||[Jan. 22nd, 2002|11:02 pm]
Shaped like a peanut.
Taste like a banana.
Truly sounds silly.
Now, is this a main dish, a starch, or a dessert?
I could see doing this as a starch, instead of polenta or rice... Slow-cooked beef in tomato reduction... over a bed of CIRCUS PEANUTS!
Perhaps I'll spring that on my next dinner guest.
Circus peanuts are a marshmallow based candy invented in the 1800's.
Reasons to like circus peanuts: the air used to inflate the marshmallow becomes laden with a delicious vapor of artificial banana such that to experience this, you merely need to squish the candy with your tongue and you get the sensation of a liquidy banana flavor filling your mouth, and yet, if you squish them with your fingers, no liquid is produced. They have the satisfying crispiness comparable only to pure sugar, such as the sensation of a sugar cube, but with a finer, softer grain of texture. They can be broken and shared and are infinitely divisible and still retain all of their appeal. They combine stickiness with ease of dissolution, so unlike caramel they don't persist in the mouth but unlike cotton candy or straight sugar are not unwieldy or messy. They do age, and will become tough with age, but really have no expiration date and are appealing no matter how old.
I believe circus peanuts should be used as a base to replace marshmallow in Ambrosia, the food of the Gods. Ambrosia is equal parts sour cream, marshmallow, coconut, pineapple, and mandarin orange. Ambrosia is, as the name implies, the world's most perfect food.
I'm hearing two very different opinions here.
I may have to do the ultimate -- actually go eat some and see how I feel about them.
Particular brand, flavor, place to buy these little treats?
Particular method of preparation?
Particular good way to dispose of 'em if I dislike 'em?
Suggest away, folks!