Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Mr. Goodbar Bites - So Easy

Busy, busy day getting ready for the big Easter egg hunt this weekend at Grandma and Pawpaw's.  We were all over the city picking things up.  It was warmer and the sun was shining and that was a very good thing.  We didn't get home until late, I was T.I.R.E.D.  and I needed a little treat.  I ate the very last Mr. Goodbar bite.  I did not share.  Not one bite.

I made them on Monday afternoon.  They are gone - every last one.  What does that tell you?  But, the good news is, I have enough supplies on hand to make another batch.  What can be better than chocolate covered peanuts?  Chocolate.  Peanuts.  Let me think.  Mmmm, not a whole lot.

These are easy, easy, easy.  No candy thermometer needed, prep time took just a few minutes.  I saw this recipe a while back on which is one of my favorite recipe sites.  She always has easy recipes that are super tasty.  I haven't made a loser yet.

Our two oldest grandsons spent the night on Monday night, so I made these for them (and us) to enjoy while we watched a movie together.  They ate their share let me tell you and I sent a large zip lock bag full home with them the next day.  We enjoyed the rest.  Dan ate most of them.  Really.  He did.

Here is what you need to make these.  You won't believe how easy they are.

Those are the sum total of ingredients needed.  Two items.  I got these at Wal Mart as she suggested.  One package of cheap almond bark (Plymouth Pantry brand) and a 14 ounce can or jar of cocktail peanuts.   The almond bark was $2.49 and so was the can of cocktail peanuts.   A total of $5.00 for a HUGE mound of delicious chocolate covered peanuts that she called Mr. Goodbar Bites.  Yum.

Here is how you make these babies.

Separate the squares of almond bark.  I simply used a sharp knife and pressed the point of it in the indents between the big squares.  They break right apart.  I put them in a double boiler over hot water and they melt very quickly.  If you don't have a double boiler, use a big glass bowl over a deep pan with about an inch of water in it heated to simmer.  Just stir until it all melts.  Now, open the can of peanuts and dump them all in.  Stir to coat all the peanuts.  Is that easy or what?

Now, using a tablespoon, drop mounds of the chocolate-peanut mixture on waxed paper and let them sit until they are firm and dry.  Took about an hour maybe.  When they are firmly set, peel them off the waxed paper.  Done.
If you want smaller mounds, use a smaller spoon.  I may make my next batch in smaller mounds so that I can put them in colorful mini muffin papers to make them pretty for Easter Sunday.

Look how delicious these look.  All those peanuts covered in chocolate.  It is an awesome combination.  They would be wonderful to add to an adult gift basket from "Mr.  or Ms. Bunny".  Just a thought.
The grandsons LOVED them.  Our 2.5 year old grandson came to stay this morning and the first thing he asked was "Grandma, do you have any more chocolate?"  They were quite a hit.  Nothing like the endorsement of a 2.5 year old.

You have lots of time to whip up a batch for Easter to share with guests or for giving.  Maybe, you should double the batch so you will have plenty for your own enjoyment.  You will be glad you did.

Everyday Donna

Things to Remember

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.”  Charles M. Schultz