A big part of getting used to the culture and everyday life of the USA is very much linked to new food experiences. The latest taste test / food review is for Pepsi and Peanuts, which is as simple as it sounds. It is literally some peanuts dropped into a Pepsi bottle and snacked on.
I saw an episode of ‘A Chef’s Life’ which follows the amazingly talented Vivian Howard, a chef based in North Carolina, who uses her Southern food traditions and roots as inspiration for the dishes she creates for her restaurants.
One particular episode showed an old Southern tradition of putting peanuts in a glass bottle of Pepsi, something the Hubby grew up with as a child in West Virginia. I was really curious about it and decided to give it a try.
The history of it seems to come from the 1920s and farmers/farm workers being able to easily carry around some food to keep them going through the day. It became a bit of a tradition in the South, particularly among agricultural regions, but is not widely known outside of the Southern states.
The Taste Test
I got a small packet of salted peanuts, dusted off the salt a bit and made sure I did not tip all the loose salt that is left in the bottom, drank some of the Pepsi to make room, and poured the peanuts into the glass bottle.
I left it for a bit, then gave it a try … The saltiness is a little odd but not entirely unpleasant and the taste of the peanuts does not alter really at all – so really it is more a textural combination rather than a flavour enhancer/changer.
It did have a slightly odd flavour, but not unpleasant, and I actually really liked the texture of crunching and chewing a peanut through the fizzy Pepsi. It was particularly nice drinking/snacking all in one while sitting on my porch watching the world go by. I will be having it again I think!
Have you tried Pepsi and Peanuts? Is there something similar to this that you have tried or grown up with? If you have not had one before, do you think you would like it?
What would you like to see me try next?