peanut, peanut butter!

June 27, 2007 at 5:40 pm 2 comments

A peculiar reaction happens to many Americans who stay for an extended period of time in Buenos Aires: they suddenly become obsessed with peanut butter. It’s all that they talk about, all that they think about, all that they want. People who went through maybe a small jar of Jiffy a year are, within a few weeks of arrival, going on and on about how it’s a right, not a privilege, to have access to peanut butter. And no, dulce de leche just won’t do.

I don’t count myself among this group, but I’ve seen way too many expat friends throwing away their money on ridiculously overpriced peanut butter from the imported section at their nearby Disco. And it’s got to stop.

Luckily for those with an addiction that just can’t be kicked, there’s a homegrown solution: Crema de Bon o Bon. Up until a year ago, I’d never heard of it. But at an American-style brunch I hosted at my apartment last August, a friend (who speaks no English yet somehow knew of Americans’ obsession with PB) brought over a tub of it as a stand-in for peanut butter.

While it’s a bit sweeter than your average Skippy (which makes sense, since it’s the cream that fills the chocolate candies Bon o Bons), the texture and consistency are pretty comparable. Arcor, the company that makes Crema de Bon o Bon, must have caught on to this similarity, since it now includes the words “peanut cream” in English on the front of the container.

You can find Crema Bon o Bon in the baking aisle of your nearby mega- supermercado, and at $4.90 it’s a far cry from what you’ll be charged for a jar of imported peanut butter. I smeared some onto a piece of challah made by a friend, dropped a couple of banana slices on top, and voila–a medialuna free breakfast.–REBECCA

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Entry filed under: food, object obsession, pop culture.

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  • 1. riding the cupcake wave « soy so lindo  |  July 11, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    […] official soy so lindo cupcake, pick up a cupcake pan at Falabella and chocolate cake batter and Bon o Bon creme frosting at the supermarket. Let the great cupcake migration of 2007 […]

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  • 2. JJ  |  September 17, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    You can go to China Town in Belgrano, and there are these, chinese supermarkets… where you can find real peanut butter, even the skippy brand one (U$S 3 or $9)
    Enjoy

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