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Aug 26, 2012 10:12 PM

peanut butter quandry

having a hard time finding my favorite peanut butter these days:
santa cruz brand DARK ROASTED, crunchy, sold in glass jars.
gelsons used to carry it but can now only procure the creamy.

i've been making do with TJ' organic, glass jared. crunchy, (sadly, NOT dark roasted) with salt.
now THAT product has disappeard from the shelves ].

any other ideas?

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  1. Their locator:

    I'd probably call first before driving. Good luck! Peanut butter is such an elemental flavor.

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    1. re: DuchessNukem

      Punching in my Culver City Zip It offers the suggestion of Fedco at the corner of La Cienega and Rodeo. Since Fedco hasn't been there for 13 years, the listings may not be accurate. Though it may be found at the Target which is now on the site.

      1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

        Well that's ridiculous then. Thirteen years and still haven't updated the website. Bummer.

        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

          i already tried the Fox Hills Target, no luck there.
          may attempt to hit other Target stores as i drive around.

          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

            Agreed! I looked up MY zip code + 30 miles and 8 of the first 12 listings are long gone as well. Sheesh! That company needs some help.

        2. Haven't looked for this particular product myself, but I know that Whole Foods carries the Santa Cruz brand prominently in all the stores I've been to... In the Valley, at any rate.

          1. I too am a big fan of Santa Cruz crunchy, but I've found that Mara Natha crunchy, which is also sold in Whole Foods, is an acceptable substitute. BTW, if you're shopping in Gelson's, read the labels carefully -- for one of these brands (I forget which), the version in Gelson's has sugar added for some reason.

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            1. re: medrite

              thank you.
              it appears to me that gelson's has started stocking a brand of "organic" food that is being supplied by one of the mega/agribusiness companies.
              i've been carefully reading all labels there for a while.
              thanks for the warning!

            2. The CC Gelsons had the crunchy the last time I was there. They often put it on sale, too. The TJs is not even in the same class.

              Larger WFs too

              1. I noticed at the Los Feliz Gelson's this week that there's a sign next to the Santa Cruz peanut butter saying that the company is experiencing severe production shortages. They only had the creamy kind too, so you might want to call other Gelson's or Whole Foods markets to see if they have any left.

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                1. re: madcao

                  i've been in the process of doing just that.
                  the marina gelson's only has the creamy.
                  the century city gelson's only has the creamy
                  whole foods on barrington has NO santa cruz pb at all.

                  i'll keep trying... . .
                  thanks everyone for keeping an eye out for me!

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    It's available on Amazon from a vendor called vitacost for about $5 plus $5 shipping. If you want to buy $50 worth of it, then you will get free shipping.

                    1. re: madcao

                      Vitacost has their own site too: Unfortunately, WSG wants crunchy.

                      These two sites, which looks to be one parent company, says they have it in stock:


                      No idea how trustworthy the sites are.