Chocolate coated peanut, also known as chocolate covered peanut, is a kind of candy consisting of peanut coated with milk chocolate. This food product is commonly consumed by people in different countries as a snack while watching movies in cinema halls.
Chocolate coated peanuts are also popular as “Goobers” in United States, the most popular and earliest brand of the candies, produced by Nestle. Goobers were brought into U.S. in the year 1925 by Blumenthal Chocolate Company, which was later on acquired by Nestle in 1984. The candy “Goober” derived its name from Gullah term “guber”, which means “peanut”.
Ingredients and Preparation
As per the simplest chocolate coated peanut recipe, salted peanuts and milk chocolate chips are the only two ingredients required to prepare these candies. The preparation process involves melting chocolate chips over low heat, and then pouring in peanuts to coat them well with the melted chocolate. The peanuts are then spooned out onto a wax paper and allowed to cool till they harden. Though milk chocolate is used popularly to prepare the peanut based candies, a few recipes suggest using a combination of dark chocolate and milk chocolate.
A few popular variations of chocolate covered peanuts have been discussed as under:
- Boston Baked bean is a common variant of chocolate coated peanut, with the candies coated with sugar instead of chocolate. These sugar coated peanuts are popularly consumed in North America.
- Chocolate coated raisin is also a popular candy similar to the peanut candy, which is sold in movie theaters. It is prepared by coating raisins with melted chocolate.
- Non dairy based chocolate coated peanut is also available, which consists of peanut coated with a mix of non-refined sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, and vanilla.
39.7 g of chocolate coated peanut provides around 210 calories. These calories in the candy are obtained from 14 g of fat, 22 g of carbohydrates, and 5 g of protein. The candy also contains 5 mg of cholesterol and 15 mg of sodium.