Or PBD's, as my boyfriend likes to refer to them. I've been hearing about these for years now, a candy my boyfriend's mother makes especially around the holidays. I knew about the general idea of them and a few of the ingredients, but I wasn't able to come up with a recipe that looked accurate at all on the internet. So luckily we got her to write it down for me :) And sure enough, it's nothing like the ones I've seen floating around the web. Apparently these are a very localized thing down there, they even sell them at gas stations!
These are a great little peanut butter and chocolate flavored candy, flecked with oatmeal for a lovely and addictive texture. I highly suggest making a batch to add to your gift-giving this holiday season, or any time of year. I plan on putting a bunch on my cookie plates as well!
Peanut Butter Delights
Adapted from James' Mom
1 stick of butter (she wrote down margarine, I always have butter in the house, but feel free to use either one)
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk (I used skim, works great!)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar and bring to a boil, and let it bubble away for 1 minute. Add the other ingredients and stir until everything is well combined. Drop teaspoonfuls onto wax paper and let cool.
Sidenote: as you can see, I attempted to put sprinkles on these because you can't get enough sprinkles, especially around Christmas, (although no one ever puts sprinkles on PBD, according to James, he called this a "very Beth touch.") This proved a bit difficult, maybe because it's so cold here, but I did have to sprinkle as soon as I dropped the spoonful onto the wax paper, otherwise the sprinkles didn't stick.