I’ve been a fan of Peanut Butter & Co longer than I’ve been a candy blogger, if you can believe it. I used to eat at their restaurant in Greenwich Village back when I was doing my animation internship in New York City. My love for peanut butter and PB&Co’s creativity with it kept bringing me back. Once I became a blogger I could talk about some of the non-sandwich things they make, like their Peanut Butter Cups that I reviewed back when I worked for CandyAddict.com.
So when I visited PB&Co’s booth at the New York Chocolate Show this year, I was at first sad to see they didn’t have their Peanut Butter Cup Collection for sale this year, but happy instead to see they had Chocolate Covered Peanuts and Chocolate Covered Peanut Brittle instead. The owner of PB&Co, Lee Zalben, gave me a tin of each as a free sample. So aweet!
Each comes in it’s own tin, which is easily resealable to keep the candy fresh. Both smell heavenly when you open them, of fresh roasted nuts with a hint of sweetness. I like the idea of the packaging for these, as it’s meant for sharing.
Chocolate Covered Peanuts: The overall flavor really highlights the peanuts. They have a fresh, roasted peanutty flavor. My boyfriend ad I ate most of my tin and didn’t come across one bad nut. There’s a twinge of bitterness in there as the peanuts have theirs skins on still, which I like. It gives the peanuts a more earth quality. The chocolate coating is, sadly, really mockolate: a mix of hydrogenated oils and cocoa powder. As much as I hate the stuff I don’t mind it too much here, as this candy is more about peanuts than chocolate, and the mockolate is mild enough to deliver subtle flavor and sweetness and allowing the peanut to really shine.
Chocolate Covered Peanut Brittle: The pieces are all random sized and shapes, but all flat and and knobby looking. The flavor is complex, as you get the nutty taste complimented with strong burnt sugar and buttery notes, then followed by a sweetness of the mockolate. The texture is light and crispy, and the brittle doesn’t stick to my teeth. It has a lightness to it that I appreciate, and it reminds me of honeycomb candy. The flavors are beautifully blended together, again, with the peanut brittle taking the spotlight.
Despite the fact that these use mockolate, I really enjoyed these, as did my boyfriend. It just goes to show that mockolate can still be present in a fantastic candy. These disappeared in record time, and even though I had a hard time sharing them, the people with whom I did all loved them. If you see them around, I’d recommend trying them if this is the sort of thing you enjoy.
Rating: Will Eat Again