[FHCx325] National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

IT’S NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE DAY!

Which is conspicuously similar to National Nutty Fudge Day. With the many fudge holidays we’ve celebrated, we weren’t surprised to see that Peanut Butter Fudge Day was a thing. We also aren’t upset by any stretch of the imagination. Peanut butter and chocolate is a great combo.

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Thankfully in bite size pieces. We were able to ditch a bunch of it so we didn’t have it sitting around being all tempting ‘n stuff.

Tomorrow is National Stuffing Day! Let the Thanksgiving-themed foods begin!

-SPAK

[FHCx282] National Pierogi Day/National Fluffernutter Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL PIEROGI DAY AND NATIONAL FLUFFERNUTTER DAY!

The PBJ, as a sandwich, is not boring. It’s not even outlived its awesomeness. But sometimes what could really go well with peanut butter on bread is some marshmallow fluff. It’s a different kind of sweet to balance out the savory, salty peanut flavor. It’s better than bad; it’s good!

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PB. Fluff.

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Some like to have a thickness ratio that the fluff/PB is equal to the thickness of the bread. We’re ok with just a bit on each side.

We also have to pay respects to the pierogi today. While many cultures have their own dumplings – Chinese have bao, Japanese have gyoza, America has… dumplings – Eastern Europe’s dumplings are high on the chart of tasty starch. Whether you call them piroshok, varenyky, pelmeni, or pierogi, we’re all talking about something very similar – dough wrapping some tasty potato-y, onion-y, possibly cheesy stuff.

We got our pierogi courtesy of the Highland Grill, whose Steak and Pierogies entree is one of SP‘s favorites.

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Fried to perfection.

Yummy!

Tomorrow is National Moldy Cheese Day and National Submarine-Hoagy-Hero-Grinder Day, because we needed a third day to celebrate hoagies.

-SPAK

[FHCx257] National Snack a Pickle Day/National Peanut Day/International Chocolate Day

IT’S NATIONAL SNACK A PICKLE DAY, NATIONAL PEANUT DAY, AND INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY!

It’s hard to talk about all 3 of these things at once, but we’ll try.

We’ve enjoyed having peanuts in chocolate before. It’s a great combination that has worked for candies since ages past. They’re a power couple. So when it came time for Peanut Day and Chocolate Day at the same time, at once we thought of having the two together. Like-a-dis:

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And now some of our Halloween candy shopping is already ready!

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Hey it’s AK and SP on the back!

We are a family of M&M lovers. Mostly the peanut, peanut butter, and crispy varieties. And even moreso than a Snickers, this candy embodies chocolate and peanut together in one. They’re delicious.

What is also delicious, and hasn’t been mentioned nearly enough on spakwillsnack, is pickles. As Jews and people of Eastern European heritage, there is something about pickles that calls to us. And in the SPamily, pickles are a yearly tradition that’s older than SPom. Every year, in August, we get together with the SPom side of the family and jar pickles. It’s a proud tradition and we love our own brand quite a bit. So pretty much everyone always has a jar from some year or another in their fridge in case it’s time to snack a pickle.

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These are some ’12s

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A jar of extra-hots that we made in 2015.

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It’s not total heresy to have a Claussen now and then, though.

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Ok, so you got here and you’re looking at us like we’re crazy. AK‘s aunt Beverly, Auntie B, would take a pickle half, scoop out the interior, and fill it with M&Ms. This is in honor of her. AK didn’t immediately throw up, so we guess that it’s alright?

Tomorrow is National Eat A Hoagie Day and National Cream-Filled Donut Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx174] National Onion Rings Day/National Chocolate Éclair Day

Today is good for your heart.

IT’S NATIONAL ONION RINGS DAY AND NATIONAL CHOCOLATE ÉCLAIR DAY!

When faced with the choice of french fries, tots, or onion rings at a place like Blue Door Pub, your likelihood of popping a blood vessel increases tenfold. How can you say no to any one of those things? A bar staple, the onion ring stands up next to its fried buddies very, very well. SP has always wondered why onion rings are so different in different restaurants and here’s the conclusion:

Battered vs. Breaded. That’s it.

Breaded – Hand-coated with bread crumbs and deep fried. Crunchy and makes a fun mess. Often has bigger slices of onions than battered. Examples of Breaded that we love: Red Robin‘s Onion Tower, Tony Roma’s Onion Loaf, Timberlodge Steakhouse‘s Paul Bunyan Onion.

Battered – Battered, frequently with a beer batter and buttermilk, and deep fried. Very crispy. Examples of Battered that we love: Stout’s Pub‘s Onion Rings, George and the Dragon‘s Onion Rings, and The Hat‘s Onion Rings.

