Franky's Peanut Butter Cups

Growing up and still to this day, peanut butter and chocolate is one of my favorite combinations. Reese's peanut butter cups were one of my favorite sweet treats that I could eat every day. Unfortunately, they are filled with mostly refined products that likely cause many cavities as a young child. This weekend, I was feeling creative and thought I'd whip up my own version. The end result was spot on and enjoyed thoroughly by myself and the family, as well as attendees of the MOFGA event I was catering.

The recipe below will make about 24 1 ounce cups with likely a bit more chocolate leftover. 


For the filling

  • 8 oz Peanut Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup or raw Honey
  • 1.5 Tbsp Mesquite

For the Chocolate

  • 1.5 lbs Cacao Butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup Mesquite
  • 3 cups Cacao Powder (sifted before measuring)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • pinch Sea Salt
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup


  1. First, stir the peanut butter really well so that the oil is fully incorporated. If not, they can leak thru the finished product.
  2. Next, stir together the sweetener and mesquite. Once combined, set aside.
  3. To prep the chocolate, blend on high until thoroughly combined, or whisk well in a large bowl. If you know how to temper chocolate, I'd do so in order to keep them from getting soft at room temperature. Here's a good tutorial: Temper
  4. Using a 1 oz mold, or foil cups, add 1 tsp of the prepared chocolate then place in the freezer to set.
  5. Add a small ball (about 1.5 tsp) of peanut butter to each mold and press down to fill the mold just shy of the sides. Freeze for 10 minutes.
  6. Fill the cups just over the peanut mixture then freeze again until set.
  7. Store in the fridge and enjoy!


What's your favorite childhood "candy" and have you been able to find a healthy option?