One of America’s Favorites – Peanut Butter

February 3, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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“Smooth” peanut butter in a jar

Peanut butter is a food paste or spread made from ground, dry-roasted peanuts. It often contains additional ingredients that modify the taste or texture, such as salt, sweeteners, or emulsifiers. Peanut butter is popular in many countries. The United States is a leading exporter of peanut butter and itself consumes $800 million of peanut butter annually.

Peanut butter is served as a spread on bread, toast, or crackers, and used to make sandwiches (notably the peanut butter and jelly sandwich). It is also used in a number of breakfast dishes and desserts, such as peanut-flavored granola, smoothies, crepes, cookies, brownies, or croissants. It is similar to other nut butters such as cashew butter and almond butter.

The two main types of peanut butter are crunchy (or chunky) and smooth (or creamy). In crunchy peanut butter, some coarsely-ground peanut fragments are included to give extra texture. The peanuts in smooth peanut butter are ground uniformly, creating a creamy texture.

In the US, food regulations require that any product labelled “peanut butter” must contain at least 90% peanuts; the remaining <10% usually consists of “…salt, a sweetener, and an emulsifier or hardened vegetable oil which prevents the peanut oil from separating”. In the US, no product labelled as “peanut butter” can contain “artificial sweeteners, chemical preservatives, natural or artificial coloring additives.” Some brands of peanut butter are sold without emulsifiers that bind the peanut oils with the peanut paste, and so require stirring after separation. Most major brands of peanut butter add white sugar, but there are others that use dried cane syrup, agave syrup, or coconut palm sugar.

Organic and artisanal peanut butters are available, but their markets are small.

A tractor being used to complete the first stage of the peanut harvesting process

Production process
Planting and harvesting
Due to weather conditions, peanuts are usually planted in spring. The peanut comes from a yellow flower which bends over and infiltrates the soil after blooming and wilting, and the peanut starts to grow in the soil. Peanuts are harvested from late August to October, while the weather is clear. This weather allows for dry soil so that when picked, the soil does not stick to the stems and pods. The peanuts are then removed from vines and transported to a peanut shelling machine for mechanical drying. After cropping, the peanuts are delivered to warehouses for cleaning, where they are stored unshelled in silos.

Shelling
Shelling must be conducted carefully lest the seeds be damaged during the removal of the shell. The moisture of the unshelled peanuts is controlled to avoid excessive frangibility of the shells and kernels, which in turn, reduces the amount of dust present in the plant. After, the peanuts are sent to a series of rollers set specifically for the batch of peanuts, where they are cracked. After cracking, the peanuts go through a screening process where they are inspected for contaminants.

Roasting
The dry roasting process employs either the batch or continuous method. In the batch method, peanuts are heated in large quantities in a revolving oven at about 800 °F (427 °C). Next, the peanuts in each batch are uniformly held and roasted in the oven at 320 °F (160 °C) for about 40 to 60 minutes. This method is good to use when the peanuts differ in moisture content. In the continuous method, a hot air roaster is employed. The peanuts pass through the roaster whilst being rocked to permit even roasting. A photometer indicates the completion of dry roasting. This method is favored by large manufacturers since it can lower the rate of spoilage and requires less labor.

Cooling
After dry roasting, peanuts are removed from the oven as quickly as possible and directly placed in a blower-cooler cylinder. There are suction fans in the metal cylinder that can pull a large volume of air through, so the peanuts can be cooled more efficiently. The peanuts will not be dried out because cooling can help retain some oil and moisture. The cooling process is completed when the temperature in the cylinder reaches 86 °F (30 °C).

Blanching
After the kernels have been cooled down, the peanuts will undergo either heat blanching or water blanching to remove the remaining seed coats. Compared to heat blanching, water blanching is a new process. Water blanching first appeared in 1949.

Heat blanching
Peanuts are heated by hot air at 280 °F (138 °C) for not more than 20 minutes in order to soften and split the skins. After that, the peanuts are exposed to continuous steam in a blanching machine. The skins are then removed using either bristles or soft rubber belts. After that, these skins are separated and blown into waste bags. Meanwhile, the hearts of peanuts are segregated through inspection.

