Valentine’s day! A day to celebrate love. Or even better, a day to celebrate power couples or power pairs. Basically, when you bring together two things that are amazing alone, they become an unstoppable force when they come together. It’s true of people and things!
For example, Mickey and Minnie. Or Aladdin and Jasmine. Or milk and Cookies! Bread and Butter, movies and popcorn! All of the above mentioned are amazing on their own. Yet, when you pair them together, they reach a whole new level of amazing-ness.
In the food world, let’s look at peanut butter. Peanut butter is amazing by itself. It’s creamy, sweet, and delicious. Not only can it pass as a pretty healthy breakfast food, but you can also eat it for lunch and dinner without getting too many weird looks. Ever had peanut sauce? It’s amazing. Plus, it has the word butter in its name. Can you be so wrong if butter is in your name? Possibly, but let’s not get into that. It’s a staple in my diet and I have a life goal of incorporating it into my life in as many ways as possible.
Then, we bring in chocolate. Specifically, dark chocolate (sorry milk chocolate fans). Chocolate has a pretty strong reputation in the standalone department. It has been known to solve sweet tooth problems, mend broken hearts and, I’m pretty sure if given the opportunity, chocolate could bring about world peace. We just haven’t given it the chance yet.
Now let’s take these two power players in the food world and put them together. Peanut butter and chocolate. An unstoppable force, one that is not to be messed with. Together they make a complete protein. Wait, no probably not. But together they make a completely delicious snack (or meal, I won’t judge)!
Peanut butter and chocolate are the power couple in the food world, just as Minnie and Mickey are the power couple at Walt Disney World. Mickey is a rock star, but you know Minnie is a superstar in her own right. You know it’s true.
So, on Valentine’s day to celebrate the love, and specifically the power couple of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, it feels fitting to put together the award-winning combination of peanut butter and chocolate. They perfectly showcase how two stand alone amazing things become even better by being together!
Disney-Inspired Minnie and Mickey Power Couple Chocolate Peanut Butter Graham Crackers
Graham Crackers (About 4 Whole, Broken into 8 Pieces in Total)
Creamy Peanut Butter (About 1/2 Cup)
Chocolate Chips (About 1 Cup)
Red Sugar Sprinkles (About 1/4 to 1/2 Cup)
1. Step One
Gather up your supplies! If you don’t have sprinkles on hand, this treat is delicious without. Or you could substitute sprinkles with chopped nuts, equally as delicious. If you plan to make these for Valentine’s day, the red sugar sprinkles fit the theme!
2. Step Two
Before you make these yummy little treats, break your graham crackers down to size. Keeping the graham crackers full-sized will work, but the half sized graham crackers are easier to work with. Plus, you can justify eating twice as much chocolate because they are half the size.
3. Step Three
Melt your chocolate! If you have one on hand, you can utilize a double boiler to get your chocolate nice and melted. Alternatively, pop a microwave safe bowl and your chocolate chips into the microwave for 15-30 seconds. Once the microwave timer dings, give the chocolate a stir and pop it back in the microwave however many times are necessary to get the chocolate nice and melted. Be sure to keep a close eye on your chocolate. It tends to go from almost silky smooth to a funky-crunchy burnt consistency if you over heat it.
While you’re melting your chocolate, make sure to spread out your waxed paper. You want it ready for you on the counter before you start assembling your masterpieces.
4. Step Four
Pick up one graham cracker and your butter knife and spread a little peanut butter on top of your cracker. I always eyeball the amount, but if I had to give it a measurement, I’d say about a tablespoons worth of peanut butter.
5. Step Five
Time to add some chocolate! Take the graham cracker you just smoothed peanut butter onto and gently pour a generous amount of chocolate on top. You can cover the back side of the graham cracker as well, but it’s not necessary. Unless you consider more chocolate a necessity. Then, yes, it is a necessity.
6. Step Six
Lay your covered graham crackers out on the waxed paper. Repeat steps four and five above until you’ve covered all of your graham crackers.
At this time you can add your red sugar sprinkles. Or, if you’d prefer, wait until the chocolate has cooled slightly, approximately 5-7 minutes, give or take. If you add on the sprinkles too soon they melt into the chocolate. Still super yummy, but not quite as festive looking.
7. Step Seven
Although it is super tempting to eat your graham crackers right away, try to give them a little time to cool. This allows the chocolate and peanut butter to cool and harden. Saves you from super messy faces and hands as well.
8. Step Eight
Have your friendly helper clean up the mess while you sneak un-cooled peanut butter and chocolate covered graham crackers into your own belly.
There ya go! A quick and easy Valentine’s day treat to help honor all the power couples, food, real or fictitious, in our lives. Happy Valentine’s Day! May you day be filled with lots of yummy treats and Disney fun. Like devouring peanut butter chocolate covered graham crackers while watching Minnie and Mickey cartoons!
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