It doesn't get much better than a Reese cup, right? EXCEPT FOR A GIANT REESE homemade peanut butter cup that clocks in at 9" wide and over 3 pounds. Reese's peanut butter cups are at the top of most candy lover's lists and are probably the candy most parents steal out of their kid's Halloween buckets (seriously if mine came home with a giant bucket of Reeses, I wouldn't complain). If you love peanut butter and chocolate, check out these copycat Girl Scout peanut butter patty candy bars.
Giant Reese's cup
Now this isn't the exact giant Reeses peanut butter cup recipe, because I don't have access to that. It is however, a really good copycat recipe that tastes almost exactly like it. Why a giant Reese's peanut butter cup? This supersized peanut butter chocolate beauty is perfect for sharing, surprisingly easy to make, and a real show stopper dessert. Also it would be fantastic for taking to a Super Bowl party to wow your friends because you definitely need a big cup for the big game!
Fun fact: The largest peanut butter cup was 440 pounds and made in a kiddle pool.
Ingredients for the giant Reese peanut butter cup
- One and a half pounds of chocolate are used in making this huge peanut butter cup. I used milk chocolate but you could also used dark chocolate. My brand of choice for this masterpiece is Barry Callebaut 823.
- peanut butter
- Reese's creamy peanut butter is going to give you the flavor profile closest to a Reese cup but you could use any creamy peanut butter you like.
- powdered sugar
- Powdered sugar will both thicken and sweeten your peanut butter to create a peanut butter filling instead of a peanut butter spread.
- You’ll melt the butter down with the peanut butter to create that luscious peanut butter filling that tastes exactly like a real Reese’s.
decorations (optional, but reese cups on top is always a good idea!)
Equipment you need
Believe it or not, the giant peanut butter cup mold is actually creating using a pie plate and an air fryer liner!
- 9" pie plate
- 9" air fryer circular liner
- candy thermometer (for tempering chocolate)
- large pot the mixing bowl can fit in for making a water bath
- 5 quart mixing bowl and stand mixer
How to make a Giant Reese cup
Making the peanut butter filling
The first step to making this giant Reese's peanut butter cup recipe is to make the creamy peanut butter filling. Start by putting peanut butter and butter into your 5 quart mixing bowl. Next, you're going to create a water bath by finding a pot the 5 quart mixing bowl can fit inside with room around it.
Fill the larger pot one third of the way up with hot water and turn the heat on high. Place the 5 quart mixing bowl that has the peanut butter and butter inside of the pot with the hot water. Hot water should NOT enter the mixing bowl, this is just to melt the peanut butter and butter together.
After the peanut butter and butter has melted to become fluid, turn off the heat. Next you'll carefully take out the mixing bowl (it's hot) and place it on the stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix in the powdered sugar. It's a lot of powdered sugar, but I promise it will all fit! Now you will remove the bowl from the stand mixer and set it aside while you prep your pie plates.
Creating the peanut butter circle
Take one 9" pie plate and line it with a 9" air fryer liner. After that, take your peanut butter filling and press the filling down on the air fryer liner to create a round, one inch high circle. Take the air fryer liner with the peanut butter filling out of the pie plate to trim excess peanut butter filling from the sides. We need to trim some filling from the sides of this so chocolate will be able to make its way all the way around the peanut butter center.
Using an 8" tart pan, cut a circle in the peanut butter filling by pressing down and removing the 1" excess. The excess filling can be saved and used for additional giant peanut butter cups.
Assembling the peanut butter cup
Grab another 9" pie plate and clean 9" air fryer liner. Next, line the pie plate with the air fryer liner. Melt and temper (if desired) all of your chocolate. After you melt the chocolate, first pour half of it into the air fryer liner. Second, take your peanut butter filling circle and press it into the chocolate. Third, you'll top the peanut butter filling with the remaining chocolate. Once all of the peanut butter filling is covered with chocolate, gently tap the pie plate on the counter top to evenly distribute the chocolate.
Decorating peanut butter cups
I love decorating the giant peanut butter cups with additional Reese items, such as:
- Reese pieces
- mini Reese Pieces
- regular sized Reese cups
- fun sized Reese cups
- mini Reese cups
- a chocolate drizzled swirl
Storage and shelf life
This giant Reese's cup should be stored at room temperature and the shelf life is approximately 12 weeks when it hasn't been cut into. Once you cut into the giant Reese, I'd recommend consuming within 2-3 weeks or alternatively, you can freeze sections of it for up to 6 months.
Copycat candy recipes
Homemade Reese Cup Pie
- 9 ' pie plate
- 9 ' round air fryer liner
- 5 quart planetary mixer with paddle attachment
- large pot for creating a hot water bath
- candy thermometer for chocolate tempering
- 360 grams Peanut Butter
- 56.5 grams Butter
- 360 grams Powdered Sugar
- 1.5 pounds Milk Chocolate
- .5 cup Mini Reese cups optional for decoration
- .5 cup Reese Pieces optional for decoration
Peanut Butter Center
- Combine peanut butter and butter in the bowl from a 5 quart planetary mixer. Set aside.
- Fill a large pot big enough to place the mixing bowl inside of it with room around it ⅓ of the way full with water. Place the mixing bowl with peanut butter and butter inside of the pot with water surrounding it. Heat on high until peanut butter and butter is fluid. No water should enter the mixing bowl.
- Very carefully, remove the mixing bowl from the water bath (it's hot!) and place it on the stand mixer.
- Using the paddle attachment, add in powdered sugar until combined.
- Press peanut butter filling into a pie plate lined with a 9" air fryer liner. Let set up.
- Using a 8' tart pan, cut a circle into peanut butter filling. Remove excess peanut butter filling around sides. Set circle aside while melting (tempering if desired) chocolate.
Assembling Peanut Butter Cup
- Prep another pie plate with a new air fryer liner.
- Temper milk chocolate. Pour ½ of you chocolate into the bottom of a new airfryer liner.
- Press peanut butter circle into chocolate.
- Top with remaining chocolate. Decorate if desired.
- Refrigerate until firm.