Water blanching
After the kernels are arranged in troughs, the skin of the kernel is cracked on opposite sides by rolling it through sharp stationary blades. While the skins are removed, the kernels are brought through a one-minute hot water bath and placed on a swinging pad with canvas on top. The swinging action of the pad rubs off the skins. Afterward, the blanched kernels are dried for at least six hours by hot air at 120 °F (49 °C).

After blanching, the peanuts are screened and inspected to eliminate the burnt and rotten peanuts. A blower is also used to remove light peanuts and discolored peanuts are removed using a color sorting machine.

Grinding
After blanching the peanuts are sent to grinding to be manufactured into peanut butter. The peanuts are then sent through two sizes of grinders. The first grinder produces a medium grind, and the second produces a fine grind. At this point, salt, sugar and a vegetable oil stabilizer are added to the fine grind to produce the peanut butter. This adds flavor and allows the peanut butter to stay as a homogenous mixture. Chopped peanuts may also be added at this stage to produce “chunky” peanut butter.

Packaging

A jar of commercial “creamy” peanut butter

Before packaging, the peanut butter must first be cooled in order to be sealed in jars. The mixture is pumped into a heat exchanger in order to cool it to about 120 °F (49 °C). Once cool, the peanut butter is pumped into jars and vacuum sealed. This vacuum sealing rids the container of oxygen so that oxidation cannot occur, preserving the food. The jars are then labelled and set aside until crystallization occurs. The peanut butter is then packaged into cartons distributed to retailers, where they are stored at room temperature and sold to consumers.

A 2012 article stated that “China and India are the first and second largest producers, respectively”, of peanuts. The United States of America “…is the third largest producer of peanuts (Georgia and Texas are the two major peanut-producing states)” and “more than half of the American peanut crop goes into making peanut butter.”

Nutritional profile
In a 100 gram amount, smooth peanut butter supplies 588 Calories and is composed of 50% fat, 25% protein, 20% carbohydrates (including 6% dietary fiber), and 2% water (table).

Peanut butter is a rich source (20% or more of the Daily Value, DV) of dietary fiber, vitamin E, pantothenic acid, niacin, and vitamin B6 (table, USDA National Nutrient Database). Also high in content are the dietary minerals manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and copper (table). Peanut butter is a moderate source (10–19% DV) of thiamin, iron, and potassium (table).

Both crunchy/chunky and smooth peanut butter are sources of saturated (primarily palmitic acid, 21% of total fat) and monounsaturated fats, mainly oleic acid as 47% of total fat, and polyunsaturated fat (28% of total fat), primarily as linoleic acid).

Peanut allergy
For people with a peanut allergy, peanut butter can cause a variety of possible allergic reactions, including life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potential effect has led to banning peanut butter, among other common foods, in some schools.

Symptoms
* Shortness of breath
* Wheezing
* Tightening of the throat
* Itching
* Skin reactions such as hives and swelling
* Digestive problems

Peanut butter cookies, a popular type of cookie made from peanut butter and other ingredients

As an ingredient
Peanut butter is included as an ingredient in many recipes: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, peanut butter cookies, and candies where peanut is the main flavor, such as Reese’s Pieces, or various peanut butter and chocolate treats, such as Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and the Crispy Crunch candy bar.

Peanut butter’s flavor combines well with other flavors, such as oatmeal, cheese, cured meats, savory sauces, and various types of breads and crackers. The creamy or crunchy, fatty, salty taste pairs very well with complementary soft and sweet ingredients like fruit preserves, bananas, apples, and honey. The taste can also be enhanced by similarly salty things like bacon (see peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich), especially if the peanut butter has added sweetness.

One snack for children is called “Ants on a Log”, with a celery stick acting as the “log”. The groove in the celery stick is filled with peanut butter and raisins arranged in a row along the top are “ants”.

Plumpy’nut is a peanut butter-based food used to fight malnutrition in famine-stricken countries. A single pack contains 500 calories, can be stored unrefrigerated for 2 years, and requires no cooking or preparation.

As animal food
Peanut butter inside a hollow chew toy is a method to occupy a dog with a favored treat. A common outdoor bird feeder is a coating of peanut butter on a pine cone with an overlying layer of birdseed.

Mom’s making Buckeyes and Walnut Chocolate Fudge!

