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Mar 29, 2010 11:05 PM

Your favorite non-commercial peanut butter available in the GTA?

Hey all, was just watching a thing on TV from the USA and it was showing some amazing peanut butter products at some expo.. Things like honey roasted peanut butter, beer nut peanut butter, all natural roasted peanut butter, all natural red skin organic peanut butter etc. and it got me thinking that I've only ever really had Kraft, Skippy, or Jif peanut butters..

Anybody have any more unusual favorites and places to buy them? I'd like to check some out.. Also interested in the best all natural peanut butters


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  1. Have you ever tried the peanut butters that you can grind yourself at many bulk food and health food stores? They have just one ingredient. The Big Carrot has a grinder for Grind-your-own, plus some good peanut, cashew and almond butters in jars, but I forget which company makes those as I haven't bought them recently.

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    1. re: foodyDudey

      Hmm, I have never tried this. I live in Brampton so I never get out to the Big Carrot, but if theres another place this can be done (like a supermarket or so on) I'd definitely like to try it out!

        1. re: piccola

          +1. Pure peanut butter. Or do some of your own in a spice grinder. You also then have the opportunity to roast them first, or mix them with other nuts and/or flavourings.

    2. Duckdown, I can't help you with the more unusual flavours, but you can buy brand name and house-brand peanut butters which contain only peanuts at all major supermarkets. I currently have one from Metro--it's the 'Irresistibles' brand and it's 100 percent peanuts. Much more tasty than the sugary, hydrogenated stuff that the main brands push. You know it's 'natural', because the oil separates and floats to the surface. You have to give it a stir (or even pour some off, if you want less fat).

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      1. re: Yongeman

        Hi there, thanks for the response.., I actually have seen the all natural ones at the supermarket but am usually deterred because they're just generic Kraft brand or House brands.. But if theres one thats actually pretty good, I would definitely give it a shot. Thanks for the tip!

        1. re: Yongeman

          Similar to Metro's Irresistibles brand is Whole Foods' 365 line of products. My absolute favourite peanut butter is 365's Natural Peanut Butter, in either smooth or crunchy. Simple, yes, but oh so good. Worth it for $2.99. I, too, pour some of the natural oils out of the container upon first opening the jar. Always give natural peanut butter a good stir before eating.

          1. re: Yongeman

            Yongeman, I finally tried me a jar of 100% Peanuts - Smooth Peanut Butter by Irresistibles! Love it! Also $2.99 like Whole Foods' Natural Peanut Butter by 365 brand. But a slightly bigger jar, so better value I guess :) Thanks for the tip.

            1. re: shelleypascual

              Glad you liked it, shelleypascual. I often buy PC as well...pretty similar (I guess when you're working with only one ingredient, it shouldn't vary toooooo much).

            2. re: Yongeman

              None of the pure peanut butters available at the grocery store compare with ones that can purchased at any health food store that's ground on site. The grocery store ones always have the oil on top that has to be stirred in VERY well or you end up with dry bottom. The grocery store ones don't taste as good or as fresh either.

              DD, you don't need to come downtown for this. You can likely go to any health food store in your area.

              1. re: Googs

                Hey Googs, thanks for the heads up. Any chains you can think of that offer this kind of service? The only "health food" stores I seem to see in this area are usually part of a chain.. Like "Nature's Source" for instance is one thats nearby my house


                1. re: duckdown

                  My local health food store and peanut butter supplier is Lennie's Whole Foods. They're part of the Health Service Centre stores. Not sure which of these is the most convenient for you, but here's the list.


            3. I am pretty sure you can buy Peanut Butter & Co.'s products in Toronto... but I can't quite remember where.

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              1. re: Rabbit

                I think they had a limited selection of these at my Pape IGA for a while, so maybe Sobey's has them. The other thing my IGA has is a house brand of fresh ground nutbutters in plastic deli containers. I'm not sure if they are ground in-house but they are noticeably fresher & tastier than any of the jarred kinds. The peanut is smokey and delicious. I believe they are all organic too. In the produce section.

                1. re: julesrules

                  I'll have to look for those next time i'm in the store, as I've never even noticed them. Time for a peanut butter and bacon sandwich.

                2. re: Rabbit

                  That stuff looks good! Definitely have never seen this at my local Sobeys... and Sobeys is the supermarket we shop at the most, its the one closest to my house.. Maybe was only in select locations :(

                  1. re: Rabbit

                    The only Peanut Butter & Co. product I've tried is the "The Heat is On" flavour. Interesting in that the nut butter is spicy, I wouldn't recommend anyone try this flavour. Kinda funky in taste... and it just didn't pair well with plain slices of toast.

