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best national brand peanut butter?

alkapal Sep 18, 2008 08:05 AM

i saw "skippy" brand on julia child's counter in her "kitchen" exhibit at the smithsonian!

what is your favorite, and why? thanks!

also, does your "chunky" brand differ from your "smooth" brand?

  1. KaimukiMan Mar 2, 2012 01:40 AM

    wow, an old thread that just wont die.

    cooks illustrated just released it's study of chunk style peanut butter and Jif Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter was their top pick. Previously they had picked Jif for creamy as well.

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    1. re: KaimukiMan
      goodhealthgourmet Mar 2, 2012 07:02 AM

      actually, that CI comparison is a year old.

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
        KaimukiMan Mar 3, 2012 11:14 AM

        ha, i looked at the date, but not the year. duhhhhhh

        1. re: KaimukiMan
          goodhealthgourmet Mar 3, 2012 04:52 PM

          i figured :) at least a year isn't that old!

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      inspector71 Feb 22, 2012 10:34 PM

      Greetings, everyone. I'm a newbie, so please be patient with me, but don't hesitate to advise me if I fall afoul of established protocols. Regarding the peanut butter question, I believe that Arrowhead Mills (out of Texas, I think) organic product is excellent. Its made with 100% roasted Valencia peanuts, and nothing else (unless you purchase the salted version, which is light on the sodium). I can no longer find it in the southeastern region of PA, so I obtain it via the Internet. Most of the Lancaster County farmer's markets (and there are several) carry Wampler's all-natural peanut butter, a fresh, locally produced product that is outstanding. The peanuts are roasted on-site, and the aroma defies any effort to pass by without purchasing a container of it. If you're a PB fanatic, and passing through PA Dutch country, I recommend acquiring a container to go.

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      1. re: inspector71
        KaimukiMan Feb 23, 2012 12:11 AM

        no faux pas that i could see. try to avoid calling people names or telling them what a ninny they are and you should be just fine. not that disagreements are bad, just how they are approached. Until reading this thread I never realized that aside from a couple of big brands how many smaller regional peanut butters there are. Very interesting.

        and welcome to chowhound inspector71

        1. re: KaimukiMan
          LindaWhit Feb 23, 2012 10:21 AM

          I love the word ninny. ;-) And inspector, I've had the Wamplers a LONG time ago when I lived in central PA. Good stuff.

        2. re: inspector71
          FriedClamFanatic Feb 23, 2012 03:12 AM

          HEY!..........perfect post!........Keep them coming..............and since I'm over by Wilmington, where can I find Wamplers locally? I have tried Arrowhead......it's good too. But lately, Something is driving up the price of PB.........so I go more to the store brands for sandwiches,etc

        3. iL Divo Feb 2, 2011 06:20 AM

          old post, didn't see date, oh well.
          I know this is meant for this country but I don't buy it here any longer.
          I buy Canadian. that's a thumbs up to the superior texture of the Skippy and Kraft brands.
          I only buy extra creamy, it's like budduh

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            FriedClamFanatic Feb 2, 2011 06:16 AM

            many.many.many(!) years ago I invested in one of those Salton Peanut Butter Makers. It made ok P-nut butter, but..........for a real taste treat, some Cashew butter (with sea salt added) is almost a gourmet treat!

            1. goodhealthgourmet Apr 23, 2009 10:30 AM

              ok, so i just tried a new (to me) brand that i picked up at the supermarket yesterday, and it is, without a doubt, the BEST natural PB i've ever had...

              Crazy Richard's.

              it has a rich, deep peanut flavor with a hint of sweetness that almost makes you think there's sugar in there...but there isn't - it's nothing but roasted peanuts. this stuff is *insanely* good. the jar isn't going to last very long!

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              1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                chowser Apr 23, 2009 12:06 PM

                I used to love Crazy' Richard's and can find it in a conventional grocery store. But, side by side with Maranatha and I still prefer Maranatha. CR is a close second and easier to buy, though.

                1. re: chowser
                  goodhealthgourmet Apr 23, 2009 02:13 PM

                  i'd never seen CR before because i primarily shop at WFM, TJ's, and independent natural grocers...but i wandered into Pathmark yesterday and discovered it. definitely cheaper than Maranatha!

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                    prezbucky Jan 25, 2011 10:09 PM

                    Jif smooth -- nice rich, peanuty flavor.

                    To me, Skippy is really dry and bland... and Peter Pan is too sweet.

                    Kroger makes a decent (and cheap...) PB as well.

                    I'm not a big fan of the all-natural PBs -- bland and coarse/grainy.

                    Maybe I'm a fan of molasses and sugar, or at least the proportions present in Jif.

