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Handsome Carver's Chocolate & Coffee Frollini

Handsome Carver’s Chocolate and Coffee Frollini

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INGREDIENTS

½ cup dark chocolate
¼ jar of Handsome Carver’s Chocolate and Coffee Peanut Spread
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp baking powder
Powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS

Pre-heat oven to 320°F.

Place chocolate in a double boiler and heat until melted, then add the Chocolate and Coffee Peanut Spread and blend until hot and smooth. While stirring continuously, aAdd the sugar, beaten egg and vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Gently fold the dry mixture into the chocolate mixture. The mixture will be a dough like.

Allow the dough to cool sufficiently for handling. Shape the dough into 3” balls; roll in powdered sugar and place the balls on a cookie sheet or shallow oven tray about 3” apart. Bake for 20 minutes.

Recipe courtesy of Giulia StorchiHandsome Carver's Chocolate & Coffee Peanut Spread OrganicThe Coffee & Chocolate magic

 

Handsome Carver's Chocolate & Coffee Peanut Spread Truffles

Handsome Carver’s Chocolate & Coffee Truffle Balls

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INGREDIENTS

6 graham crackers (unflavored)
3 tbsp granulated sugar
⅓ stick butter
4 oz dark chocolate
5 tbsp Handsome Carver’s Chocolate & Coffee Peanut Spread
½ cup warm milk
Powdered cocoa

DIRECTIONS

Crumble the graham crackers to a fine consistency then add the sugar and mix evenly. Set aside.

Place butter and dark chocolate in a double boiler and heat until melted, then add the Handsome Carver Chocolate & Coffee Peanut Spread and blend until hot and smooth.

Add the dry graham cracker mix to the chocolate mixture then slowly pour in the warm milk. The mixture will be a thick dough.

Place the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to cool down.

Remove from refrigerator, and shape dough into 1.5” diameter truffle balls. Rolls the truffle balls in the cocoa powder.

Place the truffle balls on a serving dish and chill in refrigerator until ready to serve; serve cold.

Recipe courtesy of Emma Bakes Off Handsome Carver's Chocolate & Coffee Peanut Spread Organic

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Spring Rolls with Handsome Carver's Dipping Sauce

Spring Rolls with Handsome Carver’s Chipotle Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce

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Makes 8 rolls / 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

The Rolls

2 oz bean thread noodles (or cellophane noodles)
Juice of 1 lime
1 block tofu, pressed and sliced into about 16 strips. Raw or cooked to your preference (fried, grilled, pan-seared, etc.)
1 carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks
1 cucumber, peeled and cut into matchsticks
1 jalapeno pepper (or pepper of choice), slivered
cup rice vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
1 pinch salt
8 rice paper wrappers
Sprigs of fresh herbs: mint, cilantro, and/or basil leaves
1 large handful fresh crisp greens
1 large handful sprouts or shoots

The Dipping Sauce

cup Handsome Carver’s Chipotle Peanut Butter
1 tbsp tamari (a gluten-free soy sauce substitute)
1 tbsp sambal chili paste (or more/less to taste)
1 tbsp maple syrup
Lime juice to taste (or 1 tbsp reserved vinegar mix from above)
Water, as needed to thin out a bit

DIRECTIONS

  1. Soak bean thread noodles in hot water for 10 minutes until softened, then drain and rinse under cold water, drain again, and place in bowl and toss with juice of 1 lime.
  2. Combine the carrots, cucumber, and pepper in a large bowl and add the vinegar, sugar, and salt. Let rest for 5-10 minutes then drain the veggies, reserving some of the vinegar mix if you want to use it in the dipping sauce.
  3. Whisk or blend all sauce ingredients.  If needed, thin with some water for desired consistency.

ASSEMBLING

General note: Work one roll at a time, start-to-finish.  If you have the work space, you may find it helpful to divide up the filling into 8 little piles before you start assembling, but if not, eyeballing it is fine – spring rolls can be an imperfect creation.

