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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163 Responses to “Chubby Hubby Truffles”

  1. Jenn@Baking Jenn's Blog on November 30, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I love that buckeyes are a staple in your holiday-life too. They have been in mine since I can remember. My mom makes them every year and this year I am going to give them a go as well. These sound amazing. I can’t eat ice cream (lactose intolerant…ugh), so I love ice cream alternatives!

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  2. Jennifer@Peanut Butter and Peppers on November 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    I just love chocolate and pretzels together! Yum!! I need to make these. So many fun goodies to make,so excited for the holiday season!!

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  3. Anne on November 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    These look divine and I am going to make them right now!! I know I can always count on you for awesome peanutbutter/chocolate recipes of goodness!!!

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  4. Vicki @ WITK on November 30, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Oh my world, I want these right now! I think I’m going to go out and buy some of the saltiest pretzels that I can find and make these. Then eat them all…

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  5. Jen on November 30, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    It’s no wonder I love reading your blog so much!!

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  6. Courtney Thompson on December 1, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I can’t wait to make these and share – or maybe not share and eat them all myslef! thank you!

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  7. Andrea (Quest for Delish) on December 1, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    These look very good and sinful.

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  8. Lilly on December 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    At first I thought they were storebought…but after you said you’ve made them yourself my jar just dropped. They look like they came straight from the store! Well done! And thank you so much for showing us how to make them.

    I don’t think I can stop after one either!

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  9. Sandra on December 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    These look totally awesome!

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  10. Sandra on December 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Hey Michelle, you mentioned a peanut butter allergy in the buck eye post. Did you get over it?

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  11. Evan Thomas on December 1, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    YUM. I’ve made bark with these ingredients but I think a truffle sounds so much better.

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  12. Sandra on December 2, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I’d be the “chubby wife” after eating these. Congratulations on Top 9!

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  13. Jen on December 2, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Top 9 yay! Yum! What a great idea. Half Baked Truffles here I come! I love the half baked flavor mmmm!!

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  14. Grace@ FoodFitnessFreshAir on December 2, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    These look to die for!!

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  15. Jack on December 2, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Chubby hubby truffles, what a cute name! My wife loves making truffles but she is not so much of a fan of adding peanut butter to it. Gonna show this to her tonight to convince her :D

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  16. Kylie on December 3, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    AWESOME RECIPE! Made these last night and my hubby said today, ” why did you make them, get rid of them I am eating to many”. These are that good. I made them with intention of giving them away but instead we have eaten them all.

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  17. Lois L on December 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    amazing and so easy to make! Thank you for an easy and pleasing gift for holiday giving!

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  18. Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie on December 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I love pinterest! I waste entirely too much time on that site. These look so good!

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  19. Lynn on December 6, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Hi! These look wonderful!! Every year I have to come up with some ideas for my husband to take to people for work. Is this something I could make ahead and freeze until I need them? I am trying to find some things I can do ahead of time so I’m not running frantic the day he delivers trying to bake and package. Thanks so much!!

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    • Michelle on December 6th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      Hi Lynn, You could actually make these a couple of weeks in advance and just keep them in the refrigerator.

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  20. Heather Mulholland on December 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Oh … My ….

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  21. Shawnie on December 9, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Hi Michelle – I think there’s a typo on the ingredient list…..it says “1 cup milk or semisweet chocolate chips”. :)
    You’re one of my FAVORITE go-to bloggers btw….love, love, love your blog!!
    Happy Holidays!

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    • Michelle on December 9th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

      Hi Shawnie, That refers to chocolate chips – as in, you could use 1 cup of milk chocolate chips or 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips, whichever your preference is.

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      • Shawnie on December 9th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

        LOL – I must have read that 5 times and did not catch that…that is cracking me up!!! Pardon me!! :)

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        • Tina on November 27th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

          Thank you for clarifying i was thinking the same thing so was reading through to see if anyone else asked that hahaha.

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  22. Lacy on December 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Omg these are absolutely to die for! Chocolate, pb & pretzels = heaven. Yum!!

