Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Dr Pepper and peanuts

A friend brought up an interesting point the other day. She said, “Why do Texans refer to all soft drinks as Coke?” And while it’s true, I don’t have an answer for that. (Do you?) But what’s even more puzzling is that Coke isn’t even a Texan product—it’s from Georgia. Our local soda is Dr Pepper, born in Waco in 1885 one year before Coca-Cola was conceived.

Dr Pepper turns 117 years old this week, and the town of Dublin, Texas is having a weeklong celebration. If you’re not familiar with Dublin, here’s a bit of background. The bottling plant in Dublin is the oldest Dr Pepper bottler in the world. But what makes it even more special is that it’s one of the few plants that still bottle Dr Pepper with cane sugar rather than high fructose corn syrup. And yes, it tastes much, much better. In certain circles, drinking a Dublin Dr Pepper is akin to sipping a magical elixir.

Like all precious things, Dublin Dr Pepper is not widely available. In New York City, you’ll have more luck finding Big Red than Dublin Dr Pepper (though you can order it online). For many years, there were legal restrictions that prevented the Dublin plant from distributing beyond a 44-mile radius of the small town. Those have been lifted now, but it’s still difficult to find the drink. This stuff is sensational, so demand far outstrips supply. Enter bootleggers and a black market. Robb Walsh recently wrote a brilliant article about Dublin Dr Pepper and the people who go to extreme lengths to satisfy their thirst.


In his article, Walsh also talks about cooking with Dublin Dr Pepper, namely his Dr Pepper-marinated tenderloin recipe. Cooking with soft drinks is nothing new to Southerners as recipes for Coca-Cola cake, 7Up punch and Dr Pepper barbecue sauce abound. Heck, on the Cadbury Schweppes web site there’s a book called, naturally, Cooking With Dr Pepper and 7Up. Most of the recipes are for cakes, sauces and marinades, but one jumped out at me: Dr Pepper peanut brittle.

Texans have a long tradition of putting peanuts in their Dr Pepper. This phenomena, however, is not exclusive to Texas as others in the South are known to put peanuts in their Cokes. To wit, Barbara Mandell sings in her early ’80’s hit “When Country Wasn’t Cool:”
“I remember circlin’ the drive-in/
pullin’ up and turnin’ down George Jones/
I remember when no one was lookin’/
I was puttin’ peanuts in my Coke/
I took a lot of kiddin’, ‘cause I never did fit in/
now look at everybody tryin’ to be what I was then/
I was country, when country wasn’t cool”
That said, Barbara Mandrell is a Texan, so while she used the word “Coke,” she could have very well been singing about putting peanuts in her Dr Pepper. No matter, placing peanuts in your Dr Pepper (or Coke) is done for two reasons. One, the peanuts make your Dr Pepper fizz. And two, it tastes good. The salt from the peanuts cuts the sweetness of the soda, plus it’s entertaining to have a bit of crunch in your mouth as you sip.

So when I saw the recipe for peanut brittle made with Dr Pepper, I had to try it. The flavor did not disappoint, as it was a pleasing combination of sweet and salty with each bite crunchy with peanuts. Instead of being glassy and sharp, however, the texture is creamy—a bit like a praline. But that just means it’s easier on your teeth. As for the Dr Pepper, like most recipes that use it what you’re really getting is the sugar, not too much of the flavor. But this brittle is still a hit and the batch I shared with my colleagues was gone in five minutes.

I’ve recently found a reliable source of Mexican Coke (to the uninitiated, this is Coke made with cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup) in my neighborhood. I don’t know what the distribution policy is for Mexican Coke, but the Korean deli where I buy it has it hidden away in the back of the store so part of the fun is the feeling I’ve discovered a hidden treasure. But it also tastes better—cleaner and brighter—as sodas made with cane sugar do.

There is talk that with rising corn prices bottlers will return to using cane sugar—a welcome development. In the meantime, if I want Dr Pepper made with cane sugar, I can order it online. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, however, that an enterprising New Yorker will decide to one day bootleg Dublin Dr Pepper here—I know that it would do very, very well. And while we Texans may refer to all sodas as Coke, what we really want is Dr Pepper. Or at least this Texan does.

Dr Pepper Peanut Brittle (adapted from Cooking With Dr Pepper and 7Up)
Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups of sugar
3/4 cups of butter (1 1/2 sticks)
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne
1/4 cup of Dr Pepper
2 cups roasted and salted peanuts, shelled
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

Method:
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Combine all the ingredients except for the baking soda in a pot, cook on medium heat and bring to a boil stirring often.
3. When the temperature reaches 290 degrees, remove from heat and stir in soda. Mixture will foam up and double in size.
4. Spread mixture thin on baking sheet using a silicone spatula.
5. When mixture cools and hardens (about half an hour), break into pieces and serve.
Makes 1 1/2 pounds or enough to feed you and a couple of other people.

