In this spooOOoky edition of Deep Dish, we explore the Halloween favorite that introduced the perfect combo of peanut butter and chocolate to the world – peanut butter cups. Would peanut butter cups have been invented if Reese hadn’t been such a horndog? What’s the connection between peanut butter cups and Elvis? Does Reese’s come up with some of the best marketing ideas around? Listen now to find out!
- A look back at some of our favorite and earliest Halloween costumes.
- An explanation of how peanuts came to the United States from Africa, even though they’re native to South America.
- The bromance between Hershey and Reese that made peanut butter cups so damn successful.
- Halloween robots that give you Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! (And yes, there’s more than one type of Reese’s dispensing Halloween robot!)
- Another edition of Poor Taste where we look at some candy and Halloween related news that made us shake our heads and roll our eyes.
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Though it’s being posted late, this was October’s Pizza Lab. Since October’s main event is Halloween and we were due for a dessert pizza, we decided to take our inspiration from Halloween candy. We’re both huge fans of the chocolate/peanut butter combination so we tend to return to it frequently. Butterfingers and Reese’s are both at the top of my list of favorite candies. Since we’ve already done a Reese’s peanut butter cup inspired pizza, we turned instead to Butterfingers. We decided pretty quickly that we wanted to use Butterfingers, but figuring out what else to put on the pizza took a bit more time. Obviously chocolate and peanut butter would be involved somehow. But just putting chocolate, peanut butter and chopped up Butterfingers on would be a bit too similar to the Reese’s pizza. We had to get more creative.
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.
Full disclosure: any smoothie recipe posted that features bananas is one of Erik’s creations. I don’t like the flavor of bananas. The only banana thing I like is my mom’s banana bread because it doesn’t taste all that much like bananas. Anyway, back when Erik fought in martial arts shows, he devised his very own protein shake! All in all, it will net you between 40-50g of protein, and on top of that has lots of other great nutrients for you to enjoy in your sweaty, post-workout clothes! Besides that, this peanut butter shake can be made ‘just cuz’ if you’re in the mood for a nice yummy, peanut buttery treat, simply omit the raw eggs and wheat germ for something more dessert-like.