              2. cassoulady Apr 23, 2009 08:30 AM

                TEDDIE, for sure.

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                  jaypeezy Apr 23, 2009 08:13 AM

                  having been on a ketogenic diet for the past few months..peanut butter is one of my "treats"...

                  my faves so far are..
                  -laura scudders natural
                  -trader joe's organic crunchy

                  i have some adam's pb on the way from their site since i could not manage to find it in store...anyone have an opinion on that?

                  1. mollyomormon Apr 22, 2009 02:43 PM

                    Trader Joe's chunky valencia peanut butter with golden flaxseeds. I love peanut butter and this is the most peanut-ty tasting peanut butter I've ever had.

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                    1. re: mollyomormon
                      goodhealthgourmet Apr 22, 2009 03:59 PM

                      mollyo, does the PB with flax contain any added salt or sugar? i might have to look for that one!

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                        mollyomormon Apr 22, 2009 04:09 PM

                        I believe that there is added salt but no sugar. I'll have to check the label and get back to you on whether that's for sure. It's sooo delicious!

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                          goodhealthgourmet Apr 22, 2009 05:56 PM

                          don't worry about it - i have to go there tomorrow anyway so i'll take a look. thanks for the rec!

                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                            mollyomormon Apr 23, 2009 12:29 PM

                            in case others were wondering, i just checked and the ingredients are roasted valencia peanuts, golden flaxseeds and sea salt.

                            1. re: mollyomormon
                              goodhealthgourmet Apr 23, 2009 02:11 PM

                              well, considering that i just got back from TJ's & realized i forgot to look [sheepish grin], i'm glad you posted it! :)

                              i have to finish this new jar of Crazy Richard's i just opened (which shouldn't take too long because this stuff is *insanely* good), and then i may try the TJ's...it depends on the sodium content - i don't like salty PB.

                      2. re: mollyomormon
                        Jen76 Apr 22, 2009 03:59 PM

                        I love the valencia creamy PB at TJ's. It's incredibly good. I could eat it right off the spoon. I tried some JIF at my mom's house not too long ago. I really don't get the love of these PBs with the added oil in them. I thought it tasted totally weird! My grandmother only ever bought natural PB and since I spent so much of my childhood with my grandparents, I guess I never developed a taste for Skippy or JIF style PB.

                        1. re: mollyomormon
                          aynrandgirl Apr 22, 2009 09:25 PM

                          I've tried peanut butter with flax oil and it was horrible. Very un-peanuty.

                          1. re: aynrandgirl
                            mollyomormon Apr 23, 2009 12:29 PM

                            this is with the actual flaxseeds. it's really delicious.

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                          harrison Apr 22, 2009 02:28 PM

                          My latest go to is Brad's creamy. I like Trader Joe's as well.

                          1. jfood Apr 16, 2009 04:05 PM

                            jfood just finished a jar of JIF and opened a jar of Skippy. He likes Skippy much better.

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                              mpjmph Apr 16, 2009 11:36 AM

                              I love Trader Joe's natural,salted, creamy because it's so smooth. If I want something more rustic then Smucker's natural.

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                                CRAM Apr 16, 2009 11:03 AM

                                JIF!!! Intense, pure peanut flavor! Skippy and Peter Pan pale in comparison.

                                Can't speak to chunky, as I haven't eaten it since I was a kid.

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                                1. re: CRAM
                                  LaLa Apr 17, 2009 06:12 AM

                                  I like smooth Jif the best.

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                                  aynrandgirl Sep 29, 2008 11:48 AM

                                  Of the sweetened brands, I like Jif the best. Reese's has an unpalatable aftertaste. Natural peanut butters are good too, so long as they have enough salt (~100) and don't use Valencia peanuts. I can't stand how they taste, but a lot of brands treat them as "premium" peanuts.

                                  1. MMRuth Sep 29, 2008 10:31 AM

                                    It may not count as a 'national' brand, but I like Whole Food's 365 brand chunky peanut butter, no sugar added.

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                                      Al_Pal Sep 28, 2008 11:25 AM

                                      I'm really digging the Skippy Natural peanut butter. Just peanuts and sea salt. But SUPER good. I was buying the organic creamy kind for a while, but I just HATE that oil that sits on top of the peanut butter until you mix it in. I always end up making a mess, and it never comes out evenly.

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                                      1. re: Al_Pal
                                        Laura D. Sep 28, 2008 11:30 AM

                                        I believe that Skippy Natural has other ingredients in it besides peanuts and sea salt...perhaps Palm Oil is one of them? I don't have a jar in front of me but I'm pretty sure I remember reading the label and thinking that it was odd that it was called "natural" when it wasn't just peanuts and salt. It is pretty tasty, though, yet also has the tendency to make me mildly nauseous. Actually, all peanut butter seems to be both delicious and nauseating for me.

