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The Best Use For Your Empty Jar of Peanut Butter

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We don't have to tell you about the frustration of getting the leftover dregs out of a nearly-empty jar—the peanut butter that hangs to the walls, the Nutella that clings to the bottom ridges.

It's even inspired inventions: an angled spoon that fits perfectly into peanut butter jar ridges, a double-sided jar. But for all the custom spoons and specially-made jars, there will always, always be a little bit you can't quite reach.

This morning, after we came across this video posted on Refinery29 for hot chocolate made from Nutella dregs, we began to think about other ways to use the same technique—of adding a food into the jar—to make the most our dregs. Our favorite solution? Peanut butter hot chocolate.

We actually kind of like you now, empty jar.
We actually kind of like you now, empty jar.

How to Make Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate:

  1. Warm roughly 8 ounces milk in the microwave or over the stove until hot, but not to the point of boiling.
  2. Place roughly 2 tablespoons of homemade hot cocoa mix or cocoa powder in your empty peanut butter jar, adding sugar to taste.
  3. Pour the warm milk into the jar, over the cocoa. Depending on how hot the milk is, you may need to use a dish towel to protect your hands.
  4. Shake vigorously for 45 seconds.
  5. Pour into a glass and drink up the peanut butter-chocolate goodness!
Photo by James Ransom

Other Foods to Try it With:

The best part of this idea is that you can do it with almost any of your nearly-empty jars. Here are a few ideas to get you started (just add the additions, shake, and serve!):

  • Jar of Honey + warm milk or kefir (to add to your smoothie!), or add soft butter for instant honey butter
  • Jar of Jam + coddled cream (for scones!) or yogurt (for breakfast!)
  • Jar of Apple Sauce + yogurt and granola
  • Jar of Peanut Butter + anything you need for overnight oats

How do you use your nearly empty jar dregs? Will you be making this hot chocolate? Tell us in the comments below!

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Tags: Peanut Butter, Tips & Techniques