Chocolate Cups

February 14, 2011

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They look like peanut butter cups, but they are not filled with peanut butter! I slaved over titles for this killer easy chocolatey recipe, but still can’t come up with a name that sounds appealing for the concept of stuffing anything awesome into a chocolate cup.

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The cups are incredibly easy to make. Makes 4 dozen plus a little bark.

Start with 2 bags of high quality dark chocolate chips (or any kind of chocolate pieces). We used Ghirardelli 60% cacao chocolate chips.

Melt, melt away in a double boiler (just a heat-proof bowl over simmering water)

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Fill a mini muffin tin with paper liners and spoon about a teaspoon of chocolate into the bottom of each one. Wait just a minute or two for the chocolate to slightly cool, then start to add your fillings:

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We chose four different fillings:

Coconut Butter + Coconut

About a teaspoon of coconut butter [either melted of flaked off] on the inside and coconut garnish on top

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Butterscotch Chips

Fill to your heart’s desire! Garnish with a single chip.

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Bourbon Walnut

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For the walnut filling, combine about half a cup of chopped walnuts with 1 tablespoon of bourbon and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar

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Nuttzo + Sea Salt

Use any nut butter you like! About a teaspoon in each – and sea salt on top! We should have put sea salt on ALL of them because it was by far the best.

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After filling the bottom with chocolate and putting in your filling, refrigerate these for about 5-10 minutes – until the chocolate is hard.

Then it’s time to add the top layer of chocolate. Fill until the stuffing is covered, and then top with your garnishes -

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Put them in the fridge again for 10-15 minutes until chocolate is hard.

If you have any leftover chocolate, either put it straight into your mouth all melty and soft, OR make a little bark!

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When your chocolate is hard, remove from muffin cup and platter up! [TWSS]

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The flavor possibilities are endless! We almost did a crumbled bacon version – how good would that be!?

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While you’re eating your chocolates, here’s some reading material. My mom writes the best cards!

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Brussels sprouts > chocolate!

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1 Elise February 14, 2011 at 11:29 am

i love the chocolate cups idea! i always forget how simple it is to make your own delicious treats to bring to with you somewhere or to nosh on yourself :)

and i think next time you should definitely use bacon. bacon is good for the soul, and makes everything just that much better ;)

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2 Stacy @ Every Little Thing February 14, 2011 at 11:29 am

Those are so easy! And you could do about a million varieties. Thanks for posting!

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3 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin February 14, 2011 at 11:30 am

Wow Kath those look incredible!! Chocolate surprise cups? :)

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4 Amanda (Eating Up) February 14, 2011 at 11:31 am

Those chocolates are so fun! The filler possibilities really are endless!

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5 Baking 'n' Books February 14, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I know! Even just pure milk chocolate really :)

I want to try that coconut one though…

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6 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 14, 2011 at 11:31 am

These are so cute! I’d be all over the butterscotch ones because I’m a butterscotch addict. My mum would probably make a similar comment about kale and Brussels sprouts! Happy Valentine’s Day Kath! :)

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7 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 14, 2011 at 11:33 am

I love making chocolates! It’s so fun to make up fun centers. These all sound like perfect treats!

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8 Jess (Sweet Potato) February 14, 2011 at 11:33 am

haha, cute card from your mom!

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9 Sophie February 14, 2011 at 11:34 am

Yum! I saw these made recently with pumpkin in the center instead of peanut butter and it looked so good!

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10 Estela @ Weekly Bite February 14, 2011 at 11:35 am

I love how easy this is! Thanks for sharing :)

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11 Annette February 14, 2011 at 11:35 am

What a fabulous idea….. I might have to do this asap :)

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12 Dorry February 14, 2011 at 11:36 am

Love all of your flavor combos! They would be delicious with pepitas and dried cranberries or cherries too. A must-make. <3

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13 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks February 14, 2011 at 11:36 am

Brussels Sprouts > chocolate??

I love brussels sprouts, but I wouldn’t go -that- far! ;)

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14 Christine @ Merf In Progress February 14, 2011 at 11:38 am

Oh, I looooove salty chocolate, that’s the kind I would make.

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15 Alaina February 14, 2011 at 11:39 am

Ooh, bacon would be amazing with the chocolate and salt! :-)

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16 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Yeah it would!

Have you ever had chocolate-dipped bacon toffee? So. Good.

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17 Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] February 14, 2011 at 11:42 am

hehe…She knows you guys too well!

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18 Heather (heathers dish) February 14, 2011 at 11:44 am

Love these!!! They look amazing :)

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19 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write February 14, 2011 at 11:44 am

hehe I love what your mom said.

I’m definitely going to make these chocolate cups. They seem simple to make, but don’t necessarily look simple. Love it!

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20 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats February 14, 2011 at 11:45 am

These look great. I love chocolate cups and make them often with nut butter (I made banana cream cups during the holidays), but I love the idea of putting walnuts in.

