I'm just old enough to remember an early 1970s commercial in which a pair of teenage boys collide on a street corner, leading to the following exchange: "Hey! You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!" "Hey! You got your peanut butter on my chocolate!"
It's astonishing that it apparently took human civilization so long to discover these "two great tastes that taste great together." I mean, peanut butter and chocolate? Seems like they really were made for each other. That's why I was pretty stoked when I learned one of Tastefully Simple's new Fall-Winter products is the absolutely luscious Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheese Ball Mix. It is, as described in the new catalog, "pure bliss."
To be honest, actual cheese balls are basically a major holiday appetizer in our house – Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, etc. However, one of the most awesome things about our sweet and savory cheese ball mixes is that they are so versatile; they are featured in so many delicious recipes on tastefullysimple.com, from no-bake cheesecakes to creamy casseroles, that it's smart to keep the cupboard well stocked with these products. Case in point: I recently adapted this season's new sweet cheese ball mix as a yummy filling for molded chocolates.
I used to be intimidated by food molds, but the new flexible silicon molds – like Tastefully Simple's Silicone Bar Pan – make it so easy to create adorable, bite-sized treats.
This time I used one of my other molds, shaped like a cat's paw (Hey, I'm a catlady!), and if I say so myself, they turned out adorable. Even better, the smooth and creamy peanut butter cheese ball mixture paired perfectly with the dark chocolate candy coating I used. Who needs mass-produced candy when homemade is this easy and awesome?
How do you plan to use Tastefully Simple's new, limited-time Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheese Ball Mix and Black & Blue™ Cheese Ball Mix? I expect to spend some quality time in the kitchen this fall, and I'd love to hear your suggestions for delicious new dishes!
Tips & Hints
- Before lining my mold with dark chocolate, I used a bit of pink candy melt to create the "toe pads" of the cat's paw. There are many flavors and colors of candy malts available; feel free to use your creativity!
- Refrigerate candies to keep from becoming too soft, especially in warm weather.
- Crunchy peanut butter can be substituted for creamy to add a little crunch!