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What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?

Well, if your first thought was that familiar after-school snack your mom whipped up to tide you over until dinner, you’d be right.

Personally, I believe that peanut butter is probably one of the world’s most comforting foods — young or old, summer or winter, there’s never a bad time for PB&J.

But I can bet that those early years of Welch’s Grape Jelly and Skippy on white bread don’t come close to the inventive creations currently being whipped up on the PnutButterBar Truck.

First off, let me say that as a food blogger specializing in food trucks I’m always on the lookout for the new and unique. So when I spotted a truck that specialized in peanut butter and jelly I knew that it was something I had to investigate. When I first saw the truck, my immediate thought was: “What new tricks could you do with something so simple and basic?”

After one look at the menu — apparently a lot!

The Truck Itself:

At first sight, the truck — decorated in a funky/groovy beatnik motif — feels like a flashback to the 70′s. You feel like you should be watching Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids while you’re waiting for your meal. (Actually, that’s not a bad idea!)

Okay, Now Onto The Main Event: The Food

Thai Airway Wings Combo

If you’ve read any of my previous reviews then you know that I prefer to focus on menu items that are little different than the ‘regular’ fare a particular truck is known for — so I opted for the Thai Airways wings.

Close Up Thai Airway Wings

A play on traditional hot wings, these are anything but — an order comes with about half-dozen chicken drumettes and wings.

As to be expected with wings, these are prepared in a traditional manner by frying them until crisp and golden. Next they’re sauced with a (mildly spicy) sweet and sour chili glaze.

Of course that glaze comes with a twist — can you guess? If you said peanut butter then it means that you’re paying close attention. Like my favorite 70′s cartoon buddy Fat Albert would say — “Dy-no-mite!”

I’ll tell you, after one bite I officially proclaimed these as my new favorite wings of all time! Slightly sweet with a crunchy texture, the subtle hit of peanut butter rounded them out perfectly.

Obviously, you can’t visit a food truck that centers around peanut butter and jelly and not have a sandwich. But these guys don’t just do a traditional PB&J — oh no, no, no.

Check Out The “Hot Stuff” Menu:

In the mood for a burger and fries? Why not try a “Can Ya’ Dig It Burger” featuring Niman Ranch beef — a San Francisco-based ranch specializing in only high-quality natural beef. Your burger is cooked to order and served on a soft bun smeared with your choice of either jam or jelly and peanut butter sauce.

PnutButter Truck Menu

Or you could try “Walking The Pig”- an all beef hot dog topped with Applewood Smoked Bacon, peanut butter, sweet chili mustard and seasoned grilled onions (optional).

Now, if you’re not feeling particularly adventurous, you can always go for the Elvis-inspired “Thank You …Thank You Very Much”. It’s a signature sandwich comprised of bananas, bacon, peanut butter and honey.

If the above sounds like just too much for you and your cholesterol count, you can always opt for a traditional “Gotta’ Have A PBNJ” (the acronym for peanut butter and jelly). At the end of the day, how can you go wrong? Especially when you have your choice of either grape, strawberry, apricot, boysenberry, or blueberry jam or jelly.

Personally, I opted for the “Choconut On A Cloud” – a sandwich made of peanut butter, Nutella, and marshmallow cream. Again, one bite and I was hooked — I mean, next to jelly nothing goes better with peanut butter than Nutella.

Choconut On A Cloud made with Peanut Butter, Nutella & Marshmallow cream

I’m warning you now, this is ooey, gooey, decadence on a whole other level. So you may want to save this one for the times when you’re in the mood for a sweet indulgence.

Other Options To Indulge Your Sweet Tooth:

Try the “Choconut Monkey” – the same sandwich as the “Choconut On A Cloud”, but with bananas instead of marshmallow cream. Or you can opt for the “Choconut” – peanut butter and Nutella.

If none of those tempt you, you can’t go wrong with the signature dessert — “Pnut Butter Puffs”. Visualize a traditional Beignet (a New Orleans-style donut) filled with your choice of either peanut butter and jam — or peanut butter and Nutella — cooked inside the pastry. Finally, the treat is drizzled with Hershey’s chocolate sauce, topped with whipped cream, and dusted with powdered sugar.

