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Jul 1, 2014 01:19 AM

Walnut Butters from Old Dog Ranch

I haven't been very good about posting lately, but I think I will be forgiven by anyone who tries the Chocolate Walnut Butter from Old Dog Ranch.

They had a stand (sadly, not since last weekend) at the College of San Mateo's Saturday Farmers Market where they were giving out samples of their Chandler walnut products. And what walnuts! Real, unmistakable walnut flavor--none of that anemic stuff you find in groceries. The biggest surprise was the Chocolate Walnut Butter: just bittersweet chocolate, walnuts, and salt. All three flavors intense, distinct, and balanced; texture, a bit coarse. Probably not what you'd feed your 7-year old nephew. It's supposed to be a spread, but I've eaten almost the entire jar with nothing more than a spoon. A bit went on some bread, a waffle, and a scoop of Rocky Road ice cream, but I couldn't resist eating almost all of it straight off a spoon.

The maple walnuts, crisp and very lightly sweetened with maple syrup, are also excellent. The walnut butter with raw honey and salt is next on my consumable list. (Then it's back to the chocolate walnut butter.


Aside from mail-order, I was told that Old Dog is selling their wares at the Portola Valley and Daly City farmers markets, which is where I will have to start shopping in order to keep my pantry stocked with Chocolate Walnut Butter.

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  1. Ooooohhh, I love BS chocolate and walnuts! I guess I'll have to do mail order :)

    1. i bought the walnut butter with honey and sea salt. it is amazing! I eat it with a spoon too. Slowly. It's not overly sweet, just perfect. The girl at the stand (at Mountain View Farmers Market) said there was just one tablespoon of honey in each small jar.

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      1. re: stacyc

        Hahaha! Thanks for the feedback. It is wonderful, isn't it? I hide the jar from myself because I have to have a spoonful every time I see the bottle.

        I really must make it to the Mountain View market one of these weeks.

        1. re: pilinut

          You should! They told me last weekend that CSM didn't work out for them. Business was good for a while and then just fell off. Hopefully that doesn't happen at Mountain View too. Their stand is right as you walk in from the parking lot. Such nice people too.