In theory, I’m a fan of fresh peanut butter. In reality, I never loved the taste or the endless stirring of oil that floats to the top of the jar. Peanut Butter & Co. offers a middle ground where the peanut butter tastes delicious and comes without industrial ingredients like hydrogenated oil.
Not that this is health food. PB & Co’s palm oil will clog an artery, and PB & Co. adds sugar and chocolate as well. These are thick, sweet spreads – standing out more as a adult ingredient than beating Jif crunchy in a PB&J sandwich. A heaping spoonful of Cinnamon Raisin Swirl or the Dark Chocolate Dreams turns sliced apple into dessert. You could jazz up oatmeal or bake great cookies.
In the end, peanut butter isn’t a deep-thought food. We really like this stuff. We really like the texture of the Cinnamon Raisin Swirl. It tastes more homemade – or at least it did until I just tasted it again for this post and wondered whether the texture is actually crystals of sugar. We don’t want to know.
See the comments below. Peanut Butter & Co.’s varieties are available in Harris Teeter and at Giant. They’re also available at Whole Foods.