Monday, February 25, 2019

Review: Leslie's Peanut Patties

A month ago, I was sitting at home and received a text from my sister telling me that she was in Texas and eating a candy that she figured that I wouldn’t like and would I want her to bring me home one. We long ago have established the kind of honesty about the quality of food where one of us bites the restaurant bread from the basket placed on the table and lets the other one know with brutal honesty if the carbs are “worth it”. Not doubting her assessment, but facing the reality that I wasn’t likely going to find myself in Texas in the immediate future, I asked her to bring me back the confectionary anyway.

As it turns out, the offer was for Leslie’s Peanut Pattie. The ingredients list, listed in order of volume is sugar, corn syrup, peanuts, red food coloring and artificial flavor. This candy was really a sight to behold with its vibrant red color and general heft, which could only be the corn syrup.

This candy amazed me to look at and handle, in the way abstract art might strike somebody. I love candy and eat candy all of the time, but I have never ever seen anything even kind of like this.

To be fair, peanuts are generally a real miss for me. While I love peanut butter, I pay extra in all of my snack nut mixes to skip the peanuts. Also, I generally avoid food dye when it’s blaringly obvious, with the exception of anything M&M’s or Reese’s Pieces, so I was excited to have an excuse to get out of my uptight nutritional box.

Boy was this different than my expectations. I thought that this would be extremely sweet and then cut by the presence of the salty peanuts but boy was I wrong. For me, the confectionary where peanuts were not present reminded me more of the taste of wax lips. The texture was crumbly as dried sugar would be, but in the absence of the peanuts being evenly dispersed it was really something different. The peanuts were not salty so they added more in texture than in additional flavor.

Their website says that they have been making these since 1949, so I suspect that there are people out there who truly enjoy this combination. While this candy was fun to try, I have to say that once again, my sister was right. I’m not sure what I expected sugar + food dye + peanuts to taste like, but now I am happy to know. Thank you, Sis!

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