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FOOD FUN: Breyers Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

This may be old news to you. But until recently, we’d never seen chocolate peanut butter ice cream in our supermarket.

One reason is that in our Manhattan neighborhood, the supermarkets are very small and have far less variety.

In fact, our favorite “bonus” thing to do when we visit people out-of-town is to go up and down the aisles of their supermarkets. Ah, the discoveries!

Last month, we were perusing our grocer’s ice cream case and Breyers Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream was staring us through the glass door.

A fan of PB cups, we couldn’t resist. We took it home and pounced. And when we had our first bite, it was love.

The chocolate ice cream is thoroughly swirled through with peanut butter, the two flavors distinct and seductive.

We then went exploring and found Haagen-Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream in another store.

OMG, we thought: Eating these is like eating frozen peanut butter cups. Why has it taken us so long to discover them? Duh!

A comparison:

  • Both were delicious. Häagen-Dazs is, de facto, richer and creamier (it has a much higher butterfat content).
  • In fact, we got more peanut butter flavor from Breyers: a thicker swirl. Also, the higher in butterfat, the less intense the flavors (you trade intensity for richness).
  • Here’s our deciding factor: Häagen-Dazs is 330 calories per 3.5-ounce serving; 94 calories per ounce. Breyers is 240 calories per 5.3 ounces; 45 calories per ounce—half the calories!
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    Both brands are certified kosher: Breyers by Kof-K, Häagen-Dazs by OU.

  • Breyers Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
  • Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
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    CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER ICE CREAM

    And now, we’re on the hunt for more chocolate peanut butter ice cream brands!

    We found quite online: Archer Farms, Baskin Robbins, Dreyer’s, Hood, McConnell’s, Stone Ridge, Talenti, Tillamook and Turkey Hill, among others. Some are national; others are regional.

    Some, like Ben & Jerry’s, add inclusions like chocolate cookie swirls and/or cookie dough.

    We have a friend who’s a peanut butter cup addict. She eats them daily: “straight,” frozen, even melted into a sauce for ice cream.

    Somehow, she hadn’t discovered chocolate peanut butter ice cream. But now she has!
     
     
    FROZEN PEANUT BUTTER CUPS

    If you’re not familiar with this twist on the popular candy cups, even Reese’s has promoted freezing them in the summer.

    They’ve also teamed up with Good Humor to sell a frozen peanut butter cup ice cream novelty.

    Why have melt-in-your-hands chocolate when you can have a frozen treat?

    There are numerous recipes for homemade frozen peanut butter cups online, including this recipe from Tyler Florence.
     
     
    TO FREEZE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS

    Why not freeze your own PB cups? We do it year-round with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures, for a quick sweet treat.

  • Store them in airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags. Properly stored in a home freezer, they’ll maintain their best quality for about 12 months.
  • Even if the peak flavor begins to decline, they’re perfectly safe to eat.
  • But who’s going to keep them, uneaten, for 12 months?
     
     
    > The History Of Chocolate

    > The History Of Peanut Butter

     


    [1] Why has it taken us so long to discover chocolate peanut butter ice cream (photos #1 and #3 © Häagen-Dazs).


    [2] Truth to tell, we ate both flavors from the container (photo © Ice Cream Source).


    [3] Breyers’ comes in a 1.5-quart container (photo © Breyers).


    [4] For portion control, you’d think a “pint”—actually 14 ounces—would be better. But Häagen-Dazs is 330 calories per 3.5-ounce serving. Breyers is 240 calories per 5.3 ounces.

     

      




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