What do we call people who don't celebrate Halloween around here? Boring. We call them boring. Saw that on Pinterest and thought, yep. Halloween is my JAM! I simply can't be friends with someone who can't at least get into the Halloween spirit even a little bit. Jason and I started browsing the seasonal section in August and walking into the store our conversation went something like this:
Jason: We're just looking. We have enough Halloween stuff already.
Me: Ok :)
$300 later, I've got a bunch of new goodies to put to good use this year. Aside from the decorations, one of my favorite things about Halloween are the fun treats we whip up. I found this awesome Wilton Silicone Mold at Michael's Craft Store and had to add it to my baking stash. If you don't have a Michael's near you, Amazon has some cute molds too, like this Jack O' Lanterns Silicone Treat Mold or this Haunted House Shaped Silicone Mold. (<= affiliate links)
I thought long and hard about how I wanted to use it. I'm not a huge fan of cake so that was out. We did brownies last year. Then, ta da! I remember how much my family loves peanut butter buckeyes, so a new (ok, not new, but cute) treat was born.
Simply fill the cavity with some semi-sweet chocolate, layer on the peanut butter filling, one more layer of chocolate, freeze, then eat!
1 12 ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips (you can use white chips too for skulls and ghosts)
1 16 ounce package of confectioners sugar
1 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup butter (real butter, not margarine or a spread)
2 tbs milk
In a mixing bowl, combine confections sugar, peanut butter, butter and milk until blended. If mixture seems too crumbly, add in a little more milk until you reach a creamy consistency, like that in a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.
Melt the chocolate on top of a double boiler over medium heat, stirring frequently until smooth. Fill 1/3 of the silicone cavities with chocolate. Freeze until set.
Layer peanut butter filling on top of the set chocolate layer, filling another 1/3 of the way full.
Pour melted chocolate into remaining spaces in the cavities, covering the peanut butter layer. Freeze until set. Serve cold or room temperature. Store in an airtight container for 1 week.
Now, there are 2 ways you can layer your peanut butter. You can shape it to fit into the mold without touching the sides so there is a chocolate layer around the whole candy, or you can just smush it into the entire cavity so the peanut butter layer shows through the sides. Whatever floats your Halloween boat is A Okay in my book! You can see the two different looks here:
The candy will sweat sitting at room temperature after it comes out of the freezer, but that's fine. It doesn't affect the texture or flavor one bit and will eventually evaporate the longer it sits out.
What treats are you whipping up this Halloween? Or, what treats will you be passing out to the little goblins that come knockin' at your door?