Healthy “Reese’s” Candy (allergy & sugar-free options)

If you love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, you'll LOVE this healthy alternative to the regular chocolate peanut butter candy -- chocolate and nut butter candies made low carb!  Betcha can't eat just one!  You can make these into any shape, of course, for any holiday or event.

Stop the presses!

Do you love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups?

I can’t imagine anyone saying “no.”

I’ve got a real treat for all of you Chocolate and Peanut Butter Lovers out there.

A delicious Chocolate and Nut Butter Candy that gives Reese’s® Peanut Butter Cups a real run for the money.

I’ve always loved those Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but my oldest son has a life-threatening peanut allergy and well, as with all of the other things that I like to make from scratch, some of those ingredients in Reese’s version aren’t too desirable.

Get a load of this:

Milk Chocolate contains Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Chocolate, Nonfat Milk, Milk Fat, Lactose, and Soya Lecithin and PGPR (as Emulsifiers), Peanuts, Sugar, Dextrose, Salt, and TBHQ and Citric Acid (to Preserve Freshness)

Ugh -what are those initials for anyway?

… First of all, TBHQ is tertiary butylhydroquinone, a heavy duty preservative.  There is some mixed information on the internet about this substance, but I think I’d rather just avoid it.

Second, PGPR is polyglycerol polyricinoleate. It’s a yellowish, viscous liquid comprised of polyglycerol esters of polycondensed fatty acids from castor oil.  It’s basically used to reduce the fat content of less expensive chocolate products while keeping the “full fat” taste.  I don’t know about you, but I’d sure rather have the real fat.

So.  In case the fun of making homemade chocolates isn’t enough for you, I hope you now have more reason to do so :-).

If you love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, you'll LOVE this healthy alternative to the regular chocolate peanut butter candy -- chocolate and nut butter candies made low carb!  Betcha can't eat just one!  You can make these into any shape, of course, for any holiday or event.

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If you love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, you'll LOVE this healthy alternative to the regular chocolate peanut butter candy -- chocolate and nut butter candies made low carb!  Betcha can't eat just one!  You can make these into any shape, of course, for any holiday or event.

Finally, after many many attempts at making these chocolates, everyone in my very-patient family said that they were wonderful.  I personally (ahem) couldn’t really keep out of them, which makes them a winner in my book.

My youngest especially liked the filling.  He’s had the real thing (should I really call Reese’s the real thing?) and said that since I made mine with carob  he said that they’ll never taste like Reese’s.  Very insightful.  (I’m avoiding chocolate as much as possible since, if you remember from my Facebook page, it is my undoing anytime I eat it and also because the stimulants in chocolate aren’t a great thing to eat if you have adrenal fatigue (or boys, for that matter :-)).

I think these stand up well against any store bought filled chocolate and they were sure fun to make!

And I’ll keep working on the peanut butter – er – almond butter cup recipe and will be back when it’s done.

Looking for some other yummy ways to treat those you love on Valentine’s Day?

Other Healthy Treats:

What is your favorite candy?

Sources:  Because No One Asked
Candy Recapper

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  1. Sharon Hazelton says:

    This recipe looks yummy! I do have one question though….since sugar causes inflammation, I am trying to eliminate it as much as possible from my eating plan. I have tried using splenda and equal, but find that for me they both cause terrible migraines. I am allergic to wheat/gluten & MSG, am a migraine sufferer, have Fibromyalgia, Hypothyroidism, CFS and a few other issues. Would you happen to know what I could use for a substitute for the sugar that will be safe for me to use?

    Thanks in advance for your help!
    Sharon

    • Hi there. I just put some links in the post for alternative sweeteners. Let me know if you need more info – thanks! I am working with someone who specializes in thyroid issues if you would like her info. She is very sharp and might be able to assist you. Take care!