The UK does have some excellent chocolate varieties available but there are two things notably missing in the UK market, chocolate & peanut butter and chocolate & coffee. Although we have seen examples of both in the shops upon occasion, neither seems to have caught on and most bars seem to be discontinued. As examples of bars I miss are Lindt Coffee Intense and Kit Kat Peanut Butter both have disappeared from our shelves leaving gaping holes in the market.
America seems to have different taste buds and chocolate & peanut butter is far more popular there. Luckily for me I have a contact, and the wonderful Jess from Foodette Reviews feeds my choc & peanut butter craving. This winter Jess sent a Christmas parcel, and amongst the Reese’s Christmas trees and other goodies sat this box of Peanut Butter Oreos. Oh my word. I ripped into the wrapper to sample the treasures within. The biscuits have the usual super dark (but sweet) rich cocoa flavour that I like so much, and as I bit in the biscuit broke releasing the soft peanut butter. The salty nutty taste spilled onto my taste buds and combined with the chocolate biscuit making the most amazing flavour concoction. Chocolate and peanut butter were made for each other! I loved the way the taste varied with every mouthful, sometimes salty, sometimes nutty and sometimes sweet, it is a clever mix and an amazing taste experience. I tried not to eat too many, but found myself reaching for one after another trying to savour each one and not scoff!
Peanut Butter Oreos are just about my favourite biscuit ever, I can’t believe they aren’t available in the UK. I also find it quite bizarre that import shops don’t stock these, but the import shops have always got it wrong with Oreos. They tend to sell regular Oreos or chocolate Oreos the only two flavours ALREADY available in any UK supermarket, what’s that about? I’m sure these readily available Oreos don’t sell too well at the import shops making them think that it isn’t worth stocking imported Oreos at all, and thus missing out all the other varieties… including these yummy peanut butter ones! I have seen mint, fudge, strawberry and a multitude of other flavours on American sites, but not in the UK.
After my binge I carefully packed the remaining Oreos into an air tight Tupperware box, so that I could keep them fresh and ration myself with the remaining elixir of biscuits. I can’t emphasise enough how much I hope 2012 is the year that the UK comes to its senses and sees peanut butter becoming the new caramel!