December 24, 2019 at 7:24 AM | Posted in baking, dessert | 2 Comments
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I wish you could all get a whiff of the Chocolate aroma in the kitchen today! Mom is making her area famous yearly batches of Buckeyes and Walnut Chocolate Fudge! Everyone that’s had the Buckeyes are of the same opinion, the best they’ve ever had! The thing that sets these apart from other Buckeye Candies is the Rice Krispies she adds. So if you’re looking for a Buckeye Candy Recipe, look no further. Same with the Walnut Fudge, such a creamy, deep and rich Chocolate taste! The bad part is neither is Diabetic Friendly, but I’ll still have a half a piece of each from time to time. And both make perfect Christmas Gifts that everyone enjoys!

The Old Family Buckeye Recipe
It’s that time of year when the requests start coming in for my Mom’s Buckeyes. Back when I was working I was everyone’s favorite person when I would bring in a batch of my Mom’s Buckeyes. It’s been 15 years since I lost my leg to melanoma cancer and unable to work but to this day I still get request’s from fellow past workers for my Mom’s Buckeyes. It seems that everyone that has had them all say the same thing “The best Buckeyes I’ve ever had!” I think it’s the Rice Krispies that sets them apart from other Buckeye Candies. When you make a batch of these and try them I’m sure you’ll agree, let me know! These are not diabetes friendly but they are delicious. We tried making them by using reduced fat Peanut Butter and Sugar Free Chocolate but they just didn’t come out the same.

Buckeyes!

Ingredients:

Recipe will make about 60 Buckeyes

1 – Stick Butter, Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter
1 – Box (1 LB) Confectioner Sugar
2 – Cups Jiff Smooth Peanut Butter
3 – Cups Rice Krispies
1 – 12 oz. Package Chocolate Chips
1 – Small Bar Hershey’s Milk Chocolate
1/2 Bar Paraffin Wax
Directions:

* In a large bowl mix Butter, Sugar, Peanut Butter, and Rice Krispies (With Hands)
* Chill the mixture for at least 2 hours.
* Then take the mixture and roll into individual balls. The size can vary no set size.
* Melt all the Chocolate and Paraffin Wax in a double broiler or in a sauce pan on low heat stirring until smooth.
* With one or two forks dip each of the balls into the Chocolate/Wax. Drain excess off the balls and place on a sheet pan covered with wax paper and refrigerate for several hours until Chocolate has hardened into a shell covering the balls.
* Now enjoy them!

Well like the Buckeye recipe above this ones not so Diabetic friendly but they sure are good! You can make it a somewhat lower in calories and carbs by using Splenda instead of the Sugar it calls for. This is a great Fudge recipe, it just melts in your mouth. My Mom has made this for as long as I can remember. Hope you enjoy it as much as all of us. Enjoy!

Chocolate Walnut Fudge

Walnut Fudge
Ingredients:

3 Cups Sugar or Splenda Equivalent
3/4 Cup Margarine
2/3 Cup Evaporated Milk
7 oz. Jar of Marshmallow Cream
1 12 oz. bag Toll House Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts (More if wanted, to taste)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions:

Combine Sugar, Margarine, and Evap. Milk in a large pot and heat to a boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and add Chocolate Chips, Marshmallow Cream, Nuts, and Vanilla stirring till well mixed. Pour mixture into a greased 13×9 pan. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into desired size pieces.

* You may be tempted to leave the heat on while stirring the chips. While this would normally be ok, you really shouldn’t do that in this recipe. If the mixture stays at a boiling temperature, you may be in for a nasty surprise when you add the vanilla. Bottom line: it’s safer for you and better for the fudge if the mixture cools down just a tad before the vanilla goes in. As long as you keep stirring, the chips will melt just fine.

It’s Nuts I tell you….NUTTY CHOCOLATE CHERRY TRAIL MIX

February 14, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in nuts, NUTS COM | Leave a comment
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This week from the nuts.com website (https://nuts.com/) its NUTTY CHOCOLATE CHERRY TRAIL MIX. A new type of Trail Mix which has Nutty Chocolate Cherry Trail Mix swirls Tart Cherries, Dry-Roasted Almonds, buttery Roasted Cashews and mini Peanut Butter Buckeyes. This is just one of the many selections of delicious and healthy foods you can find at the Nuts site (https://nuts.com/) You can choose from items like; NUTS and SEEDS, DRIED FRUIT, POWDERS, CHOCOLATES and SWEETS, SNACKS, COFFEE and TEA, COOKING, BAKING, and GIFTS. Plus there’s FREE 1-2 day shipping on orders over $59, see for details!. So here’s more on the NUTTY CHOCOLATE CHERRY TRAIL MIX. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One!

