Every time I go to China there are always things I miss from home.


Continual access to a western style toilet, stable Internet connectivity, a skyline that’s visible for more than 100 feet, and quality dairy products are the things that come to mind most readily, though there’s also one gaping lack in Chinese culture that I feel a compulsion to mention as well.


There’s no dessert.  The vast majority of Chinese homes do not contain an oven, and so baking is just not part of the culture.  Dessert is usually offered by way of fresh fruit, which is nice, but doesn’t quite satiate my enormous sweet tooth.


Unfortunately, Chinese chocolate is also quite disappointing, so if you’re ever looking for something to really hit the spot, go for the imported stuff.

There is also no good bread in China (except for steamed buns, which are in a category of their own in my opinion), so you can probably see why this is one of the first things I had to have upon my arrival in the States.


Peanut butter + chocolate, all over soft and chewy cinnamon raisin bread or crispy English muffins. What’s not to love about chocolate peanut butter?!?

It’s so easy to make, really.  This is my second homemade batch (the first batch was a mega success) and there really is no going back to the store bought stuff.



It’s like a Reese’s cup turned into a spread….

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Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Makes about 1 1/2 cups


  • 1 pound (2 cups) roasted peanuts
  • 1/3-1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, depending on how chocolatey you like it
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil, if desired


  1. In a food processor, process the peanuts until they turn into a paste. They will be chopped at first, then a thick paste, but this paste will eventually break down and turn into a smooth butter consistency. Once you reach that point, add in the chocolate chips and continue to process until smooth. You can also add in the oil if desired to keep the peanut butter from getting pasty.
  2. Transfer to a glass jar or Tupperware and store in the fridge. The peanut butter will keep for up to 3 weeks.

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