16 tsp D&D Manba’s Original Spicy Peanut Butter, softened
1 cup dark chocolate chips
Golden sprinkles (optional)
Fleur de sel (optional)
Arrange your crackers on a baking sheet or large flat plate lined with parchment paper.
Spread 1 teaspoon of peanut butter on 16 of the 32 crackers and sandwich together with another cracker that is not topped with peanut butter. Transfer to the fridge for 30 minutes to harden the peanut butter.
Melt the chocolate chips over a double boiler. Then, using a fork, carefully drop each sandwich into the melted chocolate and move until covered.
Shake off any excess of chocolate and place back onto the parchment-lined baking sheet or plate.
Repeat with the remaining sandwiches. Top with sprinkles and fleur de sel.
Transfer to the fridge to set. Carefully peel from the parchment paper and serve.
In a small saucepan, add all hot chocolate ingredients and cook on medium-low heat for 7-10 minutes, or until the peanut butter and the chocolate chips have melted. Whisk occasionally, making sure the chocolate chips are not getting stuck to the bottom of the saucepan.
When the mixture homogeneous, remove from heat and pour into a cup. Top with marshmallows and chocolate shavings.
Note: If you are using unsweetened soy milk, you can add maple syrup to the hot chocolate, to taste or add more chocolate chips.
Since D&D Mamba’s creation in October 2015, they have imported over 7 tonnes of Haitian peanuts! All those rich, nutty peanuts were used to create their very own spicy Haitian-style peanut butter. However, here are a few things you may not know about them, such as, how D&D Mamba came to exist, what sets it apart from other peanut butters on the market, and how it impacts the lives of Haitian peanut farmers. So, let’s jump right in and give you some insights as to why D&D Mamba is more than just spicy peanut butter.
Back in 2014, the founders of D&D Mamba, Stanley Dumornay and Jason Delis, traveled to Stanley’s native Haiti where he rekindled his love for Creole food and spicy Haitian peanut butter, called manba, which phonetically sounds like mamba in Haitian Creole. Stanley introduced Jason to manba, who immediately fell in love with this Haitian delight. After a bit of research, Jason realized that manba wasn’t available on the Canadian market, so together with Stanley, they created D&D Mamba. Their goal was to introduce this spicy, smooth and incredibly tasty peanut butter to the Canadian market, while supporting Haitian farmers by importing their peanuts.
D&D Mamba is made from a traditional Haitian recipe, which produces a bold and spicy peanut butter unlike any other one on the Canadian market. The ingredient list is very simple, yet always packs a punch: high quality dry-roasted Haitian and US peanuts, organic cane sugar, sea salt, and hot pepper. Because their peanut butter is inspired by traditional Haitian manba, importing Haitian peanuts and supporting Haitian peanut farmers was critical to the process. Hence, each D&D Mamba jar contains 100 grams of Haitian peanuts, making it the only Canadian peanut butter to include peanuts from Haiti.
WHO DO WE WORK WITH?
Before answering this question, some context is required: Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Northern hemisphere with over 59% of the population living under the poverty line. Haiti also possesses a hot and humid tropical climate as well as very fertile soil, which makes it ideal for growing foods, including peanuts. However, peanut farmers face many issues such as the lack of access to quality inputs (i.e.: seeds and fertilizers) as well as the lack of access to foreign buyers who are willing to give a fair price for their harvests. Since one of the reasons D&D Mamba was created was to support Haitian farmers, D&D decided to work with Acceso, a Haitian peanut corporation that supports local peanut farmers through training and by purchasing their peanuts for resale.
Acceso begins by providing farmers with specialized quality training to increase their knowledge and improve their productivity. It then provides the necessary high quality seeds and fertilizers to improve peanut yield and quality. At the end of the harvest season, it purchases the peanuts at favorable fixed prices and sells them to international buyers such as D&D Mamba. Since 2014, Acceso has trained more than 3,600 farmers. What is its goal for the future? Acceso plans to triple the income of their peanut farmers in Haiti in the next 3 years. This means that as D&D Mamba grows, its demand for peanuts will also increase and they’ll be able to support even more Haitian peanut growers, improving the farmers’ lives considerably. Click here to learn more about Acceso’s work by watching this video.
In October 2016, D&D met with Acceso and had the chance to talk with some Haitian farmers. They were pleased to hear and learn how Acceso is positively impacting farmers’ lives. Watch Stanley’s interview with Haitian peanut farmer, Boss Pacom, on what it’s like working with Acceso:
Now that you have a clearer idea about who D&D are, who they work with and why, they’d love you to check out some of their peanut butter varieties. If you’re not fan of very spicy foods, rest assured, they’ve got you covered! D&D Mamba heat levels vary from mild, to medium, and hot! Try them all! Click here to discover D&D Mamba peanut butters.
Preheat oven to 200ºC and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
To a large bowl, add all ingredients of the patties. Using a spatula fold until well incorporated. Taste and adjust seasonings by adding more soy sauce for saltiness, rice vinegar for acidity or garlic for a little kick.
If the mixture is too wet, add some oat flour, one tablespoon at a time, mixing well between each addition.
Shape the mixture into 4-6 patties, packing each tightly between your hands so it does not crumble. Place each patty on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes. Flip the patties and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
In the meantime, prepare the sauce. In a small bowl, add all ingredients of the sauce and using a fork, whisk until fully combined and homogeneous. Taste and adjust seasonings by adding more peanut butter for a stronger peanut flavor, more maple syrup for sweetness, and rice vinegar for acidity. If the sauce is too thick to your liking, add a bit of water, ½ teaspoon at a time, mixing well between each addition.
Serve the patties in a burger bun along with the sweet and salty peanut butter sauce and your favorite toppings (such as arugula, tomato, cucumber, parsley and green onions…).