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96 comments:

michelle @ TNS said...

i've gotta get my hands on some of that dublin dr. pepper. for the drinking, AND for the brittle.

cw said...

i'm not sure "why" we texans say coke for everything, but it's not just limited to the lone star state: http://popvssoda.com:2998/

Rachel said...

I grew up in AZ and we always refer to all soft drinks as Coke as well. This confuses my cousins in the Midwest.

Shawnda said...

You're so right - "cleaner and brighter." We're quite fortunate to have Dublin DP on tap at a nearby deli. It's the *only* kind my husband wants to drink so we eat there often. Many larger grocers and smaller Mexican markets near us sell Mexican Coke so we try to keep it stocked at home.

Gena said...

Alright, I'm trying that recipe!

Dublin Dr Pepper = liquid candy. Sooo good!

I also have no idea why we refer to it all as coke, but I often confuse the "soda" drinkers here in NC when I offer them a coke only to tell them we have Dr Pepper and that's it.

Scribbit said...

Oh how I love Dr. Pepper--Coke with lemon is good but Dr. Pepper tops it. Never had it with peanuts, that's something I've got to try.

Homesick Texan said...

Michelle@TNS-- It's good stuff, and delivery by mail is speedy.

CW--Thanks for the link to the map--that's brilliant!

Rachel--It confuses a lot of people!

Shawnda--They have it on tap? Good night! That sounds like heaven!

Gena--Yep, people always look at me funny when that happens.

Scribbit--Let me know what you think--it may be an acquired taste.

Yvo said...

I don't really drink sodas but I am definitely going to try that peanuts in soda thing. Sounds awesome :)

Anonymous said...

I'm a Texan living in Russia - and oh how I miss Dr Pepper! You're right, the Dublin one is best!
And, peanuts in Coke - YUM!

LadyUnderThe Oaks said...

there is a line of sodas today made with cane sugar - jones soda...lots of strange flavors but really good.

Meg said...

The "coke" as standard for soda made me laugh out loud! I live in Georgia, and about 20 years ago, I ordered a Coke at a drive-thru, and the kid who was taking my order said, "What kind?" I was thoroughly confused ... I finally said, "Well, the Coca-Cola kind." He sheepishly stumbled around, and suddenly I realized that "coke" meant "soda" to him. All was resolved!

Lisa said...

Hey! Speaking of unusual marinades—gotta try the tenderloin in Dr Pepper (the Cowboy cookbook sounds great). This whole Dr Pepper thing is brilliant. I really want to try sugar-sweetened soda now, and I wonder if anyone around here sells it. Must look into it. Your praline-textured peanut brittle looks gorgeous, and I'm sure my colleagues would also manage to make it disappear. Thanks for another fascinating and fun article.

Loree said...

I don't recall whether Costco has populated the East Coast, but the ones out in my neck of the woods carry Mexican Coke by the case, in glass bottles to boot. Canadian Coke is a close substitute, as Canada does not consider HFCS a safe food additive, and may be easier to come by where you are.

And I, too, am an ex-Texan, and it took me the better part of a decade to break myself of calling every soda a Coke.

Amy said...

This is brilliant! My husband is a Dublin Dr. Pepper fanatic!! He and his college buddy used to take little road trips (it was about an hour away from where we lived) to Dublin and stock up!! I'm totally going to try this!

Aaron said...

Thanks for the ordering online tip. My first case is now on its way. It's too bad that we can find Shiner in NYC but not Dublin Dr Pepper....

Nicole said...

I almost ordered some of that Dublin Dr. Pepper for my husband for his birthday. He is a huge Dr. Pepper fan but neither one of us have tried the real thing! One of these days, I'll order some so we can give it a try. In the meantime, I'll give this peanut brittle a try!

Lori said...

And this is one reason I never miss a post of your blog: You make me feel less weird. Normal, even. The only problem I find with putting peanuts in my Coke (and I do mean Coca-Cola, though I agree it's good in Dr Pepper) is that it's really best in a bottle, and it's hard to find them in bottles. It doesn't work in a can, at all, and it's just not the same in a drinking glass. The mouth of the bottle funnels the peanuts into your mouth so perfectly.

And when my kids were very little, they had two kinds of soft drinks: Coke, and White Coke. Coke was anything dark, and White Coke was anything clear. "Mommy I want some White Coke." "What kind honey, Sprite?"

Oh yeah. Thank you for this post. I'm forwarding it immediately to several New Yorkers who think it's just something weird about me.

Rip Ford said...

One of my favorite things about living in Sugar Land, Texas is that the local stores carry Dr. Pepper made with Imperial pure cane sugar. Sadly I'm trying to lose a lot of weight right now so soft drinks and candy aren't really among the things I'm allowed to eat but the next time I get together with some friends I'm going to have to make a batch of your peanut brittle.

Paula said...

What a delightful post! I found your blog via Kalyn's Kitchen. Your comments on these fizzy beverages made me smile, and I especially enjoyed thumbing through the downloadable cookbook! Now I've gotta get my hands on some Dublin Dr. Pepper!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Years ago I had a love affair with Dr. Pepper. I never cooked anything with it, though -- so this peanut brittle looks like something I must try!

nicole said...