 1. Fill a shallow pan or curved plate with very-warm water (not hot enough to burn yourself though), soak a rice paper wrapper for 30 seconds until soft, remove the wrapper out gently and let the excess water drip off, then lay flat on a clean work surface such as a cutting board.

2. Arrange several sprigs of the fresh herbs in a line about 1/3 from the bottom of the wrapper.  If you are interested in a pretty presentation keep in mind that the sprigs will be visible through the translucent rice wrapper when all finished, so you could place them intentionally to create visual interest in the roll.

3. Assemble the remaining ingredients in a small pile on top of the herbs: 1/8 of the crispy greens, 2 pieces of tofu, 1/8 of the sprouts, 1/8 of the veggie mixture, and 1/8 of the bean thread noodles.

4. Roll from the bottom up, folding in the sides as you roll.

5. Repeat until all 8 rolls are assembled. Place on a serving dish either whole or sliced in half, alongside the PB dipping sauce.

Recipe courtesy of Capri Organic Chipotle Peanut Butter

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Handsome Carver's Vegan Garbanzo Beans Balls

Handsome Carver’s Vegetarian Garbanzo Beans Balls

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INGREDIENTS

8 oz canned garbanzo beans
2 tbsp Handsome Carver’s Chipotle Peanut Butter
Salt to taste
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp all purpose flour
3 tbsp water
2 tsp olive oil

DIRECTIONS

Mix all ingredients together with mixer of choice. Using two spoons, shape the batter into small balls, and leave them to rest in the fridge for 30 min. Heat up the olive oil in a frying pan, and lightly fry the garbanzo beans balls until golden brown.

Serve warm.

Recipe courtesy of Emma Bakes OffOrganic Chipotle Peanut Butter

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Handsome Carver's Gluten Free Vegetarian Chipotle Peanut Butter Frittata Muffins

Handsome Carver’s Chipotle Peanut Butter Frittata Muffins

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Easy and gluten-free savory individual muffins

INGREDIENTS

Butter
3 carrots
2 celery stalks
1 red bell pepper
½ onion
4 eggs
1 ½ cups grated parmesan cheese
1 cup cream
1/2 jar Handsome Carver’s Chipotle Peanut Butter
Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly butter a 12-cup muffin pan or line muffin cups with liner papers.  Finely chop all vegetables and combine into a large bowl.  Spoon 1 tablespoon of the vegetable mix to each muffin cup.

Beat the 4 eggs in a bowl then add the grated parmesan cheese, cream and peanut butter and mix well.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Pour the mixture over the vegetables, not quite to the top of the muffin cup rims (about 1/8 inch below the top).

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until souffles are golden brown.  Serve warm.

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Handsome Carver – The Lost Founding Father

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Handsome Carver is best known for his peanut butter, and though his reputation as history’s greatest peanut butter producer is well deserved, his contributions to the birth of our country have been forgotten over time.  Because of this forgotten legacy, historians often refer to Handsome Carver as the Lost Founding Father.

Handsome Carver was well known as a vocal opponent to the British Peanut Butter Tax in the years leading up to the Revolution, but became a national hero in 1778 when he trekked across the Pennsylvania wilderness during winter to provide George Washington and his troops with much needed sustenance at Valley Forge.

After the war ended, Handsome Carver briefly considered running for election as the first American President, but when it became clear that he would run unopposed as no one was willing to challenge him, he decided it would be healthier for the young nation to hold elections rather than crown a king.  He convinced his friend George Washington to run instead and our democracy was born.

