CoffeeCorral_081816The Peanut Butter Protein Blast from the Coffee Corral. (Photo by Sherri Hall. Click to enlarge.)


coffee corral extThis week, PieHole‘s Cool Inside summer series gets its recommended daily allowance of the primary food groups — caffeine, peanut butter and chocolate —all in one cold cupful at a popular Red Bank coffee stop.Cofee corral drink 2In goes the chocolate sauce. (Photo by Sherri Hall. Click to enlarge.)

What is it called?

Peanut Butter Protein Blast

Where is it sold?

Coffee Corral

177 Drs. James Parker Boulevard

Red Bank



$5.80 for 16 ounces; $7.20 for 20 ounces; and $8.60 for the 24-ounce.

What’s in it?

According to shop co-owner Courtlyn Crosson, the Peanut Butter Protein Blast is made by blending ice, cold brew coffee or espresso, organic almond milk, Ghirardelli chocolate sauce, banana, peanut butter and whey protein powder together. The drink is finished with additional chocolate sauce.

Where did the idea for the Peanut Butter Protein Blast come from?

Crosson says that she started making the combination for her own lunch and later decided to put it on the menu. It has since become the most popular protein smoothie the shop offers.

Coffee Corral features a number of other protein smoothies, as well as a variety of coffee and espresso drinks. All coffee is roasted in-house by Courtlyn’s father and shop co-owner, Russ Crosson, who attended roasting school. The pair opened the shop out of a need for coffee on the West Side of town, says Courtlyn, and plan to open a second location by 2017.

What’s great about the Peanut Butter Protein Blast?

“It’s breakfast in a cup,” says Courtlyn, who notes that the filling drink can definitely serve as a meal replacement. “It’s great for after workouts too because it has caffeine, protein and peanut butter,” she says.

Fill in the blank with the first word that comes to mind:

If the Peanut Butter Protein Blast didn’t exist, life would be “boring.” (Courtlyn Crosson)

ICYMI, here are the previous stops on the Cool Inside tour of the Greater Red Bank Green and the featured treats:

Crazee’s for a homemade waffle bowl

Ryan’s Homemade Ice Cream for chocolate-covered strawberry ice cream in a waffle cone

Strollo’s Lighthouse for an “iceshake”

La Rosa’s Pastry Shop for frozen cannoli cream and cannoli chips

Hoffman’s for a Cookie Monster milkshake

Ralph’s for a chocolate-chip-cookie sundae

Rook for a New Orleans-style cold brew

Kitch Organic for a Flyin’ Hawaiian fruit smoothie

Gracie and the Dudes for a chocolate milkshake

Chill Bubble Tea for a lemon-strawberry ice bubble

Chocolate Works for a Candy Wonderland Shake

Juanito’s Bakery for a Bomba fruit smoothie