There’s a lot of things I miss here…including foods like:
- Reese’s peanut butter cups
- Skippy peanut butter
- Reese’s pieces
- Baskin Robbins Peanut Butter ‘n Chocolate ice cream (which I let go of in the late 2000’s)
See a theme developing?
Yes, well, the fact of the matter is that peanut butter and chocolate are two of the best combinations ever and they don’t exist here. You may remember that I found one single small jar of Skippy last year (for $10) and that I quickly learned how to make my own peanut butter cups (which made my gringo neighbors drool while my Tico friends all made a strange face and asked, “Peanut butter and chocolate? Together?”).
Then just recently I came across a vegan recipe (as long as you use coconut milk, not heavy cream) for Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ice Cream! And no ice cream maker is required! Next to the yellow lemons, this was like the best birthday present from the universe EVER!
Of course, it required “natural” peanut butter but all I could find at the store was Jif crunchy (no smooth option available). While not all natural, the crunchy bits give it that little bit of texture just like the peanut butter ribbons in the ice cream version. And really, I’m making vegan ice cream (I know John Robbins would be so proud)! How cool is that? So divinely and compassionately good. Best present a girl could ask for!
Maybe someday I’ll make my own peanut butter…but then finding peanuts here is just as difficult as finding every other type of food product that I want so for now, I’ll enjoy it with my Jif crunchy and hope that someday, I’ll walk into a store here and see bulk bins of all the goodies that I so miss. Oh what an exciting day that will be!
Click here for the recipe. Buen provecho!
Oh, and if you were wondering what I did with those lemons, I made them into deliciously raw vegan coconut lemon balls!