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
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.
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.
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.
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.
*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.
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