“This post has been sponsored by Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.”
Perfectly sweet and adorably bite-size, these Peanut Butter, SNICKERS®, and M&M’S® Candy Truffles will have everyone ready to gather round and cheer on their favorite team at your next “homegating” celebration!
It’s no secret that M&M’S® Peanut Chocolate Candies are my all-time favorite candy. The bright colors, peanut taste, and flexibility to eat just one, or an entire handful, have made this childhood favorite a forever favorite. And, should you ever come to my house, it won’t take you long to see that I am not at all exaggerating about my love for this chocolate treat. You’ll find a coffee mug on my desk filled at all times with this colorful favorite of mine, and a giant M&M’S® Peanut Chocolate Candy Pantry Size Bag in my kitchen ready and waiting.
By the way, have you seen these totally awesome and HUGE Pantry Size Bags? I found this 62 ounce M&M’S® Peanut Chocolate Candy Bag at Sam’s Club (my fav), along with a 54-ounce bag of Skittles (another favorite sweet treat and must-have in my house for all those unexpected visitors).
Jk. I’m really not that cool. However, should the day ever come that random people or friends stop by my house unexpectedly, I know I’ll be prepared.
So the other afternoon as I sat at my desk, thinking about food, dreaming of the weekend, I decided it was time to make something extra awesome for my next homegating party.
Now, when I say awesome, this does not translate to hard or impossible or time-consuming (although, yes, sometimes this ends up being the case). What I really mean is, when I set out to make something, my ultimate goal is to make something so delicious that people want more.
To prepare something that brings happiness, excitement, and love to the table.
So I started to think about what I could prepare…
Then I glanced at the mug filled with Peanut M&M’s and the few remaining SNICKERS® Chocolate Bars and from nowhere awesome hit me.
What do you get when you combine Peanut M&M’s, Snickers, Peanut Butter, chocolate and rice cereal?
You get the cutest, most football-ready little candy treats you will ever see! Whether you decide to roll these candy truffles in more candy, colored sprinkles, or dip them in chocolate and decorate to look like footballs, there is no wrong way to eat these treats. And, one of my favorite parts? You can prepare part of the recipe ahead of time so that you don’t spend the entire day in the kitchen.
Oh yes, they’re also extremely easy to transport. Trust me, I know this. I already transported a large batch of these beauties to share with my son’s teachers and they arrived looking absolutely perfect (they were also a HUGE hit).
To make this recipe you will need a couple things- lots of Peanut M&M’s and lots of Peanut Butter. I highly recommend heading to your local Sam’s Club to stock up on all your gameday must-haves. Including one or two (because you never know) M&M’S® Peanut Chocolate Candy Pantry Size Bags and a 40oz bag of SNICKERS® Mini Bars located right in the candy aisle. Because seriously, you guys, being able to RESEAL the bag is a total game changer. No pun intended.
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Peanut Butter Snickers and M&M’s Candy Truffles (+Video)
Prep Time: 20 minutes + freezing time | Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes + freezing time
Yield: 36 truffles (approximately)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
Pinch of salt
2 cups creamy peanut butter
2 cups crushed M&M’S® Peanut Chocolate Candy, plus more for topping
12 SNICKERS® Mini Bars, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups rice cereal
2 1/2-3 cups powdered sugar
16 ounces melting chocolate
Colored sprinkles for topping, if desired
- Melt butter in a medium saucepot over medium heat. Once butter has melted, add the salt and peanut butter and stir until peanut butter has combined with the butter. Remove from heat.
- Meanwhile, add the M&M’s to a food processor and pulse until candy is crushed into tiny bits. Transfer M&M’s to a large mixing bowl and mix with the finely chopped SNICKERS®, rice cereal and powdered sugar. Stir in the melted peanut butter and butter mixture until fully combined.
- Begin shaping the peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls or mini footballs and transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. If you desire some truffles NOT dipped in chocolate, immediately roll the formed balls in sprinkles or crushed candy and transfer to the baking sheet. Transfer baking sheet to the freezer and allow peanut butter balls to cool and harden for at least 30 minutes.
- When peanut butter candy balls have cooled and hardened, prepare the melting chocolate. Add 1″ of water to one medium saucepan over low heat. Bring to a very gentle simmer- do not boil! Place a heat-safe bowl on top of the pot (I use a glass bowl) so that the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water. The idea is that the steam generated from the water will slowly warm the bowl. That said do NOT allow steam to escape from the pot, if possible, as this is not good for the chocolate (tip- place a small towel between the pot and the bowl but be very careful as you don’t want the towel to catch on fire). Add the chocolate to the bowl and gently stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until chocolate is fully melted. Remove from heat.
- You can also melt the chocolate in the microwave (however, I’ve had very bad experience with this), by placing the chocolate in microwave-safe bowls at 50% power for 30-second intervals, stirring after each.
- Dip each peanut butter candy ball or football in chocolate and return to the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Before chocolate sets, sprinkle with crushed candy pieces or colored sprinkles, if desired.
- Once all peanut butter and candy balls have set completely, use a small frosting pen to draw the football stitching on each ball.