At the top of every peanut tin, you’ll see “MV’s Best”. MV is Mary Vaden, CEO of her Viriginia Cocktail® company which she started in her kitchen while raising four children. Vaden wanted to recapture the hospitable days of her youth, growing up in the Shenandoah Valley where families always had a tin of Virginia Peanuts around the house to offer guests.
Apparently Virginia cocktail peanuts are larger than other peanut varieties. To avoid the common greasy feel of peanuts, Vaden soaks the peanuts in water for a full hour before briefly dropping them in light oil (the water bath helps them resist absorbing so much oil). This makes their consistency crunchier than other brands. Now that sounds good!
I recently tried the milk chocolate-covered ones and had a hard time putting them down. In fact, I placed them on my kitchen counter fully intending to store them in the cupboard for occasional munching but they never made it in there. The whole family popped open the lid and within a day they were all gone. I loved the chocolate ones because they address the crunchy/salty craving people get when they are stressed and the chocolate they crave when they are down. Geez, it must have been a tough day around our household now that I think about it! Or, they were just that good. Yes, let’s go with that.
– CO IT Mom, Courtney
BUY IT: Tins are available in Sea Salt, Unsalted, Jalapeño, Cajun, Toffee and Milk Chocolate flavors. Virginia Cocktail peanuts are available nationwide and internationally in places like New York, LA, DC, Paradise Island, Dubai and Canada. People rave about the premium quality and crunch of these fine, large, hand prepared peanuts. Individual tins range from 4.9 oz. to 40 oz., $5 to $25. Gift bundles are 10 oz. to 40 oz., $27 to $50.