Some things just go together. French fries and ketchup. Apples and cinnamon. Cocktail sauce and shrimp. Peanut butter and chocolate. Mmmmmmm….
…..peanut butter and chocolate….
PB and chocolate is one of those classic combos that never lets me down. It has it all – creamy and sweet, slightly salty and rich – it’s one of those perfect symbiotic relationships where one thing feeds off the other to become something greater than the sum of its parts.
And it’s just dang delish, ain’t it?
I was invited to a Christmas party that my future sister-in-law Sam was hosting at her apartment in Gramercy Park a few weekends ago, and wanted to bring something small, easy to serve & display, but still rich, delicious, and fun. She is an amazing host and I knew there would already be an impressive spread, so I thought a small candy-like treat fit would the bill perfectly. These are my grown-up take on Reese’s cups – the dark chocolate and chips lend a slight bitterness that is easily cut with the sweet peanut butter filling. Don’t skimp on the quality of the chocolate – its front and center here and you will taste the difference. If you can find them, cacao nibs sprinkled on top, along with a pinch of flaky sea salt, look amazing and add a nice salty crunch. Bonus points for being able to make these ahead of time, which makes them ideal for gift giving or party-going.