Thursday, March 31, 2016

Tiger Butter


Hooray, spring is here! Today I sat in the sun and felt hot. As in summer time hot. Come July I may not be as excited about sizzling outside, but right now I’m gleeful. The flip flops are on and they’re not coming off. The snow is disappearing rapidly and as it melts I’m discovering rhubarb and irises and can’t wait to see what else emerges from the ground. Now I’m eager to figure out what kinds of flowers I can plant that won’t be gobbled up by the deer. Suggestions?


Bob and I finished yet another house project and built wooden floor-to-ceiling bookcases. I must say that unpacking all our boxes of books was incredibly fun and, more than anything, filling the new shelves with them has made our house really feel like home.


Also making me very happy…Sam and Isaac were just home on spring break and it was a super relaxing time - lots of cooking (General Tso’s Chicken! rhubarb shortcake!), Scrabble, movies, talking, and since it was Purim there was hamentaschen baking and hamentaschen eating. As much as I miss the boys, it is pure pleasure to see them flourishing and enjoying life in school. I also learned that the hours (and hours) of my blasting ABBA while they were growing up seeped into Isaac’s subconscious and now he listens while studying. Good taste, I say.


After Sam and Isaac returned to school I began thinking about treats I can send and Tiger Butter came to mind. I first learned about Tiger Butter back in my college days when Bob and I worked at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. We made all sorts of confections in the shop such as divinity, caramel apples, truffles, raspberry chocolate puddles and nut clusters. A vat of warm chocolate was always swirling, ready for dipping strawberries, pretzels or graham crackers. Pretty heavenly, especially as a hungry college student. It’s embarrassing how much I ate on the job. And, ahem, gave out to my friends.


So about this Tiger Butter. It’s a simple, fudge-like sweet with only three ingredients. Creamy peanut butter is stirred into melted white chocolate and then dark chocolate is drizzled and swirled on top to make the tiger stripes. After it firms up, you slice and indulge. Rich and addictive, I guarantee it will disappear quickly. Just like the melting snow!


Tiger Butter
8x8 pan

16 ounces white chocolate, roughly chopped
1 cup creamy peanut butter
6 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped

Line an 8x8 pan with foil and set aside. In a medium sized saucepan, warm the white chocolate over low heat and stir until it melts and is smooth. Gently stir in the peanut butter until well mixed. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth it. In a small saucepan, melt the dark chocolate over low heat and then drizzle it in stripes over the peanut butter. Using a butter knife, lightly swirl the chocolate to create additional stripes. Pop the pan in the fridge and let it chill for about an hour. Remove the tiger butter from the pan by lifting out the foil lining. Cut into small pieces and serve. The tiger butter will keep for a week in a sealed container.

23 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness this looks so amazing! I've never had this! I'm definitely making this for the girls. They'll love it. Me too :)

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    1. I hope you and your girls enjoy this treat, Karista! Hugs to you :)

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  2. That is sinfully good,made the same (with darker peanutbutter though) a while ago.

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    1. Hi Jael, "sinfully good" is a perfect description! So nice to hear from you.

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  3. Omg such a beauty! I need to make this.

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    1. Hi Keren, I think you'll enjoy it! I hope all is well with you. :)

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  4. I've never heard of this before but am in love now. It sounds crazy good. Made me chuckle about the summer job in the chocolate factory, my first job was at Baskin Robbins and I ate and ahem.... gave away an embarrassing amount of the stuff. I have saved this recipe Hannah it is wonderful and I think it will be in my Christmas boxes this year.

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    1. I worked at an ice cream shop in high school, too, and also did my share of eating and "sharing" there. Someone said I'd stop liking ice cream since I was surrounded by it so much and that is just not true...I like it even more. Tiger Butter would be a terrific addition to Christmas gifts and travels well. Happy spring to you, Suzanne!

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  5. This looks so delicious! It combines my favorite ingredients! I know what you mean about it feeling hot. So weird. LOL that your son inherited your ABBA habit. That is hilarious. I'm also glad that you're getting your home improvement done and that it's feeling homey! These treats look so perfect and I love the name. YUM! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much, Amanda! Really, who can resist chocolate and peanut butter? I love the name, too...frankly, I don't think I've had anything with "butter" in its name that I didn't like! Wonderful to hear from you, as always. xx

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  6. I imagine that I would need to make a double batch at my house! Peanut butter and white chocolate are amazing together! The simplicity of the recipe makes this a keeper.

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    1. A double batch is a great idea, Deb! Before making these treats I hadn't had peanut butter and white chocolate and you're right - so very good together. Happy spring to you!

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  7. It's so nice to hear your stories! This sounds so good and is so easy! I have to make a batch for D's spring break next week.

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    1. Hi Alyssa! This is a very simple treat and would be gobbled up quickly by some sweet little guys like yours. It really has been too long...hope we can see each other soon. xx

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  8. Oh my gosh - I've never heard of Tiger Butter before, but now I'm actually terrified of it. It looks and sounds so insanely good, I'm terrified that if I made this I wouldn't be able to leave it alone until every last morsel was gone!!

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    1. Hi Sue! It's wonderful to hear from you. I smiled at your comment...terrified is a good word. I did a fair share of nibbling before I was able to get it all out the door to others. :)

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  9. Wow. This looks terrific -- love the combo of peanut butter and chocolate. Gotta show this to Mrs KR -- she's the sweets maker in our house, and she'll go wild over this. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you, John! I hope you and Mrs KR enjoy it and I hope you're having a beautiful spring so far.

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  10. First, about the name. I LOVE that you called it Tiger Butter. However, I would also completely support you if you called it Tigger Crack. I'm fairly certain if I make a batch, that it'll be so addicting I'll need to foist it on people before I put on 10 pounds.

    Anyway, I'm so glad to know you take as much pleasure in books as I do. I didn't know that about you. There's something about holding them, reading them, turning the page - a real, tangible, page - that just gets you. Doesn't it?

    Glad to hear you enjoyed time with kiddos. And, my mom swears by daffodils (or as she would say, "daffy-down-lilies").

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    1. Hi Mikaela! Love it...I'm renaming this Tigger Crack. It really is irresistible.

      I agree wholeheartedly about holding a physical book. I tried a Kindle years ago and just couldn't do it. I'm trying to use the library more instead and save shelf space for the books near and dear to me. Today was pure bliss, spent reading outside in the sunshine. I hope you have many similar days, too!

      Thank you for the tip on daffodils (so cute of your mom!). I'm a fan of bulbs so they sound ideal. Happy spring to you!

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  11. Your tiger butter would be dangerous to have in my kitchen…it sounds good. As to a suggestion about flowers that deer don't like…day lilies, shasta daisy's, iris and yarrow were never of interest to the deer that frequented our property when we lived in New Hampshire. Now those apple trees were another story. :)

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    1. Thank you for your suggestions, Karen! Your timing is perfect...I just learned about yarrow and have it on my list. Lilies and daisies sound wonderful so I will see if I can get some here. I understand about the apple trees - the deer ate almost all the apples of our tree last fall. I'm happy you stopped by!

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