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Taking Peanut Butter To Another Level!

I remember the first time that I tasted a dollop of peanut butter on a spoon. I couldn’t understand why anyone, especially my older brothers, would eat something that stuck to the roof of the mouth rendering one unable to utter anything intelligent. Albeit, I was only three, but I wanted nothing to do with any food that made it difficult for me to speak. And then, my mother presented me with a sandwich made with lots of grape jelly and creamy peanut butter. As Oprah would say, it was an “aha” moment and I was forever hooked on peanut butter. Many, many years later, whenever I had the “munchies”, my go-to snack was making a peanut butter, banana and honey sandwich.  Ah, those were the days!

After my first son was born, my home became a “no peanut zone” due to his lethal allergy to peanuts. What once was a food staple for me, fell off the grid entirely. My son is all grown up now and has a home of his own, but out of habit, I still don’t buy peanut butter.

So, you might imagine my great excitement when a package arrived from bNUTTY containing an array of gourmet peanut butter. And as I started unpacking these precious jars of Blissful Blueberry, Totally Toffee, Irresistible Pretzel, Skinny Dip, Cinnamon Sugar Cookie and Simply Salted Caramel, my palate began to sing in anticipation.

Photo credit: Penny Weiss

bNutty was founded in 2014 by two soccer moms, Joy Thompkins and Carol Poldolak. 

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It all began in a kitchen with Joy and Carol making a healthy snack (peanut butter) to sell at fundraisers for the local soccer team. Their product eventually became so popular they started selling it locally to markets and shops throughout Northwest Indiana. Fast-forward to today and a new 16,000 sq. ft production facility based out of Portage, Indiana. Here they make all-natural artisan peanut butter made with freshly ground honey roasted peanuts grown in the US. The peanut butter serves as a base for 16 delicious flavors.  It’s quite a success story to go from making peanut butter for fundraisers to selling their products on QVC, Walmart, grocery stores nationwide and Amazon.com! The peanut butter is sold in 2 oz, 8 oz and 12 oz jars as well as variety packs.

The samples I received were all very tasty, but I had a few favorites.

Irresistible Pretzel is made with pretzels and white chocolate. There is no added sugar!  This is a great blend of sweet and savory and has just the right amount of crunch.  The white chocolate does not get lost in the peanut butter.

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Totally Toffee is made with toffee, milk chocolate and almonds. I’m a toffee fan so I loved the little bits of toffee in every mouthful. It has a nice texture that is crunchy and creamy at the same time.

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Skinny Dip is made with granola, various nuts and honey. This is a crunchy peanut butter treat. Just think peanut butter instead of yogurt for a blissful granola parfait. 

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All of the samples that I tasted are fun to eat by the spoonful right out of the jar or with your favorite jam or jelly in a sandwich. Or be creative and bake peanut butter cookies, muffins and pancakes. They also taste delicious with apples and bananas!

And by the way, peanut butter goes very well with sparkling wines and still wines high in acidity such as Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chablis, Pinot Noir and Brunello Di Montalcino.

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This PB & J sandwich was made with Blissful Blueberry and served with a glass of Riesling.

If you like peanut butter, then bNutty products are worth exploring! I’m in peanut butter heaven!

Until next time…

Cheers!

Penny

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