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Santa was kind to the Peanut Butter Boy. Other the my shiny new camera I mostly received food – the perfect, neverlasting gift. That there is PB Loco’s wonderful gift pack, complete with 2 containers of 9 different flavored peanut butter. So not only do I get to taste test all of these flavors but those little jars are reusable and perfect for mobilizing my peanut butter! Peanut Butter Boy must have been quite good indeed because Santa didn’t stop there. Read on for details, taste-tests and uses…


Another gift bestowed upon me was Trader Joe’s 8-pack of single-origin dark chocolate ranging from 60-73% cocoa. Each bar contains beans from only one cocoa-producing nation and the differences between regions are quite noticeable. To top it all off, I received the third shipment from the Peanut Butter of the Month Club. I am literally swimming in a sea of peanut butter and dark chocolate and I love it! This month included the following two peanut butters (Peanut Better brand on the left, Woodstock Farms on the right):

Peanut Butter Flavors:

Woodstock Farms Crunchy Organic

= 65%
 
A nice fresh roasted peanut taste, a medium-thick consistency and a touch of salt. A little bland in my opinion and not quite up to par with Whole Foods 365 Crunchy but a good solid peanut butter. Use as you would normal peanut butter.

Peanut Better Cinnamon Currant

= 60%
 
Cinnamon currant is my favorite flavor of peanut butter so I was excited to try this one. The texture is very creamy and the currants are chopped up so it spreads easily. The flavor is a little bland yet the sweetness is too high and the cinnamon is barely noticeable. I prefer homemade cinnamon currant peanut butter. Perfect for a peanut butter parfait to add some sweetness to plain yogurt.

P.B. Loco Dreamy Creamy

= 75%
 
This flavor most reminds me of America’s Choice peanut butter. America’s Choice is a store brand sold in some markets on the east coast, it’s non-natural but contains only a tiny bit of fully hydrogenated oil which is trans-fat free. When you stir it really well in the jar it becomes perfectly creamy and is one of my favorite peanut butters. “Dreamy Creamy” is very similar in consistency right out of the jar but a little bit sweeter. The texture is excellent but I prefer peanut butter with a touch of salt instead of sugar. This flavor is great on a traditional pb&j, and a reduced sugar preserves will work just fine.

P.B. Loco Munchy Crunchy

= 75%
 
Very similar in consistency to the “Dreamy Creamy” but with lots of small peanut chunks and not quite as sweet. I prefer this flavor to Dreamy Creamy because of the crunch and lower sweetness. This flavor is perfect for a peanut butter and banana sandwich.

P.B. Loco CocoBanana

= 70%
 
I still have a full-sized jar of this flavor that I reviewed earlier. Tthis flavor is sweet, but that is expected. The chocolate flavor is pronounced immediately while the banana flavor comes through at the end in little banana-flavored crystals spread throughout the mix. A great flavor but it’s uses are limited. The flavor is too distinct and lost when used on a sandwich or with fruit. I recommend spreading this on banana pancakes with just a touch of maple syrup.

P.B. Loco Jungle Banana

= 65%
 
Very similar to the CocoBanana except the banana flavor comes through right away in this variety. Since there aren’t too many flavor combinations in works here, this flavor works great in ice cream / smoothies to bring out a strong banana flavor. Of course it still works great on top of some pancakes.

P.B. Loco Dark Chocolate Duo

= 70%
 
This creamy peanut butter contains tiny dark chocolate chips. I like the presentation but there is something much more enticing about Peanut Butter & Co’s version where the peanut butter and chocolate is mixed and boasts a rich, black color. However, I prefer this version because it is less sweet. Perfect on toast.

P.B. Loco Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

= 75%
 
Who doesn’t love the taste of raw cookie dough? This peanut butter does a wonderful job of recreating that flavor. The only problem is that the taste of peanut butter is almost completely absent. There is an overwhelming sweetness that can only be described as cookie-level sweetness. A great peanut butter on it’s own in small quantities and perhaps good for cookies but that might defeat the purpose of that raw flavor.

