Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Turned To Fudge!

by C

My chocolate peanut butter balls turned to fudge!

I dipped the peanut butter balls in to the melted chocolate. Of course the chocolate was way to thick, but I did it anyway.

They taste delicious, but the chocolate is not hardening. Instead it is staying pretty much like fudge. So now I have peanut butter fudge balls!

Is there something that I can do to still be able to serve these at the holidays? Roll them in nuts or something. Help!

Also...some tricks or tips to make sure the next batch goes smoother so I end up with the correct chocolate dipped peanut butter balls?


Was your chocolate simply "melted chocolate" chips or pieces, or did you add something to it? Why was it so thick?

If chocolate thickens while dipping, you can always pop it back into the microwave for 30 seconds or put it over a double boiler again, to keep it melted.

Also, you can add a tablespoon or so of shortening to the melted chocolate to thin it out and help it set again.

The only thing you can probably do with the peanut butter balls that you've already made is to pop them in the fridge or freezer to get them to set fully. Just be sure to cover them well.


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Dec 20, 2011
Paraffin or Vegetable Oil NEW
by: Angie

Hi Estelle,

You don't actually HAVE to use anything added to the melted chocolate when making chocolate covered peanut butter balls (Buckeye candy), but paraffin or shortening is helpful in giving the chocolate a nicer finish (in my opinion) when you aren't planning on tempering the chocolate.

You could use a little vegetable oil if you need to thin the chocolate out a bit, but don't overdue it. You might end up with chocolate that is way too thin and won't set.

If you don't need the oil for thinning, leave it out and just melt the chocolate gently (don't overheat) and you should be fine.

Dec 20, 2011
Help Making Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls NEW
by: Estelle

Can I use vegetable oil instead of parafin for dipping peanut butter balls?????

Oct 07, 2011
Be careful not to do this
by: Annie

I always get ideas to create different chocolate goodies for the home. When dipping in chocolate, I tend to go with Chocolate Almond Bark. Unfortunately, I was out one day. Before I found this site, I ran across another and it said I could use chocolate chips with a little bit of milk. After trying I realized this was WRONG. You didn't mention milk in your comment as the culprit, but I wanted to point out when I did this it made my chocolate more of a fudge. I was making Peanut Butter Pecan Cluster. While they truly were delicious, the added milk made the chocolate coating more of a loose fudge. The clusters stayed together, but even freezing won't fix this solution. Just a piece of advice from a trial-and-error goodie making mom. Have a great day you guys and I LOVE this site! You have EXCELLENT tips! :D

Dec 22, 2010
Chocolate peanut butter balls...content...
by: Anonymous

Thanks Angie! I started off simply with chocolate chips, then added a tablespoon of shortening. It started to get thick, so I added a little oil. Think I ended up making ganache! It tastes great just not what I originally intended. But, I took your advice, put in fridge to set up and it helped a lot. Thanks! -C

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