Final Notes:

On the day I visited they were offering a $10 dollar lunch combination that consisted of your choice of one sandwich from the menu, french fries and a drink.

*Keep in mind they refer to their fries as “Far Out Fries”. They come, I believe, with a dipping sauce (I didn’t get one so I’m not sure what the options are).

In conclusion, the PnutButter Bar is a fun experience whether you’re a kid or an adult. Offering great food, friendly service, and a sweet flashback to a less complicated time when we took delight in the “simple things”.

With the world as it is currently, I totally appreciate that.

Visit the website at:
http://pnutbutterbar.com

When you go there make sure to check out their series of Youtube Videos!

Or follow them on Twitter at:
http://twitter.com/pnutbutterbar

Rating: Overall Stitch gives the PnutButterBar Food Truck his highest rating 5 Plates!

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About the Author

Rodney Washington is a Creative Marketing Strategist who helps creative service professionals gain attention and increase sales. His goal in life: to end the famine that plagues starving artists across the country. Rodney is a contributing writer to art and lifestyle blogs and has written two books.

  • Jennifer

    I have visited the Pnutbutter truck and fell in love!!! I tried the Thai Airways Wings and they were delicious. You can taste the hint of peanut butter. Who would have thought peanut butter and wings right? SCRUMPTIOUS. Tried the walking dog and I have to admit I am not a fan of bacon but this time I ate it. It all paired well together. I had to try the peanut butter puffs, they were Nirvana. I tried them with nutella, they were soft and creamy and the whip cream, power and chocolate syrup just added to their perfection. I can’t wait to visit again and try the other things on the menu. I highly recommended. Groovy!

    • http://www.stitchesndishes.com Rodney

      Thanks Jennifer, yes the peanut butter puffs are high on my list. I’ll have to do those on a day when I just want dessert.

      Thank you so much for your comment!

  • kim

    I have to say this is honestly the best food truck on the planet. Yes… I said it. PLANET! Everything is so fresh, clean (I caught a glimpse of the inside of the truck and it was spotless) fluffy and is seasoned to perfection. This made me a peanut butter foodie. The Pnut butter Puffs should be illegal… they’re that good. Love the decor of the truck too… A++++++++

  • Shirley Franklin

    PB&J is one of those things that conjures up so many memories at first glance…or smell. Stepping outside the box and tasting new treats is something I always look forward to, and had never contemplated with PB&J until this article. I will definitely seek out this truck!

    • http://www.stitchesndishes.com chris

      You’re not going to regret it, Shirley! This truck is a taste of nostalgia coated with memories of running through the sprinkler on a Summer afternoon, then eating PB&J on the front porch while the sun and breeze dried us off. It’ll take you back! Enjoy

  • http://angiesorganics.com Angie

    I LOVE Pnut Butter Bar Gourmet Truck…the food is sooooooo good. I follow this truck every chance I get.

    Thank you!

    • http://www.stitchesndishes.com chris

      What’s your favorite item on the menu, Angie? This one’s definitely on our list to revisit.

  • Nellie

    I absolutely would love to try the Choconut On A Cloud. And yes thinking of PB & J automatically makes me think of that all time favorite snack I had as a child that I now feed to my kids LOL Where do you find these trucks?

    • http://www.stitchesndishes.com chris

      The words, “Choconut on a Cloud” make my mouth water, Nellie. Now I feel like I need one of those late night snack runs to 7-11. Finding unique and amazing trucks to write about is just one of our favorite things. ;-) Thanks for commenting.

  • Christine

    I am about to read up on where these trucks operate. I live in Baltimore and travel a lot for work, so I should have a good shot. Definitely going to try to catch up with them. Plain old PBNJ is always a good option (strawberry jelly) but it’s never complete without a glass of milk!

    • http://www.stitchesndishes.com chris

      Strawberry preserves or Grape jam for me all the way! Oregon’s a mecca for food trucks; you won’t have a problem finding one in Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun reviewed 11 food trucks in Baltimore in August – some yummy looking options out there! http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/bthesite/bal-b-rating-baltimores-food-trucks-20110823,0,2341866.photogallery

      We were in Malaysia last month – you should see the trucks there. They’re a far cry from what we see here. Interesting, all the same! Write us back when you sample some of those gourmets on wheels. We’d love to hear about your tasting adventures :-)

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