Peanut Butter Bon Bons
These Peanut Butter Bon Bons are crispy chocolate peanut butter heaven! A homemade candy bar of sorts, they’re made with crunchy rice cereal mixed with sweet peanut butter, and dipped in chocolate. It’s an easy recipe that everyone loves.
Say hello to one of my favorite Christmas treats ever. I had no idea these existed until a couple years ago, when I had dinner at my friend Mariana’s mom’s house. She had a batch of these leftover from a Christmas party.
When she put them on the table after dinner, I went absolutely bananas for them. They had a crispy crunchy texture, and that classic Peanut Butter + Chocolate combo that I always fall for. Whether it’s the Best Rice Pudding or the puffed crunchy stuff here, rice is always a great base for so many desserts.
I begged her to tell me how she made them, and I was shocked at how simple they sounded. There are only 5 ingredients involved, so they’re really easy to make!
As soon as I got home from dinner, I googled Peanut Butter Bon Bons and started testing out different variations. I shared a version of them on my Youtube channel a few years ago (that’s made slightly differently than these), but this is the most fuss-free and delicious version that I’ve arrived at.
Tips for Best Results
Dip in a quality chocolate – Chocolate brands vary HUGELY in quality and taste experience. I highly recommend Guittard, which to me is the best combination of quality and affordability. If you can’t find that, Ghirardelli is also decent. Callebaut, Vahlrona, and Scharffen Berger are also great, but tend to be expensive and hard to find.
Use creamy peanut butter – This isn’t the best recipe for using natural peanut butter, because it’s more crumbly and dry, with an inferior texture. Use the creamy and spreadable types made by Skippy, Jif, or other brands. Crunchy peanut butter is okay so long as its base is mostly creamy.
Be choosy about the rice cereal – Though cheaper, there have been times when I’ve bought the “no name store brand” crisped rice cereal and the puffed grains are tiny and poor quality. Rice Krispies rice cereal is a good bet, but make sure you pick a premium brand with big puffed pieces.
Step by Step Overview
First, start by combining melted butter (or coconut oil for dairy-free), and peanut butter in a large mixing bowl. I chose coconut oil today, and it’s hard to see since it’s so clear, but it’s there:
Mix that together until the two ingredients are combined:
Add confectioner’s sugar to the mix:
Stir that together until smooth:
And a quick tip: If it gets difficult to stir, simply microwave the mixture for 30-60 seconds and it will soften up again.
Now add crisp rice cereal to the bowl:
Stir that in, then use a small cookie scoop to portion out little bites of the cereal mixture:
Set them out on a wax paper or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet:
If desired, you can roll them into a ball shape, but I’ve started skipping that since it’s much more time consuming.
Chill the peanut butter bonbons for two hours, until firm. This chill time is essential for being able to handle the bon bons.
Then, dip the bottoms into melted chocolate:
You can decide what kind of chocolate to use here, but I think dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate is best. Milk chocolate and white chocolate can be too sweet because the peanut butter mixture is already fairly sweetened.
How to Melt Chocolate
The easiest way to melt chocolate is to microwave it in 20 second intervals, about 3-4 times, stirring after each interval, until melted. Make sure to use a microwave-safe bowl. However, to absolutely ensure the safest melting, the best way is to melt in a double boiler set over low heat. This takes much longer though, and so long as you watch closely in the microwave, I’ve never had an issue.
Note: Do not overheat while melting. If you overheat the chocolate, it may seize and be unrecoverable clumpy. When there are only little bits of unmelted chips or chunks left, I stop microwaving and stir for a few seconds, as usually there’s enough residual heat to melt the rest.
Lay the dipped bon bons back onto the baking sheet, and chill for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to set.
Then it’s ready to enjoy!
As an alternate way, here’s how I used to make these:
I would roll each scoop into a ball, then dip the entire thing in chocolate. I like the new way I shared in this post because it’s much less time consuming, and I find it to be a better amount of chocolate for my personal preferences. I also like that you have a very clear view of what’s inside. But the choice is yours, my friend.
Recipe Tips and FAQ
Keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the fridge for 3 weeks.
Keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Store in an airtight tin or container and choose a shipping method that takes less than one week for arrival.
Peanut Butter Bon Bons
- 4 tbsp butter or coconut oil melted
- 1 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
- 1.5 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 2 cups crispy rice cereal
- 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips for dipping (6 oz)
- In a microwave-safe bowl, whisk to combine the melted butter or oil and the peanut butter, until smooth.
- Stir in the confectioner’s sugar. If it gets difficult to stir, microwave the mixture for about 30-60 seconds, until hot and smooth.
- Stir in the rice cereal until evenly coated in the peanut butter mixture.
- Portion the mixture into 1-inch balls or scoops and set on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Chill for 2 hours, until firm.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals, then dip each ball in the melted chocolate.
- Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes so the chocolate can set. Enjoy!
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.