 

 

 

 

 

NUTTY CHOCOLATE CHERRY TRAIL MIX
Hey snacker—you thought you knew trail mix—(messy, tough to eat, a hodgepodge of stuff you like and some stuff you’d rather eat around) but we’ve given it a new lease on life! Our new, chef-crafted Nutty Chocolate Cherry Mix is a brave flavor expedition. We’re breaking ground on a new kind of flavor-forward mix to create a snack mix that blasts its unique taste mixtape from the hilltops. Where each ingredient is a cast member in an ensemble act worth cheering for. Stale trails no more!

Our Nutty Chocolate Cherry Trail Mix swirls Tart Cherries, Dry-Roasted Almonds, buttery Roasted Cashews and mini Peanut Butter Buckeyes in a tangy, sweet and rich flavor combination that’s as hearty and filling as it is delicious. Here for only the shortest month of the year, so don’t miss this cherry bomb of a mix!

Love a good mix?! STAY TUNED. We’ve got more in store in the land of chef-crafted trail mixes.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size 28g (~1 oz.)

Amount per serving
Calories 111
Calories from Fat 79
%DV
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 58mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 6%
Sugars 2g
Protein 4g

More Info
Store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months. Refrigeration is not needed.
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It’s Nuts I tell you….CHOCOLATE BLISS

February 7, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in nuts, NUTS COM | Leave a comment
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This week from the nuts.com website (https://nuts.com/) its CHOCOLATE BLISS. Perfect gift for Valentine’s Day or Easter! The box of BLISS is made up of Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Popcorn, Almonds Clusters, Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans, Chocolate Covered Peanut Brittle, Chocolate Covered Cookie Dough, Dark Chocolate Gummy Bears, Dark Chocolate Graham Crackers. A chocolate lover’s dream! This is just one of many items you can find at the Nuts Site (https://nuts.com/) You can choose from items like; NUTS, DRIED FRUIT, CHOCOLATES and SWEETS, SNACKS, COFFEE and TEA, COOKING and BAKING, and GIFTS. Plus there’s FREE 1-2 day shipping on orders over $59, see for details. So now more on the CHOCOLATE BLISS. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One!

 

 

 

CHOCOLATE BLISS
Think of our Chocolate Bliss Gift Set as an ingenious gift for your favorite chocolate fiends! Fully stocked with four delicious pounds of our finest chocolate treats and packaged in a rustic wood box, this sweet set is fit to celebrate any occasion; from your coworkers promotion to your grandma’s birthday! Chocolate Bliss includes: Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Popcorn, Almonds Clusters, Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans, Chocolate Covered Peanut Brittle, Chocolate Covered Cookie Dough, Dark Chocolate Gummy Bears, Dark Chocolate Graham Crackers.

Ingredients
Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and milk products.

More Info
Store at room temperature.
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It’s Nuts I tell you….TRUFFLES

December 27, 2018 at 6:02 AM | Posted in nuts, NUTS COM | Leave a comment
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This week from the nuts.com website (https://nuts.com/) its all about Truffles. A box of 8 giant Gourmet Truffles with flavors of; Dark Chocolate Raspberry, White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Grand Marnier, Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Champagne, Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Hazelnut and Tiramisu. Oh the Chocolate! This is just one of many Chocolates and Sweets that you can find at the Nus site (https://nuts.com/). Along with Chocolate Treats you can also find items like; GIFTS, NUTS, DRIED FRUIT, SNACKS, COFFEE and TEA, and COOKING and BAKING. Plus Get 1-2 day FREE shipping on orders over $59, see for details! Gifts for all occasions or just to treat yourself, check it out today. Enjoy and make 2019 a Healthy One!

 

 

 

 

TRUFFLES
We’re in awe of these giant gourmet truffles. This box of eight assorted dessert truffles features decadent flavors to appeal to any chocolate lover’s palate. There is a reason our customers rave about these. Giant gourmet truffles are not only beautiful to behold, they’re also extraordinarily delicious.

This box includes eight unique and mouthwatering flavors: Dark Chocolate Raspberry, White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Grand Marnier, Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Champagne, Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Hazelnut and Tiramisu.

Ingredients
Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and milk products.

More Info
Store at room temperature for up to 1 year.
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Mom’s making Buckeyes and Walnut Chocolate Fudge!

