Pure melted dark chocolate and peanut butter chips topped with chopped Reese’s cups makes for perfect Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bark.
There are some posts that I feel don’t need words.
This may be one of them.
But, what kind of food blogger would I be if I didn’t go off on a tangent vaguely related to this Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bark then rave about it at the end? A bad one, that’s what type. So, let me tell you a story about my youthful days as a sub-par child chocolatier.
Baking was always a part of my life as a child. Always. I would help my mom out in the kitchen every weekend morning, when she would whip up some pineapple carrot muffins, blueberry crumble sheet cake, or the bizarrely named but oh so good cheese muffins. I have innumerable memories of begging to have the bowl after she was done to hide away, Gollum-style, and eat while watching Family Channel on the couch.
My mom the baker encouraged my love for all things kitchen. She bought dozens of clear plastic chocolate moulds, the ones you find in Michael’s that come in every shape imaginable. We had seasonal ones (the Christmas reindeer and adorable Valentine’s Day hearts come to mind), plus a whole host of others. Needless to say, there was always a steady flow of chocolate chips and white baking circles around the house. (I have no idea what those little disks are actually called. In my mind they were always chocolate Eucharists, coming from a Catholic school background).
I made chocolates with sticks, chocolate with filling, and sometimes homemade chocolate bark . . . just like this Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bark! (Except a lot worse and with no clue what tempering chocolate meant!)
Now, my chocolatier skills have definitely improved. Even if you’re a beginner, this bark is super easy to make and creates a gift-ready treat that can be packaged up in a pretty cellophane bag for a friend or relative, or packaged up into your stomach LIKE IT SHOULD BE. Preferably while watching Netflix and wrapped in a fuzzy blanket.
I’m just picturing it now . . . Ahhhhhhhhhhh.
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Total Cost = $5.60 (Budget breakdown below recipe)
- 8 oz. good quality dark chocolate (70% or more), chopped small
- 6 oz. Reese's peanut butter chips*
- ¼ cup chopped mini peanut butter cups
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
- In a medium pot, pour water to fill halfway and bring to a gentle boil on low heat. Place a glass heat-proof bowl on top, ensuring the boiling water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Fill bowl with the chopped dark chocolate and stir regularly, until chocolate is melted. (This will take a while, be patient! Keep heat on low and stir often. Melting chocolate low and slow ensures it will harden back up at room temperature.)
- When the dark chocolate is almost fully melted, place peanut butter chips in a microwave-safe bowl and melt on medium power in 20-second intervals, stirring in between, until melted.
- Pour melted dark chocolate onto prepared baking sheet, spreading into an even rectangular layer. (It will not fill the entire pan.) Drop spoonfuls of melted peanut butter chips onto the chocolate. Swirl peanut butter chips and dark chocolate with a toothpick in small swirls.
- Drop pieces of chopped mini peanut butter cups on top. Let sit uncovered at room temperature for about 2 hours, or until set. Break or cut, then serve.
Adapted from Love and Olive Oil.
8 oz. good quality dark chocolate = $3.25
6 oz. Reese’s peanut butter chips = $2.00
1/4 cup chopped mini peanut butter cups = $0.35