Friday, November 5, 2010

Do It Yourself or Buy It Yourself: Peanut Butter

Whether as a childhood snack or a late night munchie, peanut butter has an emotional connection to almost everyone. I mean, who doesn’t love the good ol' PB, an American icon? This versatile food group in it of itself can be spread on everything or enjoyed straight out of the jar (my personal fave). Most have already fallen in love with one of the many name brands, but consistency is the debate that’s stood the test of time. This article prejudices no one, so for all the creamy and crunchy lovers, I invite you to indulge in these simple ways to enjoy this comforting treat.

Do it Yourself (DIY): Snyder’s Honey Whole Wheat Pretzel Sticks, your favorite PB…just grab and dip ☺

Buy it Yourself (BIY): Snyder’s Peanut Butter Pretzel Sandwiches

DIY: Chocolate Hazlenut Peanut Butter Cups (you can opt out of the hazlenut…but who doesn’t love Nutella?!)
(Yields 2-3 cups depending on what size foil you use)

About 2 cups of melted dark chocolate (between 60% and 72% cacao…I recommend the 72% Godiva bars)
Creamy Peanut Butter

Take your melted dark chocolate (or milk if that’s how you like to roll) and fill your foils 1/3 of the way up. Make sure to coat the inside of the foil with chocolate as well, so the peanut butter and Nutella have a nice shell. Place in the refrigerator until hard. Remove and fill with equal parts Nutella and peanut butter. Cover with the remaining dark chocolate and let set in the refrigerator. Enjoy the heavenly goodness!

BIY: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (obvious…I know...but great for the college budget!)

DIY: Apples in Peanut Butter (can be adapted an infinite number of ways)
Granny Smith or Honeycrisp works best here, due to their combination of sweetness and tartness.

Add-ons: Slice up the apple and dip in peanut butter, then roll in mini chocolate chips (Nestle makes the perfect mini size)
…or roll in chopped peanuts
…or Nutella
…or any other topping you can think of!

BIY: Peanut Butter Caramel Apple…you will drool at the screen: check it out!

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