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Beat the Peanut Rush

October 25, 2011 by

Peanut Butter ShortageOver 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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Why Atkinson’s Peanut Butter Bars?

September 23, 2011 by

retro peanut butter candyDo 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?

I understand.

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 Retro CandyPeanut 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.

And Bonus!

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.

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Peanut Butter M&M’s Melt More Magically Than Most M&M’s

August 2, 2010 by

Peanut Butter M&M's were designed with candy lovers in mind as who can resist the great taste of America's most beloevd chocolate candy combined with creamy peanut butter? It's a match made in candy heaven!

Sharability: 7

Denture Danger: 1

Convenience: 5

Novelty: 7

Overall: 10

 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.