Nutty About Peanut Butter

One of my favorite ingredients to work with in the kitchen is peanut butter. Not only is it my favorite ingredient but it is also one of my favorite snacks to eat right out of the jar. You can add peanut butter to a variety of snacks, desserts, sandwiches, and even nowadays it is added to different kid cereals.  Peanut butter is a form of protein. In the olden days it was given to people who didn’t have teeth to chew food as a form of protein. Nowadays you will find that people put peanut butter in shakes after working out or will just eat a spoon full of it as an extra boost of protein. Check out this video on Youtube of the Discovery Channel showing the world on how peanut butter is made.

First of all, I am a weird texture person when it comes to my food. I eat plain yogurt with no fruit additives. I re-smash my mashed potatoes to make sure it is extra creamy, and when I eat cereal I add very little milk because I don’t want my cereal to get soggy. Needless to say if you asked me, ‘creamy or crunchy’ I’d say CREAMY all the way! As a matter of fact I currently have three jars of peanut butter in my pantry just ready to be eaten. One of my absolute favorite snacks/desserts to make with peanut butter are my grandma’s Corn Flake Peanut Butter Bars! If you are a peanut butter fanatic this is something you would like.

At first it was an occasional treat; you know when the whole family gets together for birthdays, holidays, etc. Grandma knew that these peanut buttery delights were always a big hit. My cousin and I would fight over who could take the last one or who could take the left overs home with them. Rarely were there any leftovers though. From then on grandma would start making double batches. It was then when I decided to take matters into my own hands. I was going to get the recipe so I may have and hold a peanut butter bar whenever my little heart desired one. At first grandma was hesitant on giving me the recipe. She actually held out pretty long after I had tried to replicate her bars, but after sometime she gave in and gave me her secret… 6 cups of corn flakes, 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of light corn syrup, and 1 cup of peanut butter. AT LAST, I had her secret and was eager to try the recipe for myself after so many trials. Little did I know it was one of her pins on Pintrest. My 72 yr. old grandma out sourced me with technology; this one was one for the books. When I got home that day I made a batch of my grandma’s famous peanut butter bars. I followed the recipe to the tee and yet it still didn’t taste like grandma’s. Feeling defeated I called her up and told her my dilemma; her reply was, “your bars don’t taste good because I didn’t make them Audrey. I make all my food with love…” It was then when I realized I could never replicate the bars. She and only she holds the secret ingredient and I absolutely love her for that.

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