Country music singer turned TV cooking host, Trisha Yearwood, is ruining my life.
Ok, maybe not my life, but certainly my waistline.
My husband wanted to watch Yearwood’s show “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen” on Food Network last week because she had her husband Garth Brooks helping out in the kitchen. He also said one of the recipes on the show’s description caught his eye, it was something to do with peanut butter.
We watched the couple mix up a batch of “Miss Mickey’s Peanut Butter Balls”, a recipe that came from Garth’s mother, and we thought it was one we should try. Since it was the weekend we had the time to mix up our own batch of the recipe after heading to the store to pick up some of the ingredients we were missing. It’s a super simple recipe, but this is definitely not health food.
Miss Mickey’s Peanut Butter Balls
Recipe courtesy FoodNetwork.com
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
1/2 white corn syrup
2 cups crunchy peanut butter
4 cups rice cereal
“In a large saucepan, stir the sugar and the syrups together over medium heat. Remove from the heat and quickly add the peanut butter, continuing to stir until the mixture is fully combined. Add the rice cereal and mix well. Shape the mixture into palm-size balls with your hands. Transfer to waxed paper. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.”
I don’t know where these things would ever survive for up to 2 weeks. After our first samples of these peanut butter balls we knew we were in trouble. They are just so easy to eat. And…they are so good – Amazing – The best crunchy/sweet combo I have found in a very long time. So simple.
They are so good that they are preventing me from writing in complete sentences.
We got to the point that we needed more peanut butter balls. I knew that if I made another batch that we would just eat them all and I didn’t think that really needed to happen. So I devised a plan. I would make another batch, keep a few, and try to ruin other people’s lives and waistlines by spreading the joy of these peanut butter balls. I delivered them to friends while they were at work. One of my friends offered me one of the peanut butter balls from the container I just delivered to her.
“No thank you. I’ve had 47,” I said.
I don’t think that number was very far off from the truth. All of our friends reacted to this recipe the same way we did – they are in love with it.
I had a container all ready to ship to my brother in Yellowstone National Park. Somehow those treats got eaten before they could make it to the post office. I am not making this stuff up, people. Don’t feel bad for him though, I will make another batch and I do promise that those will be shipped to him. Now that it’s in writing, I have to do it.
I’m going to make another batch.
Well played, Yearwood. Well played.