Chubby Hubby Truffles

Once again, Pinterest is amazing. If not for my little virtual bulletin board, I probably wouldn’t have stumbled across these gems. They are peanut butter-pretzel truffles, or as I aptly named them – Chubby Hubby Truffles, after the famous Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. I consumed more pints of that stuff than I care to admit during my college days. It was a staple in our little mini-fridge’s (even mini-ier) freezer. Being the peanut butter lover that I am, there is absolutely no way I could resist chocolate-covered, peanut butter-filled pretzels swirling around in ice cream. Throw in sleep deprivation, lackluster cafeteria food, cram sessions and broken hearts (not only did you wallow in your own relationships gone bad, but you had to help your friend polish off a pint when some boy broke her heart too – that’s what friends do), and I probably should have skipped college and just bought stock in Ben & Jerry’s instead. So when I saw my favorite ice cream in truffle form (and so incredibly easy to make), I whipped them right up. The sweet and salty, smooth and crunchy – it all dances around in one little truffle. I dare you to only eat one. (Hint: It’s impossible, I tried and failed miserably.)

These are made very much like the traditional buckeyes – a mixture of peanut butter, butter and powdered sugar rolled into balls and then dipped in chocolate (a Christmas staple!). The kicker is the crushed up pretzels – they add a kick of salty and a little bit of crunch to what is already an unbelievable treat. And you all know that next to peanut butter and chocolate together, the other thing I can’t resist is a sweet/salty combo. Bonus for me – I get it all right here in one little truffle!

These are super easy to make – no special equipment needed. Just a bowl, a spoon and your ingredients. Be forewarned – you’ll probably “accidentally” leave some of the mixture in the bowl which will require you to not waste it and eat what’s left with said spoon. We don’t want to waste, now do we?

Peanut Butter-Pretzel Truffles

Yield: About 18 truffles

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Peanut butter-pretzel truffles created as an homage to my favorite ice cream, Chubby Hubby, by Ben & Jerry's.

Ingredients:

1½ cups pretzel pieces
½ cup creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
Pinch salt
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 cup milk or semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening

Directions:

1. Put the pretzel pieces into a resealable plastic bag and crush into very small bits (a rolling pin works great for this).

2. In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter, butter, brown sugar and salt. Stir until all of the ingredients are completely blended and smooth. Add the pretzel bits to the peanut butter mixture and mix thoroughly. Add the powdered sugar and mix until completely combined.

3. Line a small baking sheet with wax paper. Using a small cookie scoop, or about 2 teaspoons worth of peanut butter mixture, gently shape into a ball with your fingertips. Place the ball on the wax paper-lined cookie sheet and repeat with the remaining peanut butter mixture. Place the baking sheet into the refrigerator and chill for at least 30 minutes.

4. When ready to dip the truffles, microwave the chocolate chips and vegetable shortening together in a small bowl at 50% power in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until completely melted and smooth.

5. Working one at a time, dip one peanut butter-pretzel ball into the melted chocolate and use a fork to roll it around, ensuring that it is completely coated with chocolate. Let any extra chocolate drip off and place back on the wax paper-lined sheet. Repeat with all of the peanut butter-pretzel balls.

6. Return the baking sheet to the refrigerator and again chill for at least 30 minutes. Garnish with a drizzle of melted peanut butter and crushed pretzels, if desired. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

(Recipe adapted from make happy)

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  1. Dianca @ SLV on November 30, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Ummmm, YUM! I’m new here…been stalking your blog all day. I have some new White Chocolate Peanut Butter…maybe I’ll use that! These look delicious!

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  2. Patricia on November 30, 2011 at 2:38 am

    These are on my list to make ASAP and get them mailed off to some very deserving people. Thinking of making 10 batches. Everyone is going to be so thankful! As am I. Thank you so much for posting this recipe.

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  3. Jessica on November 30, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Please, please, please send me the leftovers? HOLY YUM!

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  4. Kathryn on November 30, 2011 at 4:15 am

    That little pretzel crunch is just epic!

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  5. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen on November 30, 2011 at 4:28 am

    These look amazing! Chubby Hubby was always one of my favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavors too. I say “was”, because I rarely let myself buy it anymore! I can and will polish off the pint!

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  6. Blog is the New Black on November 30, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Oh, heck yes! I make something very similiar so I am all too familiar with this addiction! ;)

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  7. Priyanka on November 30, 2011 at 5:47 am

    OMG….they are awesome…just drooling over. You are a great cook.

