My mother makes a wonderful variety of Christmas candy every year. She makes fudge with and without nuts, peanut butter balls, coconut balls, date balls, haystacks, and many other tasty, sugary treats. One of my favorite memories is making peanut butter balls with my mother. I was 22 years old, and I had just moved back from Cullowhee, and it was my first post-college Christmas. Mom and I went to the store together and bought our ingredients for our Christmas candy. We set the kitchen up into two work stations and got ready to make candy. While we made our peanut butter balls, we talked and just enjoyed each other’s company in only a way a mother and daughter can. It was a wonderful time.
Then, suddenly I realized I was finished rolling my peanut butter mixture, and my mom still had over half of her mixture left to roll. We both burst out laughing when we realized that evidently I subconsciously got tired of rolling the peanut butter balls their normal size because my peanut butter balls started out small, but they got bigger and bigger until they were almost double the size they should be. No wonder I got finished so fast! Needless to say, I had to re-roll about half of my candy. I never make them without thinking about this particular instance many years ago. Every time I made them, I wish my mom were here to make them with me. Something about knowing she made them always makes her peanut butter balls the best.
From start to finish, this recipe will take you approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
1 lb. Jif Peanut Butter + up to one cup (It has to be Jif…seriously.)
1 1/2 boxes confectioner’s sugar (sifted)
2 sticks of butter (at room temperature)
1/2 block paraffin wax
1 pkg. Nestle’s semi-sweet morsels
Knead peanut butter, butter, and sugar by hand until well mixed. If mixture seems dry, add more peanut butter.
Roll into quarter-sized balls and place on wax paper.
In a double-boiler, melt wax and morsels.
Roll balls in chocolate with a candy dipper or toothpick.
Place balls on wax paper, and remove toothpicks.
Add a drop of chocolate on the top to cover toothpick hole.