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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.

                              2. the "beer nut butter" looked amazing... like crunchy peanut butter with little crispy pieces of that brittle coating.

                                I will have to check my local supermarkets for either the Nuts To You product or the Peanut Butter & Co. but I can say that I've never seen either of those labels that I can recall...and I'm usually pretty good at remembering this stuff *shrug*

                                I'm surprised theres no good PC products, they've usually got good versions of these things

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                                1. re: duckdown

                                  The Just Peanuts PC version is delicious and fairly inexpensive. Totally worth it.

                                  1. re: piccola

                                    Yeah, I'm a big fan of the PC Just Peanuts one.

                                  2. re: duckdown

                                    I think the PC products just haven't been mentioned. We buy the PC Organics peanut butter, only ingredient, peanuts.

                                  3. Just picked up some organic, natural peanut butter at the bulk barn close to me.

                                    1. Summerhill market has an extensive selection of peanut butter. I can't remember the types or brand names off hand. We only go there as a last resort, (We stock up on Trader Joe's Valencia PB when we're in the States)

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                                      1. re: amy_whino

                                        I got some PB there last week, it's from Peanut Butter & Co., they appear to be based in New York. They had two kinds, smooth and crunchy. I got the crunchy one, called Crunch Time, and it is goooood. Compared to the big brands, it's extra-crunchy. It has pretty large chunks of peanuts, and was well balanced with salty/sweet flavours. More expensive than the average, not surprisingly for Summerhill Market. Not sure if it's sold anywhere else.

                                        Summerhill Market
                                        446 Summerhill Ave, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

                                      2. It's not peanut but President's choice makes an almond butter that is just too good.
                                        It is part of their blue label line. Need to get the crunchy.

                                        1. I have to say that some of the best PB I ever had was in the US from Trader Joe's - their in-house organic PB is awesome (no additional oils or sweetners, just nuts). But the key is that they roast Valencia peanuts, which have a naturally sweeter/richer (and I think more deeply peanutty) flavour. They sell Valencia natural PB in TO at health/bulk stores but they don't advertise it as such. You just have to look at the labelling on the pail to see if it's Valencia.

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                                          1. re: eva q

                                            nuts to you brand has a valencia pb that i prefer over the regular.

                                            1. re: eva q

                                              I've never tried Nuts to You's Valencia Peanut Butter... mostly 'cuz I've wondered how it differed from their regular Peanut Butter. I'm excited to try it now.

                                              I have to say one of my favourite nut butters of all time is Maranatha's Raw Almond Butter. And when I saw a cheaper Trader Joe's version of Raw Almond Butter in the States, I went bonkers. Too bad Chicago's O'Hare Airport confiscated it from my carry-on! Bahaha, it totally slipped my mind that almond butter could be considered a "liquid." Needless to say, I never got to try it. Boo-urns.

                                            2. Try the all natural "Blue Menu" Crunchy "Just Peanuts" house brand peanut butter from Loblaws and their affiliates. If it's too runny I just mix in more chopped nuts (or even chopped almonds). It is reasonably well priced and delicious.
                                              Picards' makes you use peanuts with skins on and I DON'T like that. I do like that they are Canadian peanuts from Ontario. Other places that have grinders often have peanuts that are less than fresh likely because they charge too much.

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                                              1. re: ottokirpitnik

                                                This is a pretty old thread - my go-to is still Bulk Barn at Leslie and Lakeshore. I enjoy both the peanut and almond butter. But my reason for posting is to mention a PB line I noticed at Kitchen Table last week. I haven't tried it yet but it was interesting looking. Natural and maybe organic Cinnamon and other flavoured concoctions.