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Nuts for Nutella? Learn how to make your own

This article originally appeared on Food52.com: Homemade NutellaUnsatisfied with store-bought Nutella, Carey Nershi of Reclaiming Provinicial is making a version that's a bit less sweet, a bit more sophisticated, and far superior.

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Editor's note: We know, it's a dilemma. Nutella is so good … and yet so not local: It takes at least six countries to make a jar of the stuff. Luckily you don't have to choose your gut over your guilt complex when it comes to this homemade treat, since it doesn't get much more local than your own kitchen (assuming your chocolate and hazelnuts are fair-trade).

I didn’t know Nutella existed until I spent a couple weeks in Germany my freshman year in college. (True story.) When I returned, eager to share tales of my European friends who ate chocolate for breakfast, I was shocked and delighted to learn that Nutella was widely available in the U.S., too. But, much to my dismay, it didn’t taste quite the same as the seemingly identical European variety: too sweet, too chocolatey. (I was happy to learn I wasn't just imagining things.) The only solution? Make my own.

This chocolate-hazelnut spread is a slightly grown-up version of the one you may be familiar with. It’s nutty and not too sweet, with equal parts milk and dark chocolate and the teensiest hint of almond. If you’d like to keep it dairy-free, you can substitute coconut oil and condensed almond milk.

All in all, it’s a great (and dare I say far superior) alternative to the store-bought variety.

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Reese’s? Please. Learn how to make homemade peanut butter cups

This article originally appeared on Food52.com: Homemade Peanut Butter CupsCarey Nershi from Reclaiming Provincial shows us how to make peanut butter cups that are reminiscent of childhood, with a grown-up edge.

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Editor’s note: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are so last year. And while kids and parents these days might be squeamish about homemade treats being tricky, there's an upside: You won't have to feel guilty about keeping all of these homemade peanut butter cups to yourself.

I am what you might call a recovering junk food addict. One that had an especially strong penchant for candy. And while I’ve managed to get my sweet tooth under control in recent years, I still have quite a weakness for homemade versions of classic treats. Being able to create them without preservatives or strange ingredients makes this a justifiable weakness, I’d dare say.

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Peanut butter cups are one of the simplest sweets to make. There’s no need to fuss with tempering chocolate or tentatively hovering over a pan of scary-hot sugar. All you need is a handful of ingredients (most of which you probably already have in your pantry), some mini cupcake wrappers, a stove (or microwave), and a fridge. Dangerously easy, folks.

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