Giant Reese's Peanut Butter Cup
by Joshua C Juvrud for £20.00
16th May 2011
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What a night of boredom can lead to! Inspired by Zoomdoggle’s coverage of pimpthatsnack.com, my girlfriend and I set to work on the largest Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup yet. We searched through the snack database and found some great ones already done, but none really big enough. With an afternoon to kill, what better way to spend our time?
We began by following some basic ingredient steps found online. We didn’t just want it to look huge, but taste huge as well. So we found the best way to make the chocolate and peanut butter taste legit.
Here are the facts:
Time to make: 5 hours 37 minutes
Diameter of an original Reese's: 2"
Depth of an original Reese's: 0.5"
Parchment Paper and thick foil to make the shell
9 bags of chocolate
2 jars of peanut butter
13 graham crackers
4 cups of powdered sugar
1 cube of butter
9 tbls of shortening
Approximate cost: $30
First, we had to find something big enough to hold this thing. After wondering the store for 2 hours trying to find something large enough that would fit into the oven…we soon realized it doesn’t need to fit into the over. What were we thinking? It just needed to be big enough to fit into the freezer. So we bought one of those Turkey Roasting tin foil pans you find in any grocery store and some parchment paper. We also bought the chocolate, and the rest of the necessary ingredients.
Making the casing was the most difficult part. We measured the largest possible diameter out of the thick tin foil we had, flattened it, and folded it using a random circle object into a relative bowl. This step shouldn’t take much time, as the bowl doesn’t need to be perfect, just strong enough to hold the parchment paper that will go inside in place. The parchment paper is the real challenge. It took a long time and frustrating moments to finally get the folds for the outer sides of the Reese’s to look accurate. After trying too hard to be a perfectionist, I decided to settle with what we had.
Meanwhile, while I was pulling my hair out trying to get each fold in the casing perfect, my girlfriend was melting up the chocolate. It is important to mix in approximately a tablespoon of shortening for each package of chocolate, in order to make sure the chocolate does not become as hard as a rock in the end. Melt only a little bit of chocolate at a time, with bursts of about 30 seconds in the microwave, being sure to stir.