Friday, March 1, 2013

Happy National Peanut Butter Lover's Day! "Pleasin' Peanut Butter Cup Pie"

Happy Friday! Did you know that today is National Peanut Butter Lover's Day? I learned some fun facts about this holiday from party supply website including the fact that no one actually knows who invented peanut butter but it became popular in the early 1900s. Today, it is an $800 million industry and brand names such as Jif, Skippy, and Peter Pan are common household names. Can you believe the average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he or she graduates high school?
This jelly girl loves peanut butter! Chunky is my personal favorite. I like to whip up this fun and easy peanut butter ice cream pie with some lightened up ingredients.  
"Southern Fried Bride's Pleasin' Peanut Butter Cup Pie"

1 quart vanilla reduced fat ice cream or frozen yogurt, softened

1 cup light frozen whipped topping, thawed

2/3 cup peanut butter, crunchy or creamy

1 (8 oz.) ready-made chocolate pie crust

Garnish: ¼ cup chocolate syrup

¼ cup peanuts, chopped

In large bowl, combine first three ingredients. Beat with mixer at medium speed until well blended. Pour mixture into pie crust. Cover pie and freeze at least 4 hours or until firm. When ready to serve, remove from freezer and let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Garnish, if desired, by drizzling chocolate syrup over pie and sprinkling with chopped peanuts. Enjoy!
Now you tell me: crunchy, creamy or neither?  

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