It began with the H.B. Reese’s Candy Company in the 1920s when processed peanut butter and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate were introduced as peanut butter cups and today known as Reese’s peanut butter cups.

What is so special about Reese’s peanut butter cups? Is it the way it melts in your mouth without sticking to the roof of your mouth? Is it the sweetness and the saltiness combination that you taste? Is it the tiny little pieces of peanut that you feel in your mouth? Or is it all of the above?

The answer is, all of the above. When you eat a Reese’s peanut butter cup it triggers a number of sensations in your mouth, sweetness, saltiness and texture. Is it possible to recreate this filling in your own home? Many people have tried to duplicate the Reese’s peanut butter cup but ultimately missed the mark. There are many, many peanut butter cups recipes on the web but they all use the wrong ingredients. Here are some typical ingredients you would normally see on the web:

Confectioners Sugar
Peanut Butter (store bought)
Graham cracker crumbs
Butter or margarine
Vanilla
Salt

Here’s the problem, 4 of these 6 the ingredients are not necessary to make peanut butter filling and these 4 ingredients are not found in the Reese’s brand. If you don’t use the proper ingredients, you cannot recreate this awesome filling. Let’s take a look at a few of these ingredients and see what’s wrong if we use them.

Store bought peanut butter typically has a number of additives such as sugar, salt and preservatives. When you use store bought peanut butter you have no clear indication of how much of these additives are used. So when you make your own peanut butter filling, how much sugar and salt should you add to the recipe? This is not an easy question to answer using store bought peanut butter.

For texture, people use graham cracker crumbs. However these are loaded with many other ingredients not necessary for peanut butter filling such as, graham flour, corn syrup, leavening, and not to mention sugar and salt. When you eat a Reese’s peanut butter cup, the texture you feel are tiny little pieces of – peanuts.

Butter and margarine are not needed at all in a peanut butter filling. If left unrefrigerated, butter can go rancid. Also, butter and margarine typically contain salt. This is one ingredient you want to control the amount to add to a peanut butter filling. Too much salt will over power the other flavors and not enough salt will leave the filling bland.

And finally, you do not need to add vanilla to your recipe if you have the proper ingredient in the proper proportions. This is why the typical recipes you find on the Web are wrong. An awesome peanut butter filling is easier than you think to make if you know the right ingredients and measurements.

You can make home-made peanut butter filling that is “really” like the Reese’s brand. First, you need to use the right ingredients and secondly, you need to use the right proportions. It is possible to make peanut butter filling just like Reese’s by using only 4 ingredients and common kitchen equipment.

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