                    1. re: shelleypascual

                      I just saw some Peanut Butter & Co. at the Spadina Fresh and Wild (I don't usually shop there but was desperate). But they only had the fire-y kind that shelleypascual just warned us against. They had various other nut butters but nothing that looked particularly interesting. Same story at The Big Carrot this morning... lots of nut butters but nothing really out of the ordinary (you've got peanut butter on my mind now, duckdown!).

                      1. re: Rabbit

                        I saw some Peanut Butter & Co at Metro in Liberty Village on Sunday. They carry a few flavours including Dark Chocolate Dreams which I have tried. It's a tasty treat.

                        1. re: sman

                          sman, would you recommend Dark Chocolate Dreams? I've always wanted to try it, in addition to Peanut Butter & Co's Cinnamon Raisin Swirl and Mighty Maple:


                          But I don't think they carry Mighty Maple here in Toronto. I haven't seen it anywhere... have you?

                          1. re: shelleypascual

                            It occurred to me after my post that I saw a wide selection of PB & Co's peanut butter at Max's Market in Bloor West Village back in January, and I'm pretty sure I saw the Mighty Maple there at the time. As for Dark Chocolate Dreams, I really enjoyed the PB and chocolate combination. I got a good taste of both and the texture was like peanut butter versus Nutella which I would consider thinner. It was a good treat and while I'd be happy to always have a jar in my cupboard, I would probably stick to regular peanut butter for my every day consumption.

                            Max's Market
                            2299 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S, CA

                    2. re: Rabbit

                      Whole Foods carries the Peanut Butter & Co stuff. don't know how many flavours.

                    3. Always wanted to try a "fluffernutter" sandwich too, but thats another thing I've never found in Canadian supermarkets thats really popular in US ones.. Marshmallow spread

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                      1. re: duckdown

                        For marshmallow spread, check near the ice cream toppings. I haven't found much variety in terms of brands but there was something approximating Fluff there the last time I was at Metro.

                        1. re: duckdown

                          Marshmallow fluff also goes good w/ nutella, chocolate spread and graham crackers, etc.

                          As for grind your own PB, they can be amazing or bland depending on whether the peanuts were roasted, salted, etc.

                          1. re: duckdown

                            I recently saw Fluff for the first time in Canada at my local Fortinos (Mountainash and Bovaird). It was near the take-home pies.

                          2. Nuts 2 U is an excellent brand of natural nut butters, available in most health food stores. One of my favourites of their entire line is the Peanut Butter & Hazelnut Nut Butter. No more than $2.99 at Tutti Frutti Health Food Store in Kensington Market (64 Kensington Ave.) It sounds like you're interested in trying a variety of different peanut nut butters... but you may be interested in trying out different kinds of nuts...

                            Nuts 2 U also carries a yummy macadamia nut butter, a cashew butter, a pumpkin seed butter, the list goes on! I must say though, that the pumpkin seed butter did taste a little funky. To each their own. Enjoy.

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                            1. re: shelleypascual

                              Are the other nut butters that cheap, too, or just the peanut?

                              1. re: piccola

                                The Nuts 2 U peanut butter is the cheapest, unfortunately. The others go for upward of $2.99. But certain flavours, like the cashew butter, are definitely worth it to try.

                                1. re: shelleypascual

                                  Yeah, I figured. I wish there were small jars of nut butters in the $3 range -- that way, I could try a bunch without spending a fortune and ending up with tonnes of jars I can't finish for months.

                                  1. re: piccola

                                    Actually, you can. Nuts To You also makes their jars in small sizes -- you'll have to call stores up specifically to see if they carry'em. For almond butter I prefer Maranatha's - better flavour and spreadability - plus Costco carries the large jars for seven bucks.

                                      1. re: Chester Eleganté

                                        Nuts 2 U does carry their nut butters in small jars, yes. But not every flavour carried in their large jars is also offered in their small jars. Also, the cheapest nut butter in their small jar is still around $2.99.

                                        But OMG, Maranatha's is awesome! My fave is their Raw Natural Almond Butter. I'm always on the lookout for this particular flavour... but can never find it cheaper than $7. Chester_Elegante, by any chance have you seen this flavour anywhere for cheap?

                                        1. re: shelleypascual

                                          Ya, maranatha's the way to go. I don't recall seeing it cheaper, though I haven't really looked either. I imagine it's around the same price everywhere except for costco.

                                          I agree with the poster below about Valencia being better. And Ambrosia has all of their peanut butters (organic/valencia/regular) on sale for $2.79 this month.