In My Pantry: Peanut Butter and Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams
Do you have a favorite sweet condiment? I’ve always been a condiment fiend, but it wasn’t until recently that I stepped into the world of more “dessert” oriented condiments and indulged in the sweet and chocolatey dreams of Peanut Butter and Co.’s signature dark chocolate peanut butter by the same name.
Man, let me tell you, this stuff is good. I’ve used it for pretty much everything. Yea, I’ve made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with it, and of course I’ve made peanut butter and banana sandwiches with it too – but if you want to get the most out of this unique brand of peanut butter, than you’ve gotta get creative. And creative is my middle name.
Some of you may remember my “Elvis Ice Cream Sandwich” from the winter. Back then, some of you claimed it wouldn’t have been half bad had I gone premium with the ingredients. So, that’s exactly what I did, except this time with an actual sandwich. I started by frying up some Safeway Open Nature Smoked Bacon (good stuff) in a skillet, then giving some good color to a segmented banana by cooking it in the bacon fat. After spreading out some fine Peanut Butter and Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams on one slice of an English Muffin (mayo went on the other end), I grilled the whole concoction together.
The result? A rich and smokey sandwich with a gooey and slightly sweet creaminess to it. Not bad. Considering it’s summer, and considering that it’s already hit the upper 90s a couple of times in the mid-atlantic this June, I haven’t forgotten about ice cream either. Yeah, Ben and Jerry’s may come up with some unique flavors, but they’ve still yet to come up with the ultimate sugar rush in ice cream mix ins. Luckily, my imagination – not to mention willingness to try new flavors – knows no bounds. Yes my friends, we’re talking my signature flavor, the 12.7 Crunch.
Named for being created after a 12.7 mile run and the need to basically stuff as much sugar into myself as I could possibly imagine, this vanilla bean base combines chopped up Emerald Dark Chocolate Almonds, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter, Entenmenn’s Richly Frosted Donut chunks, and Cocoa Krispies.
Salty, doughy, crunchy, and sweet, it’s the perfect symphony of textures and chocolate flavors. Better yet, it combines the five necessary food groups in my life: kids cereal, ice cream, donuts, nuts and peanut butter. Now that I’ve taken to ”pimping out” store-bought ice cream with this stuff, I feel like the possibilities are endless. But before I go mixing God-knows-what in an effort to send my blood sugar soaring, I’d figure I’d ask for a little advice. Using Peanut Butter and Co.’s Dark Chocolate peanut butter, what would your ridiculously awesome ice cream customization consist of?