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  23. Mona on December 11, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Michelle,
    I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I just registered so that I can start leaving comments for all the wonderful things I’ve made from your site. I made these last week to add to my cookie trays. I quadrupled the recipe because I already decided they sounded too good for just one batch. I grew up on buckeyes and loved the idea of the extra crunch and salt in these. I did need to add more powdered sugar to get the texture right at those quantities. It made 91 wonderful truffles. Dipped some in milk, some in semi sweet. I drizzled melted peanut butter chips on top and started topping with crushed pretzels because I loved the look…then realized that for the storage time I needed, the pretzels would get stale…so I stopped…bummer! The only change I would make for next time is to add a little more salt which might have gotten thrown off in the quadrupling, or maybe sprinkle a tiny bit of really coarse salt on top to get the perfect sweet salty combo…not that the 91 I’ve made will get a single complaint from my family or any of my cookie tray list recipients…Thank you for a really fun recipe!

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  24. Athena R on December 12, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I made these over the weekend for my colleagues. They were a big hit. I love that they taste like nutty butty bars. Yummy!

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  25. Athena R on December 12, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I mean nutty buddy…lol

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  26. Julie @SavvyEats on December 18, 2011 at 12:19 am

    These are on my “make for christmas tins” list…do you think they’d ship okay? Or do they need to remain frozen??

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    • Michelle on December 18th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      They definitely don’t need to be frozen, and this time of year I think it would be more than cool enough where the chocolate shouldn’t melt.

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  27. Debbie on December 18, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    My husband and daughter love peanutbutter and these sound just the thing to make for them, but I have a question, do the pretzels get soggy after a while or do they stay crunchy?

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    • Michelle on December 18th, 2011 at 11:30 pm

      Hi Debbie, Mine definitely stayed crunchy in the truffle.

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  28. katie on December 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I made these today for part of my Christmas cookie plate and they are soooo good I think I ate several truffles worth of the peanut butter filling while making them! I don’t know how you got them so round, they were sooo sticky and messy to roll and with the little pretzel pieces they came out a bit lumpy. I will make these again for sure.

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  29. Heather on December 20, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Thank you for the great recipe. They were the first item gone from my cookie table. My poor hubby didn’t even get to try one!

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  30. Haley on December 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Thanks so much for the recipe! Turned out great! Im using them to give out for christmas gifts this year. I tried melting the chocolate once with the vegetable oil and it didn’t turn out so well for me. But it still worked great with out it! Loved the semi-sweet chocolate chips.
    –THANKYOU
    -H

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  31. Alicia on December 24, 2011 at 11:39 am

    My kids and I made these last night and I just thought they were okay, even though I usually love chocolate-PB combinations. One problem is that I read 1 1/2 cups of “pretzel pieces” as the chopped ones, so I ended up with way too much pretzel and had to double everything else then. I think that’s supposed to be 1 1/2 cups of pretzels and then you make little pieces out of them? They were a bit too salty and rich. I may have over-crushed the pretzels too. I think they might have been better with larger pieces instead of finely crushed pretzels. The only change I made was to use cashew butter instead of peanut butter because we have a peanut allergic child. Maybe store-bought PB would have made a sweeter truffle since there’s usually a lot of added sugar? We dipped some in melted white chocolate chips and some in melted dark chocolate chips and then drizzled the other color on top and sprinkled pretzel bits on top. They looked really impressive but I’m going to try some other truffle recipes next.

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  32. Lisa on December 24, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I made EIGHT batches of these yesterday to give out at our Christmas Eve celebration. I think they are wonderful. I used extra thin “Utz” pretzels that I measured in a dry 1 1/2 cup measuring cup. I pressed down on them slightly and then crushed them down (not into a powder, but small pieces) in a gallon bag. I was doubling the ingredients (or so I thought) but forgot to double the brown sugar and powdered sugar the first two times. I added extra powdered sugar later on since the mixture wasn’t stiff enough to scoop out. I then just mixed up the other batches using the correct measurements and then mixed all eight batches together in a large bowl to help ensure all truffles were consistent. The finished product reminds me of the awesome peanut butter pretzels from Edward Marc! I am sure they will be a big hit. I have to say I was worried that the pretzel pieces were going to get soggy but I ate one for breakfast (bad girl!) this morning and they were as crunchy as they were yesterday. Thanks for yet another great recipe and a Merry Christmas to everyone!

