I grew up in Philadelphia, home to many delicious things—soft pretzels, cheesesteaks, water ice, Tastycakes, and more. During the holidays, the de facto hostess gift for any party was always Whitman's Sampler, that iconic, cross-stitch-looking box which for many years was made exclusively in the City of Brotherly Love.
Whitman's is now owned by Russell Stover, and my taste buds have since come to appreciate more artisanal chocolates, but imagine my glee, as your nut columnist, when I spotted this all-peanut butter version of the classic assortment.
There are five varieties in the box, each with a different nutty taste and texture.
Do you, or did you at one time, give your Valentine a box of Whitman's? Any other Philly natives out there?
About the author: Lee Zalben was a PB&J-loving kid that grew up to be the founder and president of Peanut Butter & Co., which began as a Greenwich Village sandwich shop serving nothing but peanut butter sandwiches and expanded to include the now-famous line of all natural flavored peanut butter. Lee is a graduate of Vassar College and enjoys traveling the world in search of interesting foods made with peanuts, tree nuts, and seeds. When he's not working, eating, flying or writing, he enjoys scuba diving and training elephants.