Peanut butter news was all Halloween-themed this week. From the gross or gourmet to the grave and dangerous, the sandwich spread made holiday-appropriate headlines.
First, the serious stuff. Skippy peanut butter lovers in seven states should be on the alert. Hormel Foods announced it is recalling some Skippy that may contain metal shavings due to an equipment malfunction.
The recall involves 153 cases, or 1,871 pounds, of Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread. It is limited to 16.3 ounce jars with a "Best If Used By" date of DEC1416LR1 with a package UPC code of 37600-10500.
The jars were sent to distribution centers for major chains Publix, Target and Walmart located in Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware and Arkansas, Hormel said. The equipment malfunction has been fixed, the company spokeswoman told Reuters in an email.
No Complaints Yet
The metal shavings represent a choking risk. The company is being cautious but says it has not received any complaints or reports of consumer injuries about the defective product. It is announcing the voluntary recall out of abundance of caution, Courthouse News Service reported.
Hormel pointed out that "no other sizes, varieties or other packaging configurations of Skippy peanut butter or peanut spreads are included in this recall." The company urged consumers who bought the recalled product to return it to the store where purchased for an exchange.
Decadence Defined in a Sandwich
Let's finish with the good (or is it gross?) news. A Canadian bistro debuted a Reese's peanut butter cup burger, called The Works, shown here in all its glory on Fox News.
This dinner-desert mashup is imaginative if a challenge to culinary classicists. It is also decadent ... to put it delicately. The sandwich is made with a half-pound patty stuffed full of peanut butter cups before it's cooked.
Sure, it's a lot for just any day. But it may be just the trick for an adult meat lover's Halloween treat.