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21 Christie {Nourishing Eats} February 14, 2011 at 11:46 am

Yum. All of the chocolately treats look delicious!!

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22 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 14, 2011 at 11:50 am

Is Buzz your Mom’s nickname or is that your Dad’s name?

I love brussel sprouts and yes, they are a treat :)

Great Chocolate Cups — the bourbon walnut sounds amazing!

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23 KathEats February 14, 2011 at 11:59 am

My mom’s childhood nickname!

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24 Sarah February 14, 2011 at 11:50 am

Haha! I love that your mom sent you a PICTURE of chocolates and money for vegetables! That’s so funny!

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25 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 14, 2011 at 11:55 am

So cute!! I love all of the jazzed up additions.

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26 Eliz@The Sweet Life February 14, 2011 at 11:58 am

Love these recipes–very creative and different! Yum.

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27 Erin (Travel Eat Repeat) February 14, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Wow… happy Valentine’s Day to us all! These are definitely a nice Monday treat.

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28 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn February 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Duh, why did I not think of using fillings other than nut butter?! I can’t wait to try swedish fish:)

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29 Andrea @ reallifeinrofo February 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm

This is SO my kind of recipe – VISUALLY APPEALING, EASY, TASTY and the KIDS can help choose the fillings. My daughter and I just watched 2 food network “bacon” shows. I think that might be a fun way to try the bacon/chocolate combo!

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30 Heather February 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I have to ask…is the teeny tiny TWSS via Michael from the Office? Or is there something equally as funny I should know about?

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31 KathEats February 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Yeah!

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32 Meg February 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Beautiful photos as usual Kath! Makes me DROOL :D

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33 Lauren February 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I LOVE homemade candy cups, and your idea to use leftover melted chocolate for bark is a fantastic one. I made white chocolate pumpkin cups back around Halloween (I think Laura made them for you?!) and just made some white chocolate peanut butter cups for the PB&Co. blog. I’m making some with your filling ideas next!

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34 Dani @ Body By Nature February 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Oh wow, these chocolate cups look amazing! I would fill mine with almond butter :)

Happy valentine’s Day!

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35 the husband February 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Chocolate Love Cups?

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36 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) February 14, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I had bacon in chocolate one time, but I wasn’t crazy about it. However, maybe if you used real bacon (instead of the fake bacon bits) it would taste okay.

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37 kelsey February 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm

coconut PLEASE!

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38 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Chocolate and sea salt is my favorite combo! *drool*

That bourbon walnut looks incredible too – great idea! I bet some frangelico would be amazing in those…

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39 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I am all over the nut butter and salt!

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40 Christine (The Raw Project) February 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Wow, all over the Bourbon Walnut and Seasalt – yum! So simple, fun and elegant and great pics. Thanks!

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41 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen February 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Wowww – these look incredible!!

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42 Beth February 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm

The chocolate looks amazing and super easy! Must try soon.

I love that your mom sent you $20. Mine just did the same thing for our 3 month wedding anniversary – she has sent us something for each month we’ve been married so far (we hope she keeps it up) . It should be noted, we’d been dating for 4 years before we actually tied the knot (and had been friends for 3 years before that!), but I guess in her mind, now it’s official. Ha.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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43 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I love that card from your mom – so funny!

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44 Ilana February 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Hahaha love KERF Mom’s card!! Our Vday dinner includes kale, brussels, AND chocolate. Triple win!
Homemade chocolate cups are the best – I love your butter scotch ones, such a good idea!

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45 Mom February 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Ilana,

You go, Valentine’s Girl!

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46 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan February 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I love this idea! Happy Valentine’s Day :-)

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47 Ann February 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm

These look great – and so easy! I tried making peanut butter cups a while ago, and they would have been great except I made them without liners and had to chip them out of the pan with a knife. Lesson learned.

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48 Joyce @ Flowing to Fifty February 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm

OH! Great idea! Maybe PB chips would be a good idea…with liners, of course. :-)

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49 Sarah @ onelovesarah February 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm

how easy and delicious looking. I might just have to go out and get some supplies to make these! yum

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50 Amber K February 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Does the remainder of the chocolate stay melted while you put the cups in the fridge to harden for the first time? Do you have to keep stirring it so it doesn’t burn?

Sorry for the multiple questions…I have never made anything like this before!

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51 KathEats February 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm

You just keep the heat on low and it will stay liquidy. If it does harden a bit, just bump the heat up.

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52 Julie (Food & Other Things) February 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm

These look amazing…especially the coconut ones!

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53 kate February 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm

That card is hilarious! Your mom rocks.

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54 Mom February 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Kate, Wish you’d been around to tell her that when she was in high school.

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55 Marina February 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm

What an awesome recipe!
gotta make some of those cups, perfect post-study food :)

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56 Jen February 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm

First, LOL @ TWSS, I was totally thinking that and then saw the letters. Love it!

Second, these look amazing!!!

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57 Christin@purplebirdblog February 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I am dying over the Nuttzo cup!! :D And your mom’s card is too funny!