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  8. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on November 30, 2011 at 5:59 am

    I love that these have different texture and a sweet and salty combo, oh and of course that they are made with chocolate and peanut butter!

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  9. Katrina on November 30, 2011 at 6:17 am

    Mmm these sound delightful! I love trying new truffle recipes :)

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  10. Tiffany Miller on November 30, 2011 at 6:23 am

    They look amazing! Another great thing to use in them is Rice Krispies, it also adds an extra crunch.

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  11. Rodzilla on November 30, 2011 at 6:32 am

    That’s awesome, what a great B&J flavor. I wonder if there is a way to work the malt component in..or if that would be good – what do you think?

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    • CarylD on November 30th, 2011 at 11:41 am

      I’m trying to figure that part out myself. Let me know if you come up with any ideas and I’ll be sure to do likewise!

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    • Michelle on November 30th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

      Hmm that’s a good idea! I imagine you could mix in a little malted milk powder.

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      • Jenn on May 12th, 2013 at 10:18 pm

        What about crushed Maltezers/malt balls?

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  12. Lori on November 30, 2011 at 7:00 am

    I am going to make these with soy nut butter. My son is allergic to peanuts but would love these.

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    • Danielle on December 1st, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      Let us know how this goes.. I was thinking of making them for Xmas but my mom is allergic!

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  13. katie @KatieDid on November 30, 2011 at 7:00 am

    One of my favorite flavors as well, mmmm! I know how the whole pint situation goes down too, no worries ;-)

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  14. Becki's Whole Life on November 30, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Oh my goodness these sound amazing. I love the combo of PB and pretzels!

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  15. Lisa on November 30, 2011 at 7:02 am

    I make an edible gift each year for my mom’s side of the family. These just made the short list!!! I do have two questions–did you start out with the small pretzel twists and should the brown sugar be packed? Thanks!

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    • Michelle on November 30th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

      Hi Lisa, I had regular size pretzel (the thin kind), and broke them into pieces before measuring. And yes, the brown sugar should be packed.

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  16. Amilia Nimblett on November 30, 2011 at 7:13 am

    I HAVE to make these soon! It’s all my favorite flavors in one small bite-size package!

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  17. Erin on November 30, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Oh my! All my favorite flavors in one candy. Definitely adding these to my Christmas candy making list.

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  18. Jodi Pavlik on November 30, 2011 at 7:34 am

    I made these truffles over the weekend! I love this name though…chubby hubby truffles…perfect!! These things are amazing!

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  19. Katie on November 30, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Wow these look fantastic :) I’m from Columbus where Buckeyes are the official candy, but I prefer mine with rice krispies or pretzels inside for that salty kick. And Chubby Hubby was always my flavor of choice when I was addicted to Ben & Jerry’s in college!

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  20. Michele on November 30, 2011 at 7:37 am

    These look delish! What have you drizzled on top of these gems?

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    • Michelle on November 30th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

      Hi Michele, Melted peanut butter! :)

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  21. Heather Taylor @ Kids in the Sink on November 30, 2011 at 7:50 am

    These look like they might be contender in our Christmas gift baskets this year. And can I just ask, WHY on earth would you even try to just eat one? That’s just a horrible idea! They’re little, that means you can eat 10, right?

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  22. Jamie (Thrifty Veggie Mama) on November 30, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Delicious! I am finding way too many sweets to make on Pinterest! Half Baked was my Ben and Jerry’s posion of choice

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  23. Beth V. on November 30, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Oooh, these look great! Is that caramel or peanut butter drizzled on top? Did you sprinkle leftover pretzel on top as well?

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    • Michelle on November 30th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      Hi Beth, I drizzled melted peanut butter and crushed pretzels. I forgot to mention that above, oops! I have edited the recipe to include the garnish.

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  24. Anne-Marie on November 30, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Good Morning. I am wondering what you drizzled on top of the Chubby Hubby Truffles? Looks like caramel? Could you explain what and how you did it? Also, did you sprinkle crushed pretzels over the caramel? Thank you

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    • Michelle on November 30th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      Hi Anne-Marie, So sorry I forgot to include the garnish in the recipe, I have edited it above. It is melted peanut butter (I just used a spoon to drizzle back and forth), and a sprinkle of crushed pretzels.

