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I never knew they existed beyond the PB/Grape Jelly combo.

Now I hear there are Thai pepper, white chocolate, ginger and other mix-ins.

Have you tried them? Where do you find them?

Any reason these can't be made at home? Do you have any 'recipes' to share?

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  1. Well, I know this is just the tip of the pb iceberg, but

    http://www.ilovepeanutbutter.com

    I like the dark chocolate one there.

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    1. re: seal

      The peanut butters from that company are very good. Their chocolate peanut butter is the only one my son will eat. Interestingly, it's actually a bit lower in fat and sugar than their regular peanut butter.

      Sometimes, I'll make him a "s'mores sandwich" I toast some whole wheat bread and spread it with the chocolate peanut butter and a bit of marshmallow fluff. He thinks he's getting dessert for lunch or dinner. I figure I'm giving him a peanut butter sandwich. Yes, a bit high in sugar because of the fluff, but I try not to use too much, but whole wheat bread is good and the peanutbutter is a nice protein source.

      I suppose it might be possible to make some of these at home, but frankly, it's much easier to buy a jar. I love the cinnamon and raisin and don't think peanut butter with raisins and cinnamon sprinkled on top would taste the same.

      In response to fruglescot's comment below, for this company at least, flavored does NOT mean articial or chemically produced. I wouldn't buy it if it did.

      The only down side to Peanut Butter & Co's products: definitely not cheap.

      1. re: marcia2

        He IS getting dessert for lunch or dinner. A BIT high in sugar? Both regular and chocolate have evaporated cane sugar. Chocolate has over twice as much as the regular. I don't get why sugar needs to be in regular peanut butter. With the fluff, it's difficult to find anything less nutritious that people would mistakenly call a meal.

    2. WHY ON EARTH WOULD ANYONE WANT TO BUTTER A PEANUT?
      Although I would be ready to sample flavoured PB., due to natural curiosity I think peanut butter, in it's current form, smooth or crunchy, is already a perfect flavoured food . Why mess with it ?
      Today, flavour added usually means "artificial,... chemically produced".
      Just one man's opinion

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      1. re: fruglescot

        agreed, why butter a peanut, or gild a lily?

        make your own combos!

        fruglescot, thanks for honoring george washington carver, who discovered over 300 uses for the peanut (among many other wonderful discoveries) -- one of our greatest americans!
        http://inventors.about.com/library/we...
        http://images.google.com/images?clien...

        1. re: alkapal

          BLACK HISTORY MONTH
          Sharp of you to spot the productive gentleman,alkapal. Many of the African citizenry made outstanding contributions to the North American continent's development. None so more than that of the agronomist and researcher George W. However,many falsely attribute the creation of peanut butter to a long list of peanut byproducts created by the man pictured.Surprisingly pb was first created by another long before Mr. Carver was born. It was an oily somewhat gritty substance whiched helped toothless individuals more easily consume peanuts.

           
          1. re: fruglescot

            gwc should be remembered every month!

      2. I've had a cinnamon raisin peanut butter ages ago (it's been so long that I can't remember the brand, unfortunately), and it was absolutely one of the most decadent things I've ever put in my mouth. On toast, it was sheer heaven!

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        1. re: Suzy Q

          Sounds like it might be appealling Suzy Q
          I just can't help wondering why something so "decadent and sheer heaven" fell off your shopping list "ages ago". I hope that you won't mind me enquiring why?

          1. re: fruglescot

            Purely for the calorie count, my friend! Where "regular" PB generally has about 90 calories per tablespoon, this stuff had over 170. When you're a PB junkie like me, that adds up way too quickly...

            1. re: Suzy Q

              90 CALS. PER TABLESPOON FULL
              Understood. It was stated by the late Oscar Peterson's 16 year old daughter in her recent eulogyl that, quote: " her father's day often started with a spoon and a jar of peanut butter" end quote I can't help wondering if the great jazz master's palate ever savoured the taste of a flavour added spread.

              1. re: Suzy Q

                Wow. 170 cals per tbsp. That IS decadent.

                1. re: flourgirl

                  Wouldn't the substance would somehow have to be both pure fat and pure sugar at the same time to have 170 cals/TBSP?

                  1. re: Humbucker

                    Just telling you what the label said. I didn't do an independent calorie analysis in my basement lab.

                    1. re: Suzy Q

                      SuzyQ, look again. I think you'll probably find that it's 170 cal per TWO tablespoons.

                      For Peanut Butter & Co peanut butters, the website says their cinnamon raisin swirl is 190 cal per 2 tbs. Based on the jars in my cabinet, their dark chocolate is 170 and white chocolate is 180. Again, all per TWO tablespoons. Certainly none of it is diet food, but it's not somehow significantly higher in calories than regular peanut butter.

                    2. re: Humbucker

                      UNREPORTED INGREDIENTS
                      I would have to agree somewhat with you Humbucker. Raisins would certainly bump up the calorie count. however, cinnamon spice would hardily register an increase per tblspn, I'm thinking.