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58 Hope February 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Those look incredible! I bet it would taste amazing with peanut butter too! Yum! :)

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59 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I’m allergic to PB so these cups are exactly what I want/need/love. I wish I didn’t eat through all those bags of Ghirardelli choco chips during the holiday season now!

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60 Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) February 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm

That is a cute message from your mom!

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61 Allie February 14, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Holy chocolate!! Yuuum :) Happy Valentines Day!

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62 ruby red February 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Yum, this is a great V-day idea! I just made two personal cups for myself with 1 oz. dark chocolate (askinosie.com). I used two big Silicon cupcake liners and stuffed one with a tsp of Naturally Nutty Pepita Sun Butter and the other was filled with a dried fig pieces and hemp granola! The Nat.Nutty one was to die for!

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63 Melissa February 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Love Mom’s card! Good to know she’s lookin’ out for ya! ;)

The bourbon walnut chocolates look amazing! My parents brought back some bourbon bacon dark chocolate from Napa over the summer and it was one of the best things I’ve ever tasted! At $12 a bar, though, it better be!

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64 Justeen @ Blissful Baking February 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Those chocolate cups looks scrumptious and adorable!

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65 lynn @ the actor's diet February 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm

mmmm greens n chocolate! yes!

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66 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama February 14, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Thanks for this awesome recipe. So easy and I’m sure delicious!

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67 Jen @ keepitsimplefoods.com February 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm

My mom used to make something very similar when I was growing up. She was big into making candy and this was a really simple treat she’d whip up for bake sales and the like. She also made the most amazing chocolate turtles…that reminds me, I need to raid her old candy molds for stat!

Maybe you could call them “mystery butter cups” and let tasters try to figure out which nut butter is inside? Or you could go with “chocolate surprise cups” because the inside is a surprise. Or, simply calling them “not peanut butter cups” could work too. :)

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68 C. February 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm

love that your mom is Buzz!!
I think its an older generation thing cause my grandpa was a Buzz and so are some of my later generation clients.

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69 Jess @ atasteofconfidence February 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm

love the card- how cute!

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70 Katy (The Singing Runner) February 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Haha! Love the card! How cute! :)

Those chocolate cups look delicious and are creative! I’ll definitely keep this in mind the next time I need to have a gift for someone!

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71 Ellie@fitforthesoul February 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Mmmm this makes me wanna create ALMOND JOYS

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72 Erin (Shortcut to Bliss) February 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I saw this post this morning and loved the idea! I am making these with the kiddos this afternoon as a fun Valentine’s project.

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73 Katherine: Unemployed February 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm

the whiskey is a great add :)

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74 Allison @ Happy Tales February 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm

So. Many. Chocolates!!! They look delicious…

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75 Hannah February 14, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Loving the butterscotch and Nuttzo ones the best – probably because I can’t get butterscotch chips or Nuttzo in Australia, so they seem exotic!

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76 Kristen @ Random Ramblings February 14, 2011 at 6:56 pm

How ’bout “Multifaceted Chocolate Cups”?

They look so yummy and easy!

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77 Rachel February 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Those look like peanut butter cups but better! Great idea and great recipe. I will definitely give this one a go!

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78 Amanda February 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm

did you leave them out to harden at room temperature?

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79 KathEats February 14, 2011 at 9:08 pm

In the fridge!

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80 kell February 14, 2011 at 9:51 pm

YUM!! well, since your post yesterday, all i can think about is chocolate goat cheese . . . do you think it would work to put a dollop of goat cheese in those cups??

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81 Namaste Gurl February 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm

So easy, so creative. I thought you used nooch or coconut milk- usually what bloggers use in chocolate cups. I’ll have to give these a shot in the near future- after I get over all the vday chocolate insomnia, that is :)

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82 Charise February 15, 2011 at 8:29 am

Oh man, that bourbon + walnut + brown sugar combo sounds amaaaaazing! Hope you guys had a great Valentine’s Day!

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83 Nikki T February 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Mmmmm….I made these last night for our V-Day dessert. I went with Skor bits and PB with sea salted tops, both milk and dark chocolate as the Hubby doesn’t appreciate the dark stuff! They were amazing! Served with strawberries…mmmmm!

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84 The Healthy Apple February 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Mouth is watering; I seriously want about 5 of those right now. Looks delish, Kath.

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85 Aneesha February 17, 2011 at 2:58 pm

those look awesome. I made Andrew chocolate covered strawberries for valentines day. He then proceeded to dump apples walnuts ect. into the double boiler melted chocolate and make what he called chocolate covered turds! hope you guys had a great day!

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86 Kati @ Living Well February 18, 2011 at 9:33 pm

These look delish!!!! So easy too :)

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87 jenny eats nutella from a spoon February 19, 2011 at 5:02 am

oh my goodness a bacon chocolate cup would be EPIC

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88 Justeen @ Blissful Baking March 17, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I made a few of these for the boyfriend to enjoy and he LOVED them! Especially with sea salt :)

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