Chocolate Peanut Butter Delights – the perfect treat for your man!

Want to make an extra special treat for your husband or the special man in your life? These chocolate peanut butter delights will surely bring a smile to his face and increase his love for you! Remember the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and I have found it to be true. They are a true favorite for my hubby! Don’t stop creating special goodies for him and he will be a blessed and happy man!

1 cup peanut butter (creamy is preferred)
2 cups powdered sugar (you can substitute with ground rapadura/sucanat, if desired)
1 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup butter, softened
6 oz chocolate chips
3/4 Tablespoon paraffin household wax, optional (can be found in the baking section of your local grocery store)

Directions:

  1. Mix together the peanut butter, powdered sugar, chopped nuts, and softened butter. Cover and chill in refrigerator till firm.
  2. Roll into small 1 inch balls and chill again till firm.
  3. Melt the chocolate chips and wax together in a double boiler, mixing constantly until fully melted.
  4. Place a toothpick in each ball and dip balls into melted chocolate and set up on wax paper.
  5. Chill balls again till firm. Serve and enjoy! Store in refrigerator.

The paraffin wax is an optional ingredient to help increase firmness and presentation. It can be easily eliminated or you can experiment with beeswax as a viable alternative.

Other yummy valentine treats:

Healthy Valentine Day Treats

About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of three, homemaker, and writer. She is the editor of Passionate Homemaking since its beginning five years ago. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

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  9. Amanda Greco Holmes February 17, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    These look wonderful! Have you tried making your own peanut butter? It’s super simple! http://onebyonebyone.blogspot.com/2010/10/with-push-of-button.html

  10. Colleen February 13, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    Lindsey,
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  11. Katie February 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    Lindsey,
    HI! I am a newer reader and I have been looking at several of your older posts as well. I have two questions for you:
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    2. Which curriculum did you like best for you children? I read your posts of “beginning learning with Karis” and I’m trying to decide between ‘Slow and Steady get my ready” or the “Before Five in A Row” series. Or is there another helpful book you would recommend. My twins are 21 months old.

    Thanks for you help- Love your blog!
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  12. Alison February 12, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    I totally misread the recipe and bought wax paper. Lol. Any chance oxlips substitute unflavored gelatin? I can’t wait to make these for hubby. Reading the comments I’m laughing because he is a buckeye Alum, he’ll really love these.

  13. Molly February 11, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    These look amazing, and I get to make something I know my hubby will LOVE, but chocolate and peanut butter is one of my favorite things ever, so I get to make myself a treat, too! =) I shared it on my FB and it has now been picked up by quite a few of my friends! There will be a run on peanut butter at the store! I have a question, what about the chocolate candy coating stuff at a craft store as opposed to the wax? Any experience with that?

  14. Nikki February 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    Mmmmm! We have used the bittersweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate bars melted and it seems that they make a firmer chocolate coating, so as to skip the wax:) I believe paraffin wax is a petroleum byproduct.. or at least a synthetic… might as well skip it if ya can:)

  15. Lexie February 11, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    I make these all the time, but I use Almond Bark instead of chocolate and wax. It creates a hard coating on the peanut butter. You can just melt the Almond Bark in the microwave according to the instructions on the package. It’s very easy and yummy!

  16. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} February 11, 2011 at 4:52 am #

    My husband LOVES Buckeyes. Have you tried substituting ground Sucanat? I’ve never thought to try grinding it to a powdered form. Interesting!

    • terri bonin February 11, 2011 at 8:12 am #

      You can also make powdered sugar out of just plain organic raw sugar. I find this works better and is prettier than the sucanut.

    • Lindsay February 12, 2011 at 7:41 am #

      Yes, sucanat and rapadura are quite similar and perfectly interchangable.

  17. Myra February 10, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    If you “temper” chocolate (not chocolate chips) you can skip the wax and they will be shiny and remain firm and touchable even at room temperature. It’s really easy to do.

  18. Amanda February 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    You may have already heard this, but in Ohio, these are called Buckeyes (we leave just a bit of the peanut butter showing so it looks like the nut form a Buckeye tree -our state tree and OSU mascot)
    I find that making Buckeye Bars is what I love…just about the same recipe except you put it in a bar pan, cover the pb mixture with just melted chocolate and let it set. YUM and EASY! :)

  19. Bethany February 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    These looks delicious! Definitely going to try making these as a special treat sometime. Thanks!

  20. lacey February 10, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    in Ohio, we call these Buckeyes :) They are a Christmas favorite!

  21. michelle February 10, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    LOL, great post! these are my hubby’s absolute favorites as well…only we add rice krispies to the pb mix, his mom always made them and he LOVES when i take the time to do so as well…and they do take time:) great reminder, i was just thinking about what kind of candies to make him for V-day!

