Chocolate Peanut Butter Bowl

I found this flipping thru RR magazine and knew i needed to make up a reason to make it!

Luckily this past easter sunday, i found a reason! A friend who had given up beer for lent was having a belated birthday celebration at a local brewery. Done and done!

The end product

Why yes, yes it is on my christmas platter, and you know why that is? Cause i have a small house and only need a platter a couple times a year and i love christmas, so there! I changed up the ingredient list a bit, cause it was what i had on hand, what i had someone buy for me and what i didn’t read correctly

Ingredients:

* 4 tablespoons margarine
* 1 10 ounce bag  marshmallows
* 1 1/3 cups chunky peanut butter
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 5 cups crisped rice cereal
* Cooking spray
* 2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
* 1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar
* 2 cups heavy whipping cream
* 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preparation

* In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows; stir until melted, 5 minutes. Stir in 1/3 cup peanut butter and 1/2 tsp. salt. Remove from the heat; stir in the cereal.  (Next time i would do it ghetto style and do it in the microwave, no need for the pan drama)
* Cover the inside of a medium (3 qt.) bowl with plastic wrap, leaving a few inches of overhang. Coat the plastic and your fingers with cooking spray. Press the cereal mixture into the bowl. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.  (fyi – that stuff be HOT, damn HOT, burn your finger tips HOT, with or without cooking spray, make sure to evenly spread it, mine had big chunks on the bottom and some on one side!)
* In a double boiler, stir the chocolate over medium-high heat until melted, 5 minutes.  I went with the 2 minutes in the microwave! 1 cup at a time
* Pour the chocolate into the cereal bowl; spread with a rubber spatula to coat the inside. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
* In a bowl, whisk the remaining 1 cup peanut butter, the brown sugar and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt. Whisk in 1/2 cup cream. (there is where i neglected to actually read and dumped the whole cup into this mixture in my kitchen aid, it wasn’t fully clear till after i was mid process that it was 2 bowls…  I let is whisk for a good while and it all turned out ok!)
* Using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the remaining 1 1/2 cups cream on medium speed until thick, about 1 minute. Slowly add the granulated sugar and vanilla; beat to soft peaks, 2 minutes. Fold into the peanut butter mixture in 3 additions.
* Pull up the plastic to transfer the cereal bowl to a platter; discard the plastic. Spoon in the peanut butter cream. Top with the peanuts. Have guests spoon cream onto plates and break off pieces of the bowl.

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FYI – having guests break off pieces of the bowl make you have friends with chocolate on their hands…  ewww.  IT does work if you use hte plastic wrap to hold it and break it, or a butter knife is a good option too.

Definitely an awesome desert and with my lessons learned i can’t wait for the next event to make this for!