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BOO! Trader joe's organic peanut butter change

gabbygirl725 Nov 13, 2011 03:07 PM

Trader Joe has changed their organic peanut butter.
They are no longer using Valencia peanuts. The color is lighter and the taste is more bland. Now, it tastes just like every other organic peanut butter.

Shame on you Trader Joe. Your organic peanut butter, smooth and chunky, was delicious AND YOU BRAGGED, MADE WITH VALENCIA PEANUTS.

I'm not buying TJ's peanut butter any more--it's no longer any better than any other.

  1. Robert Lauriston May 10, 2013 01:29 PM

    Trader Joe's has a new line of organic peanut butter from a Canadian supplier. My local store had all four creamy / crunchy / unsalted / salted variations. It doesn't specify Valencia peanuts, but the salted crunchy is very similar to the one I used to like.

    5 Replies
    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      goodhealthgourmet May 10, 2013 02:53 PM

      I tried the unsalted when I first spotted it back in March - the flavor was okay but I couldn't get past the texture. Do you find it to be chalky & unusually sticky? My thoughts here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8924...

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
        Robert Lauriston May 10, 2013 04:11 PM

        Seemed no more sticky than the old stuff to me, definitely not chalky or dry.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          goodhealthgourmet May 10, 2013 04:25 PM

          Interesting - maybe I just tasted an off batch.

        2. re: goodhealthgourmet
          Bax May 11, 2013 04:06 PM

          I've now had a jar of the chunky unsalted (which I bought accidentally -- just noticed the "chunky" and not the "unsalted" part) and a jar of the chunky salted. And weirdly, the unsalted was kind of chalky & dry somehow. The salted, on the other hand, was fine.

          1. re: Bax
            goodhealthgourmet May 11, 2013 05:19 PM

            Thanks for weighing in - kinda nice to know it wasn't just me!

      2. f
        Feta_Compli Sep 25, 2012 01:28 PM

        Why would you not make your own peanut butter anyway? All you need is a food processor, and it takes literally less than 5 minutes.

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        1. re: Feta_Compli
          goodhealthgourmet Sep 25, 2012 01:39 PM

          you say that as though everyone owns a food processor and has the desire to make their own peanut butter...neither of which is true.

          it's also damn near impossible to find *organic* peanuts for purchase unless you're willing to buy in bulk online, and we were talking about organic peanut butter.

          1. re: Feta_Compli
            tzurriz Sep 25, 2012 01:41 PM

            It would take me a lot longer than 5 minutes to shell all those peanuts!

            1. re: tzurriz
              drmoze Sep 30, 2012 11:58 PM

              And cleaning the food processor afterwards as well? No thanks!!!!

              1. re: drmoze
                Feta_Compli Oct 2, 2012 11:29 AM

                Sorry, forgot that this wasn't the home cooking forum.

                I find it worth the effort, however.

          2. Robert Lauriston Sep 25, 2012 10:06 AM

            There's a recall on Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter (sku 97111), Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds (sku 98927) and Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds (sku 94079).


            Recall aside, the quality's not close to what it was a year ago.

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              goodhealthgourmet Sep 25, 2012 01:19 PM

              yeah, there's another thread about it on the Media board, as well as discussion in a couple of other TJ's threads. FYI, the recall isn't limited to TJ's products. their supplier - Sunland Inc. - contracts with a number of companies, all of which have been affected...

            2. Robert Lauriston Jan 25, 2012 07:51 PM

              I tried three of Trader Joe's other peanut butters hoping to find a substitute.

              The organic crunchy salted made from blanched nuts was bland and uninteresting. That's going back to the store.

              The non-organic crunchy salted made from unblanched nuts was better but not much, that's going back, too.

              The non-organic creamy salted made from unblanched Valencias was close in flavor to the discontinued organic, but I haven't seen crunchy, which I prefer. Also, it has twice the salt of the discontinued product, and seems overly salty. No health complaints about salt, I just feel like it steps on the peanut flavor. Good enough that I'll eat it, at least.

