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Over the past few weeks, there have been rumblings and rumors of impending doom for peanut-butter lovers. Some people have stocked up on peanut products, while others are suspicious that these might be tactics designed to scare them into buying. After all, no one wants to hoard surplus supplies unnecessarily.
Well, the warnings have been confirmed. Some of our candy suppliers have even reported unavailable products. Due to a perfect storm of drought, rising energy prices, competing crops, and meager plantings, the U.S. is experiencing a peanut shortage. Overall peanut production is down 13%, and the price for a ton of runner (think peanut butter) peanuts is 266% what it was a year ago. This means that peanuts will be harder to get, and they’re about to be more expensive.
Over the last few months, many retailers and manufacturers have been absorbing rising costs related to peanuts. But Kraft is set to raise the price of Planters Peanut Butter by 40% on October 31. Jif will cost 30% more. And Peter Pan is right behind them. Candy producers are among the hardest hit, as they’ve also been struggling with rising sugar and chocolate costs. And sure, the market is sure to level out eventually. But prices aren’t likely to go back down until next September, and even that will depend on next year’s harvest.
So unless you’re planning to leverage the shortage to help your new diet, you might want to do a little stocking up.
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Peanut Butter Bars
Do you crave peanut butter? Do you hoard peanut-butter-filled wonders in your freezer? Do you keep some in the fridge to ensure suitable textures for all nature of cravings? Have the mothers of children screamed at you for the trail of allergen-rife wrappers you leave in your wake?
Peanut Butter Candy is not the most socially approved preoccupation. You can’t just go around eating most candies filled with peanut butter all the time. It’s rude to steal them from your co-workers. It’s greasy and melty and will do terrible things to your body. So the only real options are to force yourself into moderation or to feel guilty about giving in. Well, there’s a better solution.
Because They’re Modest
Peanut Butter Bars are out there waiting for you to discover them. They’re a dark horse of the candy world. Maybe you’ve had them before and forgotten. These crunchy little guys have been made by Atkinson (the makers of Chick-O-Stick) since 1932. But their nondescript packaging, absence from mass-media advertising, and spotty availability add up to a whole lot of people being unaware of their brilliance.
For Texture Reasons
Peanut Butter Bars have a texture similar to the wafer-like crisp peanut butter of Butterfinger or Zagnut, but are more light and airy. For some reason not immediately apparent they’re coated on the outside with a thin, almost transparent, layer of white candy. But I trust these Atkinson people — this sugar coating is obviously crucial to all order in the universe. It enhances the texture and doesn’t mess with the robust nutty flavor. The layers of crunchy peanut butter splinter apart when you bite, filling your mouth with tiny wafers of goodness. There’s something substantial about eating these. Where peanut butter cups just kind of disappear no matter how tiny you make your nibbles, you get to experience a peanut butter bar.
The Ingredients are Real Words
Peanut Butter Bars smell like peanut butter cups, only more natural. With just 6 ingredients, it’s easy to understand what they’re made of. They’re not labeled gluten free, but as an avoider of gluten, I’m not afraid to eat them. They have no gluten-containing ingredients, and the package says they’re made in a facility that processes milk and soy, but not wheat.
For Health and Wellness!
It’s a total bummer to spend all your candy karma points in one place. And when you love peanut butter, that’s easy to do. Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups are bomb, and they have their own unique textural delights. But a serving size of 5 pieces packs in 15 grams of fat. Zagnuts are nice, but a standard-size bar has 9 fat grams. A Snickers Peanut Butter Squared has 13 fat grams plus all those extra ingredients. That’s all well and good and worth it for people who crave the chocolate-plus-peanut-butter combination.
But I’m concerned with the purists of the PB-loving community. All we really need is the peanut butter, but we prefer a more interesting delivery system than a spoon. Atkinson’s Peanut Butter Bars knock it out of the park. These M-80s of peanut butter explosion have 1 gram of fat in a 2-piece serving. So if you eat the typical candy-bar allotment of 200ish calories, you can have 8 peanut butter bars, and they’ll only contain 4 grams of fat!
So, basically, what I’m telling you is a way to indulge your peanut-butter candy craving more often and with less guilt.
What better way to stave off hypoglycemia? Peanut Butter Bars are individually wrapped and stand up pretty well to heat, so you can totally keep them in your pockets. They’re even flat and quiet enough to eat in class (as long as you can resist biting them. You’re already indulging a craving! You don’t need to bite them, too!)
Of course, you’ll still have to pick up your wrappers. You are obsessed with a Big-8 allergen, after all.
Denture Danger: 1
Peanut Butter M&M’s are a breed of their own. A small glob of peanut butter is covered in M&M’s melty milk chocolate and the hard candy shell allows it to keep its shape. This type of M&M is relatively new. It was introduced in 1990 about 50 years after the original M&M hit the market. Peanut Butter is the best type of M&M to allow to melt in your mouth. A trick that my brother taught me when I was younger was to let it sit in your mouth for a minute and then push your tongue through the M&M and that way you get the full taste of the candy with direct contact to all taste buds.
I have noticed that through the years the Peanut Butter M&M’s have been the most rare to come by. They aren’t on the shelf next to the Kit Kat, Reese’s and Regular M&M’s. I actually don’t remember a time when I was successful in finding the Peanut Butter M&M’s on a store shelf. Their elusive quality is just another one to add onto the reasons why this is such an enjoyable candy to eat.
Denture Danger: 4
I would take a Reese’s Pieces over an M&M any day, the way the peanut-flavored penuche filling melts in my mouth is just unbeatable and I’m not the only one who thinks so.
The extra terrestrial, E.T. (from the movie that you all should have watched at least once by now) has a favorite candy, and that my friends is Reese’s pieces. The funny thing is that Mars actually declined Steven Spielberg’s offer to use M&M’s in the movie and instead Hershey’s got the lucky break.
After E.T. was released in 1982, Reese’s Pieces sales increased by 65%. Universal Studios did not allow Hershey’s to see the script, which was a risk that paid off in the end.
The original plan for these candies was to fill the shells with peanut butter, but this failed because the oil leaked into the shell taking away the defining crunch and replacing it with a soft shell. The development was put in the hands of a team of scientists to determine what to put in the shell and what thickness to make the shell.
The result was a peanut-flavored penuche filling. Penuche is made with butter, brown sugar, and milk and is similar to fudge. In 1978 the orange, yellow, and brown, Reese’s Pieces hit the shelves of candy stores ready to stand as a strong competition to Mars’ M&Ms.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays candy lovers! Hopefully you all received some sweet treats this holiday season. I know I did. I spent the past few days baking dozens and dozens of cookies. And of course eating them as well! After making so many different kinds of cookies, I have decided which one is the ultimate holiday cookie.
Before I tell you, I of course have to list all the competition. I made yummy chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, peanut butter cookies with a hershey kiss in the middle, and butter cookies in holiday shapes with sprinkles. Now ALL of these cookies are wonderful tasting and are great holiday cookies. But only one can take home the prize of “ultimate cookie”.
After careful taste testing, I have decided that the winner is…….the peanut butter cookies with hershey kisses! These cookies are so incredibly good! Of course I’m a little bias because I LOVE hershey kisses, but still! Everyone should have these cookies around the holidays. So stop whatever you are doing right now, and make a batch of these AMAZING cookies. And of course, have a happy holiday!
Until next time, this is Kandy K……stay sweet!!
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