I don't drink Dr. Pepper, but this was so interesting to read! I loved all the historical references!

And it's good news to hear soda might contain cane sugar again ... my favorite 'coke in a bottle' I love because it's not as sweet (ie, not made w/ corn syrup).

julia said...

i think we call it coke cuz coke is from the south and we're just dedicated to all things from our region.

my hometown isn't too far from dublin, but i'd never seen dublin dp at any stores there...until this past christmas. i bought two six packs and shipped them back to new york in those handy flat rate boxes from the post office (i individually Ziploc-ed each one to avoid a mess).

because i've turned so many people onto this phenomenon, i spend more and more money every time i go home!

(and your brittle now makes the purchase of a candy thermometer imminent.)

Homesick Texan said...

Yvo--It is! Enjoy!

Anonymous--I feel for you--hopefully you can get home soon!

LadyUnderTheOaks--I love Jones Soda. Their cream soda is the best--it's like a bowl of liquid vanilla ice cream.

Meg--Yep, to the uninitiated it can be confusing.

Lisa--I know! I'm eager to make Dr Pepper-marinated fajitas. And I bet they sell it somewhere in Champaign--it is a college town after all!

Loree--We do have Costco, but I don't ever go because I don't have a car. I'll keep my eye out for Canadian Coke. Around Passover, they also sell kosher Coke, which is also made with cane sugar.

Amy--He sounds like one of the bootleggers Robb writes about!

Nicole-- If your husband loves Dr Pepper, you should definitely order it at least once to see if he likes it.

Lori--Glad to help! And the peanuts do work best in a bottle. I don't mind them in a glass but it's just wrong to put them in a can.

Rip Ford--Good luck with the weight loss, and hopefully soon you'll be able to enjoy a sweet treat, in moderation of course! And I can't tell you how happy that makes me that Sugarland sell the proper kind of Dr Pepper.

Paula--Welcome! And isn't the cookbook a hoot?

Lydia--Check out the cookbook--it's a very versatile ingredient!

Nicole--Exactly--corn syrup is just too cloying.

Homesick Texan said...

Julia--Hmmmm, that's an interesting theory. And yes, a candy thermometer is a must!

Heather said...

I LOVE Dublin Dr. Pepper! When I was in middle school, my Dad was working near Dublin and would always bring back cases of it. Now that the ban is lifted, I can get it any time I want!

My local Dr. Pepper bottling plant uses cane sugar now but for some reason it doesn't taste quite the same as the Dublin version. I'm sure its the same but it just tastes different to me!

This Texan always calls any soft drink a coke but I always mean Dr. Pepper! hehe

Toiling Ant said...

Just came across your blog recently. I'm a lifelong Texan, recently moved from Houston to Baton Rouge (you wouldn't think it would be much of a culture shock to move just one state over, but it is, very much so). I think your posts will be a great resource as I try to recreate "home food"!

And you are so right on all points- all soft drinks are coke, cane sugar is *SO* much better, and DP is where it's at!

Ginny said...

This is a Coke story, but not a Dr. Pepper one. When I was a kid we got those little 6-oz glass bottles of coke and put M&M's in them. It made a volcano of fizz. It was in the same league as eating Wintergreen mints in the dark and watching them spark.

John said...

I was born in Texas (Dad's family is from a ranch in Iola and Mom's is a Cajun family from LaPorte). When my family moved to Colorado back in 1983 one of the "isms" that came with me was calling most soft drinks "Coke" (in Cortez they called soft drinks "pop"). There were many times, when walking past the "Coke" machine, I would ask my friends if they wanted a "Coke". To those who said yes I would follow with the question, "What would you like ?" That didn't last long. Saying "I'm fixin' to" rather than "I'm going to" lasted a lot longer.

Thanks for pointing me back to real Dr. Pepper and real Coke. I keep forgetting to order some. And gosh it's been a long time since I've had a Big Red!

Annette said...

Love the blog! I am a Texan living in the midwest and I often have to defend "coke" to them. I refuse to call sodas by "pop," as I try to tell them that it's a drink, not a sound. The peanut thing is new to me, I may have to try it... hopefully after I find some Mexican cokes here.

Sophia at Kitchen Caravan said...

Although I do not drink any soda, I was fascinated by the peanuts in the Dr Pepper. I LOVE peanuts in unusual recipes, and use them alot, but this is something I had never seen before. I guess you can't put ice into the glass, huh? So fun!

Garrett said...

I remember having this back in Missouri. Good times. =)

Annie K. Nodes said...

The sweet salty taste of brittle with the texture of a praline? SOLD. Great recipe.

Kyleen said...

Hill Country is doing its best to stock Dublin Dr Pepper (they've had good luck bringing in Kruez sausage and Bluebell icecream, and a hell of a time with Shiner Bock beer). Since corn is not kosher for passover, around passover here in NYC you can find kosher coca-cola, bottled with sugar, at some grocery stores.

willowcaroline said...

