Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Salty Peanut Butter Toffee

Once upon a time, when I was a naive and snooty foodie with a chocolate glimmer in my eye, I was bewildered by the American obsession with peanut butter. "Peanut butter cups... seriously?" I would ask myself. Sure, they are tasty, but in a guilty pleasure sort-of-way, like Taco Bell. Its edible... and fast... but there's something terrible about giving into what seems to be the lowest common denominator of all things consumable.

So for the first four years of Eclipse, I was always a little perturbed when a client would excitedly ask if I had something with peanut butter. "No, but I have a wonderful Gianduja Truffle," I would reply to disappointed faces. Roasted hazelnuts, with their dense and smoky flavor, trump bland peanuts any day, right?

Well, before the whole Internet, I am officially withdrawing all previous contempt for the world of peanut butter. You heard it here first, kids.

I've finally given in to all the persuasion and created what I believe to be the creme de la creme of the chocolate-peanut butter combo: Salty Peanut Butter Toffee.

Rich and flaky toffee infused with all-natural peanut butter, enrobed in 70% bittersweet chocolate, topped with toasted Virginia peanuts and Maldon sea-salt... I'm pretty certain it will make a big splash.

One quick note about the pic: Take a close look at the large salt crystal in the foreground. Maldon sea-salt is quite unique in that it forms shallow pyramid-shaped crystals as it calcifies, which greatly effects how it reacts on the palate. Its a treat!


Anonymous said...

And of course you had to create that *after* I left. No freebie chocolate peanut butter deliciousness for me! Boo. ;)

Charlie - hope & spray said...


I want some right now!! I'm praying that my parents bought me some today.

It's like the most decadent butterfinger! Great job!