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Your the Peanut in my Butter and the Chocolate in my Milk

Quote for Today: {Burn Notice} Jessie: “Justice and revenge are chocolate and peanut butter as far as I am concerned”
Fiona: “You are making me hungry.”

Friday the 13th 2013, I would talk about Insidious: Chapter 2 but I detest horror films. For some reason, the Amityville Horror scared the *&^*! out of me back in 1979 and I haven’t been the same since. I think it was the red eyes looking in the window, they reminded me of my third grade teacher Mrs. Schroeder.

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Fudge

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Fudge

None of that superstitious stuff today. It just so happens that today is both National Peanut Day and International Chocolate Day.  H. B. Reese and Milton S. Hershey are reputed to have slipped a few bucks to some lobbyists back in the day. Below is some info on the two great tastes that taste great together.

National Peanut Day

National Peanut Day

Peanut Facts
1) It takes 540 peanuts to make a 12 oz jar of peanut butter.
2) The average child will eat 1500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he/she graduates high school.
3) Americans eat enough peanut butter in a year to make more than 10 Billion peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
4) Peanut butter cream is deposited onto Girl Scout Do-si-dos at the rate of 2,800 per minute.
5) In August 1976, Tom Miller, a University of Colorado student, pushed a peanut to the top of Pike’s Peak with his nose (14,100 ft). It took him four days, twenty-three hours, forty-seven minutes and three seconds.

Where to Eat Some Peanut Butter
1) The Forge Restaurant: Miami, Florida – It will set you back $17 for this appetizer, but the deconstructed PB & J Sandwich with chunks of Lobster is supposedly WOW.

Lobster PB & J

Lobster PB & J

2) The Main Ingredient: Phoenix, Arizona – The Cash Money Sandwich contains cashew butter, red pepper cabernet jelly, fresh sliced bananas on homemade sour dough.

3) Courtney Produce II: San Francisco, California – Peanut butter, strawberry jam, fresh California Strawberries on homemade Cinnamon Bread.

4) Peanut Butter & Company: New York City – A restaurant almost completely devoted to the PB & J serving twenty varieties. Try the Spicy Peanut Butter, Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Jam Sandwich. If you can, sneak in some Sriracha Sauce.

5) The Shelter Lounge: Seattle, Washington – Panko breaded Jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese and peanut butter with jelly on the side for dipping.

International Chocolate Day, International Food Holiday

International Chocolate Day

Chocolate Facts
1) 3.5 million pounds of whole milk is used every day in the United States to manufacture chocolate.
2) Chocolate manufacturers use approximately 40% of the world’s almonds and 20% of the world’s peanuts. Mr. Hershey strikes again.
3) The original “3 Musketeers Bar” of the 1930‘s had three parts: chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.
4) During the Persian Gulf War, Hershey’s Chocolate was commissioned to produce a chocolate bar that could withstand high temperatures.
5) The Fannie Farmer Cookbook introduced the world to the Chocolate Brownie in 1896.

Where To Get Your Chocolate Fix
1) Mad About Chocolate: Williamsburg, Virginia – A chocolate cafe opened by Marcel Desaulniers, author of Death by Chocolate. Home of the W & M Tribe Cookie with Lemon Zest, Pistachios, white and dark chocolate as well as the Black Mamba with the darkest chocolate, chocolate chips and nuts. 

2) Cafe Fleuri: Boston, Massachusetts – Every Saturday they feature Boston’s most unique chocolate bar. For $40 you can satisfy your sweet tooth with Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding, Truffles, Whoopie Pies, Chocolate Creme Brulee, an assortment of mini desserts, plus a chocolate fountain with all the trimmings and a crepe station. 

Cafe Fleuri - Chocolate Bar

Cafe Fleuri – Chocolate Bar

3) Max Brenner: New York City – “Chocolate by the Bald Man” Favorites are the Banana Hazelnut Crepe, Melting Chocolate Truffle Heart Cake & Shake and the Crystal Sugar Churros Fondue. 

4) Jacques Torres: New York City – Known as Mr. Chocolate, Mr.Torres is a Master Pastry Chef. Stop in one of his stores for out-of-this-world ice cream sandwiches, chocolate chip cookies, frozen hot chocolate, Bon Bon’s, chocolate covered corn flakes and Cheerios or dark chocolate Macadamia nuts. The assortment of cookies, including the Mudslide, makes a great gift. Jacques has a huge online store. 

5) Dante’s Down the Hatch: Atlanta, Georgia – After 43 years, this Buckhead landmark closed the door on July 30th 2013. This place was unique, with live jazz every night, a dining room modeled after a pirate ship, and European antiques cohabiting with live crocodiles.

This restaurant was not for the health conscious person. The menu featured fondues including chocolate. To get this dessert you had to contact Dante personally two days in advance with  a minimum reservation of six to a maximum of twelve people. The dessert was not available on Friday or Saturday nights and only one was served per night.

Sadly, they are having a total liquidation auction a week from Saturday, September 21st. Tickets to the auction include admission to the Preview Party, food and drinks catered by Dante’s kitchen, entertainment by the “John Robertson Jazz Trio,” reserved seats and catalog, your own bid paddle with a goody bag filled with Dante’s souvenirs.  As Saul might say, ” We take cashier checks or money orders, doesn’t matter.  Actually we want it in a money order, and ah, make it out to Dante’s Totally Legit Associates, Inc. We can discuss credit cards – Visa or Mastercard, but definitely not American Express, so don’t even ask.” 

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