              Is TJ's currently selling a crunchy Valencia peanut butter? Maybe I'll try the flaxseed one.

              5 Replies
              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                Rilke Jan 26, 2012 09:09 AM

                Try the flaxseed one. It is delicious. I like the almond butter version as well.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston
                  Robert Lauriston Feb 14, 2012 02:08 PM

                  Has anyone seen the TJ's non-organic Valencia in crunchy?

                  I tried the Santa Cruz brand dark roast recommended in another topic (link below) as a substitute, not bad but not as good flavor as the TJ's creamy Valencia.


                  1. re: Robert Lauriston
                    goodhealthgourmet Mar 12, 2012 04:00 PM

                    sorry you didn't love the Santa Cruz, i suspect it's because they use Spanish peanuts which aren't as sweet as Valencias.

                    TJ's must have recently introduced a new line of organic Valencia PB (no flaxseeds) - i saw it on the shelf last week, and there was definitely a crunchy variety...unfortunately it comes in plastic jars which i try to avoid. but the roast did look much darker and more flavorful than that pale, insipid organic sea salt variety in the glass jars that was originally intended to replace the DC'd organic line we all loved.

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                      gabbygirl725 Mar 13, 2012 08:45 PM

                      Thanks for the info! I miss that organic Valencia crunchy PB. I'll look for it in my store in Scottsdale!

                    2. re: Robert Lauriston
                      Robert Lauriston Mar 14, 2012 08:34 AM

                      They had both creamy and crunchy organic Valencia back in stock in Berkeley yesterday.

                  2. c
                    crownedsparrow Nov 16, 2011 05:48 PM

                    I heard a report on NPR about how horrible the peanut season was this year... prices just about doubled.


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                      noya Nov 16, 2011 05:40 PM

                      this topic has been well-covered. As I understand from the boards, TJs source for Valencia peanuts stopped producing.

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                      1. re: noya
                        drmoze Nov 17, 2011 10:19 PM

                        TJ's valencia peanut butter with roasted flax seeds is amazing. I don't care whether or not it says 'organic.' And somehow it never separated, and the texture from the fridge is very spreadable, not hard.

                        1. re: drmoze
                          noya Nov 18, 2011 10:54 AM

                          it's not about whether a package says organic to most of us. The difference between organic and regular peanuts is significant, hence the search for delicious AND organic pb.

                          1. re: noya
                            cwdonald May 14, 2013 05:59 AM

                            The rules as to what constitute certified organic are a joke. You think you are getting a better product but there is no guarantee and federal regulations really allow enough things to seep into an organic product that all it does is mean the store can have higher margins. Furthermore TJs or WF or Wegmans do nothing themselves to test for pesticide residue or water quality in the farms they choose to source from.. so buyer beware.

                            1. re: cwdonald
                              Robert Lauriston May 14, 2013 08:50 AM

                              I don't care that TJ's organic peanut butter is organic, only that it tastes the best.

                              The new version comes from Canada, which might or might not affect what the "organic" label means.

                      2. Glencora Nov 13, 2011 03:39 PM

                        The jar I bought this week is made with Valencia peanuts. Are you saying that it has *just* changed?

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                        1. re: Glencora
                          gabbygirl725 Nov 16, 2011 07:57 PM

                          i checked with my TJs in Scottsdale, AZ. Their regular (non-organic) is still made with Valencia peanuts--at least in my store.

                          If their source for their delectable organic Valencia peanut butter is no more, TJ's is able to find another source. It would be great if they let us in on the news in their newsletter, or by posting it.

                          1. re: gabbygirl725
                            Glencora Nov 17, 2011 09:51 AM

                            Ah, I see. Mine isn't the organic. Now I wish I'd tried it.

                            1. re: Glencora
                              chompy Nov 17, 2011 10:17 AM

                              I think the non-organic Valencia PB is pretty good. To me it's roughly comparable to the Organic Valencia PB that's been discontinued. But of course, not organic.

                          2. re: Glencora
                            noya Feb 28, 2012 08:03 AM

                            Just saw our favorite PB back on the shelf at TJs. YAY!!!

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