Butter Cups are one of my favorite candies. The commercial peanut butter cup was
introduced in the 1920s and has been going strong ever since. I never
thought of making my own until I found this recipe which is amazingly easy.
All that is required is to melt some chocolate, place a little in a
candy cup, top with a little peanut butter mixture, and then drop a little
more chocolate on top. That is it. What you end up with is a shell of
chocolate with a smooth and creamy peanut butter filling inside. Delicious.
Now homemade Peanut Butter
Cups do not taste like the commercial ones. The main difference is the
flavor of the chocolate. Commercial peanut butter cups are made with milk
chocolate, but for homemade peanut butter cups I like to use a combination
of both milk and semi-sweet chocolates. As you know every brand of chocolate has
its own unique flavor so this is where you get to chose how your peanut
butter cups will taste. You can even change the ratios of milk to semi sweet
chocolate if you like.
To make the peanut butter
filling all you do is combine peanut butter with a little butter and
confectioners sugar. This makes the filling sweet and creamy with a nice
peanut flavor. Peanut butter is a smooth paste made from roasted peanuts.
The peanuts are ground, and then salt, a sweetener, and sometimes a
stabilizer (to keep the oil from separating) are added. Peanut butter that
is labeled "Old-Fashioned" or "Natural" does not contain a stabilizer. You
can use either type in this recipe. Also, when buying peanut butter, if you
are concerned about trans fats, check the label to see if it's listed
(labeled as "partially hydrogenated oil" or "hydrogenated oil").