Question time! What was your favorite chocolate candy during childhood? Survey says, Snickers, Milky Way, M&Ms, Kit Kat, Twix . . . ? And your answer? None of the above . . . at least in my case. Because I was a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup type of girl . . . through and through. No wavering with me. Oh, how I just loved the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Yummy . . . just thinking about them can taste so good! The truth is I haven’t had one for more than a decade . . . but the memory of eating one is still a tasty idea.
So, I live in Amsterdam where the Dutch simply haven’t embraced the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. They seem to sell all the other chocolate candy. Yes, and they also make a fair share of delicious chocolate but this combination of chocolate and peanut butter is simply not their thing. OK . . . I can accept that because it’s not like I am addicted. No, simply not an addict . . . but it was my first chocolate love and that is something special. Like I mentioned it has been quite some years since I have eaten one. But can’t a girl go down a sort of candy memory lane? Of course, she can and this girl will. Now my question is, “what does a girl do when she wants to eat a childhood candy favorite but can’t get her hands on one?”
Yes, she makes her own . . . only better now! Being an adult now, my taste buds have changed some . . . I would like to think for the better. Yes, quite certain . . . for the better! Maybe my childhood preference was milk chocolate but as an adult it is strictly pure dark chocolate. And in my case, the darker the better . . . like 80% cacao! Rich, dark and delicious! And yes I was a typical kid who just loved peanut butter. It was a food group for me back in the day. But that is another change as I have matured . . . my preference for almond butter has replaced peanut butter. So, there you have it . . . Homemade Almond Butter Chocolate Cups with Fleur de Sel! These are ABSOLUTELY DIVINE . . . nothing less! I am urging you to give these chocolate morsels a try. But really . . . must I twist your arm? If so, I hope it didn’t hurt too bad . . . well, once you bite into a mini cup of these it will be all worth it!
Homemade Almond Butter Chocolate Cups with Fleur de Sel
1/2 cup almond butter
3 Tablespoons powdered sugar
4 bars of (80% cacao) chocolate, each 100 grams
Fleur de Sel *for sprinkling on top
Place the almond butter and powdered sugar in a bowl and stir to combine.
Place the chocolate in a glass bowl and sit it atop a pot of simmering water. Stir until the chocolate completely melts.
Place mini muffin liners on a baking tray and begin filling a first layer of chocolate. Then place the tray in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, begin rolling mini almond butter balls to place on top of hardened chocolate. Once chocolate has hardened, place almond butter ball in center and flatten slightly. Now. add a last layer of chocolate to fill the mini muffin liners. Sprinkle with Fleur de Sel.
Return the tray to the freezer for another 10 minutes. Store in a container once hardened. I prefer to keep mine in the freezer until ready to serve. Of course, they can be kept refrigerated or at room temperature . . . but freezing means they don’t disappear as fast!
To loving a childhood candy favorite and making it so much better . . . one Homemade Almond Butter Chocolate Cup with Fleur de Sel at a time! Hugs, M.