Ah yes... peanuts and coke. My great grandfathers also salted their beer, although I never got into that. And salt on my watermelon...

When I went to college we went to dancers at the Shiner KC hall each weekend.. Shiner Bock was a staple. I am so thrilled I can get that in NC now!And I even recently saw an ad for Bluebell ice cream, this far north, LOL!

With the current heat wave here on the coast I am reminded of so many hot Houston summers.. think I need to stock some DP and peanuts, or coke and peanuts for the weekend!

class factotum said...

Forgive me if someone else has already mentioned this -- but Coke that is kosher for Passover is mae with cane sugar.

Brin said...

Omg... this post was like going home. I went to college in Brownwood... a stone's throw from Dublin. Saturdays we used to go and load up on bottles of "real" D.P. and pour it over ice cream, slop on some peanuts, and call it a night. The BEST. The real D.P. was worth more than beer to most of us. It's that good.

Thanks for the reminder. And the recipe! If I knew your addy I'd surely send you a 6-pack in way of thanks...

Brin

Kristin (The Pearl Onion) said...

Mmm...I'm from Alabama and I never remember people putting peanuts in their coke! At first sight, I thought it looked pretty gross but after reading your description of it I think I might just have to try this (and in honor of your introducing the idea to me, I'll be sure to do it with Dr. Pepper).

tipsytexan said...

Lori--I agree about peanuts in the bottle, and although I am not with you on the Coke part, the good news for you is that when you get the Mexican Coke you get a double bonus: the Mexican Coke tastes better because of the real sugar, and it comes in the glass bottle for proper peanut funneling effect. Happy hunting!
Regarding the Dublin DP, anyone tried it in a cocktail recipe? I am intrigued by the thought but don't have enough of the stuff to experiment...

Allen Garvin said...

I'm a life-long Dr Pepper drinker (please, commenters: there's dot after the 'Dr' in Dr Pepper). I didn't learn about Dublin Dr Pepper until I got a job at a tech company in Las Colinas in the 90s. My boss was from Stephenville, which is a few miles from Dublin, and he brought in a case a week to drink. It's pretty easy to find it now in Dallas, and there's at least one other bottler in Texas that's started producing DP with imperial cane sugar. I found a bottle of it in Fredericksburg a couple years back. I think it was from a bottler in Round Rock. Jason's Deli briefly was serving Dublin DP in all their stores, but they stopped last month.

As for peanuts in DP... I've seen kids and old folks do that... I approach it kind of like ketchup on hot dogs. If you want to desecrate it like that, this is a free country... but please don't force me to watch. Do it in private.

Airhawk said...

There's no such thing as an "ex" Texan! I've lived in Illinois for 18 years but will always consider myself a Texan. Does anybody remember drinking "hot" Dr. Pepper with lemon? I grew up in Fort Worth and remember people always serving this at open houses and special events.... yummy!

Homesick Texan said...

Heather--Ironically, I've heard that the cane-sugar bottling plant in Temple produces a lot of the Dublin Dr Pepper. Go figure!

Toiling Ant--Welcome! And I keep hearing how hard it is to get Tex-Mex and such in Baton Rouge, which boggles my mind considering its proximity to Texas. Who knew?

Ginny--M&M's in Coke sounds fantastic!

John--That's too funny. And you know what, I still say "I'm fixin' to." Do you?

Annette--I never thought of it that way, but "pop" is indeed a sound not a drink.

Sophia--Probably best to not put ice in the glass--you don't want anything competing with the peanuts.

Garrett--I had no idea the tradition carried that far north. Cool!

Annie K. Nodes--Thanks--I don't have much of a sweet tooth, so anything to cut the sweetness makes me happy.

Kyleen--It's in the bottles with the yellow caps!

Willowcaroline--I LOVE salt on my watermelon!

Class Factotum--Too bad they don't sell it year round.

Brin--Awwwww, aren't you sweet! And that Dr Pepper sundae sounds divine!

Kristin--Hope you enjoy it!

TipsyTexan--It might be good with bourbon and grenadine. Or in the winter, heated up with whiskey and lemon.

Allen Garvin--That's too bad Jason's Deli stopped serving it. I wonder why?

Airhawk--You are so correct! Born a Texan, always a Texan!

allison said...

Have you ever tried Dr Pepper beef jerky? It's pretty good. They usually sell it in Dallas at the Dallas Safari Club hunting show. I don't hunt but I go just to get some jerky. Yum!

(I linked it to my name.)

texichan said...

I switch back and forth between coke/soda - I'll ask for a soda, but refer to any vending machines as coke machines, and all things within as cokes. I guess I don't want to confuse anyone taking my order or something, lol! I think Southerners are perhaps more prone to using original trademark names to mark something - kleenex, q-tips, coke, etc. I know it's not exclusively a Southern trait - but it seems more prevalent, almost!