                                        1. re: Laura D.
                                          Jen76 Sep 28, 2008 11:35 AM

                                          It has peanuts, sugar, palm oil and salt. I don't know what the order of the ingredients are. They are all "natural" ingredients, but as far as I'm concerned, it's not "natural" peanut butter. But, that's just me.

                                          1. re: Jen76
                                            OCAnn Sep 28, 2008 11:42 AM

                                            ITA. To me, "natural" is peanuts & salt.

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                                              MsDiPesto Sep 29, 2008 10:07 AM

                                              Agree, while I liked the taste of the Skippy Natural, I need to avoid the Palm Oil and Sugar content. Now I buy either Trader Joe's or Smucker's (creamy, usually), and enjoy the pure peanut taste.

                                        2. re: Al_Pal
                                          Ruth Lafler Apr 22, 2009 04:34 PM

                                          When I buy a jar of "natural" peanut butter I leave it out on the counter and turn it over once or twice a day. Every time it's turned over, the oil starts percolating back up to the new "top." After a few days of turning it over and letting the oil rise through the solids, the oil has mixed itself back in.

                                        3. BobB Sep 23, 2008 07:46 AM

                                          Simply JIF. That is, not simply JIF, "Simply JIF." That's what they call the one with less sugar and salt than the regular JIF. And smooth, of course. I went through a crunchy phase in my youth but we don't talk about that any more.

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                                          1. re: BobB
                                            LindaWhit Sep 23, 2008 08:21 AM

                                            I'll have to check that one out, BobB - thanks.

                                            1. re: LindaWhit
                                              Laura D. Sep 23, 2008 05:40 PM

                                              I like to use Simply Jif when I am baking (things like peanut butter buttercream) since it doesn't add as much sweetness to the baked good that already has a lot of sugar.

                                            2. re: BobB
                                              KaimukiMan Sep 23, 2008 08:07 PM

                                              i think it is interesting that while it has 33% less sugar, it has exactly the same calories. Guess there just isnt that much sugar in the regular jif either.

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                                                Brisbane Sep 23, 2008 09:06 PM

                                                I like Laura Scudder's-smooth and creamy.

                                                1. re: KaimukiMan
                                                  BobB Sep 24, 2008 06:21 AM

                                                  Or goes to show that most of the calories come from fat, not sugar.

                                                  1. re: BobB
                                                    Ruth Lafler Apr 22, 2009 04:30 PM

                                                    Exactly. Reducing the sugar in something rarely reduces the calories, anyway.

                                                    The nutrition information is calculated by weight. If a "serving" is 30 grams of peanutbutter and you take out a third of the sugar, you have to replace it with something to make up the 30 grams. Unless what you add has no calories (water, undigestible fiber), then you're not going to be reducing the calories significantly. Since peanuts are naturally high in fat, and since fat has more than twice as many calories as sugar per gram, if by taking out the sugar there's more actual peanut in your peanutbutter, you might even increase the calories.

                                                    That's why, for example, low-sugar cereal has as essentially as many calories per 30 grams as high-sugar cereal. Virtually all the calories in dry cereal come from carbohydrates and there's essentially no water. If you take out the sugar, that means there's more grain. Same number of calories, just carbohydrates from grain instead of from carbohydrates from sugar.

                                                2. re: BobB
                                                  BobB Feb 23, 2012 06:22 AM

                                                  Since this old thread has been bumped I thought I'd chime in and say that since I made this comment 3 1/2 years ago, Simply Jif has gone way downhill - they did something that reduced the peanut flavor, and the last jar of it I bought was practically tasteless, I threw it out unfinished.

                                                  The good news is, I have found a new product that is even better than Jif was at its best, but it's not a national brand. It's made by Peanut Butter & Co of New York. I buy it at a local gourmet shop here in Boston. It's worth looking for, or even ordering online, if like me you crave a traditional-style (not hippie-style) peanut butter that really tastes like peanuts.


                                                  1. re: BobB
                                                    LindaWhit Feb 23, 2012 10:20 AM

                                                    BobB, I *know* I've seen that brand in stupidmarkets in our area as well, not just in gourmet shops. Yup - just checked - Whole Foods, Shaws, & Hannafords all carry it. Not sure if the price would be lower, but can't hurt to check out Shaws, if there's one near you.

                                                    1. re: LindaWhit
                                                      BobB Feb 23, 2012 10:54 AM

                                                      I shop regularly at Shaw's and haven't seen it, but I'll look closer next time I'm there. Thanks for the tip!

