Chocolate. Peanut Butter. A match made in heaven. The perfect marriage of salty and sweet.
We owe quite a bit to Mr. H.G. Reese, don't you agree (in case you don't recognize the surname, he's the genius who created the peanut butter cup)?
I have some breaking news. You now have someone else to thank for a "PBC" (peanut butter chocolate) addiction that is not going to be easy to break. I'll go so far as to say, it will be UN-breakable.
Peanut Butter & Co. have been mastering the art of peanut butter blends and pb-featured sandwiches right here in NYC since the late 90's. I've been addicted for as long as I can remember. My personal faves were always Old Fashioned Creamy and Cinnamon Raisin Swirl. I knew that if I ventured into trying other flavors my pantry would soon mirror the shelves inside Peanut Butter & Co.'s sandwich shop (a must for PB lovers visiting NYC).
I anxiously flipped through the cookbook, but too hungry to focus, I opened the jar attacking it with a kitchen spoon. Oh heaven above. I knew it. I shouldn't have opened the jar, but I did. It was too late. Now, where to hide the jar..., from myself?!
I decided that it would be best to plop a big spoon of "DCD" on top of a bowl of just popped kettle corn.
The double whammy of salty and sweet (peanut butter, chocolate, caramel, salty popcorn) ends up blowing my mind and I place the cookbook aside for a few nights while I repeat this new snack hoping that no one notices I'm eating popcorn with a "DCD" covered spoon.
I finally get a moment to sit and pay attention to Zalben's new cookbook and let me tell you it is brilliant. 31 days of scrumptious pictures, I mean RECIPES that have me off to the grocery store tonight. I want to be sure I have enough eggs, oats, flour, etc. to bake up a Dark Chocolate Dreams STORM.
However, may I steer your attention to page 33, Dark Chocolate Dreams Popcorn Balls. I knew I was on to something marrying Orville Redenbacher and Peanut Butter & Co. These little popcorn balls of dark chocolate peanut buttery goodness are going to become a McDermott household regular. I can taste it.
The cookbook features everything from breakfast to candy and makes a super gift for the PB-aholic in your life. You know that means you.
What is the absolute best part about getting to discover a new must have cookbook featuring the most addictive peanut butter flavor known to peanut kind? A giveaway!!
31 Days of Dark Chocolate Dreams Giveaway!!
I'm going to announce a winner on the sweetest day of the year, VALENTINE'S DAY!
All you have to do to be "entered to win" is 1. be a fan of my Facebook Fan Page and 2. be a fan of PB & Co.'s Facebook Fan Page. Then on the most chocolatey day of the year I'll share the winner and A NEW PROTEIN CUPCAKE (yes, cupcake NOT muffin) recipe! The winner will be sent a "31 Days of Dark Chocolate Dreams A Month of Delicious Recipes" Cookbook and a killer 28 ounce jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams All Natural Peanut Butter.
**Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only!**
Now, go tell your friends because if you don't win, maybe they will. Not that they would EVER let you near their jar of DCD, but they might bake you up a batch of DCD Filled DONUT HOLES (yes, I swear, there really is a recipe in the cookbook for these #OMG).
To learn even more about PB & Co. and shop all of their awesome products and gear check them out via all of the links below:
Visit PB & Co. online: www.ilovepeanutbutter.com
Become a fan: www.facebook.com/PeanutButterCo
Take a bite (this is the BEST!) www.nutropolitan.com