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Not to be confused with your run-of-the-mill peanut butter, Il Colle del Gusto’s Arachidella Peanut Spread is decadently sweet—elevating the beloved taste of the childhood favorite with the molasses-y depth of caramelized brown sugar. Petite flecks of candied peanut add a toffee-like crunch to every spoonful, while a silken base of extra-virgin olive oil yields a luscious, caramel-like texture. And as we learned from the ever-popular “Nutella,” the Italian suffix “ella” is tacked onto a word to show affection, so there’s no question why it’s used in the name of this divine spread.
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Drizzle atop ice cream or a rich chocolate brownie, or use along with or in addition to frosting between layers of cake for decadent desserts. Scoop onto your morning oatmeal, pancakes or waffles for a flavor boost, or simply smear on bread and top with fruit for an elevated PB&J-inspired tartine.
Given its silken texture, we wouldn’t suggest using this spread as a true substitute for peanut butter, but it can be used in many other applications that don’t require a structurally-sturdy spread.
The marriage of peanuts and sweet brown sugar came about via a different union, between Antonio Della Corte and Annamaria Conti. He worked in gelato and pastry shops creating sweet mixes; she ran a farm and bed-and-breakfast and was passionate about crafting her own olive oil. The rest is history. They started their company, Il Colle Del Gusto, and sold a line of spreads at farmers markets around Rome.
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