                                                      1. re: BobB
                                                        BobB Feb 25, 2012 11:43 AM

                                                        They don't carry it at the Packard's Corner Shaw's. Will try WF.

                                                        1. re: BobB
                                                          inspector71 Feb 26, 2012 03:16 PM

                                                          Sorry, folks. I have no idea where/if Wampler's PB can be found outside of the Lancaster County area. In Lanco, its available at the Farmers Markets at Roots (Tuesday's, Manheim), and Green Dragon (Fridays, Ephrata). I haven't been there for a spell, but the market in downtown Lancaster MAY carry it. A good place to score Wampler's daily is at a natural/health food store in Lancaster called "Rhubarb's." I don't suggest flying cross-country for it, but if you're visiting or passing through PA Dutch country, be sure to try it (as well as their honey). Good stuff! Best wishes to all!

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                                                  jeanmarieok Sep 22, 2008 05:01 AM

                                                  Reese's Peanut Butter (smooth) and Skippy Super Chunk are my favorites.....

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                                                    dolores Sep 28, 2008 09:42 AM

                                                    jeanmarieok, what part of the country are you in?

                                                    I've looked everywhere and no Reese's PB. I can't even find it on their (Hershey) site! TIA.

                                                    1. re: dolores
                                                      coney with everything Sep 29, 2008 11:41 AM

                                                      Hey dolores, I'm in Michigan and I've seen it here. But apparently they've discontinued the crunchy version

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                                                    goop Sep 21, 2008 10:28 PM

                                                    Skippy (smooth kind if spread on toast)..... luv, luv, luv it! I will eat it straight out of the jar. I've tried Jif but found it to be sweeter (which i wasn't very fond of). Is it just me? I grew up on Skippy so perhaps i'm just biased.

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                                                      lagatta Sep 21, 2008 01:02 PM

                                                      Best national brand here is President's Choice "Just Peanuts". I can't stand the stuff with HFCS and strange hydrogenated fats added.

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                                                      1. re: lagatta
                                                        Paulustrious Apr 22, 2009 02:52 PM

                                                        Try going to Bulk Barn. (For others: that's oneof those places with big bins containing oats, rice, candies etc). You spoon the peanut butter into containers. But it is made from just peanuts.

                                                        1. re: Paulustrious
                                                          goodhealthgourmet Apr 22, 2009 03:55 PM

                                                          unfortunately for many of us, we don't have Bulk Barn in the States! boo.

                                                          many Whole Foods Market locations do offer the option of grinding your own various nut butters, but i'm guessing Bulk Barn has better prices :)

                                                      2. Passadumkeg Sep 21, 2008 04:11 AM

                                                        Teddie Natural Super Chunky, no salt for Red Sox Nation!

                                                        1. L_W Sep 20, 2008 04:50 PM

                                                          Honestly any! PB is my fave food and I will take it in any way, shape or form. That said, if I HAD to choose, it would be fresh ground from the health store or local farm. After that...I do love Peter Pan Whipped, Skippy Natural, Simply Jif....oh, jeez...just gimme them ALL!

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                                                            HLing Sep 20, 2008 10:01 AM

                                                            Arrowhead Mills : Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter. Love the roasted flavor, and that it comes in a large glass jar. Nothing added, but doesn't taste raw like some of the other brands.

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                                                            1. re: HLing
                                                              alkapal Sep 20, 2008 10:13 AM

                                                              are valencias the variety that most pb is made with, i wonder?

                                                              1. re: alkapal
                                                                HLing Sep 20, 2008 10:43 AM

                                                                I'm not sure. On the jar it says "Made from Valencia peanuts, Smaller and sweeter than other peanuts, they are dried by sunshine, roasted and unblanched for sheer perfection!"

                                                                1. re: alkapal
                                                                  aynrandgirl Sep 20, 2008 03:46 PM

                                                                  No, I think Georgia peanuts are. Valencias taste different, I don't like them. Fortunately, Valencias are usually used only in "gourmet" peanut butters, so it's easy avoid them.

                                                                  1. re: aynrandgirl
                                                                    Will Owen Sep 20, 2008 06:03 PM

                                                                    Trader Joe's Organic PB is made with Valencias, and their regular (inorganic?) is not. The organic tastes too sweet to me, but while Mrs. O agrees with me on that, she's learned that conventionally-grown peanuts are likely to have been grown in soil historically doused with insecticides and artificial fertilizers, so we just deal with the sweetness.

                                                              2. chowser Sep 20, 2008 08:25 AM

                                                                I grew up on Jif and used to eat it by the spoonfuls. I switched over to natural as an adult and love Maranatha, both chunky and smooth. I tried Jif recently and it tasted like peanut butter flavored Crisco.

