Next let’s talk about our Big News! We have started a new business! What are we doing you ask? It has to do with our very favorite delicious artisanal foods, so we think you might be interested. We are curating tasting boxes that are exclusive assortments of unique gourmet foods handcrafted by Colorado artisans. Colorado has been quickly gaining momentum in the foodie/locavore scene and is becoming a really excellent place to search out new and exciting food products. In fact, did you know Boulder was recently named “The Foodiest City in the US” by Bon Appetit?
We’ve been busy searching our state to find foods that are created with exacting attention to detail and quality that’s unmatched, and we are so excited to share them with you! It’s called Colorado Crafted – check it out and let us know what you think. Or like us on Facebook to get updates about products & limited edition seasonal boxes (like for Valentine's Day!). And we have a special box just for our Two Tarts fan.
In fact, the ganache we used to make these peanut butter cups is one of the products we’ve curated for Colorado Crafted, and boy are we excited about it! We’ve even created a limited edition Two Tarts Chocolate Sampler Box for you. You’ll be able to try a jar of this ganache along with a bar of hand-crafted pure chocolate by another amazing artisan for only $20. And as always, shipping is free anywhere in the US!
Think pure single origin cacao beans – sourced directly from farmers in Nicaragua at better than fair trade prices – blended with organic cane juice and coconut oil. This is some incredibly deep, rich, smooth ganache; a happy situation where the very best simple ingredients come together to showcase amazing flavor. Awesome over ice cream, drizzled over fruit, and of course – eaten with a spoon!
Let’s move on to the making of these lovely peanut butter cups. All you need is chocolate (we love this ganache, but these peanut butter cups can be made with any melted chocolate of your choice) and creamy peanut butter, and tiny muffin papers. I got mine on Amazon.
Simply drizzle or dollop the chocolate on the bottom of your paper muffin cups. Chill. Dollop peanut butter. Top with melted chocolate. Chill until firm. Enjoy. See? This is so simple that I don’t think I’m really allowed to call it a “recipe”, but these are so pretty, delicious, and easy that we just had to share them with you!
I actually tried my hand at making homemade peanut butter, as you can see from the pictures above. This isn’t necessary at all – in fact I have to admit that I couldn’t discern a flavor difference. Sadly, this probably has to do with the freshness and quality of the pre-roasted peanuts we used. The technique is exactly like our Almond Butter recipe, if you’re interested.
Homemade Peanut Butter CupsYield: approx 18-20
Slowly and gently heat the ganache or chocolate until melted. We put our jar of ganache in about 2 inches of water, then slowly heated it on the stovetop. The double boiler or the Jacque Torres microwave method both work nicely, too.
- mini muffin paper cups (you can buy them on Amazon)
- 6 oz ganache, or any high quality chocolate of your choice. Order the ganache in a limited edition sampler box here!
- 1/2 c creamy peanut butter
Meanwhile, line up your mini muffin cups on a baking sheet. Using a small spoon, drizzle enough melted chocolate into each mini muffin cup to completely cover the bottom. Chill in the refrigerator until firm.
Dollop a teaspoon(ish) of cream peanut butter into each cup, and smooth until relatively flat.
Top with more melted chocolate, then chill in the refrigerator again until the chocolate is completely firm.