While we wish we could celebrate at all of these places today, here’s our sad attempt at eating onion rings:

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Easier to manage and not overdo it.

We’ll have real onion rings again someday.

It’s also chocolate éclair day. If you haven’t had a chocolate éclair in a while, you’ve probably forgotten how amazing they are. It’s like having a cream puff without excessive mess (there’s still a mess) and with chocolate. What’s better? Very little. Profiteroles, we suppose.

Éclair means “flash of lightning” because that is the speed at which you are supposed to eat them! We tried to slow ourselves down for these.

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Everybody talks about how these Target éclairs are amazing. We had to try them.

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Bavarian creme filled

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Peanut butter.

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Yes.

What a glorious day!

Tomorrow is National Pecan Sandy Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx164] National Peanut Butter Cookie Day/National Jerky Day

Game of Thrones episode is finally over so we can write about how

IT’S NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE DAY AND NATIONAL JERKY DAY!

The whole “You got chocolate in my peanut butter/You got peanut butter in my chocolate” thing works with lots of things and peanut butter. In today’s case, namely, that’s cookies. Why not make cookies more awesome by adding peanut butter? Probably because some people have life-threatening peanut allergies. Suckers.

As for Jerky Day, we celebrated with some Krave jerky. It’s a great protein snack to keep you full throughout the day. In general, jerky is something you should keep around the house for regular snacking.

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Usually we’d prefer soft cookies but today we were on a schedule!

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Look at that beautiful piece of meat.

Tomorrow is National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx68] National Peanut Cluster Day

Goodie!

TODAY IS NATIONAL PEANUT CLUSTER DAY!

Peanuts have always been at the wrong end of fad diets. Everyone talks about how they aren’t even nuts, and the nutrients you get from them would be better from elsewhere. It’s all fat and salt and blah blah blah. But just answer yourself this question. What would be healthier for you: a handful of peanuts or a handful of chocolate?

You don’t have to answer that question, because the answer is the Peanut Cluster.

Our peanut cluster day was carefully chosen to highlight one of the Minnesota greats: the Pearson Nut Goodie. This thing is a staple candy for Minnesotans far and wide. Both SP and AK have passed by the factory countless times on the way to work or to work out at the St. Paul JCC (shout out, woo!). Let’s break it down.

Pearson’s Candy was established in 1909, and their first ever product made in-house was the Nut Goodie in 1912. This is the same crew who brought along the Salted Nut Roll in 1933, another amazing candy. Though they also hold onto the Bit-O-Honey now, Pearson is synonymous with peanuts. According to Wikipedia, Pearson’s utilizes 200 tons of peanuts per month. That’s 5,152,000 calories flying out the door every month. (That’s 2 calories per second in a 30-day month!)

The real point of all of this is that the Nut Goodie is amazing. Recently they also came out with the Sea Salt Caramel variant, so we got one of each to celebrate today.

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Such a tasty treat! Great to have a small holiday to celebrate after the last couple days…

Tomorrow is both Meatball day and Crabmeat day!

-SPAK

[FHCx26] National Peanut Brittle Day

A sugary confection indeed!

IT’S NATIONAL PEANUT BRITTLE DAY!

Peanut Brittle is made in chemistry classrooms countrywide as students hunt stores for candy thermometers to bring to school. Or at least that’s what SPam associates with peanut brittle.

Brittle has been around for a long, long time in many different forms in many different countries. Luckily, today focuses on the best kind of brittle candy, the All-American Peanut Brittle. What better way to add crunch to crunchy sugar than with the legendary legume?

We picked some up at the Twin Cities’ best candy store, Candyland. We’re sure that you’ll hear more from Candyland on SpakWillSnack in the future, but here’s the rundown: Super old (and old school) candy store dishing out amazing Chicago Mix popcorn, chocolates, candies, fudge, you name it. And SP considers their brittle to be the cream of the crop. Fortunately for us, SP went to see Black Sabbath at the Target Center last night and was able to conveniently pick up some brittle from Candyland’s downtown Minneapolis location to celebrate.

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Sabbath Brittle Sabbath

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Beautiful brittle

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So close you can taste it. Look at those bits!

Super crunchy and thick. When making brittle, you have to make sure that it’s not so thick that you break your teeth when you clamp your jaw down. But it has to be worthwhile to bite into. Candyland uses red-skinned peanuts which gives a little bit of a rounder peanut flavor. This is one tasty candy.

It’s a good thing we have a food scale in the house! We were able to measure out a couple servings to make sure we wouldn’t overeat. Weighing on a scale will always be more accurate than trying to get a volume measurement, too. Worth a purchase! Pro tip: Weigh food in grams instead of ounces and you usually end up with a little more for a serving!

Tomorrow is Chocolate Cake Day! Think of the possibilities…

-SPAK