I take my manba (Haitian peanut butter) spicy with butter
“Disgustingly tasty » were the words that came out of my mouth in response to a friend calling my latest peanut butter post on Instagram disgusting. Her comment had caught me off guard. That day, I had finally mustered the courage to share one of my unusual ways of eating this butter. I knew it was a bit bizarre, but at the time I was publishing my picture, I was far from imagining its description would trigger such a reaction from some people.
Yet, I found it in me to respond to her snarky comment with sarcasm. All that, thanks to the feedback I had gotten below my post. Indeed, none of my followers seemed to abound in the same direction as the one that friend of mine had taken. In fact, that day, I discovered that I was not alone with my nasty habit. And I took comfort in that.
You see, my mamba toasts, I also butter them.
I don’t find that in the least disgusting. If anything, I find it wonderfully decadent. Yes, you read right. I spread both butter and mamba on my toasts. That sounds like a culinary pleonasm, I know. It may also seem way too rich and far too fatty. After all, I am combining butter with butter. I am mixing fat with fat. However, I firmly believe that this mixture of fats is simply the best combination out there. The butter gives the mamba an incomparable smoothness making it much more pleasant on the palate. These two ingredients are a match made in heaven. You may not agree with me, but to each their own. My peanut butter butter toast is my guilty pleasure.
Let’s go back to my use of the word manba, though. What is it exactly?
This word might confuse the hell out of foreigners. You most certainly won’t find it in a French dictionary. But that is the name we chose for our peanut butter. I’d like to believe our use of the word mamba translates its uniqueness.
See, our Haitian peanut butter is definitely unlike anything you’ve had before. If you’re American, it will definitely surprise you. Our version of this staple is not sweet at all. It is savory. And it comes in two different flavors. We have regular manba, which is simply savory peanut butter, and mamba piqué. That last one is a spicy peanut butter. And yes, by spicy I do mean that we grind a piment bouc in there.
Our spicy peanut butter is the best thing out there.
It is my favorite. I rarely, if ever go for the regular version, which lacks something in my opinion. Simply savory mamba misses that extra kick. It doesn’t have much character as we would say here. That is why, I always turn to our manba piqué. I love this spicy mamba so much that I even recently used it in a dessert. It is the key ingredient in the spicy mamba mousse I prepared a few weeks ago, and which recipe you will find right here on this blog.
Hmmm…Spicy mamba butter toasts, spicy mamba mousse … Come to think about it, I really have a bizarre way of eating manba. But you know what, as I said earlier, to each their own guilty pleasure.