I have kind of a love-hate relationship with Reese's peanut butter cups. They ought to be good, because they are made of peanut butter and chocolate. And yet, upon actually eating one, I am inevitably disappointed. For some reason, most of the chocolate used in commercially produced candies has a weird bitter, slightly chemical-ey aftertaste that I can't stand. Maybe it's the corn syrup? Or the fact that they're using the cheapest possible ingredients? I don't know. But it's a sad way to execute a good idea.
Homemade peanut butter cups taste way better than anything you'll buy in the shop, and actually really easy to make. All you have to do is melt a little chocolate in the microwave, and mush up a mixture of peanut butter, sugar, and a little vanilla. You really can't go wrong. I used the recipe from Have Cake, Will Travel, and I highly recommend it. I didn't have mini cupcake liners, so I just used regular ones and made only six. They're quite decadent. To fancy them up a bit, I sprinkled a little bit of my favorite flake salt on top. I think it's a good addition, since it brings out the saltiness in the peanut butter mixture nicely. Because the chocolate isn't really tempered, I'm not sure how well these will hold up at room temperature, but I think they taste better straight out of the refrigerator anyway.