Handsome Carver left a great impact on Ben Franklin as well.  While the two friends were sitting down for breakfast one day, Handsome Carver noticed Ben Franklin repeatedly taking off his glasses to eat his peanut butter and putting them back on to see across the table.  When Handsome Carver suggested the concept of bifocals, Franklin was overjoyed with the idea of how much faster he’d be able to eat his peanut butter.  Recognizing Handsome Carver’s genius, Franklin would often shadow him, recording his many thoughts and sayings, which would later become the basis for Poor Richard’s Almanac.  Consistent with his desire to remove himself from the limelight however, Handsome Carver suggested that Franklin remove all references to peanut butter so that the public would not suspect him of being the book’s author.

Handsome Carver’s legacy as a Founding Father was further concealed when the British burned the White House in 1814.  Of all the portraits hanging in the White House, only Handsome Carver’s was destroyed.  Historians suspect that it had become a tradition for new Presidents to coat the frame of Handsome Carver’s portrait with peanut butter, and it was this peanut butter that melted into the portrait with the heat of the flames, destroying it before it could be salvaged by Dolly Madison.

He declined to sit for a new portrait after calculating how much peanut butter he could have produced while sitting for his first portrait.  The results horrified him, so he decided to paint his own self portrait instead.

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Handsome Carver and March Madness

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March Madness is in full swing and Handsome Carver is well on his way to another perfect bracket (#15 Middle Tennessee State over #2 Michigan State was the first outcome he filled in this year).

It was Handsome Carver himself who in 1938 helped create our national obsession with the College Basketball Tournament and our brackets.  At that point in history, the NCAA was the governing body of collegiate basketball, but did not award National Championships.  In protest, Handsome Carver created his own championship tournament matching the top 8 teams and awarding the winning team a lifetime supply of his peanut butter.  To this day, the surviving members of the 1938 Stanford basketball team eat an average of two jars per week. The following year, the NCAA stole Handsome Carver’s idea and created their own championship tournament.

Handsome Carver and the NCAA had a falling out in the 1960’s when it was determined that the value of the peanut butter Handsome Carver provided to all athletes participating in the tournament was high enough to be considered payment, and thus illegal for the student-athletes to accept.

Since then, because of Handsome Carver’s uncanny abilities in picking winners, the NCAA has banned Handsome Carver from releasing his bracket until the tournament has concluded over worries that it would negatively affect TV ratings if the outcomes of the games are already known to the public.  In 2007, Handsome Carver revealed he chooses his winners based on the teams’ consumption of his peanut butter (though only Handsome Carver himself has access to those figures).

Despite the past tensions between himself and the NCAA Handsome Carver still looks forward to March every year, this year being no exception.  He will be watching intently despite knowing already that (redacted) will defeat (redacted) in the championship game on April 4th by a thrilling final score of (redacted) to (redacted).

 

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Handsome Carver in his playing days

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Handsome Carver and Albert Einstein

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Today, in honor of one of his closest friends and best customers’ birthday, Handsome Carver is saluting Albert Einstein, who was born on this day in 1879.

Though Einstein credited Handsome Carver’s peanut butter with providing him the energy and mental stimulation needed for many of his scientific breakthroughs, he also blamed Handsome Carver for one of the only mathematical mistakes he ever made in his career.  As other notable figures can attest, peanut butter as good as Handsome Carver’s often leads to distraction and lack of focus.

For the first several years of the 20th century, Einstein worked tirelessly on his theory of mass-energy equivalence.  Since Einstein would often be so absorbed in his calculations, eating was not always front and center in his mind.  Handsome Carver supplied him with an unlimited supply of peanut butter in the hopes of fueling the great scientist and assisting in his revolutionary work.

Finally, in 1905 his work was completed and ready to be reviewed by the scientific community.  The embarrassing blunder occurred when he submitted his paper and included the formula E=PB.  His fellow scientists had no issue in his assertion of the quality of Handsome Carver’s peanut butter, but failed to see how it related to theoretical physics.  Einstein corrected the error, and it remains one of the single blights on his otherwise illustrious career.