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  25. Dawn on November 30, 2011 at 8:21 am

    What a great and simple treat. I love reading your blog for ideas!

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  26. sue@ cakeballs, cookies and more on November 30, 2011 at 8:29 am

    LOL you never want to waste anything! But these sound like they need a double batch, just in case.

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  27. Liz @ Easy Meals Examiner on November 30, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Oh these sound great! I’ve got two kinds of truffles on my list for Christmas, might as well add these to it too!

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  28. Shawnda on November 30, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Niiiiicely done!

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  29. Paula on November 30, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Drizzling caramel over these was a great idea. What a total lovely and irresistible treat!

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  30. Rhyann @ CookingCollegeChick on November 30, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Oh my! These look dangerous! I can’t wait to try them

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  31. Michele (also a brown eyed baker) on November 30, 2011 at 9:51 am

    These are heading straight to PITT for finals week. My son & his friends in the dorm will LOVE them! Marco says “thanks!”

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  32. Maureen on November 30, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Ok – I love the blog and NOW I love your pinterest “pins”!!!

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  33. Crystal Coppel @cuppycakefreak on November 30, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Well I know what I am doing this weekend now! Making these fantastic treats! I have intentions to share these with people. But I am not going to tell anyone I am making them just in case they all get eaten……by me! :) Thanks!! YUMMY!!

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  34. Erin on November 30, 2011 at 11:00 am

    A prize winning combination!

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  35. sherri @ the life of a wife on November 30, 2011 at 11:11 am

    These look SO delicious! I can pop truffles in one after another – this is definitely a problem! :)

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  36. Michelle on November 30, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I also indulged in Chubby Hubby way too many times during my college years. How can you beat the combination of ice cream, peanut butter and pretzels? These look scrumptious, the perfect treat to wrap up for people around the holidays. Thanks for posting!

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  37. Teanna on November 30, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Oh my good god that’s amazing!

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  38. Amanda on November 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    My mom always makes these at Christmas too but with Rice Krispies. Can’t wait to try these out to surprise her with a twist on her classic!

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  39. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes on November 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Mmmm nothing better than sweet with salty – these look amazing!!

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  40. Heather on November 30, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    The truffles look delicious and sinful. Can you please tell me what you drizzled over the top of them?

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    • Michelle on November 30th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

      Hi Heather – It’s melted peanut butter (and crushed pretzels). So sorry I forgot to include the garnish in the recipe, I have since edited it and included that information.

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  41. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) on November 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    These are totally perfect for Christmas. I can’t wait to try them!

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  42. Living The Sweet Life on November 30, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    You’re SUCH a trouble maker.
    I.NEED.THESE.NOW.
    there goes dinner or any plans to eat anything healthy for the rest of my life … these look so irresistible.

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  43. Irina on November 30, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Those look amazing. And they are very easy to make vegan too, I have to try them!

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  44. Suzi on November 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Don’t these look delicious and I love the caramel drizzle. Love the title. Have a great day.

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  45. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family on November 30, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    What a delicious looking treat.

    I too love Pinterest…maybe a little too much.

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  46. Nem on November 30, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Is it possible to use chunky peanut butter or would it get too bulky? I can’t help but love peanuts! ^_^

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    • Michelle on November 30th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

      Hi Nem, I haven’t tried it with chunky and am not sure if that would keep them from rolling into neat balls, but I always say, hey, give it a try!

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  47. Brigette on November 30, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Stupid question. . . . but do I measure the pretzel pieces before or after I crush them??

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    • Michelle on November 30th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      Hi Brigette, Not a stupid question! Measure them before you crush them (I broke mine into smaller pieces to measure so that they fit into the measuring cup).

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      • Denis on November 24th, 2013 at 11:57 pm

        You might want to note that the pretzel measure is prior to breaking them. I broke them first and ended up with too much pretzel and they didn’t hold together well. Tasted good though. I’ll try these again

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  48. NerdyBaker on November 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I have these pinned too. I think I would drizzle caramel as others have suggested and instead of crushed pretzel, a little bit of kosher salt maybe? Made a cookie like that, it was fantastic. I am sure these truffles are too!

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  49. natalie (the sweets life) on November 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    ooh i’ve made something similar (though not as pretty) and they are fantastic! gotta love pinterest finds!

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  50. Corrie Anne on November 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Those are super adorable, and of course the name wins my heart. I’d love to make them for my husband!

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