Cookies and Fudge celebrate National Peanut Month

Milton, DE - March 10 2008 - In celebration of National Peanut Month (March), Bella's Cookies & Verdi Good (natural/organic cookie and candy companies) are releasing two, new peanut themed creations; "Peanut Butter Power" & "Python Peanut Butter Fudge." March is coincidentally National Nutrition month, with the peanut known for its many health benefits.

"Peanut Butter Power" is new cookie creation promoting the powerful health benefits of peanut butter, with Bella Leishear resembling Super Girl on the cookie's tag. "Creating a great peanut butter cookie recipe takes as much effort as creating a great chocolate chunk," said Mark Leishear (Director of Sales & Marketing) "there are many different types and tastes of peanut butter cookies; you have to experiment with each." Throughout last summer, test recipes of peanut butter cookies would be brought to various farmer's markets and data collected on each cookie variety. In the end, the winner was a crunchy peanut butter cookie with a sugary top, named "Peanut Butter Power" and is available in Bella's traditional double pack (2 - 3.25 oz cookies) for $3.99 and Baby Bella's (dozen .5 oz bite-size cookies) for $5.99.

Liam Leishear's candy company, Verdi Good, gives exotic animal names to each of their available products. Crocodile Chews, Great White Fudge, and Dinosaur Crunch are a current few. On the Bella's website, visitors can follow links to educational sites such as the National Geographic Society and learn in-depth facts about each of these animals. "Python Peanut Butter Fudge" is their newest named creation, and features a Burmese Python (among the largest snakes on earth, with adults capable of reaching 23 ft). Thick with organic peanut butter, this python fudge retails for $10.99 a pound.

Peanuts and peanut butter are smart options for consumers because they contribute more than 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients (like protein, vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese) and have zero cholesterol and no transfats. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) an ounce of peanuts provides more than 10% of the Daily Reference Value (DV) for protein and Niacin, while peanut butter is an excellent source of Niacin, containing 20% DV. Peanuts are also included on a list of recommended nuts that are lower in saturated fat & cholesterol, which may lower your chance of heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, the best way to accomplish this is to eat less saturated fat, trans fats and cholesterol, control your weight, and participate in physical activity for at least 30 minutes each day.

More information about Verdi Good or Bella's Cookies can be found by calling 302-684-8152 or visiting