Stop what you’re doing and listen up. I have very important information! Today, my friends, is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day. Yes, it is. Seriously. It’s on the internet so it must be true! Not that we need an excuse to make baked goods, cover them in chocolate and nosh them down, of course.
I’m not one to attempt to create decorative birthday cakes or fancy cupcakes. My attempt at Cake Pops even fell flat and that should have been impossible since I was using a kitchen gadget designed to make cake pops easy for even a novice. My baked goods never end up looking like what they’re supposed to. I recently even created a Pinterest board entitled “Mine Wouldn’t Look Like That” where I put pictures of really cool looking food that I can only dream of creating.
Of course, I love chocolate (and therefore baking with chocolate) but what I prefer to do is stick with easy recipes that are almost impossible to botch. If I want to be creative, I try thinking outside the box using ideas that even in my state of kitchen talent turn out looking okay. As an example, I could use M&Ms in place of chocolate chips in cookies. It would fancy up the traditional cookie a bit but in true style, my cookies usually end up thin and crispy.
But my goal was to create something in honor of this festive day. It had to be chocolate covered. DH and I decided we would make a treat we love, Ritz Peanut Butter Wheels, and modify it a bit. We headed off to Walmart to pick up our supplies. Bags of M&Ms were very affordable and would have been even better if I had remembered to print the M&M coupon!
While the recipe itself wasn’t original, I didn’t see anywhere online where M&Ms were incorporated! After tossing around a few ways to use them, we decided that breaking them up would be best. I used a small rolling pin to test it out and when it worked, hubby decided to pull out the real tools to finish the job. Rubber mallet = no broken pieces shooting through holes in the bag. (I need to add a kitchen-only mallet to my wish list, apparently.)
Next up, spread peanut butter on a Ritz cracker and top with a second cracker to make a sandwich. It’s important to squeeze them together evenly or the end product is all lopsided. Trust me, I know. While we used regular M&Ms for this recipe, I think crushed up Peanut M&Ms would have been awesome in the middle of the sandwich with the peanut butter.
Of course, we don’t do much around here by ourselves. Involving the kids is very important! Miss K loved the idea of getting her fingers dirty dipping the crackers into the melted chocolate!
Immediately after dipping, add a sprinkling of the M&M pieces to the top. We regularly shook the bowl to allow the small M&M dust to fall to the bottom allowing us to take advantage of the colors of the candy-coated outside!
After two dozen chocolate covered ones, we created two dozen vanilla ones. Personally, I thought these were even prettier!
M&M Topped Chocolate Covered Ritz Peanut Butter Wheels (Makes 24)
Chocolate Almond Bark
Vanilla Almond Bark
Extremely easy, delicious and perfect for people of any skill level! Wouldn’t you agree that these are better with the addition of the M&Ms? If so, give this one a shot!