Okay, so if you connect with us on facebook, you may have already heard that I attempted at making Peanut Butter Balls from a recipe blurb I found in my Parents magazine a while back. On a day when I had my two youngest children down for a nap at the same time I suggested to my 4 year old that we make Peanut Butter Balls together. I got him all excited, by showing him the picture of these delicious looking treats from a magazine page and getting out the few ingredients necessary to make them. (Peanut butter is his favorite food, and my husband LOVES any dessert that contains peanut butter, so I figured this was going to be a WIN all around)The problem was that there wasn't actually an Ingredients list. It was truly just a blurb in the magazine. Since I improvise all the time when I cook I did not think much of that. That was my first problem. :) The end result: we made Peanut Butter cookies and ate those instead. (I'll post that recipe later, because that one is a guaranteed success every time) Read on...
Okay, so here is my picture of the ingredients I thought should have worked:My ingredients:
Instant nonfat dry milk
JIF peanut butter
Semi-sweet cheapo brand chocolate chips
Directions I followed: (with my two cents typed in red font, for your entertainment purposes more than as some sort of helpful tool to you all)
Mix 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter, 1/3 cup honey, and 1 cup powered milk in a bowl. (Is there a difference between powdered milk and "dry milk"? Mine seemed gritty)Roll into 20 1" balls. Melt 6 oz. dark chocolate (I used chocolate chips that we already had on hand) and dip balls into chocolate. (even when done correctly, this sounds like it could be messy. I didn't think about that until I got to this point) I decided to microwave my chocolate chips. I did 30 seconds and then took them out to mix them up a bit. It seemed REALLY thick, so I added 1Tbs. of butter and melted it some more. I thought I saw that idea in another recipe I had done in the past. When I took it out it was not smoother, and creamier like I had imagined it would be. It was more like this: So, you can see how dunking peanut butter balls into this might not work so well. I tried to slather some chocolate on anyway, because I just couldn't see wasting all this food. That looked like this: Did I mention that they were supposed to look like this? You know what I thought was a hoot, though? My son begged to eat just one. I let him eat it, and he acted like it was fantastic and then ran around our house for about an hour afterward with a huge bolt of energy. I dumped the rest anyway. So, here's the rest of the directions, for those of you who care to even bother trying. :)
Refrigerate until chocolate hardens. If desired, pipe letters with leftover melted chocolate. (not exactly an option in my case)
1. What kind of chocolate would you have used here? The kind you melt to make chocolate candies or something?
2. Is dry milk "powdered milk" or is that something different all together?