P.B. Loco Raspberry White Chocolate

= 65%
 
I used to love white chocolate. That was before I switched to dark chocolate. Nowadays white chocolate is too sweet for me and this peanut butter follows suit. The raspberry taste is much better than Sunland’s raspberry flavor and the combination here is unique but I can’t think of many uses for it. Best enjoyed solo in nibbles.

P.B. Loco Asian Curry Spice

= 75%
 
This is the most interesting peanut butter of the lot. This peanut butter is bright yellow and has the perfect amount of curry flavor. It’s great as a standalone dipping sauce for chicken sate or as a base for homemade peanut sauce. I love how unique this flavor is, and while I wouldn’t eat it on its own, it is the perfect bread spread (mayo replacement) for a roasted turkey, lettuce, onion and tomato sandwich.

P.B. Loco Sumatra Cinnamon and Raisin

= 80%
 
Again, cinnamon currant/raisin is my favorite peanut butter flavor. This one falls between Peanut Better’s and my homemade version. It’s less sweet than Peanut Better and has more cinnamon flavor. For the best cinnamon raisin peanut butter make your own, it’s cheap and lets you control the sugar/cinnamon levels. But if you must buy it then I recommend Peanut Butter & Co’s cinnamon raisin peanut butter over both P.B. Loco and Peanut Better’s versions. Again, great in a peanut butter parfait.

Chocolate Flavors:

The booklet that comes with the chocolate pack has a small description for each bar and does a very good job and pinpointing the flavor and texture. It also suggests a unique beverage pairing for each bar, ranging from unsweetened cappuccino to Cabernet Sauvignon. I highly recommend you stop by your local Trader Joe’s store and pick up this pack for $9.99.

Additional Info:

These photos were taken with my new Canon Rebel XSi camera. I can see a marked improvement over some of my previous photos. However, I have only used the automatic settings as I am awaiting my new companion book to guide me through the camera and DSLR photography in general. The pictures should improve dramatically from here. Stay tuned!

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  1. I love food gifts. Haven’t had PB in different flavours…sounds really interesting!

  2. mom says:

    Great pictures!!!

  3. ttfn300 says:

    *drool* that certainly is pb heaven!!! and now i’ll be on the lookout at tj’s for that chocolate pack… not that i need it :)

    i felt the same way about white choc, but years later i tried it again and must’ve been in a weak moment b/c i loved it (it was green and black’s, so maybe that was it?)

    Haha, it’s ok, the thing that gets me about “white chocolate” is that it’s not actually chocolate. I wonder if they could make less sweet white chocolate, perhaps a dark white chocolate? ~ Nick

  4. carolina says:

    Looks wonderful. I am jealous. What unlikely pairing with the peanut butter have you tried and thought wow, that is not bad at all? I just love consumer reporting blogs. I am gonna definitely look into the Trader Joe chocolate pack. I did not even know there was such a thing as a peanut butter of the month club. Awesome!

    PB of the month club, I highly recommend it even as a gift to yourself! Unlikely pairing? How about with eggs: http://www.peanutbutterboy.com/peanut-butter-banana-omelette/. And read the comments, there’s about 5 people that tried and loved it! ~ Nick

  5. I am green with envy. The PB Loco Dark Chocolate Duo sounds amazing, and I’d love to try the PB Loco Asian Curry Spice on some chicken. You scored big time…your friends and family know you well!

  6. Meg says:

    Lucky you! What a fabulous chocolate and PB haul!

    Enjoy the new camera!

  7. Sagan says:

    Mmm.

    I’m running out of peanut butter. Eek! Need to re-stock.

  8. Ashley Steimle says:

    Mmmmm.. the asian curry pb sounds yummy. Thanks for reviewing all these peanut butters!

    Hope all is well, Nick!

    That pb makes me want to skewer some chicken! All is well out here in California, finishing up grad school. Thanks for stopping by, hope you’re doing well! ~ Nick

  9. I love the thought of a peanut butter of the month club. That makes me laugh. :)

    I have a similar reaction when I receive these shipments, but they’re more like frenzied giggles of happiness. ~ Nick

  10. Katrina says:

    I saw that cute gift pack of P.B. Loco’s and first thought of me, then thought of you! I didn’t get them. Lucky!
    YUM to all the chocolate, too!

