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PRODUCT: Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

Given how many people enjoy PB, there’s a paucity of peanut butter ice cream out there.

We could make it, of course. But for instant gratification, we buy Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cups: peanut butter ice cream in a chocolate cup.

Or, to be accurate, it’s milk chocolate flavored coating,* made with vegetable oil instead of cocoa butter, so the coating will adhere better to the ice cream. Some “coatings” don’t taste like real chocolate. This one is so good, we didn’t notice the difference.

Most PB ice creams have a lighter PB flavor. The peanut butter flavor in Reese’s† ice cream is intense and satisfying, a replication of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

Look for the bright orange box in your grocer’s ice cream freezer.

The product is certified kosher (dairy) by KOF-K.

Ways To Enjoy Peanut Butter Ice Cream
If you can find a quart of peanut butter ice cream—or want to make your own—here are some of our favorite serving suggestions:

  • Under a layer of hot fudge, topped with sliced bananas and/or honey-roasted peanuts or candied peanuts
  • Topped with shaved chocolate for a more elegant dessert (top with a bit of crème fraîche for a tart counterpoint)
  • Rimmed with drops of grape jelly
  • With peanut butter cookies, brownies or cake

    Intense peanut butter ice cream in a chocolate cup. Photo courtesy Reese’s.

  • In a peanut butter ice cream pie (make or buy a chocolate cookie crust, fill the crust with ice cream and garnish with chopped honey roasted or candied peanuts and the chocolate of your choice—shaved, chocolate sauce, etc.)
  • In a peanut butter banana milkshake or smoothie
    Love to create complex desserts? Try this cutting edge peanut butter cake and ice cream recipe—an award winner.

    *To be called “chocolate,” the product must be made with cocoa butter. When the less expensive vegetable oil is substituted for cocoa butter—whether to save money or to make the product function better, as in the case of chocolate-coated ice cream bars—the product must be referred to as a coating, and as chocolate-flavored instead of “chocolate.”

    †Reese’s candy is made by Hershey. The ice cream is made by license to Unilever.


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