December 7, 2018 at 12:11 PM | Posted in baking, snacks | Leave a comment
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I wish you could all get a whiff of the Chocolate aroma in the kitchen today! Mom is making her area famous yearly batches of Buckeyes and Walnut Chocolate Fudge! Everyone that’s had the Buckeyes are of the same opinion, the best they’ve ever had! The thing that sets these apart from other Buckeye Candies is the Rice Krispies she adds. So if you’re looking for a Buckeye Candy Recipe, look no further. Same with the Walnut Fudge, such a creamy, deep and rich Chocolate taste! The bad part is neither is Diabetic Friendly, but I’ll still have a half a piece of each from time to time. And both make perfect Christmas Gift that everyone enjoys!

The Old Family Buckeye Recipe
It’s that time of year when the requests start coming in for my Mom’s Buckeyes. Back when I was working I was everyone’s favorite person when I would bring in a batch of my Mom’s Buckeyes. It’s been 15 years since I lost my leg to melanoma cancer and unable to work but to this day I still get request’s from fellow past workers for my Mom’s Buckeyes. It seems that everyone that has had them all say the same thing “The best Buckeyes I’ve ever had!” I think it’s the Rice Krispies that sets them apart from other Buckeye Candies. When you make a batch of these and try them I’m sure you’ll agree, let me know! These are not diabetes friendly but they are delicious. We tried making them by using reduced fat Peanut Butter and Sugar Free Chocolate but they just didn’t come out the same.

Buckeyes

Ingredients:

Recipe will make about 60 Buckeyes

1 – Stick Butter, Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter
1 – Box (1 LB) Confectioner Sugar
2 – Cups Jiff Smooth Peanut Butter
3 – Cups Rice Krispies
1 – 12 oz. Package Chocolate Chips
1 – Small Bar Hershey’s Milk Chocolate
1/2 Bar Paraffin Wax
Directions:

* In a large bowl mix Butter, Sugar, Peanut Butter, and Rice Krispies (With Hands)
* Chill the mixture for at least 2 hours.
* Then take the mixture and roll into individual balls. The size can vary no set size.
* Melt all the Chocolate and Paraffin Wax in a double broiler or in a sauce pan on low heat stirring until smooth.
* With one or two forks dip each of the balls into the Chocolate/Wax. Drain excess off the balls and place on a sheet pan covered with wax paper and refrigerate for several hours until Chocolate has hardened into a shell covering the balls.
* Now enjoy them!

Well like the Buckeye recipe above this ones not so Diabetic friendly but they sure are good! You can make it a somewhat lower in calories and carbs by using Splenda instead of the Sugar it calls for. This is a great Fudge recipe. My Mom has made this for as long as I can remember. Hope you enjoy it as much as all of us. Enjoy!

Walnut Fudge
Ingredients:

3 Cups Sugar or Splenda Equivalent

Chocolate Walnut Fudge

3/4 Cup Margarine
2/3 Cup Evaporated Milk
7 oz. Jar of Marshmallow Cream
1 12 oz. bag Toll House Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts (More if wanted, to taste)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions:

Combine Sugar, Margarine, and Evap. Milk in a large pot and heat to a boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and add Chocolate Chips, Marshmallow Cream, Nuts, and Vanilla stirring till well mixed. Pour mixture into a greased 13×9 pan. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into desired size pieces.

* You may be tempted to leave the heat on while stirring the chips. While this would normally be ok, you really shouldn’t do that in this recipe. If the mixture stays at a boiling temperature, you may be in for a nasty surprise when you add the vanilla. Bottom line: it’s safer for you and better for the fudge if the mixture cools down just a tad before the vanilla goes in. As long as you keep stirring, the chips will melt just fine.

It’s Nuts I tell you…….GUMMY PEACHES (SUGAR-FREE)

June 28, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in nuts, NUTS COM | Leave a comment
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This week from the nuts.com website (https://nuts.com/) its GUMMY PEACHES (SUGAR-FREE). Enjoy the Gummy Peaches and they’re Sugar Free! Just one of many of the Sugar Free Treats you can find at the Nuts site. You can always choose from items like; NUTS, DRIED FRUIT, CHOCOLATES and SWEETS, SNACKS, COFFEE and TEA, COOKING and BAKING, and GIFTS. Plus there’s FREE shipping on orders over $59, see for details. Now here’s more on the GUMMY PEACHES (SUGAR-FREE). Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://nuts.com/

 

 

 

GUMMY PEACHES (SUGAR-FREE)
Put some peachy pep in your step with our delectable sugar-free Gummy Peaches! These candies, also known as (gummy peach rings) are as pretty a treat as they are sweet to eat. Just one peachy bite and you’ll be hooked! They taste just as sweet as the conventional variety.

