Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

peanut butter and chocolate cups

If you've read the subject line, you're probably thinking along the lines of 'Reese's' or another popular peanut butter-chocolate candy that you happen to be familiar with. Having grown up in the US, I have been exposed to Reese's peanut butter cups from an early age. For those that are not familiar with this particular candy, please read about it over here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reese's_Peanut_Butter_Cups.

Anyway, in general I'm not a big fan of eating candy, but I do like certain types of candy. I'll admit that I love the peanut butter-chocolate combination, or for that matter, any combination of chocolate and nuts/nut butter. Reese's is definitely no exception here. Recently I have rediscovered my childhood liking for Reese's peanut butter cups. Yes, the traditional milk chocolate cups with peanut butter encased inside - I limit myself to either one regular or two mini eggs a day, and clean up my mouth right after eating. It certainly doesn't help that I have a ridiculous amount of Reese's peanut butter cups left over from Halloween, either! Thankfully, I have the ability to stop eating these dangerous things, as awesome as they taste (to me, anyway).

Okay, fine, so I won't quit chocolate-nut butter cups altogether. I want to challenge myself to make a (hopefully) 'healthier' version of the product, with the following substitutions: xylitol instead of sugar, dark unsweetened chocolate instead of milk chocolate, and unsweetened almond butter instead of regular peanut butter. Yes, I realize that the product I plan to make will probably not do justice to the original taste, look and feel of Reese's peanut butter cups. Yes, I realize that I will not be making something that will win any nutritional awards. Still, I am willing to take on the challenge. I have been inspired by the many recipes I've been reading online about making peanut butter cups w/chocolate. Once I actually carry out this plan and have a successful result, I will post up that recipe (and perhaps a photo or two of the end result).

(As a side note: for those that may wonder why I would bother to replace sugar with xylitol, I've read many sources that mention that xylitol is actually good for our teeth as it stimulates saliva and therefore discourages bacterial growth in our mouths (thereby helping us reduce formation of cavities). More info on xylitol can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xylitol#Dental_care

I've tried xylitol before, and chew xylitol gum. It tastes pretty sweet, actually.)
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