I love peanut butter. Shocking, I know. And there’s no place I’d rather live than America, because only in America will you find pancakes as large as a pizza, pizzas the size of a car, and cars as large as an elephant. But above all, America is #1 because we are the home of peanut butter. And it’s because of this fact that there is a neverending supply of different peanut butters for me to review. So thank you America, for being the undisputed champion of grinding legumes into a brown, salty paste. And thank you Justin’s and Naturally More, for sending me some fabulous peanut butter.
Justin’s Chocolate Peanut Butter = 75%
The best word to describe this peanut butter
. The texture is quite thick which works well for putting on fruit and reduces the possibility of a mess if squeezing into your mouth. This peanut butter
takes on a strong chocolate flavor that is very pleasing and not overly sweet. It may not be the most pleasant sight as it squirts out of the small opening, but the excellent taste will overpower any inhibitions
you may have. Very good, but not quite as good as the other chocolate variety I tried…
Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter = 70%
This variety takes plain peanut butter
and gives it a kiss of honey. The texture is nice, thick and creamy, and the honey flavor is good but for I think most people would like a bit more sugar. That’s just me speaking and I have a salt tooth not a sweet one. But it’s definitely close – maybe only a pinch of sugar is needed to bring out the honey flavor better – but as it stands the honey flavor is mostly lost if you use it for anything other than eating it straight. I tried it on an apple but even the mild-flavored apple overwhelmed it, so rather than miss the good honey flavor I ate the two separately. Good snack though.
Justin’s Maple Almond Butter = 75%
I’m not usually a fan of almond butter. The one exception so far is Naturally Nutty’s Vanilla Almond Butter
. I like the flavor of almonds but I’m all about the crunch, and you don’t get that with almond butter. And it doesn’t help that most brands of almond butter come unsalted. But Justin’s Maple is outstanding. The maple flavor compliments this nut butter perfectly, and as the rich and creamy texture glides over your taste buds the experience finishes with just the right amount of sweetness. Any more sweetness would detract from the almonds, any less sweetness would put it in awkward/useless category. And the hint of salt to round out the flavor was perfect. I think this flavor would work very well to make some maple peanut butter
cookies. This was my new favorite Justin’s flavor, or so I thought….
Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter = 90%
Wow. Let me start by saying that I don’t like Nutella. I don’t know if it was the hazelnuts or the overpowering sweetness, but I’m just not a fan. So I didn’t expect much, sorry Justin. But I was wrong. This nut butter is unbelievably creamy and rich, and the chocolate adds a silky smooth texture and perfect level of sweetness to the nut butter. It’s much thinner than the chocolate peanut butter
which makes getting it out of the package easier, but it’s very difficult to make a sandwich with and can make a mess if you’re not careful. The best part, however, is the kick you get from the sea salt at the very end. Just enough saltiness to round off and compliment the sweet chocolate flavor. This is quite possibly my favorite flavored nut butter to date. Justin: do you have any extra batches you need to get rid of?
Naturally More Peanut Butter = 75%
I like the fact that these jars aren’t filled to the top, which gives you room to stir without spilling oil everywhere. This peanut butter
is labeled as a “healthier” peanut butter
due to added flax seed, flaxseed oil, egg whites and wheat germ. The texture is very thick and I originally refrigerated it which made it so thick it was impossible to use. But despite the addition of egg whites, there is no “eggy” taste and apparently no need to refrigerate. At room temperature, it’s still a very thick peanut butter
but in a good way. It’s still difficult to spread, though, and could easily tear up your bread should you try to make a sandwich. All the extra healthy additions give some nice added crunch (and nutrition) to the otherwise creamy peanut butter
. The levels of salt and sugar are well balanced, making this a very pleasant peanut butter
. If you’re going to eat it straight, however, make sure you have plenty of milk or water to wash it down, it’s one of the stickiest peanut butter
s I’ve ever had. As a person that gets 95% of his daily fats from peanut butter
, this is a great way to get some variety in! Great on fruit or in cereal
Naturally More Organic Peanut Butter = 70%
It may be the hot weather talking but this jar of peanut butter
is much thinner than the above variety, which makes it much easier to mix. This could also be due to the different composition of the organic variety, which contains only organic peanuts, flaxseed and evaporated cane juice. This variety tastes a tad sweeter than the non-organic variety despite the low sugar count of 2g per serving. It reminds me a lot of Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter
with Flaxseed only organic. A very good product that is best enjoyed in it’s simplest form like on a piece of whole wheat toast or on some delectable pancakes
since it has some sweetness built in.