              2. re: Suzy Q

                i've had the cinnamon raisin as well and it was delicious...but i've been off pb for a few months, just haven't been craving it until I really needed a snack today and had some sandwiched between some graham crackers:)

                1. re: geminigirl

                  Oatmeal flavoured peanut butter is great as I learned here on Chowhound " Healthy Breakfast Suggestions" Just be sure to add at least one cup of boiled oatmeal to every tablespoon.

              3. Peanut Butter & Co. has some good flavored pbs.

                1. we experimented over christmas time because, well, we had the time!

                  took creamy pb (TJ's) and blended with cinnamon and brown sugar (to taste), then let reconstitute... yummy.

                  for fiery friend, cayenne, chili powder, crushed red pepper and paprika with a dash of garlic powder

                  again for friend (and this one still needs tweaking), i defatted the oil off the top of the pb, then blended in mashed overripe bananas... with this i cut the recipe in half, and blended shredded coconut into one half.. both were well received but need a little textural work

                  dark chocolate and some espresso powder made a tasty combo

                  1. This chunky chili hot peanut butter is some of the best I have ever had!
                    http://www.hellskitcheninc.com/hellsk...

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                    1. re: orangewasabi

                      I can totally see combining pb with chocolate. Big duh. Another big duh is the one combining it with chili peppers or anything hot. Anyone who likes Thai food has surely done a combo of both...

                      1. re: orangewasabi

                        I love Hell's Kitchen peanut butter and I love to send HK PB and other products (toasted sausage bread!) as gifts. It's not as good, of course, as eating in their restaurant (where nearly everything is made from scratch), but it's a darn good second best.

                        I'm not sure I understand/agree with the assumption some are making in this thread that you can't flavor PB with high quality ingredients, that it can only be done artificially or with chemicals... I might have to try some of Emme's ideas!

                        ~TDQ

                      2. "Flavored peanut butter" makes me instantly think of "koogle".

                        classic 70's "food"stuff

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                        1. re: lisa13

                          i never saw that!
                          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koogle

                          1. re: alkapal

                            It was very sweet and had an unnaturally thick, smooth, kind of sticky consistency. Had to be choc full of transfats...we loved it!

                          2. re: lisa13

                            OMG thank you, i could NEVER remember the name for that stuff as we always called it "googly-eyes" as kids. Wasn't there one with a jam swirl too?

                          3. The PB&Co cinnamon raisin is delicious, as mentioned, as is the chocolate one. The spicy one was good, but odd. It has a taste in it that doesn't blend quite right for me, and it's a bit too hot for what it is - and I like spicy food.

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                            1. re: irishnyc

                              Come to think of it one of my favourite bars is Hershey's "Peanut Butter Cups" a delightfully appealing combination of chocolate and peanut butter.
                              Anyone else care for those?

                              1. re: fruglescot

                                frug, you're really just pullin' our (collective) leg.

                                btw, quite appealing, those peanut butter cups. and their voluptuous cousin, the nutrageous candy bar (fun-size).

                                1. re: alkapal

                                  LOVE the nutrageous candy bar - and definitely in the fun size. (I always load up at Halloween.)

                            2. In the Twin Cities there's a store in the Mall of America called "PB loco" that sells a variety of different peanut butter flavors including PB with sun-dried tomato, PB with european cafe mocha, and other crazy stuff. Not only that, they make different PB smoothies and sandwiches there as well, but they'll probably never stack up to any of our particular recipes.

                              http://pbloco.com/

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                              1. re: David_Minh

                                I like their CocoBanana PB.

                                1. re: David_Minh

                                  The sundried apricot PB at PBLoco is delicious as is the Raspberry White Chocolate variety. You can go in the store and try as many as you wish and the staff is really helpful. Expensive though- $7.00 for a pint jar, or something like that.

                                  1. re: cooknKate

                                    I just came across PB Loco's products for the first time here in Denver at a new store called Urban Pantry and all I can say is HOLY CRAP. The curried peanut butter is out of this world. (Which, after all, makes perfect sense...plenty of peanut curries in the world, from Asia to Africa.) I'd love to try the sundried-tomato version as well.

                                    1. re: cooknKate

                                      Did you mean sundried tomato? I don't see apricot...tho it sounds intriguing!

                                      1. re: HillJ

                                        PB Loco does have an apricot PB. Unless it has been very recently dicontinued.

                                  2. This thread just reminded me of a flavored peanut butter store in LA or Santa Monica. I came across their website maybe 2 years ago, thinking, I'll order stuff later, but never got around to it, and have since forgotten which website it was. They sold all sorts of flavored PBs--similar to some of the other links mentioned above, and with a similar (or perhaps more expensive) price range. The flavors sounded absolutely decadent, and for the life in me, I can't remember the name of the store/website. Might anyone know what I'm talking about from this vague description. :)?

