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Best Valentine’s Pairing: Peanut Butter and Chocolate?

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Three or more times a week, we have tastings of recipes going through our Test Kitchen (yes, it’s a tough job, but someone has to chew it). I was surprised when we recently sampled a chocolate and peanut butter dessert that split the tasters into two camps: those fans of Reese’s flavor, and those who don’t like the pairing of peanut butter and chocolate.

I’m firmly in the former. I can’t imagine a flavor combo more nostalgic, comforting, and simply delicious. In fact, for Valentine’s Day, I’m planning to make a creation from one of my favorite bloggers at Bake or Break, the Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust.

It should go well with the gift I’m planning for my Valentine, who shares my love of all things chocolate and peanut butter: these great bars from Jer’s Handmade Chocolates, a California-based company started by Jerry Swain, an IBM executive turned chocolatier.

What I liked most about Jer’s chocolates (besides that fact that they contain all-natural ingredients with no preservatives) is the flavor and textural combinations. My favorites are the Original IncrediBar, which has peanut butter and crunchy rice crisps in milk chocolate, and the Pretzo Change-O, with crushed pretzels mixed into peanut butter and wrapped in milk chocolate.

If anyone has delectable chocolate and peanut butter dessert ideas, I’d love to hear them!



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