Who do I think I am, keeping this wonderful treat from you guys? I'm the worst. I know.
Truth be told, I was planning on making these a few weeks ago. But um, I ate one of the ingredients before I could make it...Let me explain. It all started out with me just "taste-testing" these mini peanut butter cups from Trader Joe's. Any good cook knows that you're supposed to taste your ingredients!
Well. This spiraled into me eating quite a few of these peanut butter cups over the course of a few days. I found that I enjoy these more than regular peanut butter cups because the ratio of chocolate to peanut butter is right up my alley (i.e. there's more chocolate!). So anyhow, I'm minding my business eating these peanut butter cups, telling myself that I really only need to save about a half cup for my recipe. And then I realize that I had no more mini peanut butter cups. Oops. So I took another trip to TJ's and replaced my beloved treats. I kept these ones under lock and key and refused to open the container until I started to make this recipe.
Soon, I was rewarded with this amazingly easy and delicious snack. It was definitely worth the wait and was just as addictive as eating mini peanut butter cups by themselves! I am already envisioning all the variations of these that I will be making. Do not be surprised if you see a few chocolate bark recipes popping up on this blog in the coming months. You've been warned!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bark
slightly adapted from Love & Olive Oil
- 8 ounces good quality dark chocolate (70-80%), finely chopped
- 6 ounces white chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup mini peanut butter cups (you can also chop up the regular size peanut butter cups if you don't have/want to buy the mini cups)
1) Place the dark chocolate in a bowl in microwave. Melt the chocolate at the lowest setting possible, at intervals of 10-20 seconds. Stir the chocolate in between each interval. Once the chocolate begins to melt, stir the chocolate so that it continues melting. The mistake many people make here is to continue to heat the chocolate instead of letting residual heat do the job. If it is clear that the chocolate needs more heat, pop it back in the microwave for another 10 seconds. Repeat until the chocolate is completed melted. You could also choose to do this step in a double boiler.
2) Repeat Step 1 with the white chocolate chips. If the white chocolate is too thick, stir in a teaspoon of vegetable or shortening.
3) Assemble the bark: Prepare a baking pan by lining it with parchment paper. Pour the dark chocolate onto the parchment paper. Spread it out in an even layer, making sure it's as thick as you would like your bark to be.
4) Drop spoonfuls of the white chocolate on top of the dark chocolate. Use a toothpick or a knife to make a swirl pattern in the chocolate.
5) Sprinkle the peanut butter cups on top of the chocolate. Give them a little press into the chocolate to secure them.
6) Allow the bark to sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours, or until it has hardened completely. Cut or break the chocolate into serving size pieces.