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Hearing a two-year old say “trick-or-treat” is about the cutest thing EVER.
We visited the World’s Largest Halloween Party at the Louisville Zoo, and Avery learned pretty quickly that when he walked up to someone with his pumpkin and said “trick-or-treat” he was going to get the goods. I’ve never seen a little koala walk so fast! He was so excited to go from station to station and fill up his pumpkin. When they handed him that Reese’s Cup in the bright orange wrapper, he wouldn’t even let it go and put it in his pumpkin. He knew that chocolate and peanut butter goodness was something special and held on to it while he finished his trick-or-treating. I knew we had a little sugar monster on our hands. Wonder where he gets that from? Certainly not his mother!
But, what are we supposed to do with all this Halloween candy?
Kevin and I weren’t sure how we wanted to approach the issue of Halloween candy because this was the first year we really had to deal with it. I think we came up with a good compromise between being those parents who don’t let their kids have any candy EVER (which I honestly think backfires in the long run) and having a chocolate-stained toddler with a sugar-high running circles around us all night.
We convinced Avery to do all of his trick-or-treating around the zoo and then we would pick one piece of candy to eat on the way home. Since he didn’t know what most of the candy was, we chose for him. We gave him a fun size Hershey Bar and the three of us split a Reese’s Cup…because every kid deserves the chance to experience chocolate and peanut butter together, right? There is a difference between eating one chocolate peanut butter cup and eating an entire bag, though, and that is what I love so much about today’s healthy peanut butter cups recipe.
Wait, what? Healthy Peanut Butter Cups?
It’s true! These healthy peanut butter cups combine dark chocolate and peanut butter without all of the refined sugar, chemical additives and unhealthy oils. And they have only FOUR ingredients! The addition of Enjoy Life brand Dark Chocolate Morsels, make them allergen-friendly, as well. Enjoy Life chocolate chips are dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free! If you are not concerned about that, you can use any dark chocolate chips you’d like; I usually go with 85% or 90% chocolate because they have less sugar. Trust me…you won’t miss it. These are plenty rich and decadent on their own!
Now, tell me…what is your favorite Halloween candy?