Between the giant tub of Crunchy Skippy that I gleefully bought at Costco and the delicious Pic's Peanut Butter that I've tried at work (our cafe at Brasserie Bread stocks it and it's Amazing with a capital A), my undying love for a good peanuty spread has reached new extremes.
Pic's Peanut Butter made with only peanuts and salt
Peanut butter on buttered toast; peanut butter by the spoonful; peanut butter on Corn Thins; the list of how I enjoy peanut butter is endless. It's something to do with the savoury aspect of it that makes sweet desserts so delectable. I'm the queen of peanut butter, so desserts containing a peanut paste in some shape or form are one of my favourite things in the world. And from this infatuation sprung the idea to find the best peanut butter dishes in Sydney.
Gelato Messina Darlinghurst Store: 241 Victoria St, Darlinghurst The Star Store: Cafe Court, Level G, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont
Gelato Messina has an epic peanut butter gelato cake called The Block. But more importantly, Gelato Messina has extensively experimented with peanut butter gelato flavours that make it onto the specials board. First there was Little Bloke, which combined peanut butter gelato and deliciously crunchy Nutella and malt-o milk biscuits. Then there was Salty Nuts, a concoction of peanut butter gelato laced with salted caramel, creating a gooey, creamy and so utterly delicious gelato experience.
There was also the Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich gelato, a medley of peanut butter gelato with vanilla soaked brioche and raspberry jam. But then arrived the mother of all peanut butter gelato flavours, the Mr Potato Head. It's the most inventive and most amazing Gelato Messina flavour I've ever (yes, EVER) tried. Potato chips are dipped in white chocolate and then mixed through trusty peanut butter gelato. Combining salty and impossibly crunchy potato chips with the sweet creaminess of white chocolate is absolutely ingenious.
Now if you'd rather enjoy peanut butter in a beverage, then I definitely recommend the amazing peanut butter milkshake at Jazz City Diner. It's a bit steep for $10 but oh-so-worth-it. Very thick in texture (which is just how I like it) and with and intense peanut butter flavour, the shake is topped off with irresistible whipped cream. I will, however, advise against drinking the entire shake before even touching dinner. I made the mistake of slurping down the whole shake in minutes and then was incapable of even getting through half of my (very delicious) burger.
Sugar Fix Sydney CBD: 182 Pitt St Alexandria Factory Outlet: 100 Botany Rd, Alexandria
Of course you can always count on Sugar Fix if you're looking for peanut butter chocolate bars. Stocking numerous American candy and chocolate, this is the perfect place to stock up on a plethora of peanut butter chocolate. You can take your pick from the Reese's range: from Peanut Butter cups to Reese's Pieces or Reese's Sticks. And off course you'll also be able to get Peanut Butter M&Ms, which are probably my favourite item to buy at Sugar Fix.
The Dip's Peanut Butter n Jelly Sandwich ($10) is a dessert made with peanut butter ice cream with toasted brioche and strawberry jam. The peanut butter ice cream is uber creamy and goes down a treat with the toasted, almost charred, brioche. There's also a shard of crunchy praline, which I adore. All I can say is that we felt a pang of sadness after demolishing this wonderful dessert, a kind of sadness that can only be healed with bucket-loads of Peanut Butter n Jelly Sandwiches.
The Snickers Pie at The Pie Tin is, simply put, a slice of heaven. A creamy layer of peanut butter and caramel mousse sits on top of a scrumptious chocolate biscuit base. Of course there are chunks of Snickers pieces on top as well. It's also served with a generous dollop of whipped cream. Yum.
Citisuper: 580 George St Shop LG 09, Lower Ground Level
At Town Hall Asian grocer Citisuper, there's an adjoining Asian creperie, which makes hot, crispy crepes for only $3.60. And for an extra 2 bucks you can get a scoop of ice cream on it, too. I tried the peanut paste crepe with peanut butter ice cream (from Serendipity). This dessert is such good value, and needless to say it tastes delicious. I actually couldn't finish the entire crepe on my own. And I think next time I'd like to experiment - maybe I'll replace the peanut paste with Nutella for a bit of a chocolate hit.
Darlinghurst Store: Shop 2 / 304-310 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
Newtown Store: 280 King St, Newtown
The Wowcow Peanut Butter Moothie doesn't come across as peanut buttery as the Jazz City Diner milkshake, and of course not as thick because it's made with frozen yoghurt after all. The smoothie still has lovely flavour though, and it's of course a healthier alternative. If you'd like to find out more about Wowcow, read my Best Desserts in Sydney article.
Something you may find in Asian grocery stores is the Double Delight Oreos (they're made in Indonesia), which wedge together the two chocolate biscuits with peanut butter and chocolate creme. I could eat a whole pack of this in one sitting. Maybe with a glass of milk to wash it all down.
Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops Chatswood, Manly and Broadway.
Ben & Jerry's Clusterfluff - taken from Facebook page
Another awesome peanut butter find is Ben & Jerry's Clusterfluff, a delightful amalgamation of peanut butter ice cream with caramel cluster pieces, marshmallow swirls & peanut buttery swirls.
Lindt Cafes & Stores Martin Place, Cockle Bay Wharf, George Street and Miranda
I know I've already mentioned peanut butter chocolates earlier in this article, but I think Lindt Peanut Butter Lindor deserves its own section. Divinely smooth and soft in the centre, this little ball of deliciousness is something I only found out about recently. I can't believe I've lived almost 30 years not knowing about these.
And there you have it. My list of favourite peanut butter desserts in Sydney is always growing, so please leave a comment if you have any peanut buttery suggestions or recommendations.
Once upon a time there was a restaurant on Crown St, Darlinghurst called Yippee Yi YO. They had the best ever peanut butter heaven and hell cake - a PB cheesecake - that was to die for. if anyone finds it let me know!!!!
You have to try the Hershey Bomb at Blue Plate Grill (24 young st, Neutral bay). It's called Hershey Bomb but tastes more like Reeces pieces. You'll love it. Choc mud cake encased in a peanut butter meringue, topped with a peanut praline, Hershey's choc sauce, and peanut butter custard. It's pricey at $18 but it's big and rich enough to share between 2 (that's if you WANT to share :)). (Goes great after their yummy buffalo wings!) Enjoy!