Ingredients
*15 grams of sugar alcohol per serving* *WARNING: EXCESSIVE CONSUMPTION MAY HAVE A LAXATIVE EFFECT*Maltitol, gelatin, lactic acid, citricacid, natural and artificial flavors,erythritol, FD&C yellow 5, yellow 6,red 40, aspartame. Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and milk products.

Approximately 70 pieces per pound.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size 20g (~0.7 oz.)

Amount per serving
Calories 50
Calories from Fat
%DV
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 1g

Storage
Store at room temperature for up to 1 year.
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It’s Nuts I tell you………THE CRAVE BASKET

June 14, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in nuts, NUTS COM | Leave a comment
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This week from the nuts.com website (https://nuts.com/) its THE CRAVE BASKET. The basket has it all; Coffees, Nuts, Grilling Rubs, Candies, Chocolate, and Snacks! This would make a perfect gift for Dad at Father’s Day or for any other special occasion. This is just one of many Gift Items you can find at the Nuts Site (https://nuts.com/). You can choose from items like; NUTS, DRIED FRUIT, CHOCOLATES and SWEETS, SNACKS, COFFEE and TEA, and Cooking and BAKING. Plus there’s FREE shipping on orders over $59, see for details. So here’s more about the THE CRAVE BASKET. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!

 

 

THE CRAVE BASKET
What’s the most crave-worthy gift around? Foodies everywhere agree it’s our Crave Basket, loaded with some of our best items to tame the heart and stomach of that special someone. We added coffees from around the world, our finest mixed nuts, grilling rubs, candies, chocolates, and tons of other tasty snacks. With almost 10 pounds of pure deliciousness, that special someone will be thanking you for years to come!

The Crave Basket includes:

Colombian Medellin Supremo Coffee (8 oz), Brazilian Santos Coffee (8 oz), Ethiopian Harrar Coffee (8 oz), Chicken Rub (1 jar), Steak Rub (1 jar), Barbecue Spice Mix (1 jar), Rib Rub (1 jar), Honey for Grilling (1 jar), Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans (4 oz), Gummy Mustache (8 oz), Maple Bacon Salt Water Taffy (8 oz), Sriracha Green Peas (8 oz), Sweet & Spicy Beef Jerky (8 oz), Mixed Nuts (In Shell) (1 lb), Turkish Pistachios (Antep) (8 oz), Roasted Peanuts (Salted, In Shell) (1 lb), Roasted Sunflower Seeds (Salted, In Shell) (1 lb), Gunpowder Tea (4 oz), No Mess Nut Cracker (1)
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BUNNY’S BOX OF SWEETS

March 22, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in nuts, NUTS COM | Leave a comment
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This week from the nuts.com website (https://nuts.com/) its BUNNY’S BOX OF SWEETS. The perfect Eater gift Box that’s filled with pastel Jordan almonds, jelly beans, Swedish fish, gummy bears, chocolate sunflower seeds, white chocolate cherries, milk chocolate caramel, and chocolate cashews. But this is just one of the Gifts you can at the Nuts site. Besides Gifts you can choose items like; NUTS, DRIED FRUIT, CHOCOLATES and SWEETS, SNACKS, COFFEE and TEA, COOKING and BAKING, and the GIFTS. Plus there’s FREE shipping on orders over $59, see for details. So here’s more on the BUNNY’S BOX OF SWEETS. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!

 

BUNNY’S BOX OF SWEETS
This festive bunny box of treats is sure to brighten anyone’s Easter. Inside you will find some classic goodies. Included are pastel Jordan almonds, jelly beans, Swedish fish, gummy bears, chocolate sunflower seeds, white chocolate cherries, milk chocolate caramel, and chocolate cashews.

Due to availability, the actual box will vary.

Ingredients
Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and milk products.