  11. VeggieGirl says:

    OOOOH!!!

  12. Reeni says:

    Holy Peanut Butter, Batman!! I wish I could dip my spoon into each one and try them all. Your so lucky! You must be one happy man right about now.

    Haha, yes indeedy! My only quip is that the jars weren’t a smidgen larger, it goes too fast! ~ Nick

  13. Sharon says:

    Oh wow, yum!
    PB Loco is so colorful too!

  14. Mark Boxshus says:

    Happy New Year Nick

    Congrats on your choice of camera. I bought the same camera in July. I’m still experimenting and am curious about the book you mentioned. Could you send me the information on that. I could use some type of tutorial, since I am definitely am amateur and need guidance. And, you lucky dog you……with all of that peanut butter and chocolate. I love a lot of the chocolate that Trader Joes’ offers. You can’t beat the value.

    Thanks Mark, I really enjoy this camera. I’ll be receiving this book tomorrow: http://eaturl.info/9fj5. It looks like one of the best ones on Amazon and I’ll let you know how it is. I’ve tried many of TJ’s dark chocolates now, they’re all incredible and definitely the best bang for your buck for dark chocolate. ~ Nick

  15. Joanne says:

    Oh you lucky peanut butter Boy! Great news!

  16. Amber Shea says:

    PB Loco’s gift packs are great! I gave myself one for Christmas, in fact. I do agree with you on the cookie dough – the flavor is AMAZING (“too sweet” isn’t usually a problem I have) but I can’t think of any appropriate way to use it other than to eat it straight. Not that there’s anything wrong with that… I haven’t cracked open my Asian curry spice yet, but it sounds like I need to.

    The new camera looks like it works great!

    Dip some sauteed tofu in the curry pb, or perhaps make a sauce from it with some soy or rice milk to thin it out. As for the cookie dough pb, I’m trying not to just eat it out of the jar and waiting to come up with a good use for it but I can’t! Let me know if you think of one. ~ Nick

  17. Shelby says:

    Great Gifts! That Pb should last you about a week ;)

  18. Laci says:

    Wow I’ve never seen such an assortment of PB! It looks great and thanks for the details/feedback on each and every flavor, now I know what to expect if I ever come across PBloco’s products! I agree with you I used to like white chocolate, but now I’d rather the sweet yeat rich, dizzying aroma of organic natural dark chocolate. I think when we become more health conscious our taste buds assimilate to the new and exciting flavors, rather than just pumping every commercial product with refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup, like many brands do. Great post! =)

    That’s very true. Ever since I started become very health conscious about 5 years ago, I have since “lost” the taste or things like french fries and pizza. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy the taste of pizza (especially in NY) but it’s very rare that I get it, I just don’t get the cravings anymore. There’s still some things I can’t assimilate to though, like artichokes *shudder*. ~ Nick

  19. Hayley says:

    You must be in heaven! I am so jealous of all of those PB flavors. I’m almost out of my Naturally Nutty and must restock soon. Oh and the pictures look great, and so professional.

    I may have indeed found heaven. If you want to try new/different Naturally Nutty flavors I suggest you email Katie the owner, she’s really nice and helpful and would probably recommend some good flavors. Plus, I hear there are some smaller sized jars in the works if you can wait that long… ~ Nick

  20. laura Camacho says:

    THE best peanut butter in the world is made by Parkers Farms. You buy it in the refrigerated section and it’s a no-stir all natural type. Their chunky PB has WHOLE peanuts in it (along with halves and bits). I really like the honey roasted too. It’s dangerous stuff!

    Sounds great, where can I get some? ~ Nick

    • Jodi says:

      Parker’s Farm Peanut Butter is made in Minnesota… you can buy it at Cub Foods locally and at Walmart Superstores… I agree – it is THE BEST!

      • Nick says:

        Walmart Superstores? I’ll check the nearby one, thanks!

  21. Marianne says:

    What awesome gifts! And those mini jars of the PB Loco peanut butter are too cute.

