Peanut Hottie

August 29th, 2014 by Patty

Howdy! I’m Patty, a professor of Psychological Sciences at a small college in the midwest. Some important background information: I’m absolutely obsessed with peanut butter. It’s gotten to the point where I can’t keep any sort of nut butter in the house, or I’ll enter into a nut-butter-induced-fugue-state…within a few hours, the nut butter will have miraculously disappeared.

So I was particularly excited that Rosa gave me this opportunity to review a free sample of Peanut Hottie, a new hot peanut butter drink. The product is already available in the UK, and it will be hitting the US on September 7th.

Peanut Hottie is a powder that you dissolve into hot water…it’s that simple. When it launches in the US this fall, it will come in two flavors: peanut butter (what I sampled for this review), and peanut butter & chocolate. It’s made with real peanuts and is caffeine free.

Peanut Hottie review for ZOMG Candy!

As soon as I opened the jar, I was hit with a sweet peanut-ish scent, really reminiscent of Nutter Butter cookies. The powder is fine-grained and off-white, and each jar of Peanut Hottie contains about 13 servings. The instructions recommended 4-5 heaping teaspoons of powder per mug of hot water, so I put 4 really heaping teaspoons in about 10 oz of hot water.

Peanut Hottie review for ZOMG Candy!

The powder completely dissolved in a matter of seconds. There was no grittiness, and the texture of the drink was very smooth. It wasn’t heavy or creamy, and ended up having the consistency and color of tea with a little bit of milk in it.

Peanut Hottie review for ZOMG Candy!

The drink definitely smelled and tasted like Nutter Butter cookies: nutty and sweet (no surprise there: sugar is the first ingredient). I imagine that the smell/taste might be a bit too sweet (and not salty enough) for some people, but I found it to be an enjoyable treat as a dessert drink or sweet snack.

Peanut Hottie review for ZOMG Candy!

I saw some bloggers use Peanut Hottie powder in their baking, which made me want to explore some “off-label” uses for it. So I decided to try it in a vanilla-chocolate-peanut butter milkshake. It obviously has a completely different texture from peanut butter, but I thought it made a great flavoring for milkshakes or smoothies. It also worked well sprinkled over plain ice cream to give it a little bit of a nutty punch.

Peanut Hottie is almost definitely a “love it” or “hate it” product. It certainly does not have a natural peanut butter flavor or roasted nutty profile, but do most instant hot cocoa mixes taste exactly like chocolate bars? Heck no, and I’m okay with that.

Overall, I liked that my cup of Peanut Hottie was light and nutty, yet still gave me a satisfying dose of sweetness. It isn’t a liquid version of peanut butter, but it’s super convenient and seems to be pretty flexible as a sweet nut flavoring for other treats. I’d give it an OM for normal folks…but an OMG for my own nut-obsessed needs!

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of Peanut Hottie from the company to review, but all opinions are my own.

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Comprehensive chocolate baking tips from Serious Eats

August 28th, 2014 by Rosa

Here’s yet another post on baking with chocolate from Serious Eats. We’ve got a triptych! The last is a long and thorough write-up all about chocolate baking, from cacao percentages to chocolate types.

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Serious Eats on unsweetened chocolate and cocoa powder

August 27th, 2014 by Rosa

More on baking with chocolate from Serious Eats. This time, an explanation of why unsweetened chocolate and cocoa powder can’t be subbed for each other. The former has cocoa butter; the latter does not.

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Dutched versus Natural cocoa powder.

August 26th, 2014 by Rosa

From Serious Eats, a description of the difference between Natural and Dutched cocoa powder. Honestly, I never pay attention and just use whatever we’ve got in the can at home, but it does make a difference, apparently.

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Haribo Bärchen-Pärchen

August 22nd, 2014 by Rosa

This is the second bag of Haribo gummies that I bought while in Switzerland. They caught my eye because I’ve never seen them in the U.S., and they had a giant Neu sticker on it, which made me think that they were, well, New.

Google translate tells me that Bärchen-Pärchen means Bear Couple. Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it in English. The male-looking bear says he’s Sauer, and the female-looking bear says she’s Süss, which I took to mean that these bear couples are Sour and Sweet.