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  33. Danielle on December 24, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    These were a HUGE hit for my family xmas eve party!! I even made a soy nut butter batch for my mom who is allergic and they’re also delish!! Thanks for the great ideas!

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  34. endy on December 26, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Crazy! This is really stunning! I usuallu just buy for a box of chocolate, but i think i should try this recipe soon!

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  35. Anna on December 29, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Wowowowow. I’ve never had Chubby Hubby ice cream (gasp) but it, and these, sounds amazing!

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  36. Georgina Cole on January 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I made this over Christmas and they definitely came out lumpier than the photo. Next time I’ll crush the pretzels a bit more as the larger pieces didn’t incorporate into the mixture that well. Also I think I’d make the peanut balls a little smaller since one you dip them in chocolate they do increase in size. They were definitely a huge hit though!

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  37. RisaG on January 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    I forgot about this blog until I saw it on this blog today. I have to make these. They look TDF-Good! My favorite combo – PB and Pretzel. What could be better. My son is allergic to nuts so I would not normally make something like this BUT this weekend my son will be out-of=town so I will make these for my hubby and I. I’ll get back to you on it. I bet they are amazing. The picture looks like something out of a candy shop.

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  38. Brittany R. on January 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I made a batch of these a few weeks ago, and they were so good that they didn’t last but 10 minutes in my house!! For NYE I made a bit larger of a batch… I made 125 of them. No. lie. And come the next morning, there were only 4 left! I get the feeling that… maybe… everyone kind of liked them ;) THANKS for such an AMAZING RECIPE!!!!!

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  39. Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik on February 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Oh I will be making these! Thanks for sharing…found them on Pinterest of all places – lol. Thanks for sharin’. :)

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  40. Julie on February 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Anyone know if these freeze well? I’m making a whole bunch of sweet nibbles for my son’s birthday party and am trying to make some things that I can make and freeze ahead of time! Thanks!

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    • Michelle on February 14th, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      I haven’t frozen them, but you could definitely make them a week or so in advance and just refrigerate.

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  41. Allison on February 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Just wanted to say I made these and they were DELICIOUS.

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  42. Heidi on March 28, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Do you think these are best with a natural PB or something like JIF?? I can’t wait to try them!!!

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    • Michelle on March 31st, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      Hi Heidi, Definitely a “regular” peanut butter like JIF. Enjoy!

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  43. Gianna on April 7, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Just made these for my scrawny hubby! He gives them an A! That is rare for him. Hopefully these chubby him up. I’m also bringing them to easter brunch this weekend. Thank you for a one-bowl recipe that does not require a food processor, and thank pinterestCom.com for the introduction!

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  44. meatballs & milkshakes on May 18, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Wow, I’m saving this right now! I also loved chubby hubby!

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  45. Araella on July 14, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Do you have to use veggitable shortning or can it be supstitited for plain shortining or butter?

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    • Michelle on July 27th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Hi Araella, I’m not sure what “plain” shortening is, but any type of shortening, or I’ve heard people have had success with coconut oil.

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  46. Araella on July 14, 2012 at 9:43 am

    *substituted

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  47. Maria on August 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Instead of making these into truffles, I skipped the chocolate-coating part and added chunks of these to vanilla bean ice cream with a fudge swirl…modified Chubby Hubby ice cream! It was delicious :)

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    • Michelle on August 18th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      What an awesome idea, Maria! I bet that ice cream is fabulous!

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  48. Becca on August 19, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    made these for a picnic and they were a HUGE hit! i drizzled caramel on the top. easy and fun to make…great kid activity!

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  49. Tina on September 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Hi! I was wondering is there possibly anything to substitute the vegetable shortening when melting chocolate? thanks!

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    • Michelle on September 26th, 2012 at 10:35 am

      Hi Tina, You can substitute an equal amount of coconut oil in place of the vegetable shortening.

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  50. Alicia on November 9, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Hi! I am a long time reader, your recipes and insight are SUCH a lovely addition to our family! Would you say this truffle recipe is basically comparable to the buckeye recipe on your website except the truffle recipe has pretzels? It seems like the buckeyes are super sweet with all the powdered sugar, but it makes a ton more than the truffle recipe. Thanks for any insight.
    Alicia

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    • Michelle on November 9th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      Hi Alicia, Yes, this is very similar to buckeye recipes.

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