Thursday, November 5, 2015

Bissinger's - Peanut Butter and Maple Oat Crunch - Nov. 5, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Peanut Butter and Maple Oat Crunch bar
Weight: .375 oz. (10.6 g.) / 3 oz. (85 g.) in total bar
Calories: 60 calories in 1 square (1/8 of bar)
Cost: $4.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bristol Farms, San Francisco, CA

Welcome to Day #1 of Chocolate and Peanuts Theme Week.

Charles Schulz's famous cartoon strip "Peanuts" has been part of the "funny papers" for decades. One popular chocolate quote attributed to Charles Schulz: "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt," may not have come from Schulz,* but it's a sentiment many people share.

Hats off to "Peanuts" and to peanuts—the humble legume that pairs so nicely with chocolate. Beginning today, I'll be paying tribute to this chocolate and peanut butter, and peanuts in various combinations.

Today's Peanut Butter and Maple Oat Crunch bar from Bissinger's (St. Louis, MO) was an example of absolute truth in advertising. When I opened the inner wrapper, the intertwined scents of genuine maple sugar, oats, peanut butter, and chocolate, came gently wafting toward me.

The layered sweet flavors and textures were pleasant, and if you like peanut butter, crunchy sweet things, and (60% dark) chocolate, this attractively designed bar, emblazoned with a "B" on the one side of each square, would be a fun bar to try.

*This quote often appears on the Internet with a picture of Snoopy (the famous beagle in Peanuts comic strips). I called the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, CA, to check this quote. Apparently there was a Hallmark card with this quote, but it's unclear whether Schulz himself used this phrase, or whether a writer crafted this quote.

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