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It sounded easy enough.
And the result was passable. But who wants passable? I wanted Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups in a jar! I wanted over-the-top indulgence! I wanted heavenly breakfasts! And frugal, too!

Any ideas what I need to do differently?

Here are the ingredients. I just used the oil from the organic peanut butter. I suspect the peanuts were too old (I’ve had them in a sealed bag for a couple years. That’s too old, right?)

The next thing that went wrong was that my food processor kept overheating. I was supposed to liquify the peanuts. This took 5 minutes of steady blending (or whatever it’s called). Is it possible I burned the peanuts as they were liquifying?

I ended up getting a jar of the stuff. It looks nice, for whatever that’s worth.

And the next morning on my eggos it sufficed, but only sufficed. As you can see, it’s kind of grainy. Not silky smooth like I was hoping for.

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11 Comments

  1. Isn’t nutella’s based on hazel nuts? (Yep: http://www.nutella.ca/english/nutrients)

    If this do-it-yourself project is about frugality (as opposed to, say, personal pride), I’d try to replace a commercial product that represents a bigger portion of your monthly budget than Nutella does. 🙂
    Jan Karlsbjerg´s last [type] ..Vancouver Blogger Meetup January 2011 Recap

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    nancy (aka moneycoach) Reply:

    bwahahahah! Jan, some days I’m not sure if I love you or hate you! (kidding of course. but touche)

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    Jan Karlsbjerg Reply:

    Keep adding sugar and oil until it’s good.
    Jan Karlsbjerg´s last [type] ..Vancouver Blogger Meetup January 2011 Recap

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    Feb 18, 2011
  2. Rahel Bailie

    First off, Nutella uses no peanuts. It’s hazelnuts and chocolate and sugar and oil. (http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/chocolate-hazelnut-spread/Detail.aspx)
    Second, use a Bamix to mix it, because it’s got a much stronger motor. And blend it for a while to ensure it’s smooth.
    Good luck with your next batch.

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    nancy (aka moneycoach) Reply:

    Yeah, I know it’s usually Hazelnuts. The recipe called for peanuts, I think (like me) trying to get the Reese’s PB Cups effect. But no luck 🙁

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    Feb 18, 2011
  3. Ah – I have had similar experiences, but it usually involves a sewing machine, followed by a trip to the store to purchase the item I attempted to make.

    I suggest you buy a big jar of Nutella (not the fake, PC brand, but the real thing), light some candles, grab a spoon and just eat it right out of the jar. That way, you will either (a) feel better about the whole experience because you have indulged yourself; or (b) be so sick of Nutella that you will never want to eat it, in any form, again! 🙂

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    nancy (aka moneycoach) Reply:

    🙂 Now *that’s* the answer I was waiting to hear! Bless you, Karan!

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    Feb 19, 2011
  4. On the bright side your failed recipe was still edible. As for why it failed? Probably a combination of factors … but for all your hard work you certainly deserve a nice shiny jar of the real stuff.
    Mama Kelly aka Jia´s last [type] ..Vegan Recipe Fail – Chocolate Pudding Made With Avocado

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    Feb 19, 2011
  5. et

    Life is too short to waste calories on failed food.
    Maybe feed it to the birds while it’s still winter & they can use it?

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    Feb 19, 2011
  6. Natalie

    Hi Nancy!

    I was perusing some foodie blogs and came across this recipe. Thought it may be of interest?!

    http://smittenkitchen.com/2011/01/chocolate-peanut-spread-peanutella/

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    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    yes! I was trying to do exactly that recipe! But clearly I don’t have smitten kitchen’s capabilities. *love* her blog though. It totally inspires me.

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    Mar 15, 2011

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