Some stories are too fantastical to seem true, but take it from us – this one’s legit. Recently we stumbled upon an interesting product known as clawed peanuts. As an authority on peanut products, these curious kernels had us scratching our heads. We had never heard of, or tasted a peanut with such a unique flavor. A subsequent search into the origins of this product revealed a fascinating story about a decades-old recipe, a professional organ grinder, and a white-faced Capuchin monkey named George. If only we could make this up.
In January, the National Peanut Board (NPB) was at the center of the latest flavor trends and hottest products in specialty food at the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. While more than 80,000 products were on display this year -- ranging from organic camel milk to aged pancetta to the latest in cold-brew coffee flavorings – peanuts and peanut butter held their own.
It used to be that powdered peanut butter and peanut flour were mainly used in commercial applications to enhance the flavor and nutrition of packaged bars, cereals and other foods. Recently, powdered peanut butter (or peanut butter powder) has exploded with consumer options from small niche brands to heavy hitters.
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