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                                                                1. re: chowser
                                                                  goodhealthgourmet Sep 22, 2008 06:22 AM

                                                                  i'm completely with you on the Jif, chowser. my dad buys those huge jars at Costco and i recently tried a bite out of curiosity.

                                                                  it was like eating sweetened, PB-flavored grease. i spit it out in the sink.

                                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                    dolores Sep 22, 2008 06:32 AM

                                                                    Wow. Poor JIF.

                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                      lagatta Sep 22, 2008 06:35 AM

                                                                      Oh, I've had guests buy it. You can't give partly-consumed food to food banks, so alas I just threw it away.

                                                                      Funny, I'm not averse to the occasional outright junk like potato chips, but I can't stand "real" food being adulterated in that way.

                                                                      1. re: lagatta
                                                                        dolores Sep 22, 2008 06:49 AM

                                                                        >>I can't stand "real" food being adulterated in that way.

                                                                        I see your point.

                                                                        And yet people still buy ice cream.

                                                                        1. re: dolores
                                                                          OCAnn Sep 22, 2008 10:39 PM

                                                                          "And yet people still buy ice cream."

                                                                          There is an unadulterated ice cream; Breyer's vanilla contains no carageenan or guar gum (which is why it's one of my favourites).

                                                                          1. re: OCAnn
                                                                            dolores Sep 23, 2008 01:19 AM

                                                                            Yes, and it's awful.

                                                                            More awful than the healthy peanut butter.

                                                                            1. re: dolores
                                                                              alkapal Sep 23, 2008 01:28 AM

                                                                              i like breyers vanilla with the vanilla specks....

                                                                              and ocann, let's start a club : "sisters against guar gum". (sagg)

                                                                              er, on second thought, let's not. ;-)

                                                                              1. re: alkapal
                                                                                Passadumkeg Sep 23, 2008 03:18 AM

                                                                                Reese's peanut butter ice cream?
                                                                                Peace dudes.

                                                                                1. re: alkapal
                                                                                  OCAnn Sep 28, 2008 11:41 AM

                                                                                  LOL...while I like adulterated ice creams (B&Js) too, the Breyers vanilla w/the bean specks is a simple, beautiful thing. I won't consume any other type of vanilla ice cream. It's good too, with a dollop of PNB.

                                                                        2. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                          Passadumkeg Sep 22, 2008 07:16 AM

                                                                          I'm with ya, goodhealtgourmet. The last time we had Skippy was 15 years ago, in Bolivia. I brought back 2 huge jars from the State for the kids a a planned month long train and bus tip throug Chile and Argentina at Christmas vacation. My wife and I eat anything, but we lugged along the Skippy thinking that we could always find bread and bottled drinks for the elementary school aged kids and they'd survive. They got to hate the Skippy and started eating local Chilean and Argentine food that I never thought they'd touch.
                                                                          One lives in Seoul and the other leaves to teach in Thailand this Sunday. thanks Skippy for turning our boys into chowhounds.

                                                                        3. re: chowser
                                                                          operagirl Apr 22, 2009 10:37 PM

                                                                          Seconding your recommendation of Maranatha. I've been eating a tablespoon before bedtime lately -- yum! Their almond butter is also amazing -- all their nut butters are "double ground" and the consistency is silky and wonderful.

                                                                        4. toodie jane Sep 20, 2008 07:16 AM

                                                                          Trader Joe's organic chunky. Peanuts and salt, that's all. So good.

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                                                                            Alfred G Sep 19, 2008 11:10 PM

                                                                            Consumer's Reports just did a taste test and voted Smucker's Natural and Smucker's Organic as the best. Right behind them are Peter Pan and Jif. I prefer Peter Pan.

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                                                                            1. re: Alfred G
                                                                              OCAnn Sep 28, 2008 02:50 PM

                                                                              Here's another PNB report/rating for anyone interested: http://www.consumersearch.com/www/kit...

                                                                              ConsumerSearch rated Skippy and Smuckers Natural best in their categories. Though I'm a Laura Scudder's lover, I'll now have to give Smuckers Natural a try....

                                                                            2. mamaciita Sep 19, 2008 04:03 PM

                                                                              I heard recently that Jason Bateman said--while explaining his diet-and-exercise regime--there's a 300-pound man in here who's dying to get out. (Or something like that). Well, I can readily identify with that phenomenon, so we keep Jif Extra Crunchy--Household PB and Reese's creamy--mom's breakfast PB.

                                                                              I scoop through the Extra Crunchy Jif like I do ice cream with Stuff in it. The more Stuff, the more compelled I feel to dig it out. Also, it takes a LOT more crunchy to slather an English muffin than it does creamy.

