Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >
May 7, 2014 11:11 AM

Favorite organic peanut butter?

Looking for some recommendations.


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
    1. I like Smucker's organic peanut butter, but I've only been able to find it in one store in central Vermont.

      1. Santa Cruz Organic Dark Roasted is my hands-down favorite. Make sure to get the dark roasted (there's also a light roasted with a very similar flavor) for the best, peanuttiest flavor.

        1 Reply
          1. Trader Joe's Crunchy. The only one I can find here in Pasadena that doesn't have any sugar added! I did see some in the little gourmet-foods shop we like to drop in on when we're up in Cambria, but it was eight or nine dollars. I'm sure it was very good, but probably not twice as good as TJ's.

            5 Replies
            1. re: Will Owen

              There must be some places down in Socal like Berkeley Bowl, a large independent chain of 2 stores They make my favorite Organic Crunchy made from peanuts only.

              Justin's is hella expensive at the supermarket, but it showed up recently at the Grocery Outlet and isn't half bad. I just noticed that they add palm fruit oil to the peanuts. It's pretty good topping an apple half which is a frequent breakfast for me.

              1. re: chocolatetartguy

                1.justin's is not organic
                2. why would anyone want palm oil added to their peanut butter?

              2. re: Will Owen

                Will: are there no Gelson's in Pasadena?
                the Santa Cruz brand is sold in Gelson's.
                it has no added sugar.
                it is FAR FAR FAR better than anything TJ's sells
                get the DARK ROASTED variety.

                1. re: westsidegal

                  Pasadena Gelson's went out of business. They figured with a location in a trendy shopping center/condo development a kinda-fancy store would be a natural. But all those trendy young professionals shopped there like they would at a 7-11 and ate most of their meals out.

                  Oh, wait – there's one in La Cañada. Okay, I'll try the PB, and get some Polly-O mozzarella to go with it!

                  1. re: Will Owen

                    be sure you call before going to make sure they have stock of the DARK ROASTED variety.
                    not worth driving for the light roasted stuff imho