I introduced my son to some classic Saturday Night Live clips on the internet last week and we came across some holiday favorites. Adam Sandler’s Hanukkha Song, Chris Farley’s Motivational Santa, and of course, Alec Baldwin’s Schweddy Balls. If you’ve never seen SNL’s Schweddy Balls, then I have to wonder what rock you’ve been living under.
So for a special treat, I thought I’d make some comparisons between Mr. Schweddy’s balls and my peanut butter balls. All in good fun.
Schweddy balls are made with love, so are peanut butter balls.
Schweddy balls are misshapen, so are peanut butter balls.
Schweddy balls are tender. Peanut butter balls? Not so much.
Schweddy balls make your mouth water, so do peanut butter balls.
Schweddy balls can be put in a Schweddy ball sack. I guess you could do the same with peanut butter balls, if you really felt the need to do so.
Schweddy balls are available just in time for Christmas, so are peanut butter balls.
Peanut Butter Balls
Makes about 30
- 1 cup peanut butter, crunchy or smooth
- 1 cup icing (powdered) sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1-1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
- 1/2 cup chopped, unsalted peanuts
- 8 oz dark chocolate squares or wafers (not chocolate chips)
In a bowl, mix together peanut butter, icing sugar, butter, crisp rice cereal, and chopped peanuts. Mix until well combined and the mixture holds together.
Roll into 1″ balls, use a 1 oz ice cream style scoop to ensure that the peanut butter balls are relatively the same size, and place the balls on a parchment lined baking sheet. Once filled, put the baking sheet in the freezer for 15 – 20 minutes.
While the peanut butter balls are in the freezer, fill a small pot with 1″ of water. Turn the heat on low and bring the water to a slow simmer. Place the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl that is slightly larger than the pot you are going to use. Sit the bowl over the pot and allow the chocolate to slowly melt, stirring until smooth. Do not increase the heat. Once the chocolate is melted, remove the bowl and pot from the heat.
Drop one peanut butter ball into the melted chocolate and use a spoon or fork to completely enrobe the peanut butter ball in chocolate. Shake off any excess chocolate and place the peanut butter ball back on the parchment paper. Continue until all of the peanut butter balls are covered. If your chocolate starts to become too cool and thick, place the bowl back over the pot on low heat to re-melt. Refrigerate the balls to harden. Store in a cool, dry place or wrap well and freeze.