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                                                                              1. re: mamaciita
                                                                                dolores Sep 20, 2008 07:43 AM

                                                                                Yes, that's the one I tried for awhile. Extra Crunchy. Figured I don't like crunchy PB (I hate 'stuff' in my ice cream too) so I'd eat it slower.

                                                                                Yeah, right.

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                                                                                pickledtink Sep 19, 2008 09:03 AM

                                                                                I grew up wtih the "natural" stuff, so skippy/jif/peter-an all taste "wrong" to me. Maybe its the sugar or the stabilizers?
                                                                                I don't eat a lot of PB these days, but if I do, I like Teddie or Smucker's Natural. However, if I can get it freshly made from one of those in-store grinders I will.

                                                                                1. ArikaDawn Sep 19, 2008 07:32 AM

                                                                                  Reduced Fat Jif, smooth

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                                                                                    mamaciita Sep 19, 2008 04:04 PM

                                                                                    Just curious--why Reduced Fat?

                                                                                    1. re: mamaciita
                                                                                      ArikaDawn Sep 19, 2008 08:10 PM

                                                                                      It tastes better to me and is less oily. It even smells better. If only regular is available, I pass.


                                                                                    2. re: ArikaDawn
                                                                                      lexpatti Sep 23, 2008 04:52 AM

                                                                                      If anyone is looking for a really reduced fat peanut butter, we have switched to this awesome product that is completely dried peanuts (just add water), Called PB2 - This co. found a way to extract the oil out. It's really good (particularly if you are watching your fat/calories but love peanut butter every once in a while). I could eat celery and peanut butter big time. Great for camping too, only needs water. YOu can make it thick or thin, up to you.

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                                                                                        alkapal Sep 23, 2008 05:05 AM

                                                                                        lexpatti, thanks for that. what a great idea, for straight-out eating, or for flavoring cakes, cookies, asian sauces..... lots of ideas spring to mind!

                                                                                        1. re: alkapal
                                                                                          lexpatti Sep 23, 2008 05:19 AM

                                                                                          Ya, I haven't played with like the peanut dressing on noodles but it's on my list. Or satay dipping sauce.

                                                                                          1. re: alkapal
                                                                                            lexpatti Sep 23, 2008 05:20 AM

                                                                                            ooops, meant to include this link for ordering:

                                                                                            someone brought it to ww class with crackers and we were all hooked.

                                                                                      2. KaimukiMan Sep 18, 2008 07:57 PM

                                                                                        for decades i was a skippy super chunk devotee, then they had this ridiculous sale on jif one day when i happened to need peanut butter. its true, it does taste more like fresh peanuts. Less salty, less sweet. An adult peanut butter perhaps??

                                                                                        i still like skippy, but recently I've been buying jif.

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                                                                                        1. re: KaimukiMan
                                                                                          coney with everything Sep 19, 2008 05:47 AM

                                                                                          JIF chunky. One of my Costco staples--two big honking jars for $7.99

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                                                                                            jmckee Sep 19, 2008 08:50 AM

                                                                                            I like Jif smooth, but also by the honking jars at Costco. At the rate I go through the stuff, gotta save where I can.

                                                                                            I also like various "natural" and organic brands.

                                                                                            Planters used to make peanut butter, years and years ago, that I still remember fondly.

                                                                                        2. Kajikit Sep 18, 2008 03:36 PM

                                                                                          Smuckers natural... I do NOT want sugar, palm oil, or hydrogenated oils in my peanutbutter thank you, just peanuts and salt.

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                                                                                          1. re: Kajikit
                                                                                            jacquelyncoffey Sep 18, 2008 05:59 PM

                                                                                            Try Reese's brand PB, I think it's really good, Jif if I can't find Reese's, won't buy Skippy, too sweet for me.

                                                                                            1. re: jacquelyncoffey
                                                                                              diablo Sep 18, 2008 06:09 PM

                                                                                              Skippy *Natural*, creamy. Not a fan of chunky. I used to buy Smucker's natural, tried the Skippy once and I never went back. I keep a jar at home and a jar at work. Nary a day goes by that I don't have it for breakfast (on english muffin) or mid-morning snack (spread on bananas)

                                                                                              1. re: jacquelyncoffey
                                                                                                Janet from Richmond Sep 19, 2008 05:02 AM

                                                                                                Reese's is SOOOOOO good. I tried it after someone on CH mentioned it and it is the best.

                                                                                                1. re: Janet from Richmond
                                                                                                  dolores Sep 19, 2008 05:38 AM

                                                                                                  Reese's, huh?

                                                                                                  Uhhhh ohhh.

