Saturday, December 08, 2007

Peanut Butter & Chocolate...Heavenly

I've always loved this combination. I'm salivating just thinking about it. I don't recall ever running into an American who absolutely detests a lovely treat with these two tasty food items.

Scottish people are a whole different breed. Most of them dislike peanut butter, and maybe two people we've met have heard of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Typically the thought of PB&J's causes them to scrunch up their nose and turn away in disgust. When we tell them how popular the sandwich is in America, they're simply amazed. You should see what their smooth peanut butter looks like in the store. It's a scary grayish color. The crunchy is decent, but I'm afraid to try the smooth.

James L.O.V.E.S. Peter Pan Crunchy Peanut Butter. Seriously, it's probably #1 or #2 on his favorite foods list. I also am a big fan of peanut butter, not as serious as James, but he's led me to become addicted to the Peter Pan way of PB. They definitely don't sell Peter Pan here. It was just beginning to be reintroduced to the American market (after the unfortunateSalmonella issue) when we were leaving the States in September, so we weren't able to stock up before we left.

We have been blessed to have to endure only a few short stints of no Peter Pan since our wonderful friends and family are so thoughtful as to mail us jars of Peter Pan (you guy's rock). No small feat since even a small jar is very heavy and therefore expensive to mail. We are so grateful; you have no idea how much we enjoy it. We've just finished a jar today that was sent about two weeks ago. We even kept the lid that was lovingly signed by the giver (thanks Lynn & Leigh!). Some of our new Dornoch friends visited Orlando in October and returned with a huge jar of Peter Pan for us, it was so thoughtful.

Reese's peanut butter cups are delicious. I've always liked them, and even have a specific way of eating them, but we won't get into my quirks right now. I was sad to discover that they aren't sold here in Scotland, not that I've seen anyway. You'll understand how excited we were to open a package from our pastor's family in America to find an entire bag of Reese's miniatures. Oh how we've savored every one.

We've described them to people here, in hopes of sharing a delicious snack with them. Most people aren't interested. I'm having trouble understanding this, but I don't dwell on it since that means more Reese's for us!

In the grand scheme, Peter Pan Peanut Butter and Reese's Cups are small and insignificant luxuries, but when there are tons of changes happening, it's the little comforts of home that make a big difference.


Betty said...

You have just solved the biggest mystery of my marriage. The only food that I have found John does not like is peanut butter. His mom NEVER made him a PB&J sandwich when he was growing up. That is probably because HER mother came to America as a young woman from....Scotland!!

ALF said...

Peanut butter and chocolate is one of the best combinations ever invented.

Found your site from Valerie's - just stopped by to say hi!

Anonymous said...

Everyone who sends you a jar should sign the lid. Then you can punch a hole in each lid and make them into ornaments. You can have a peanut butter Christmas tree! :-)


Janet said...

A favorite concoction that Leah and I came up with is the "peanut butter smore". We use fluff for the marshmellow and when you nuke the peanut butter, with the chocolate, it oozes out of the graham cracker to make a decadent treat.

clemie said...

That is too funny. I'm Canadian and married to a Swiss. I too am a PB/chocolate fanatic. My husband thinks I'm nuts to combine the two...and PB & jam was unheard of before me. He has tried it but isn't keen on it. I have lived away from Canada for over 7 years now. How I've managed to survive without Kraft dinner, jelly bellies, and pop tarts etc.... is beyond me. I take advantage of stocking up when on visit.
I've been to Scotland. Beautiful place, super people. Enjoy your stay!

I'm Jennifer said...

Betty, I'm so glad to solve your mystery, that's hilarious!

Keallie, I like that idea, especially since we don't have any Christmas ornaments!

Thanks Clemie, I guess it's a North American thing. funny, I've had cravings for jelly bellies, even though I didn't eat them very much in America. How about those Starburst jelly beans, mmmmhh.

Kate said...

Have your Scotland friend tried your american pb? Do they like it better?

I'm Jennifer said...

I would have thought they would like American PB better too Kate, but most people won't even try it, and if they're brave enough to, they still dislike it!