There’s a funny story (not so funny at the time) behind these Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake Bars and how they came about.
Every year two of my girlfriends and myself go to the US to do some Christmas shopping. This past year, along with clothes, toys and treats that I bought for my kids, I picked up some Giant Size Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars. Both of my boys are big fans of the cups so I knew they’d enjoy these.
When I returned home on the Sunday after shopping all weekend, I put all the gifts I purchased in our cold room. Now if you saw my cold room, it’s a dark room at the front of our house filled with spiderwebs and dust and it’s packed full of totes and seasonal items. It’s not a place where our kids venture too often except to grab the occasional pop from the bar fridge. The bar fridge is also right at the entrance so there’s not even a need to pull the string to turn the light on, let alone venture inside for anything else.
So when I put my purchases at the back of the cold room, on top of a pile of totes, I thought for sure they would 1) never find them, or 2) never even think to look in the smelly cold room for presents. Ya, I was completely wrong! Not only did they find them, they looked through the bags, moved stuff onto other totes, left the bags wide open, and left the light on! Needless to say, my two boys aren’t very good at being sneaky (that might be a good thing, right?).
Anyways, my husband and I approached our two boys and right away they knew they were caught. Our voices and the look on our faces must have tipped them off! Of course, as with most siblings, they each blamed the other one for snooping. One said that he found them but didn’t look, the other one said he looked but only because the other one showed him first. We weren’t getting a straight story and we knew that they had ruined the surprise of some of their gifts. To give my husband and myself time to calm down, we sent them to their rooms and talked about what our next step should be. Disappointment, hurt and anger were all feelings I had but, honestly, I was also wondering how they couldn’t of been a little more discreet about the whole thing. I know when I snooped as a kid (yes, I did it too!) I put everything back perfectly so there was no chance of getting caught!
After talking back and forth for a bit we both decided that since they know what their presents are, we will return them to the store and they’ll also have to donate one gift to our local toy drive. Since most of the gifts were toys they were easy to take back but I also had bought some treats. Two bags of Sour Warheads and two Giant Size Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars which I couldn’t return. Of course the kids weren’t getting any of the treats so I was stuck with all this candy. That’s when I knew that baking with some of it would help me with the temptation of eating it!
So, that’s the story of how these delicious Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake Bars came about.
Oh, and the kids aren’t getting any – I’m freezing them for the holidays!
Recipe adapted from Cookin Canuck