you think PB&J is disgusting. It's not as if I can't buy it in the store here. In fact, Dutch people really like peanut butter, but they only seem to like this kind:
I love that the word for peanut butter in Dutch literally translates to peanut cheese, pinda (peanut) + kaas (cheese)= peanut butter. Calvé is made by Unilever, that giant corporation of the Netherlands, and as far as really processed peanut butter goes, it's not so bad, but it just didn't taste, well, peanut-y enough. I'm not against eating processed food, because, well, have you seen some of the sweets I like to bake and eat? I'm also constantly disappointed that Reese's Pieces aren't for sale in the Netherlands, as the combination of chocolate and peanut butter isn't popular here. I guarantee there's probably only about 0.05% actual peanut product in that candy, but I could eat an entire pound bag of them. Notice how I said I could as if I had not actually done it on several occasions. When it comes to peanut butter, though, the peanutier the better. We started buying the 100% natural stuff at the organic food store, but I hated forking over so much money for ground peanuts. (Trader Joe's, I miss you and your sensible prices for things like this.) Enter my Sunday morning where I apparently had nothing better to do, except for work on a dissertation chapter, but this was much more entertaining:
After 15 minutes of roasting and 10 minutes of grinding in the good ol' Cuisinart, my experiment was complete, and there can once again be delicious peanut butter in the house.