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Einstein realizes his mistake

 

 

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Handsome Carver’s Secret History with The Golden Gate Bridge

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The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the United States, and the symbol of San Francisco.  Yet few know of the Golden Gate’s troubled history, and how, if not for Handsome Carver working from behind the scenes, construction may have been canceled in its planning stages.

From the outset, bitter battles were fought over the proposed bridge’s construction, design and location.  Engineers fought citizens, citizens fought politicians, and politicians fought fellow politicians.  Hospitals in San Francisco began to fill up due to the increasing violence.  Eventually, in 1932, Governor James Rolph called for a summit, a last ditch effort to save the idea of the bridge.

Because Handsome Carver’s Peanut Butter was the single common ground each faction could agree upon, Handsome Carver himself was invited to the summit.  With everyone calmed by his delicious peanut butter, cooler heads prevailed.  Compromises were reached and plans were agreed upon.  Only one decision remained: the bridge’s color.  More violence broke out as an acceptable color could not be found.  Finally, an Urban Planner grabbed a jar of Handsome Carver’s Chipotle Peanut Butter and smashed it over the head of a State Senator during a heated argument.  The crowd was silent as they watched the beautiful reddish-orange peanut butter drip from his head, then erupted in cheers.  The Chipotle Peanut Butter color was chosen and history was made.

To this day, in celebration of his role in the bridge’s construction, Handsome Carver measures his sales based on how much of his peanut butter would cover the Golden Gate Bridge.  Though it is not generally accepted accounting principles, the IRS has grandfathered in the practice.

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA at sunset.

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Soba Noodles with Handsome Carver's Peanut Butter Sauce

Handsome Carver’s Soba Peanut Noodles with Greens

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SAUCE

2 tbsp Handsome Carver’s Coconut Peanut Spread
1½ tbsp tamari (or soy sauce)
1 tbsp mirin (or sweet cooking rice wine)
2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
1 tbsp ginger, minced or grated
½ tbsp agave (or maple syrup)
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
Zest of 1 lime
1 tbsp sriracha to taste (or other hot sauce)

BOWL

4 oz (dry) 100% buckwheat soba noodles
½ tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp sunflower cooking oil (or other neutral-flavored high-heat cooking oil)
1 lb leafy cooking greens of your choice (kale, chard, bok choy or spinach) washed and patted dry
Juice of 1 lime

1 sheet toasted nori (or edible seaweed), slivered
Salt and pepper (to taste)
1 cup edamame beans shelled and thawed, if frozen

GARNISH

Mix and match or all of the below:

4 scallions (green parts only) chopped
1 handful fresh herbs such as basil, cilantro, or mint, -washed, patted dry and chopped finely
1 thinly sliced or slivered radish
1 handful of crushed or chopped peanuts

1 handful of crushed or chopped wasabi peas

Lime wedges
Extra sriracha

Black sesame seeds

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In a small bowl, whisk together all the sauce ingredients and set aside.  Add a little water if the finished sauce consistency is too thick to pour.

2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the soba noodles according to the package directions.  Drain then run under cold water to stop the cooking process.  Toss the noodles with ½ tsp toasted sesame oil to keep the noodles from sticking.

3. In a large skillet or wok, heat 1 tbsp cooking oil over medium-high to high-heat, then quickly cook the greens until just wilted and tender, 1 to 2 minutes, stirring and turning frequently.  Salt and pepper the greens to taste.  When done cooking, toss the greens with the lime juice and stir in the slivered nori.

4. Assemble the bowl with noodles, cooked greens, and thawed edamame, then dress with peanut sauce.  Top with any or all of the garnishes, to taste.

Yield: 2 servings

Recipe courtesy of Capri RothHandsome Carver's Coconut Peanut Spread Organic

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SUGGESTED VARIATIONS

– Substitute the soba noodles with regular rice noodles, quinoa or rice

– Add in extra veggies to bulk up the bowl, or some baked tofu for extra protein

– Substitute Handsome Carver’s Coconut Peanut Spread with Handsome Carver’s Classic Peanut Butter