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Powell & Stokes

217 US 13 N, Windsor, NC - (800) 457-0005
Posted By Michael Stern on 3/16/2004 4:10:00 AM
We went to Bertie County to eat great barbecue – which we did – but while there, we also came across some beautiful peanuts. North of Windsor on Route 1 is Powell & Stokes, a decades-old farm supply and feed store that has also been processing peanuts since 1915. Thirty years ago, "Papa Jack" Powell started cooking them for visitors to the warehouse; and about 10 years ago his family started selling them. Bertie County peanuts are the best.

The specialty is "blister-fried nuts," which are boiled, then immersed in hot oil while still wet so they develop a wicked crunch. We know of few better munchies, with or without cocktails! From these big, plump jumbos, Powell & Stokes makes chocolate-covered peanuts, which are unspeakably delicious, as well as butterscotch peanuts and peanut brittle. Also available are burlap bags full of roasted-in-the shell peanuts and shelled redskins.

While we'd never discourage anyone from traveling to northeastern North Carolina – for the food, the fishing, the natural beauty – you needn't do so to get your hands on these superior nuts. Powell & Stokes is all set up to mail-order everything they make (except for chocolate peanuts in the hot summer months). Printed catalogues are available, and everything is listed on their website.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Chocolate Peanuts (9-ounce jar)
Blister-Fried Peanuts (10-ounce jar)
Peanut Brittle (9-ounce jar)
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Roasted peanuts come in burlap bags: plain, salty, or hot & spicy.
"Roasted peanuts come in burlap bags: plain, salty, or hot & spicy."
Michael Stern





Three varieties of nut available at Powell & Stokes. While the plain jumbo blister-fried nuts are superb, we love all the variations.
"Three varieties of nut available at Powell & Stokes. While the plain jumbo blister-fried nuts are superb, we love all the variations."
Michael Stern


Our road map, strewn with chocolate peanuts, all around the town of Windsor, home of Powell & Stokes.
"Our road map, strewn with chocolate peanuts, all around the town of Windsor, home of Powell & Stokes."
Michael Stern


Although Powell & Stokes started selling peanuts to the public in 1994, they have been buying, drying, cleaning, grading and selling them wholesale since 1915. If you like peanuts, you NEED to visit this place!
"Although Powell & Stokes started selling peanuts to the public in 1994, they have been buying, drying, cleaning, grading and selling them wholesale since 1915. If you like peanuts, you NEED to visit this place!"
Michael Stern


We spotted this bag of nuts in the corner of a local barber shop. We're not sure why they were there, but it seems perfectly normal in Bertie County to see peanuts wherever you go.
"We spotted this bag of nuts in the corner of a local barber shop. We're not sure why they were there, but it seems perfectly normal in Bertie County to see peanuts wherever you go."
Michael Stern



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