Elementary Peanut Butter Ball Chews Recipe

by Sherry Riter in Cooking  ,Dessert,Food,Recipe

A long, long time ago…I can still remember how that music used to make me smile…

Wait. This post is not about music, but like the lyrics of the song, I can still remember that a long, long time ago, I was in elementary school. I loved and still do love school. Back then, everything was a thrill – books, fat pencils, fat crayons, green paper with big lines and a place at the top to draw a picture, new math, Dick and Jane, the Pledge of Allegiance, recess and lunch.

Ahhh, yes….lunch.

In the cafeteria where I had lunch, there were lots of tables with little round stool type chairs. Our class always sat at the same table, but we did not have to sit in the same spot every day. My mother always packed my lunch, but a lot of students would buy the school lunch which did not thrill me much. I was glad Mom ensured that my lunch was delicious.

There was one thing that my school did right…oh so right. Whenever Peanut Butter Ball Chews were the dessert, I would start trading things in my lunch with other students so that I could have them. I loved the Peanut Butter ball Chews! One day I traded my milk, chips and cookies and that meant I ate three Peanut Butter Ball Chews! That may not seem like much, but for a very small six year old girl, three was a whole bunch.

Many years later, I became obsessed with replicating the Peanut Butter Ball Chews from my elementary school days. After many recipes and many failed attempts, I simplified my cooking efforts and tried to think of something that would be fast and easy.


I had been trying to make the recipe too hard. With just a few ingredients, I changed the recipe and was able to have the exact texture and flavor of the Peanut Butter Ball Chews in my memories. So today I am going to share my simple and nostalgic recipe filled with many, many wonderful childhood memories of Elementary Peanut Butter Ball Chews.

Elementary Peanut Butter Ball Chews

Put Rice Kripies® in a big bowl.

In a small pan, add peanut butter.

I used fresh homemade peanut butter

Then add sugar and

light corn syrup.

On a medium setting,

melt the three ingredients together.

The ingredients will become more liquid,

but do not boil and cook it.

It will still be thick.

Add the melted ingredients

to the bowl of Rice Krispies®.

Stir, stir, stir, stir.

While the mixture is still hot,

grab a piece of the mixture,

roll it between your hands

and form a ball

about the size of an egg yolk..

Yes, it is a hot mixture like

pulling taffy, but it has to be

done while hot.

That is why my hands turned red.

Hot! Hot! Hot!

This recipe will make about 30

Peanut Butter Ball Chews.

They harden quite a bit in five minutes.

The first bite was so delicious.

All those childhood lunches

came flooding back.

Sweet peanut butter crunchy smooth goo chews.

It is kind of hard to describe.

Here, just take a bite

How would you describe it?

Yeah, I know…


Elementary Peanut Butter Ball Chews


1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup peanut butter

3 cups Rice Krispies® cereal


In a small pan, melt corn syrup, sugar and peanut butter. Do not cook. Remove from heat and add Rice Krispies® cereal. While hot, make into balls about the size of an egg yolk.

Yield: 30 balls

The Elementary Peanut Butter Ball Chews are the perfect size and you will discover that within minutes, you will have eaten far too many!

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1 TJ August 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm

at last get to see them, I am glad you had good lunches. You did not like to buy lunch, I always loved surprising you. now I know where My hard work went , peanut chews,lol

by the way , yuck,lol I hate peanut butter


2 Carol And Stacy August 18, 2011 at 4:35 pm

We make these every year as part of our holiday cookie plate. We dip them in choc to top it off. So Yummy.


3 Lise M Andersen August 18, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Looks fab but, sigh, what does one do when situated in Europe where Rice Krispies only exist on American tv shows and not in the local supermarket? Any suggestions on what could be used instead?


4 Mama P August 18, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Oh my goodness! These look delicious, and they sound really easy to make! I think I will try to make these this weekend, a weekend project if you will 😀


5 The Aud Author, Audrey August 19, 2011 at 5:26 am

Damn it all to Hell! I just had to come in here and read this. Because of the God-forsaken braces on my teeth I can't eat them 🙁 I guess I'll have to wait another year and 2 months. Hey sister…have you read my blog lately and looked at the progress slideshow. It's pretty cool, check it out when you get a chance. http://tinselteethchronicles.blogspot.com/


6 Jim Gregg June 30, 2012 at 11:53 pm

I love peanut butter! I will have to try and make these.


7 The Redhead Riter July 2, 2012 at 7:25 pm

You’ll have to let me know how much you love them, Jim. Just remember, they are sooooooo addictive!!!!


8 Troy November 25, 2013 at 5:22 am

I made these yesterday and they were lovely. I did however substitute a couple of tablespoons of the peanut butter with Nutella which added even more depth to the flavour 🙂

Thanks for sharing it I will make them again.


9 Sherry Riter November 25, 2013 at 9:24 am

I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe Troy!!! I bet the Nutella was delicious!!!


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