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.


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


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. Samantha on November 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Hi–thank you for sharing this great recipe, I made them for an office Thanksgiving potluck yesterday and they were a hit! I’m planning on bringing some to Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday but will be traveling for 2-3 hours by car–do you think these will keep for that long without being refrigerated? Thanks!


    • Michelle on November 20th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Hi Samantha, They should do just fine! Just don’t put them by your feet with the heat blasting ;-)


  2. Rachel on December 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Can you just use Baker’s chocolate or other melting chocolate as opposed to combining melted chocolate chips and shortening?


    • Michelle on December 11th, 2012 at 12:25 am

      Hi Rachel, I’m not sure what Baker’s chocolate is. Adding the shortening to any type of chocolate when you melt it for the purpose of coating something thins it out, which keeps it from clumping up. You could substitute coconut oil if you don’t want to use shortening.


  3. Chrissy on December 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I used Jif Natural Peanut Butter in these and it was a disaster. Every time I dipped them in chocolate, they just completely fell apart. That’s the only thing I can think of — the Jif is super thin and creamy since it needs its oil mixed in. Sucks cuz I made a double batch :(


  4. Melanee VM on December 15, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I make a similar item, but instead of pretzels I use graham cracker crumbs. The pretzels would definitely shine against the sweetness of the PB mix. Looks like I have another version to try!! Thank you. Your creativity is appreciated. Different backgrounds definitely bring different food experiences to the table!!


  5. Beth on December 16, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I attempted to make these today but they would not hold the round shape. They kept crumbling. So I spread them in a pan and stuck them in the freezer. Then I drizzled them with melted chocolate and cut them into pieces. Kind of like a bark.


  6. nell on December 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Wish i would have read through all the comments first… I measured my pretzels crushed, and it was a pain getting them into “neat, little,balls”. Guess this batch will be extra crunchy.


  7. Lori S H on December 20, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I just made your Chubby Hubby recipe and modified it to be like your homemade reese cups. Super cute! Thanks!


  8. holly on December 20, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I made a batch of these last weekend to test and they are so amazing! We are addicted to them now and are so good that I decided to make 3 double batches to give out as Christmas presents to friends and family. They are relatively easy and lots of fun to make! Great for mailing in packages. And my husband loves to eat the leftover mixture and melted chocolate :)


  9. Nina on December 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I just discovered your website and am a new fan! This is fantastic and I can’t wait to try this recipe (and many others). Thank you!!!!


  10. Jessica J. on December 30, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    These are WONDERFUL and so easy!! Thank you so much for the recipe! My husband said immediately, “I can see where they get their name from!”. I will be making a triple batch of these for tomorrow’s New Years Eve. party! I can’t wait to share them with friends.


  11. Colleen on December 31, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    When I make Buckeye Balls I melt the PB and Butter. You don’t do this with this recipe? What would happen if you did? Anyone try that? These sound delicious and I will give it a try! :)


  12. Allie B. on February 12, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    I tried making these and ran into a lot of problems. I read the amount of pretzels as crushed like a few others did. I also used fresh peanut butter instead of jarred. They were so dry I couldn’t roll them together. I had to add extra peanut butter and butter and they still didn’t hold together very well. I wish I had known :(


  13. Jessica on February 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Look totally amazing. My favorites: chocolate, peanut butter, pretzels…..Thanks!


  14. Angie on February 23, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    You can buy small pretzels filled with peanut butter….I’m thinking just dipping them in chocolate would be a similar version of this and even easier yet. Worth a shot! =)


  15. Popular Black Truffles at The Truffles Store on September 7, 2013 at 2:00 am

    Yum! I saw this blog by accident and I like what I’m reading. You’ve got a new fan.


  16. Jms460 on October 11, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Just finished making the filling so waiting on the chillin! Good even not covered in chocolate! Omg…. So easy and so good! The only thing that would make this any better is to serve them with a bowl of B&J”s ice cream!


  17. Lulu on October 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Hi ! Can i use butter instead of vegetable shortening ??


    • Michelle on October 14th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      Hi Lulu, I would not recommend butter; if you must substitute, I would recommend coconut oilI would try coconut oil, although you will certainly notice the coconut flavor.


  18. River on October 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    These were absolutely delicious! I needed to make them vegan so I used Earth Balance instead of butter. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe, Michelle! (Blogged them here:


  19. dena @ohyoucook on November 19, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Just finished making a batch of your gorgeous truffles! I found that the crushed pretzel garnish stuck better when the chocolate coating still had a glossy sheen. Will post photos on my blog in a couple of weeks … with full props to you, of course.


  20. Gen on November 22, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I made these last night on a whim. They were great! “Chubby Hubby Balls!” Ha Ha Ha. I love the crunch! I made them with Semi Sweet chips and next I might try Milk chocolate.


  21. Verinica on December 3, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Making these this weekend! I was wondering what the purpos of the vegetable shortening is. Would it work if I dipped them in just melted chocolatewithout the shortening?


    • Michelle on December 3rd, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      Hi Verinica, The vegetable shortening thins the chocolate, which makes coating the truffles much easier. Otherwise, the chocolate will get sort of gloomy. I would not recommend doing it without the shortening.


  22. Kelli on December 3, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I want to put this recipe on my christmas baking to-do list.. it looks too irresistible! I was just wondering if I could use butter instead of shortening in this recipe? Thanks! :)


    • Michelle on December 3rd, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      Hi Kelli, I would not recommend substituting butter, as it has different properties than shortening, and the chocolate may not melt properly.


  23. Gen on December 15, 2013 at 12:37 am

    For those having trouble with “lumpy” truffles, I recommend firmly pressing the mixture into the cookie scoop. Then once you have them all on the sheet, go back and roll them in your hands. This really smooths and rounds them out. I’ve made these a few times now and I think they’re fantastic. The peanut butter drizzle and pretzel topping really take these over the top!


  24. Rachel on December 16, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I just made this and the peanut butter part is cooling in the fridge right now. I really do hope they turn out! I too had problems with lumpiness. I had to add way more peanut butter and even a little honey to get the mixture to bind. I pressed them into a scoop and got pretty neat little mounds, nonetheless. If I make them again I will reduce the amount of pretzels and up the peanut butter. Just providing a little feedback for those who might get frustrated.


  25. Lindsey on December 17, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I made these yesterday and used gluten free pretzels, earth balance non-dairy butter, and dairy free chocolate chips. Vegan, gluten-free, and DELICIOUS!


  26. Best truffle Recipes on January 8, 2014 at 6:10 am

    The Chubby Hubby Truffles are looking amazing and delicious. I will also make this delicious recipe at my home. Please tell us about more interesting and delicious recipes.


  27. Eve on February 10, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Wow, my husband took one bite of these before I even dipped them in chocolate and asked if that was all we had because he could eat them all himself.


  28. Hannah on April 18, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Do you think you could sub pecans or peanuts for the pretzels?


    • Michelle on April 19th, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      Hi Hannah, Yes, you could do that!


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