                                                                                                  1. re: dolores
                                                                                                    mamaciita Sep 19, 2008 03:55 PM

                                                                                                    Try. The. Reese's.

                                                                                                    Put. Down. The. Spoon.

                                                                                                    (Buy two jars--they're small.)

                                                                                                    1. re: mamaciita
                                                                                                      dolores Sep 20, 2008 07:41 AM

                                                                                                      Thanks, mamaciita, it's on my grocery list!

                                                                                              2. re: Kajikit
                                                                                                Marge Sep 19, 2008 05:48 AM

                                                                                                I agree! And I don't know if it's national, but my local supermarket (Shop-rite) makes a store-brand organic all natural super chunky peanut butter which is even better than Smuckers.

                                                                                              3. ipsedixit Sep 18, 2008 02:34 PM


                                                                                                Best mouthfeel and peanut taste.

                                                                                                I also like to sprinkle some salt on my PB.

                                                                                                1. cassoulady Sep 18, 2008 01:41 PM


                                                                                                  1. OCAnn Sep 18, 2008 09:22 AM

                                                                                                    Laura Scudder's, nutty.

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                                                                                                    1. re: OCAnn
                                                                                                      DiningDiva Sep 19, 2008 11:04 AM

                                                                                                      Woo-Hoo, Laura Scudder Nutty rocks. Best commercial PNB on the market, getting harder and harder to find.

                                                                                                      1. re: DiningDiva
                                                                                                        OCAnn Sep 19, 2008 11:34 AM

                                                                                                        It's one of the few, pure PNB that's made with two ingredients: peanuts & salt.

                                                                                                        Outside of nostalgia, I don't understand the taste preference of CHs who like PNB adulterated with hydrogentated vegetable oil & diglycerides.... =P

                                                                                                        1. re: OCAnn
                                                                                                          KaimukiMan Sep 19, 2008 12:52 PM

                                                                                                          I looked at the jif website and reading the ingredients there are hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats/oils. But on the nutritional information it says 0 grams of trans-fats. Skippy's website didn't list ingredients (how odd) but also says 0 grams of trans-fats. Not sure how you can have hydrogenated oils and no trans fats.

                                                                                                          1. re: KaimukiMan
                                                                                                            alkapal Sep 19, 2008 01:05 PM

                                                                                                            it may have to do with "serving size", as there is a de minimis exception to the disclosure/declaration regs. we saw this with mayo, too, iirc.

                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                              goodhealthgourmet Sep 19, 2008 05:43 PM

                                                                                                              alkapal is right...unfortunately, if one serving contains less than 1 gram of trans fat, the company is allowed to label the product as having "0 grams trans fat."

                                                                                                              however, it *can't* be labeled "trans fat free" or "free of trans fat."

                                                                                                              it's absurd.

                                                                                                              bottom line...if the word "hydrogenated" appears anywhere in the ingredient list, the product DOES contain trans fat.

                                                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                                                                dolores Sep 20, 2008 07:41 AM

                                                                                                                Ah, cool, I'm glad to know that. No wonder it tastes so good.

                                                                                                                Interesting that recipes call for peanut butter specify that natural PB NOT be used.

                                                                                                                1. re: dolores
                                                                                                                  alkapal Sep 20, 2008 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                  sometimes the emulsifiers in the less "natural" pb cause them to blend better with other recipe ingredients (not separating, smoother...)

                                                                                                          2. re: OCAnn
                                                                                                            DiningDiva Sep 19, 2008 02:11 PM

                                                                                                            Yep. Peanuts and salt, that's it. I grew up eating this stuff. To this day if I see it in the store I'll buy it just to stock up. I didn't have any problems finding it in NorCal, but San Diego is another story, or maybe it's just the stores in my neighborhood.

                                                                                                            Not so wild about having to manually mix in the oil that's separated out as I always seem to miss getting some of the bottom of the jar mixed in, but Laura Scudder is so good, it just doens't really matter.

                                                                                                            1. re: DiningDiva
                                                                                                              Will Owen Sep 19, 2008 02:29 PM

                                                                                                              If you're in SD, you should have Trader Joe's access, and in my books TJ's PB is right up there with Laura Scudder's. I'd say Smucker's, too, except that I will never buy nor recommend any of their products again.

                                                                                                              1. re: Will Owen
                                                                                                                Jen76 Sep 20, 2008 10:41 PM

                                                                                                                Agreed. TJ's PB is quite good, though a tad runny. It's quite a bit less expensive than Laura Scudder's too. But I do love Laura Scudders. Peanuts and salt. That's what I grew up with too. The others just taste weird and chemically to me. Not knockin' anyone's preferences - I certainly get my share of shelf stable evil fats from other nasty pop culture foods. ;)

                                                                                                                1. re: Will Owen
                                                                                                                  Sharuf Sep 21, 2008 03:17 AM

                                                                                                                  Will, what's your problem with Smuckers?