I was very happy to find Dublin Dr Pepper at the large Buc-ee's in Luling along I-10, about 1/4 or so the way out from San Antonio towards Houston. It was a chance occurrence - but oh, so good! Made with Imperial Cane Sugar, and I think it might have been from Temple. Delicious - wish I had stocked up on it, but I too am on a diet, so I only got one bottle!

I've surprisingly never heard of peanuts in cokes! Will certainly try that on my next splurge meal

Bee said...

They actually sell Dr Pepper in West Berkshire, England! But I didn't know I could get the good stuff in Temple (where I'm from, originally).

I LOVE peanut brittle -- and will definitely be taste-testing this innovate use of "coke."

P.S. Nigella Lawson cooks her ham in Coke.

TxMominCT said...

I'm not sure why we all call soda "coke" when I was waiting tables in TX, it was very confusing, because people would order coke meaning Dr. Pepper! I was always a freak growing up because I preferred Coke! (of course I preferred Mexican Coke to American Coke!!) You really cheered me up about the corn prices though! Wouldn't it be great if they went back to cane sugar!!

bee- I'm from Temple too!!!

TxMominCT said...

Oh yeah, a great DP story, my great grandfather used to swear by it for medicinal purposes, because it used to have prune juice (or it was rumored to have prune juice, or some salesman told him it had prune juice in it!!) he ALWAYS had cases of bottled DP on his back porch (probably not Dublin, because he lived in the Rio Grande Valley, about 13 hours south!) It was an extra special treat when he would let the grand kids or great grand kids have one!

Keith said...

I never made peanut brittle before. I had a simple recipe from a podcast The Minimalist. I want to try yours out. I found yopur blog from the blogroll at http://kyoodled.blogspot.com/

I hope to get back to this. Your site looks fun

Ashley said...

My dad used to always put peanuts in his Dr. Pepper when we were growing up (he’s from NC), and my siblings and I always thought it was the strangest thing! Thank-you so much for this recipe – I’m going to make it straight away and send it down to him for father’s day. He’ll be so excited!!

Chris said...

My god, I totally need to do this. :)

Lauren said...

I loved this post! I grew up in West Texas but my husband grew up about 20 miles from Dublin. I was 18 when I had my first Dublin Dr Pepper and it was heaven! There is a restaurant chain called Chicken Express that is now serving the heavenly elixir on tap...a first stop when we get to his hometown of Hamilton!

Kate / Kajal said...

hmm peanuts in coke...never tried it before.Very intriued by it, i know i'll be trying it the minute i pick up a can of coke now :) In Africa- Ghana they call all soft drinks - mineral !

wheresmymind said...

I call everything coke as well...maybe I'm really from Texas not Boston :)

Becci said...

Every year on our family vacation (which usually included a trip to Alabama) stops at gas stations included a bottled coke and a bag of peanuts. Mmmm good. I'm from New Mexico (live in Texas now and my children are Dr Pepper drinkers, I'm a Coca-Cola fan)and we always called all the soft drinks "coke". I worked at a Tastee-Freez when I was in high school and still asked customers what kind of coke they wanted.

Leslie said...

I can't wait to try this recipe! I wonder if i can find Dublin Dr. Pepper here in San Antonio. Maaybe central market has it. I tried your praline recipe, and while it was good, it couldn't quite beat my own. but I think this will top my peanut brittle. the fact that it is more creamy, like pralines, makes me really want to try it!

Sheltie Girl said...

There's no beverage like a Dr. Pepper.

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

Anonymous said...

10, 2 and 4: It's Dr Pepper Time!

I've never heard of Dublin DP, but now I have to find it. You're spot on about corn syrups in soft drinks. I only drink Coke if it's Mexican or Canadian. It's ironic that Americans have to drink a foreign product to get The Real Thing.

Lee

Mike said...

I picked up a Dublin Dr Pepper for the first time in a looong time the other day when we were near Llano....mighty fine indeed.

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Josh & Karale said...

My MIL is a serious Dr. Pepper addict and is visiting this next week, I'll definately have to make the brittle for her! It's so nice to hear someone in the blogging community as in love with Dr. Pepper(or coke;) as we are!

ann said...

Might I humbly suggest an enterprisin' New Yorker to bootleg us some Dublin Dr Pepper? Oh, why, might that be you Lisa? Ha, just kidding. But seriously, I've got to get my paws on some of this stuff. I *heart* Dr Pepper! We used to drink it at lobster roasts up in Maine each summer when I was a kid. No clue how that tradition got started, but to my mouth, Dr Pepper is still one of the best drinks to have with lobster, steamers and butter, after lemonade that is!

Hillary said...

Whoa...I don't think I've ever had anything like this. Looks and sounds good!

Tommy said...

I saw an episode of Unwrapped where they showed a Dr Pepper bottler making Berries & Cream Dr Pepper flavoured soda.

Several of you posters are passionate Dr Pepper afficionados.

Is this not sacrilege then ?

What were they thinking ? I like DP, but cannot tolerate Diet DP.

berries & cream ? Did it last ?

Paige said...

