Manba packs heat and nutritional value

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Did you know that peanuts come in four different types? Some like the Virginia peanuts are large and perfect to be used in gourmet snacks. Others like the Spanish peanuts are rather small, have a red-brown skin and are often used to make the famous red candied peanuts we all love, and runner peanuts are uniform, making them perfect for roasting. At Manba, we use Valencia peanuts. Known for having more kernels per shell and their bright red skin, they have the optimal size and, when turned into peanut butter, have a delightfully smooth texture and sweet taste.

Apart from varying in shapes, sizes and colors, did you know that peanuts also have many health benefits? Therefore, Manba spicy Haitian peanut butter not only packs heat but also has remarkable nutritional value.

Natural All the Way

Perhaps just like us, you grew up eating refined peanut butter – the one that’s stiff and whipped. You might wonder, why did it have that texture? Well, contrary to natural peanut butter, our childhood classic actually contained glycerin and hydrogenated oils, which keeps the oil from separating at the top, allowing it to stay semi-solid at room temperature for years!

On the other hand, at Dumornay Delis, we chose to offer natural peanut butter, meaning that we do not add any unnecessary oils, which contain trans-fat that increases the bad cholesterol in our blood, leading to inflammation and causing a myriad of health problems. Furthermore, today, in order to be labelled “peanut butter,” peanut butter only needs to contain 90% of peanuts.

We choose to be different. Each jar of Manba contains only peanuts, hot peppers, a touch of organic cane sugar and sea salt. You would rather no salt or organic sugar added? We offer a spicy peanut butter called Natural that is sugar-free and salt-free. Yes, you might have to stir our peanut butters before you eat them, but we think it’s well worth the effort to avoid the added hydrogenated oils, don’t you think?

Should Kids Also Eat Manba? Yes!

Did you know that 1 in 50 children in Canada have a peanut allergy? For a very long time, it has been a common belief that children should avoid eating nuts to minimize the risk of developing allergies. However, the number of children suffering from nut allergies continues to rise. This growing issue is what pushed researchers to investigate the link between peanut exposure and allergy development. The discovery was fascinating: delaying the introduction of peanuts to babies could in fact promote allergy development. This study showed that children without a peanut allergy who are exposed to peanuts on a regular basis had a much lower risk of developing a peanut allergy by the time they were 5 years old. Because of the small size of a peanut, it is recommended to introduce peanuts to children in a peanut butter form, making it safer and easier to consume. Our recommendation for your children? The Manba Original Mild peanut butter.

Aside from reducing risk of peanut allergies in children, peanut butter has also been found to help decrease childhood obesity. In a 12-week experiment, 257 obese children were given rigorous nutrition education classes, took part in physical activities and were fed healthy snacks. Half of the children received peanut butter 3-4 times per week as their afternoon snack. The other half consumed peanut butter fewer times than once per week. The result: those who snacked on peanut butter or peanuts experienced a greater decrease in body mass index compared to those who didn’t receive the regular peanut snack. Why is that? When consumed, peanut butter helps you to feel full, curb cravings and eat less throughout the day. Furthermore, peanut butter is packed with protein, meaning it helps maintain muscle.

Live Life with a bit of Spice

Did you ever wonder what happens when you eat something spicy like a tablespoon of hot Manba peanut butter? Why does one feel a burning sensation in your mouth or even on the tip of your lips? The answer is rather simple; hot peppers have a molecule called capsaicin. This molecule, when in contact with receptors in the mouth, eyes, skin, stomach and intestines send signals of pain and heat to the brain. The heat and burning sensation actually comes from the bad interpretation of the brain of this molecule. To protect itself from the pain, the brain releases endorphins, which gives the sensation of well-being and euphoria, and is why we continue consuming spicy foods… and why Manba is so addictive!

Not only do hot peppers create feel good sensations for our brain, but they also have incredible health benefits. Their antimicrobial properties are known for treating arthritis and psoriasis. Their regular consumption has also been associated with a longer lifespan, lower risks of cancer, coronary heart disease and respiratory diseases.

What do we do Now?

Now that we know the amazing health benefits of peanut butter and hot peppers, we should all eat even more Manba! For inspiration on different ways to incorporate Manba in your daily meals, check out our recipe page and fall in love with our spicy peanut butter!

From Mamba to Manba

You may have noticed that we recently changed the name of our spicy Haitian peanut butter from “D&D Mamba” to “Manba”. In Haitian Creole, both ‘mamba’ and ‘manba’ mean peanut butter, however, due to potential trademark issues regarding the name Mamba, we’ve decided to use Manba moving forward. The name has slightly changed but the recipe and taste are exactly the same! 

Thank you for your continued support and let us know if you have any questions.

D&D Mamba: More than just Spicy Peanut Butter

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Fact

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.

Who is D&D?

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. More importantly, Acceso tests the peanuts for aflatoxin (a bacteria that grows on peanuts when poorly stored) to make sure they meet Haitian and international standards. Every batch of Haitian peanuts D&D imports exceeds Canadian standards.

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.