  22. Richard says:

    WOW, I’m jealous. Enjoy your gifts, Nick! That pb better be put to good use!

    Thanks Rich, I plan to enjoy the heck out of these! The PB will certainly go to good use, it’s going to help me pack on a few pounds! ~ Nick

  23. anudivya says:

    Seems like someone is swimming in PBs and chocolate! Lucky you! Have fun with all of them.

  24. Heather says:

    holey cow! that’s a lot of PB and chocolate!! i’m a little jealous… esp of that cinnamon pb!

  25. megan says:

    I had no clue there were so many flavors. The cinnamon one sounds mighty fine. Nice haul!

    I agree, I certainly scored big time on this gift! ~ Nick

  26. Hayley says:

    Thanks Nick! I’ll be sure to email Katie, as I can’t wait when it comes to PB.

  27. “neverlasting gifts” — I like that.

    And mobilizing peanut butter is always an issue. I get funny looks going into work with a 55-gallon drum on a dolly. The little jars would be awesome.

    You should have a giveaway: one lucky person gets one empty jar. Then have another giveaway for the lid.

    Hah, love the idea but I don’t think anyone would enter except you and me (I wanna win too). Besides, the two winners would just end up hating each other, but maybe they’d discover each other as soul mates…. ~ Nick

  28. Marlow says:

    I love the variety pack of peanut butter!!

  29. Cakespy says:

    PB Loco is new to me–but looks like my newest best friend! Sounds like a lovely Christmas!

  30. jd says:

    This is so fantastic it’s almost making my head spin!

    I took a PB (no J!) sandwich to school every single day for almost 5 years when I was little, so it’s safe to say that I love peanut butter!

    Anyway, I’ve been lusting after that PB Loco stuff on their website for ages, and only recently discovered a few varieties of it in a small grocery store. You’ve definitely inspired me to get my jars out and start sampling!

    Cool :)

    PS I’m glad to have found your blog!

    Thanks jd! That’s funny, I used to bring PB&J to school for a while until one day I Asked my mom if I could just have “J” sandwiches. She refused, but shortly after I started liking “PB” sandwiches. Let me know how you like P.B. Loco if you get a chance to try it! ~ Nick

  31. Kevin says:

    Score!

  32. laura Camacho says:

    Parkers Farm seller locations link here. I have found it at Whole Foods, too.

  33. MaryBeth says:

    I love P.B., I will be running straight for my local Trader Joe’s to see if I can find this.

    Go get it, you won’t be disappointed! ~ Nick

  34. Uh, Nick? Ya hi. I’m drooling over here.

  35. Biz says:

    Hey, I found you from my brothers site: http://www.backtothefridge.com.

    I am glad I am not the only one who gets weepy watching the video of Paul Potts on Britain’s got talent!

    Can’t wait to check out your site – but I don’t think its possible for anyone to love peanut butter more than my brother Charlie!!

    Is that a challenge? Tell Charlie I challenge him to a peanut butter loving duel! ~ Nick

  36. Kristen says:

    I appreciate you doing the leg work for me. I do prefer just plain pb but maybe I will get adventuresome with some of your suggestions. Probably try your recipe for cinnamon currant.

    Plain is my favorite too but I implore you to try my recipe for cinnamon currant, it’s not that sweet, it’s almost savory with all the cinnamon and salt (from the salted pb). Give it a try! ~ Nick

  37. Psychgrad says:

    Clearly there is an entire world of peanut butter out there that I have yet to discover. Some great gifts there.

  38. Monique says:

    HOLY COW! you werent lying! Well if you ever need to get rid of some there is a lovely blogger in NY willing to take them off your hands. LoL!
    Lucky you!

    Haha, well I’m moving back to NY/NJ area in a few months so if I have any left over I’ll have to drop them off =) ~ Nick

  39. Amanda G says:

    Is PBLoco back in business????? I love it but the website shut down within the past year!

    • Nick says:

      Hey Amanda, Unfortunately I think they are completely gone! They had some really unique flavors, it’s too bad to see them go! I’ll have to make up for it by creating all their flavors at home and sharing them! This post was from Christmas 2009 when they were still around.

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