Storage
Store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months. It is ok to refrigerate.
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One of America’s Favorites – Peeps

March 19, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Peeps

Peeps are marshmallow candies, sold in the United States and Canada, that are shaped into chicks, bunnies, and other animals. There are also different shapes used for various holidays. Peeps are used primarily to fill Easter baskets, though recent advertising campaigns market the candy as “Peeps – Always in Season”, as Peeps has since expanded to include Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day; since 2014 it has been available year-round with the introduction of Peeps Minis. They are made from sugar, corn syrup, gelatin, and various food dyes.

 

Peeps are produced by Just Born, a candy manufacturer founded in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, by Russian immigrant Sam Born (1891-1959). In 1953 Just Born acquired the Rodda Candy Company and its marshmallow chick line, and replaced the painstaking process of hand-forming the chicks with mass production. When founder Sam Born would display a sign for his freshly-made candy, he would title it “Just Born,” playing off of his last name and the fact that he made his candy fresh daily. According to Mary Bellis, the newly purchased company, Just Born, was soon the “largest marshmallow candy manufacturer in the world.” New shapes other than the chicks were produced following a theme according to the season starting in the 1960s. Twenty years later, the Marshmallow Peeps Bunny was released as a popular year round shape of the candy. The yellow chicks were the original form of the candy — hence their name — but then the company introduced other colors and, eventually, the myriad shapes in which they are now produced. Peeps were manufactured in different colors such as lavender and blue starting in 1995. Prior to that they were only being produced in the traditional colors: pink, white, and yellow. New flavors such as vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate were introduced between the years of 1999 and 2002.

Orange pumpkin Halloween Peeps

In 2009, Just Born expanded the Peeps product line further by introducing Peeps Lip Balm in four flavors: grape, strawberry, vanilla, and cotton candy. Just Born has come out with several other various accessories. Items such as nail polish, wrist bands, umbrellas, golf gloves, earrings, and necklaces are produced and sold online and in retail stores. Other companies have produced items based on the popular Peeps candy. Peeps micro bead pillows were made by Kaboodle and conform to one’s shape. The company Kaboodle promises that “they’ll last a lot longer than their edible counterpart!” Ranging from infant sizes to adult sizes, Peeps Halloween costumes can also be found on the shelves of several costume stores. The first Peeps & Co. store opened in November 2009 in National Harbor, Maryland, Prince George’s County. Peeps & Company retail stores were later opened in Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. In 2014, Peeps Minis were introduced, and were intended to be available year-round.

 

An annual “Peeps Eating” contest is held each year at National Harbor in front of the Peeps & Company store. 2017 winner, Matt Stonie of California, ate 255 Peeps in five minutes. The first such event was arranged by Shawn Sparks in 1994, and had only six participants. Dave Smith started an annual Peep Off in Sacramento after contacting a participant in the first Peep Off. Another contest in Maryland asks that participants create a diorama of a culturally important scene from the modern era, featuring a number of Peeps. The winner gets two free inflatable life jackets.

Several newspapers hold annual contests in which readers submit photos of dioramas featuring Peeps. The St. Paul Pioneer Press was the first paper to hold such a contest. Similar contests are put on by The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and the Seattle Times. These contests frequently correspond with the Easter holiday. MIT also has a yearly Peeps contest.

The Racine Art Museum is sponsoring the International Peeps Competition from April 1–28. Anyone can enter the contest, centered on the theme “peep-powered work of art”.

The following are other contests held in various states. Peeps jousting consists of putting two Marshmallow Chicks into the microwave and seeing which one gets the biggest and therefore affects/deforms the other. “Peepza” is a dessert pizza made with Peeps. Also, blogs were created according to Fox News entitled “101 Fun Ways to Torture a Peep.”

 

A coconut cake garnished with Peeps candy

Several recipes and creative ideas to alter Peeps have been invented. Fox News Magazine published an article in 2013 including several recipes from various creators, including Peeps smores, home-made chocolate covered Peeps, Peeps marshmallow chocolate chip cookies, Peeps brownies, Peeps popcorn, Peeps frosting, Peeps Krispie treats, and Peeps syrup.

A recipe for “Peepshi” involves placing a peep onto a Rice Krispie treat and wrapping it in Fruit by the Foot, to create a single “Peepshi roll” in the style of a sushi roll.

In April 2017, several internet and Twitter postings, and TV news stories claimed ‘outrage’ that Peeps were being used as a pizza topping.

 

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