I don't know why us Texans call it all coke either, and as a Texan that also spent a good portion of my life living in Atlanta, I often wondered why we do since that's where coke originates from. I do prefer Diet Dr Pepper (or DDP as I call it) to Diet Coke. (I only drink diet.) Cause that is all my parents drank growing up!

Also- recently I was at a mexican restaurant near my house in Philly and ordered a coke. They brought out a regular coke because they didn't have diet and it tasted SO GOOD! I figured that is was just tasting so good because I'm used to diet, but now I'm thinking it must have been the sugar you were talking about, as the coke was made in mexico, spanish writing and glass bottle and all! Very cool to know the REAL reason!

Lisa said...

I lived in Texas for a lot of years but I grew up in Kentucky. I can remember, as a little girl, we stopped at a restaurant, possibly in Tennessee. The waitress asked what I wanted to drink and I said "a coke." What I meant was a soft drink and I expected her to ask what kind. She didn't, and when she brought me a Coca-Cola I was quite disappointed. What I wanted was an Orange Crush.

Long story short - we referred to all soft drinks as cokes in Kentucky too. Great post!

eatme_delicious said...

This is a very intriguing brittle recipe! I'll have to save it and try making it with coke (actual coke).

Karee said...

I was born in San Antonio and still to this day call everything "coke". I live in Chicago now and get made fun of by my co-workers who say "pop". It makes me cringe every time I hear it. Anyway, around the corner from my condo is a place called Minnie's that carries the original Dr Pepper from Dublin in bottles. SO delicious! I am sure someone in NYC has it?! I mean Chicago Just got Shiner Bock last year! Thanks for writing your blog. I absolutely love it and it makes me miss home even more than I already do. :)

Homesick Texan said...

Allison--Get out of town! They have Dr Pepper beef jerky? That I must try!

Texichan--Oh good, another place to find Dublin Dr Pepper! And definitely try the peanuts in your coke.

Bee--I knew there was a reason I liked Nigella Lawson.

TxMominCT--It would be awesome if they switched back to cane sugar! And thanks for sharing that story about your great-grandfather. The Dr Pepper web site says it doesn't have prune juice, but I've also heard that rumor. Any excuse to drink more, eh?

Keith--Thanks! And it was the first time I made peanut brittle too, so you're in good company.

Ashley--Hope he enjoys it!

Chris--It's good stuff!

Lauren--If I'm ever in Hamilton, I know where to go!

Kate--Mineral? I wonder why? Ha!

Wheresmymind--Hmmmm, perhaps you need to have a conversation with your mother.

Becci--Yep, that's the perfect road trip food!

Leslie--I bet you can, I hear that Central Market is stocking it most of its stores.

SheltieGirl--Indeed!

Lee--Isn't it ironic and kind of sad? Hopefully that will change someday.

Mike--I can't wait to get some again myself!

Josh & Karale--I hope she enjoys the brittle!

Ann--Now why didn't I think of that! When I open my biscuit shack I'll definitely stock Dublin Dr Pepper. And next lobster boil I'm at, I know what I'm drinking.

Hillary--You should definitely try it!

Tommy--I never saw any but that sounds horrible! Sacrilege indeed!

Paige--You bet that's why it was so good--it was the real thing!

Lisa--Silly waitress! And good to know we Texans aren't alone in what we call our fizzy, sweetened drinks.

Eatme_delicious--I bet it's just as good with Coke (note the uppercase C).

Karee--What? No way! If you can get it in Chicago than perhaps there's hope for NY. Thanks for the tip!

Catherine said...

I think every southerner calls any soft drink a coke, no matter what it is. Up north, it's called 'pop' or 'soda pop'. And I always thought 'tea' meant sweet tea, until I traveled north :)

Danielle said...

I don't even really LIKE Dr. Pepper (had a few years in childhood where it was all I would have, everyday, and I think I overdosed), but being a misplaced Texan living in Australia, I saw some Dr. Pepper in a store this week, and I'm tempted to try it with peanuts now. I love your blog, keep it up it's amazing. Great photography. I also found chorizo sausage here.. I can't wait to try it tonight :).

Greg said...

Sorry to drift off topic here, but I guess y'all know that White Lily all purpose flour will no longer be produced at the old mill in Knoxville after the end of June?

The new brand owner is already producing the product in the North and claims that nobody will ever notice the difference.

Too late!! Southern bakers already know that the new White Lily just doesn't stack up.

Tragic. My biscuits will never be the same again.

Homesick Texan said...

Catherine--Too funny--tea up here is definitely not sweet tea!

Danielle--Thank you! And how fortunate you found chorizo all the way in Australia. I have a hard time finding Mexican chorizo in NYC,believe it or not.

Greg--I saw that--I can't believe they're closing the factory. What were they thinking?

Mrs. L said...

As a child,I have such fond memories of sitting on my Great Uncles lap with my little tiny glass of coke with peanuts while he had this HUGE glass of the same. This was in California, but he originally was from Arkansas. I haven't had the combo in years, but it might be something I make just for the memories.