  22. Sheila February 10, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Oh, and about the wax… I made a bunch of chocolates at Christmas without the wax, and they turned out just fine. It wasn’t too hard to dip them, and they were plenty hard. The only thing you sacrifice is the super-shiny-ness. :-)

  23. Sheila February 10, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Save me some! :-)

  24. Liz@WashingtonPharmGirl February 10, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    Yum! Between wanting to make red velvet cake, heart shaped hot dogs, conversation heart sugar cookies, and heart bunting, I made need a spa day after Valentines Day preparation. Whew!

  25. Lacey Wilcox February 10, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    These look really yummy…my only question is how do you not eat them all before you give them to your husband…good grief!! I’d ending up stuffing my face on accident!!

  26. Becci February 10, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    I love making these, too! At christmas time, I often fix these for thoughtful, inexpensive gifts.

  27. Heather February 10, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    Sounds easy and really tasty. I think I’m might try to make these for my hubby! BTW, Love your blog :)

  28. Hollie Carson February 10, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    Oh,..and by the way, thanks for this. I’m definitely making these!

  29. Hollie Carson February 10, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    Catherine,
    Did you use the parrafin wax in your recipe?

  30. Peggy February 10, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    Instead of paraffin wax, you can use coconut oil. It’s a good, heart-healthy oil, and when the treats are chilled will help the chocolate solidify. Don’t worry, you probably won’t even taste the coconut, most brands are very, very mild in flavor.

  31. Emily February 10, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    We call these Buckeyes in Ohio, and they are usually a strictly-Christmas treat. But my husband LOVES them, so maybe I’ll make an exception and make some for Valentine’s Day!

  32. Christy, The Simple Homemaker February 10, 2011 at 6:57 am #

    Wow, I had these years ago and could never find the recipe. THANK YOU!!! You can really eat parafin wax?! Cool! Whoda thought!

    You’re a delight. Thank you for your blog! I am a frequent visitor.

  33. Mrs. Graham Gardens February 10, 2011 at 6:15 am #

    Oh, these are wonderful!

    I totally forgot about these, but my Mom used to make them when we were little – only I think they had some not-so-healthy stuff in them. Maybe Rice Krispies Cereal?

    Thank you for the updated recipe, Lindsay. And more importantly, for all the encouragement you give to prioritize the important things in life.

  34. Hope February 10, 2011 at 6:07 am #

    Thanks, Lindsay. I had JUST been thinking I’d like to find a somehwat more nourishing recipe for peanut butter balls for V-day. (Last year I did the truffles). I have two questions, though:

    1. Can I grind sucanat at home?
    2. Is it okay to eat paraffin wax? I’ll admit, I was a little alarmed at the idea of melting wax into the chocolate.

    • Lindsay February 10, 2011 at 6:56 am #

      Yes, you can grind sucanat at home in your blender to get that more powery texture. Paraffin wax is safe to eat (they use it on most chocolates), as it is not digestible but passes right through the system. It is not the most natural item, of course, but for the occasion dessert, I don’t worry about it. You could try replacing with beeswax or eliminating all together. It does make applying the chocolate SO much easier and keeps them firm.

  35. Clara February 10, 2011 at 6:04 am #

    The addition of wax to the recipe seems a little weird to me (am I the only one?). Do I have to use wax or will the chocolate work on its own? Does the wax serve a distinct purpose? I’ve just never added wax to something I was planning to eat….

    • Tiffany February 10, 2011 at 6:47 am #

      I have had reservations about eating parafin too. From what I can find, it is from petroleum. I made several chocolate goodies at Christmas and skipped the parafin. I think the wax adds a shiney attractive look and possible creates a nice smooth texture, but the chocolates I made that I just melted in a double boiler with no wax were very tasty and they were gobbled up quickly. I have wondered about using beeswax. I do not know if it would provide the same texture and appearance as the parafin or not. I need to experiment with it.

    • Lindsay February 10, 2011 at 6:58 am #

      As I shared with Hope, you can certainly try eliminating the wax or adding beeswax instead. It is a standard addition to chocolates and bunny rabbits you find in the store. For an occasional dessert, I think it is perfectly fine. It provides a beautiful firm smooth texture to the truffles. Using chocolate alone would not hold up as well, but is certainly possible.

  36. catherine February 10, 2011 at 5:52 am #

    I actually pulled out the ingredients last night to make these for my hubby. It’s his favorite birthday treat!

  37. Aaron Edmonds February 10, 2011 at 1:05 am #

    Oh SO good!!! When do I get some more??? ;)