willy wonkas

wow! thanks for all of the compliments and comments on my baking extravaganza! it was a lot of work doing it by myself – i miss baking all of those treats with my mom and liz.


i am  happy to report that the treats are going over well. brad brought a tin of them to work yesterday and he brought home the empty tin last night – i declare that a success!

i was also surprised to hear that a lot of you didn’t know what willy wonka balls are (we actually just call them willy wonkas…), but then i realized that they probably go by another name.


they’re peanut butter crispies rolled into balls dipped in chocolate and they are delicious.

if you haven’t had these before, then you are in luck because i’ve got the recipe for you today.

full disclosure – i have no idea where this recipe came from, but my family has been making these for as long as i can remember!

willy wonkas

time: 1 hour (rolling them into balls takes a while)

yield: ~40 1-inch balls


  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 3.5 cups rice crispies
  • 2.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 oz. chocolate (i used half semi-sweet + half 70% dark chocolate)


  1. stir together butter and peanut butter in a saucepan over low heat until completely melted and combined
  2. in a separate large mixing bowl, mix rice crispies and sugar
  3. stir melted butter and peanut butter into rice crispies/sugar
  4. let cool a bit and then roll into 1 inch balls (this part can get a little messy, fyi!)
  5. place balls in refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill and set
  6. melt chocolate in a double boiler
  7. dip balls into chocolate and let cool

i’m storing our willy wonkas in the refrigerator so they don’t melt. plus, i love biting into cold chocolate!


i don’t really know why these are christmas treats in our family, but we usually make them during the holidays.

i love the combination of chocolate + peanut butter. i’d love to make these with brown rice crispies and almond butter or nutella sometime.


yum. that sounds too delicious!


i’m really excited to have a pretty relaxing day today! i’m heading out soon to finish up some last christmas presents and to do some grocery shopping including a trader joe’s stock-up. other than that, i see a gym trip and then lots of sweatpants-wearing in my future.


have you ever had willy wonkas?

do you call them something else?

About sarah

hi, i'm sarah. i'm a graduate student, dog lover, newlywed, blogger, aspiring baker/cook, and a veggie lover. :)
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8 Responses to willy wonkas

  1. Willie Wonka always reminds me of Charlie and the Chocolate factory… one of my favourite movies of all time! So these balls can only be good! 😀

  2. I LOOOVE them! 🙂 Nobody calls them willy wonkas… lol… I wonder why we do! I found out a trick to having shiny chocolate too… add a bit of corn syrup to your chocolate when you melt it! 🙂 Oh culinary school…. 🙂 p.s… your pictures are looking great! 🙂

    • sarah says:

      ooooh, great tip! thanks lady! any tips for keeping the chocolate from getting too thick? i was wanting a thinner layer of chocolate on these, but it is pretty thick. will corn syrup thin it out too?

  3. oh… AND… have a great workout! 🙂

  4. Jiab/Napaporn says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Sarah! They looks yummy! I might try out your recipe this weekend 🙂

  5. Tara says:

    mmmm I’m so excited to make these and try them out:) Thanks for the recipe sarah!

  6. Ah! Those willy wonkas look decadent! Exactly what I don’t need, more cookie inspiration! Haa, this will soon be added to my long cookie baking list!

  7. I wondered what Willy Wonkas were when you first talked about them. They sound delicious!!

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