Brave Sir Robin said...

Mmmm, I guess I take my ability to get Mexican Coke and Cane sugar Dr. Pepper for granted.

I'll trade you a six pack of Dr. Pepper for a six pack of Moxie!! (Not available down here.)

Melissa from Gainesville, Texas but now in Georgia said...

I'm sorry I'm just now getting around to posting my comment on Dr. Pepper & Peanuts. I just discovered your blog a few months ago and all I can say is Amen, Amen and Amen.
I am a Homesick Texan living in Georgia. Even though I have been here 19 years I will never be an ex-Texan.
For a number of years, I had been wanting to give a Texas-themed dinner party and show my friends here what a Texas Barbecue was like. I finally did that about three years ago. I made sure to bring back plenty of Texas paraphernalia like silk Bluebonnets, Flags, posters, maps, etc.... from one of my trips home.
Planned my menu to include brisket, mesquite-flavored grilled chicken, pintos, corn etc....dessert to include pecan pie (with pecans brought back from Texas), buttermilk pie and Texas Sheet Cake with Blue Bell Ice Cream which thankfully is now sold in Georgia (I almost wish it weren't if you know what I mean).
Anyway, the one thing I ABSOLUTELY had to have to complete my theme, was Dr. Pepper IN A BOTTLE. Having gone to college in Waco, having roots in Dublin (grandparents and great-grandparents buried there) this was a MUST. I searched all the grocery stores in the Atlanta area, called company headquarters, called all the soft drink distributors (never really thought about ordering on-line)and no one could find Dr. Pepper IN A BOTTLE in the Atlanta area for me. Finally was able to locate it in some outlying towns. So I drove 65 miles one-way to a store that was supposed to have it. Like a fool, I did not call first and got there and they were out. The store manager told me he ordered it for a man in Carolina who came thru on business and would pick it up for friends. So I called another store that was to have it, asked them to check the shelf and to hold it for me. So I drove another 83 miles one way to get my Dr. Pepper IN A BOTTLE. My dinner party was a huge success and that was the best tasting Dr. Pepper I had had in a long time. And yes...I had peanuts to go along with it. Love your site...will check back often to catch up on past blogs and recipes!

Melissa from Gainesville, Texas but now in Georgia said...

Ooops...in my long rambling post earlier, I should have been more specific and said it was GLASS bottles I was looking for. Dr. Pepper is indeed abundant in Atlanta in plastic bottles...but nothing is quite like drinking it out of a glass one though...especially with peanuts poured in.

Josh & Karale said...

I made the brittle today and it's so good! i love the addition of the cayenne!

jennifer said...

I moved from Fort Worth to Mazatlan, Mexico just over a year ago. Before I left, I laid in a supply of Dublin Dr Pepper. I am down to my last lonely two bottles in the refrigerator, and I just can't bring myself to open them. Because, when I do, they're gone, and that's just too sad to consider.

Dublin Dr Pepper is better than other pure cane Dr Pepper because all Dr Pepper is bottled with the local water, and the water there is just better. When we were traveling, I could never drink the Dr Pepper. The Dr Pepper bottled in Las Vegas, California, New York, etc. all tastes different. In fact, Dr Pepper is available here in Mazatlan, but I haven't been able to drink it until just a few months ago. It's bottled in Mexico City and tastes very different.

The next time you are making a pot of beans, instead of adding a beer, try adding a bottle of Dr Pepper. You'll love it.

Kristi said...

I'm a West Texan in Tennessee, and we just got a Jason's Deli in Nashville with the good stuff on tap. Hope you have them in NYC! Thanks for your nicely done blog.

Diane said...

As a Texan lost in the mountains of NC, I love this blog!! DP has always been a standard for every other coke to live up to. One day at work, after a very hard morning, I went to the convenience store and came back with my lunch--a bottle (plastic, not the same) of Dr Pepper and a bag a peanuts. As I sat down at the faculty table to eat lunch, that is all I had. After explaining about the true comfort food from Texas, they all just sat and stared as I had my lunch. From that day on anytime one of my staff comes to be with a problem, they bring a bottle of DP and a bag of peanuts with them...I will have to make hints about the REAL Dr Pepper from Dublin being available online! As a side note--I have home movies of my mother pouring real DP into my baby bottle when I was about 10 months old. I know....but it there any wonder I love the elixer?

Melissa in Georgia said...

I just returned from a trip to Texas. I was in the little towwn of Acton, about 50 miles from Dublin, and stopped at a gas station/convenience store for a "Coke". What a treat it was to discover they had Dublin Dr. Pepper in the fountain. They served both it and "regular" Dr. Pepper.

Sara said...