                                                                                                                  1. re: Will Owen
                                                                                                                    dolores Sep 21, 2008 04:04 AM

                                                                                                                    On TJ's non-organic PB, I tried the salted and unsalted and I found the salted waaaaay too salty. I was surprised.

                                                                                                                    Will, I have Smucker's (and Reeses) on my grocery list as a 'must try' -- what's wrong with it?

                                                                                                                    1. re: dolores
                                                                                                                      Jen76 Sep 21, 2008 08:31 PM

                                                                                                                      That's odd since it has the same sodium content per serving as Skippy and regular JIF.

                                                                                                                      I'm also curious about the Smuckers comment. Laura Scudder's is a Smucker's brand anyways.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Jen76
                                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Sep 22, 2008 06:18 AM

                                                                                                                        "That's odd since it has the same sodium content per serving as Skippy and regular JIF. "
                                                                                                                        actually, it makes perfect sense. since TJ's doesn't contain sugar or emulsifiers, there's nothing else to mask or mute the flavor of the salt...so you taste it more clearly.

                                                                                                                  2. re: DiningDiva
                                                                                                                    lkrier Mar 4, 2012 09:45 AM

                                                                                                                    I grew up in San Diego, eating Laura Scudder's. I couldn't find it when I moved out of California (but I believe Smuckers is actually the same brand). We could always find Laura Scudder's at Vons.

                                                                                                                  3. re: OCAnn
                                                                                                                    SuzyInChains Sep 20, 2008 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                    There's nothing to understand about taste preferences. It's all about taste, not ingredients. We all like what we like.

                                                                                                                    1. re: SuzyInChains
                                                                                                                      OCAnn Sep 20, 2008 10:25 PM

                                                                                                                      While I agree that we like what we like, some of us can taste the ingredients....

                                                                                                                  4. re: DiningDiva
                                                                                                                    swamp Apr 16, 2009 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                    Totally, Laura Scudder is the best and taste like real peanuts. I like that it is not sweet like so many others.

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                                                                                                                  dolores Sep 18, 2008 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                  JIF smooth, no contest. And I did. Have a contest.

                                                                                                                  Lined them all up, Skippy, JIF, Peter Pan, I think there was another, smooth and crunchy.

                                                                                                                  JIF smooth won, hands down.

                                                                                                                  Why: taste, mouth feel, peanutty flavor, spreadability, evocation of nostalgia.

                                                                                                                  Trader's Joes smooth is also very good, but it pours. Real PB shouldn't pour.

                                                                                                                  Smooth vs crunchy: I just find nuts in my PB icky. I tried buying crunchy to slow me down re eating my PB. But it didn't work. Oh, and some of the nuts in some of the crunchy brands smelled rancid. Ick.

                                                                                                                  Nope. JIF smooth. No question.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: dolores
                                                                                                                    cycloneillini Apr 16, 2009 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                    I could have written your post dolores... agree with all of the above.

                                                                                                                  2. LindaWhit Sep 18, 2008 09:02 AM

                                                                                                                    I grew up with Skippy Smooth, but graduated to the chunky when it came out. I wish the regular original chunky was still available, as Super-Chunk can sometimes be too "stiff".

                                                                                                                    Now I'll usually buy chunky Jif or Skippy interchangeably. Rarely buy smooth, unless I specifically need it for a recipe.

                                                                                                                    1. v
                                                                                                                      Val Sep 18, 2008 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                      Smuckers Natural Creamy does it for us...we love it. (Hint: store unopened jar upside down; when you're ready to open and stir it up to incorporate the oil, it is SO much easier and not as messy. I used to hate stirring it up before I learned that tip.)

                                                                                                                      1. brandywiner Sep 18, 2008 08:42 AM

                                                                                                                        On the other hand, I only like smooth PB. My brand is Peter Pan. Not sure why, other than nostalgia, maybe. Can deal with Jif in a pinch, or Planters (if it still exists; haven't seen it in years). Can't stand Skippy.

                                                                                                                        Needless to say, I was going through withdrawal during the months that PP was off the shelves!

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                                                                                                                        1. re: brandywiner
                                                                                                                          Pylon Sep 21, 2008 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                          I could not agree more!

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                                                                                                                          FriedClamFanatic Sep 18, 2008 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                          I only like chunky, and I buy Skippy Super Chunk.

                                                                                                                          I do have a Salton Peanut butter maker and have done that a few times, but frankly, prefer Skippy.

                                                                                                                          However, I prefer my homemade Cashew butter and Almond butter

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