There were there different sets of bear couples: red/blue, orange/green, and yellow/purple. The firmly bouncy gummies were quite cute if you think that they look like bears that are holding hands.

They also looked like conjoined twins. In the case of the yellow/purple pair, the purple visibly leeched into the yellow, which made it look like the yellow bear was stealing the purple bear’s life-force.

Yellow was the Sour of its pair, a piquant lemon that was sweet, yet puckeringly tart. It made me salivate. Purple was Sweetly mellow and artificially grapey (thankfully without any unfortunate fake cough medicine allusions).

Orange was the Sour of orange/green, and it too, was puckeringly tart but with orangey undertones to the citrus. Green was candied green apple, with the flavor of apple juice.

Red (or pink if you held it up to the light) was the Sour of the red/blue pair. I think it was supposed to raspberry, as it had a bitey undertone to it, and it wasn’t as tart as the yellow and orange bears.

The blue half was sweetly fruity with an undertone of fresh blueberry to the flavor that developed as the chew progressed. I was surprised at how well this captured the flavor of real blueberries, as most blueberry-flavored candies just taste like sugar.

These were a fun twist on a classic treat. An OM.

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Serious Eats on how bees make honey

August 21st, 2014 by Rosa

This is not exactly candy, but it was so cool that I had to share: Serious Eats with a long and informative write-up on how bees make honey. Spoiler alert: honey is bee vomit!

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Make your Magnum ice cream bar pop-up shop

August 20th, 2014 by Rosa

If you’re not following me on Twitter, you missed this cool post on Chocablog about a pop-up shop in the UK that will let you design and make your own Magnum Ice Cream bar. Very cool, and I want one!

PS: I think magnum doesn’t quite have the same connotations in England as it does here…

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Kinder Toys blog

August 19th, 2014 by Rosa

While I was in Switzerland, I was jealous to see that Kinder Eggs were for sale there. They are illegal in the U.S. and Germany because they mix toys with chocolate, which I think is silly because the toys are safely encased in a plastic shell and thus separated from the chocolate.

I found this hilarious blog about Kinder Egg toys while trying to Google information about the toys that weren’t in the eggs I didn’t bring back from my Swiss vacation. It makes me wish we could buy the Eggs here, but then I guess they wouldn’t be special anymore.

Edited 8/19, 9:30AM EST: Thanks to commenter Rick Swartz for letting me know that Kinder Eggs were quickly unbanned in Germany due to public outrage. Wish we could get them unbanned in the U.S. I think that would take some lobbying pressure from Kinder/Ferrero.

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Haribo Orangina P!k

August 18th, 2014 by Rosa

Today and Friday, I’ll review some Haribo gummies that I bought while in Switzerland. First up is Orangina P!k. I know Orangina is a fizzy orange drink that’s available in Europe. No idea what the P!k means (and why it’s not a Pik).

At any rate, it’s pretty clear that these are supposed to be gummified soda bottles, though I think they also look like chicken drumsticks when turned to the side. They came in yellow, pink, and red (no orange, despite the name!).

The gummies were covered in sour sugar and had a wonderfully firm, sproingy chew. Red was tart to start from the sour sugar, then sweetly fruity. If I had to guess, I’d say it was a mild cherry or fruit punch flavor.

Pink was strawberry, maybe? Again, sweetly fruity, but with more floral notes that played off the tartness.

Yellow was citrusy. The color suggested yellow, but the flavor was mellow with no acidity or pithiness, so I think it was the classic orange flavor of Orangina.

I loved the strong fruity flavors and bouncy texture of these guys. They were just the right amount of tart. I wish I’d bought an additional bag, or three. OMG.

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M&M eating styles

August 14th, 2014 by Rosa

The folks at CandyStore.com have an extremely thorough blog post detailing all the different ways in which people eat their M&M’s.

Options include melting them under a desk lamp, sorting them by color, or freezing them first. Me? I sort them and try to let them melt in my mouth, but sometime I get impatient and crunchy.

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