Hi there,

I made this recipe over the weekend. I wonder what I did differently than you? I was really excited because you mentioned the texture would be more like pralines. The brittle texture of peanut brittle is usually a turn off to me. (That and it often tastes burned. Is it easy to overcook it?) However the Dr Pepper and the praline texture were enough to lure me to make this. Also, it sounded like a fall food and although it's still crazy hot here in Austin, I wanted to pretend like it's fall. I was very sad to discover that my batch of Dr Pepper Peanut Brittle was...brittle! Also, the cayenne pepper was interesting to me. I've seen several sweet recipes adding cayenne recently and wondered what the trend is about. Now I know. I'm not sure I'll be jumping on the cayenne bandwagon, as sweet-hot things usually do not tempt me. (I'm not a huge fan of curry or Thai food for the same reason.)But it was fun to experiment.

As always, thanks for the fun blog and I'm sorry to hear about Ike's treatment of your hometown.

zayda said...

I am so excited to find your blog. My mom grew up in Brownsville and she always drank Peanuts in her pepsi.I'm a displaced Mexican living in Boston and I miss the down home cooking of my youth. I have a passion for tex mex cooking and can't wait to try several of your recipes.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you on all points! I grew up calling everything Coke, but now refer to them as soda, so perhaps it has something to do with generation? (We grew up in my great grandmothers house and she called everything Coke as well.)

And yes, Dublin Dr. Peppers are far superior. I live in Waco and my friend and I have made trips to Stephenville just to load up on six packs before! The other plus of living in Waco is being so close the the DP museum, where we can stop by on our lunch breaks and get a real FOUNTAIN Dr. Pepper, or maybe a DP float. Yummy! (They sell the syrup by the bottle- its great over ice cream!!)

We are the Guerra's! said...

There's a fried chicken place out off of 620 in Austin that has Dublin DP on tap, only place I've ever seen it...it's called Chicken Express. And I just discovered that my local Costco here in Austin sells cases of Mexican Coke for about $1 a bottle (16 bottles in the case, I think). I'm totally trying the brittle recipe tomorrow for last minute stocking stuffers!

Nikki said...

Aw man! If I'd known about the market for Dublin Dr. Pepper, I'd have filled up the car while I was driving through there on my way to my parents over Thanksgiving, but knowing how much my family loves Dr. Pepper, I probably wouldn't have made it back home with very much!

Oh well, maybe next visit!

Lona said...

I just stumbled upon this site when looking for a homemade flour tortilla recipe, and I have to say.. I think I'm addicted already!

I worked for a Dr. Pepper distributor for 2.5 years in my hometown, and until then, had never heard of Dublin Dr. Pepper. Now, it's a total treat when I find it!

As for cooking with Dr. Pepper, I've never done it, but as I am routinely required by family and friends to make numerous batches of peanut brittle around the holidays, this recipe is definitely my next experiment!

Oh.. and if you can find it - Dr. Pepper beef jerky! I am pretty sure you can find it via the website http://www.dublindrpepper.com/ , if not, do a search for it in google. Truly the BEST beef jerky I have ever had!

Peanut Butter Jo said...

Dr. Pepper Peanut Brittle!? I must say, I think that is pure genius! However anything with peanuts usually is. Great Recipe, Thanks!

George from Abbott, Texas said...

PD is my favorite, but peanuts are also great in Big Red. I offer this super easy recipe for Dr Pepper (or Big Red, or Root Beer) ice cream. In a 1 gallon freezer, mix a can of Eagle Brand Milk, and a two liter DP. Fill to the gallon line with milk and crank. Makes something between an ice cream and a sorbet. Doesn't refreeze well so just EAT IT ALL!!

Maria said...

Very creative way to enjoy brittle!

Bodanna said...

Hey there! Loved your post. I'm a homesick Texan myself, going to college out of state. I am definitely looking forward to trying some of that brittle though! :)

Anonymous said...

The Chicken Express near the University of No. Texas campus sells Dublin ON TAP -- and it's just a buck and a quarter for a large with crushed ice.

Dee-luxe

Eleanor said...

do you know where to buy dr. pepper in new york if you don't want to have it shipped in?

I live in the city and i can't find it anywhere!

Anne said...

I love peanut brittle - will try your recipe with some kind of 'pop' as we call soft carbonated drinks in the UK. I was brought up with lard too - maybe I need to render some. My mother (Norwegian) used to cook roast potatoes in lard. Love your blog. Anne, UK

Allison Kennedy said...

I'm a 5th generation native Texan (and my kids are 6th), and we are sadly moving from Austin, TX to Colorado this summer. So I'm starting a weekly "Texas Traditions" lesson for them. Tonight we had Dr. Pepper and peanuts! I got the Dublin in glass bottles, and they loved it! Thanks for posting this, and I'll be sure to follow your blog when I leave Texas. I'm even thinking of calling myself an expatriate. ;-)
Yours truly, Alli

Julie said...

Definitely going to try the brittle recipe - I'm a Dr Pepper freak.

The 'southerners call everything Coke' thing confuses me. I was born and raised in New Orleans and I don't know one person who does that. Everyone I know calls them soft drinks.

Anonymous said...

Just realized...
If the singer of the song was country before country was cool, then she is actually a hipster by technicality.

We found the first hipster!

Now the flannel shirts and giant beards/mustaches make so much sense.

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