Cheat Codes: Eat Pretzels With Peanut Butter
So I’ve gone on a few tangents here and there, before on PCFG about peanut butter being godly, especially when paired with pretzels. Specifically, one of the greater marvels of the 21st century we’ve been treated to is the invention of peanut-butter-filled pretzels. Generally, they’re nugget shapes, with a small dab of peanut butter inside. They taste amazing, but unfortunately are somewhat of a luxury item as well, since most containers/bags will run you close to $5.00, which is a bit pricey for something you can easily devour over the course of three or four days.
They’re pretty good, but for anyone out there who doesn’t like dropping five bucks on a single snack, there’s hope.
It seems so brilliant in hindsight, but it should come as no surprise to you that you can achieve the same effect as the aforementioned PB-pretzels, simply by dipping some regular pretzels in… well, peanut butter. I know this isn’t some insane miracle of design of great revelation, but for anyone who thoroughly enjoys peanut butter, it is a great, great asset when you want your fix.
Let’s also not pretend that peanut butter is some sort of niche, quirky thing that only zany people enjoy. Peanut butter is a legit celebrity in the food kingdom. Yes, we know you eat peanut butter right out of the jar sometimes. Everyone does. It’s 2016, that’s not a secret anymore; barring severe peanut allergies, we’ve all tried it at one point or the other. Despite all that, I feel like people still consider eating straight peanut butter to be this thing they don’t really share. I mean, it’s not like you’re eating mayonnaise straight out of the jar, peanut butter is pretty healthy for you, aside from a little extra dietary fat. The only thing I can think of is that some of us still feel like it’s a bit, brutish maybe (?), to just slurp up what’s effectively a condiment, off of a spoon. Well if that description matches you, then the pretzel x peanut butter combo is great news for you.
I find that eating pretzels like this not only satisfies your craving for peanut butter, but as long as you’re not using organic, sugar-free peanut butter, this will also satisfy your sweet tooth to an extent too. It makes for a really quick and easy snack to put together when you’re in the mood for something a bit more than just plain ol’ pretzels.
One word of advice I will give about this though, is that if you’re trying to watch your weight, make sure to stick by your standard snacking rules, and make sure to measure out your pretzels and peanut butter. Peanut butter is by no means a junk food, but it does contain about 190 calories per 2 tbsp. If you’re like me, you could probably pound down 2 tbsp of peanut butter in a single gulp. So if you have been counting calories lately, make sure to only take a dollop or two of peanut butter out for dipping, and set aside a small number of pretzels too, to avoid any regrettable situations where you end up eating 1/3 of your daily caloric intake in peanut butter.
Dieting aside, pretzels with peanut butter provides such a perfect combination of peanut-y, salty goodness. Most normal households contain both of the two at any given time, so it’s also a great last resort when there’s no other good snacks. Even if you don’t have them, you can probably pick up a bag of pretzels and a jar of PB at most stores for a total of like $3, if even that much, which does help out if you’re trying to save money. Either way, if you enjoy peanut butter even remotely, it’s worth giving it a shot!