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Crunchy Peanut Butter Balls

 Crunchy Peanut Butter Balls
"The first time I made this candy, I knew it was going to be a big hit," writes Janice Brightwell, Jeffersonville, Indiana. "My husband and friends agree it's the best they've ever tasted. It's quick and simple to prepare. I've been asked for the recipe countless times."
30 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
  • 1-1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1-1/2 cups (9 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 teaspoons shortening

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter and marshmallow creme; add
  • cereal and stir until well coated.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until
  • smooth. Roll cereal mixture into 1-in. balls. Dip in chocolate;
  • allow excess to drip off. Place on a waxed paper-lined pan.
  • Refrigerate until set. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 123 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 59 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.