delectable candy filling. A sprinkle of flaked sea salt over the top provided the perfect balance of sweet and salt. These candies are healthier than anything your kids will bring home after trick-or-treating and they’re easy enough for tiny hands to help.

maple syrup peanut butter cups

By now, we’ve all heard about the merits of dark chocolate. Choco-holics, like myself, have been eagerly touting its benefits since the first Mayo-Clinic study was released. Dark chocolate, especially when made with at least 70% cocoa, is high in magnesium, low in sugar and can satisfy a sweet tooth without the guilt. To pacify our killer sweet tooth, Kenny and I keep a bounty of dark chocolate bars in our home. Enjoyed with a mug of herbal tea, a few squares of dark chocolate is a perfectly satisfying weeknight dessert.

Food + History

While enjoying our evening treats, Kenny and I have been watching The Foods That Built America . This show has become a fast favorite in Casa Campos as it combines our love of history and food. We recently watched the episode about H.B. Reese , the venerable genius who decided to combine chocolate with peanut butter. The cinematic shots of creamy peanut butter enrobed in chocolate made our nightly squares of dark chocolate seem a lot less satisfying.

In order to indulge a bit without adding processed sugar, I made these maple syrup peanut butter cups. Using 85% dark chocolate helped keep the overall sugar levels low without sacrificing taste. This was the perfect compromise!

You can make these treats with your kiddos or just to share with a special someone. I hope you enjoy and have a fun and safe Halloween!

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maple syrup peanut butter cups

maple syrup peanut butter cups


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  • Author: Sepideh Esmaili Campos

Ingredients

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  • 3.5 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (I use 85% dark)
  • ¼ cup natural peanut butter, creamy and salted
  • 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • Flaked sea salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place ⅔ of the dark chocolate into a heat proof bowl.
  2. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water.
  3. Stir the chocolate until it just melts, 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the melted chocolate from the stove and add the remaining chopped dark chocolate into the bowl.
  5. Stir until fully melted and combined.
  6. Line 12 holes of a mini muffin tin with mini muffin wrappers.
  7. Drop 1 teaspoon of melted chocolate into each muffin wrapper and swirl each wrapper so the chocolate coats ¼ inch of the sides.
  8. Once all of the muffin wrappers are chocolate coated, place them in the freezer to set up.
  9. While the chocolate is hardening, combine the peanut butter and maple syrup in a medium bowl. Stirl to fully combine.
  10. Transfer the peanut butter filling into a zip lock bag. Snip off one corner of the bag so you can pipe the peanut butter into the chocolate.
  11. Distribute the peanut butter filling among the 12 chocolate cups and put it back in the freezer to set up for 5 minutes.
  12. Top each peanut butter with another teaspoon of chocolate and a sprinkle of flaked salt (if using).
  13. Place the finished peanut butter cups in the fridge until they’re fully set up, 30 minutes.
  14. Keep chilled and enjoy straight from the fridge.

Notes

To temper the chocolate, start by melting 2/3 of the chopped chocolate. Then add the remaining 1/3 of the chopped chocolate until its fully melted and combined.

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