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                                    1. re: anzu

                                      There's a restaurant in San Diego called Spread that sells crazy PB and almond butter flavors online. Bought a couple jars for my mom, but I haven't gotten her feedback on them.

                                      http://www.spreadtherestaurant.com/ca...

                                      1. re: buckeye.mary

                                        Omg. I think this was it! I remembered it was in white containers and part of some fru fru-ish looking store. Gosh, I love this board and how people can read my mind!! Thanks! They look delish, though even pricier, by the time you add shipping. Don't press her on my account, but I'd be curious to hear what your mom thinks of them. They look like they might be splurge-worthy. Do you remember the size of the jars? I can't tell from these pictures.

                                        Though as toodie jane mentions, I wonder if some of these things can't be made at home. . .. I mean, it's PB or almond butter mixed w/ a few flavors, no?

                                        1. re: anzu

                                          They're pretty small, 3 oz jars. I found them through Health magazine a while back. The magazine recommended the blueberry white chocolate pb. I'll have to sample them for myself the next time I visit mom and dad.

                                          1. re: buckeye.mary

                                            I think I might've seen a TV special on this place, but I'm not quite sure though.

                                          2. re: anzu

                                            they most definitely *can* be made at home... we experimented over the holidays, as i wrote in my above post... it just takes patience and willingness to find the right spice/mixin combos!

                                          3. re: buckeye.mary

                                            Oh my yum. Definitely am jonesing for the White Chocolate Blueberry Peanut Spread, Butterscotch Almond Spread, and Milk Chocolate Peppermint Peanut Spread.

                                        2. PB Loco is our fav brand too. The million dollar PB cookies from this years Pillsbury Bake Off worked out really well with the PB Loco chocolate and I've made white choc and raspberry cookies to rave reviews. The PB Loco curry is an easy satay dip with a few other ingredients. My son loves the raisin version in vanilla yogurt.

                                          1. What about Goober? PB and J in the same jar. I don't see it much anymore

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                                            1. re: sweetie

                                              hmmmm i think i may have mixed up koogle and goober.....the one i remember from childhood had a set of googlie eyes on the jar...but the koogle referenced above, doesn't seen to have a jam variety. I remember the PB & J variety.....and we called "googly eyes" instead of whatever it was named !!

                                              1. re: im_nomad

                                                (a bit off-topic) - That reminds me of how my 2 sisters and I used to ignore the proper name of Nestle's Quik and just call it "strawberry bunny" - we still call it that to this day, although to be honest, I haven't seen much of it lately!

                                                1. re: Morticia

                                                  on-topic, are these gourmet pb varieties better than one can make at home? is it just convenience? or weird flavor combos? just what is the attraction? i know at the supertarget i last shopped in, there were a ton of different flavor varieties. they did look enticing.

                                                  (slighly OT): well, morticia, ole Sandra Lee just used it a while back on her gourmet cooking show! the adults got the actual strawberries with booze topping, but the kid (her nephew and prop) only got the nesquik strawberry-flavor syrup.

                                                  now, that is pronounced: "GORE-may!"

                                                  gosh, i was going to link to my thread, but it looks as if it is gone, gone, gone with the chow-wind. (this is a whole 'nother topic!)

                                              2. re: sweetie

                                                sweetie, Aldi Foods had cases of Goober PBJ on their shelves today.
                                                Of course I had to buy a jar....my son had to experience it!

                                              3. Not exactly a "flavored peanut butter", but the other day I mixed peanut butter with a jar of cream cheese frosting to put on top of chocolate-chip banana bread. OMFG. It tasted almost exactly like a Reese's. Between four girls, that banana "bread" was gone in less than a day.

                                                1. Target has flavored peanut butters.

                                                  1. Why not mix your own peanut butter blends? People have been putting corn syrup or honey in peanut butter for years.

                                                    I would think you could add cocoa powder to it and make a peanut flavored version of nutella.

                                                    It is sweet and has lots of fat that combination just begs for spicy hot additives like cayenne, wasabi, horseradish, curry, chili paste or tobasco. You know like Thai peanut sauce.

                                                    I make a white chocolate peanut butter genache for truffles.

                                                    If you are going to use commercial peanut butter because you like that it doesn't separate, be careful. Try not to over mix, the oil tends to separate if you over mix it with say a blender.

                                                    1. For her b'dy last year I got DW a mixed 6-pack from BB&C. They consisted of: Smooth Operator, Crunch Time, Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, The Heat Is On, White Chocolate Wonderful, and Dark Chocolate Dreams. We found all but the hot one very sweet, thus accounting for those being slightly lower in calories than regular PB. I now see the chocolate and the raisin on the shelf in our Stop and Shop but am frankly not intrested in buying them again. As I have previously posted, the Heat is On is very hot with a lot of dried hot peppers in it. I've had the best luck pairing it with sweet roasted peppers in things like wraps.