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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

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We’re BIG chocolate-peanut butter people around here. But then again, who isn’t?! Jason in particular is obsessed with the flavor combination. Ice cream, pie, candy, protein bars…he only wants it if it has peanut butter and chocolate inside.

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I decided to try my hand at homemade peanut butter cups when I got ahold of some really awesome chocolate.

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The chocolate was kindly sent to me by Kallari, a coalition of farmers in Ecuador that make delicious organic chocolate. This is one of those times when I’m so happy to have a blog, because otherwise I probably wouldn’t have discovered this amazing business. Their chocolate is made from heirloom cacao and is actually processed in Ecuador near where the cacao is harvested. And the really cool part is that all of their profits go right back to their cooperative village in Ecuador to the farmers who need it. They recently launched a Kickstarter so that they can start to produce chocolate chips! The chocolate chips will be dairy free (so awesome!) and much lower in sugar than traditional store bought chips. You can read more about the business and their chocolate on their page. I plan to make a pledge this coming week because I really love the product. These cups I made with the 70% chocolate are amazing!

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Ashley and David are over visiting today, so I decided that this would be a good project for me and Ashley to do together. Actually, she did almost all the work by herself! I remember when she used to have to stand on a chair to even be able to see the kitchen counter when mom and I were cooking together. I can’t believe that she’s big enough to do things like melt chocolate on a double boiler!

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We made half of the cups with Kallari dark chocolate and the other half with milk chocolate. All we did was melt the chocolate down, and put a dollop of peanut butter in between two layers of melted chocolate before putting them in the fridge to harden. The dark chocolate version was delicious! Full of deep flavor but no bitterness at all, which is exactly what I always look for in dark chocolate.

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Foodie tested and kid approved!

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See you tomorrow for SOUL FOOD SUNDAY! That’s right–I’m bringing the tradition back! 😀

-Lauren

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for writing this post. I received the chocolate above from Kallari for free. All opinions expressed are my own.

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