Recently, I somehow found my way to this post, in which I learned that a mysterious alchemy ensues when one combines candy corn and peanut butter, yielding something similar to the crunchy peanut filling of a Butterfinger bar. I have a deep and sincere love for mysterious kitchen alchemy, especially when candy is involved. Plus, I had some peanut butter left over from making noodles over the weekend, the Rite Aid near my office has candy corn on sale for $1, and I’m midway through a very enjoyable re-listen of the audiobook of Tana French’s Faithful Place. So, last night, I took to the kitchen.
If I owned a microwave, this project would have been even more of a doddle. It was still super easy, just more time consuming than I was expecting. I don’t have a microwave, so I set a pyrex bowl over a pot of boiling water instead. I had 6.5 ounces of natural peanut butter on hand, added the same amount by weight of candy corn, and (slowly) melted them together.
Children have grown old, civilizations have risen and fallen, the candy corn have begun to melt:
When the candy was clearly all softened but hadn’t fully incorporated, I took the mixture off the heat and mashed it with a fork.
Then I dumped it on some parchment paper and spread it out until it was roughly 1/4″ thick.
I scored it and cut it into pieces while it was still warm, since I wasn’t sure how hard it was going to get when it cooled. After it came more or less to room temperature, I stuck it in the fridge.
I melted some bittersweet chocolate that I had in the fridge (maybe 2 oz.? it was a chunk roughly the size of a deck of cards.) and stirred in about a tablespoon of vegetable oil.
I dipped each piece in the chocolate, lifting them out with a fork to let as much excess run off as possible.
Early on in the dipping process, they were gorgeous!
As the chocolate level in the dipping bowl dwindled, they started looking a little … sadder.
But they ended up tasting delicious and, yes, creepily similar to your standard-issue Butterfinger, though thanks to the no-sugar peanut butter and bittersweet chocolate, definitely less sweet.
Would I make them again? For sure. It’s a super easy project and reasonably impressive, provided you don’t tell your co-workers exactly how to make them before they take their first bite. If I do holiday cookie/candy gifts this year, it would be a fun addition to the more traditional offerings. In an ideal world, I’d love to ramp up the peanut flavor some, but I think changing the proportions too much would have a negative effect on the texture. And they’re perfectly tasty as is. I probably will make the filling thicker (1/2 – 3/4″ or so) going forward and maybe use a less-dark chocolate. I love dark, dark chocolate as much as the next girl, but I don’t think it’s always the best match for peanut butter.