As a child and even young adult, I detested peanut butter. Nuts whole, chunked or finely ground into a paste were of no interest to me or my taste buds. But something magical happened several years ago that made me suddenly gain an appreciation for all things nutty.
It started with almond milk, progressing to a handful of pecans, and eventually welcoming peanut butter into my diet. Now it’s to the point where at least an ounce of nutty goodness is a part of my daily eats. With this new found love, it was inevitable that I would sample some of the tasty peanut butter flavors from Peanut Butter and Co.
I think what I like most about the story of Peanut Butter and Co is that they actually have a storefront location. It isn’t often that you stumble across a peanut butter shop, but in New York City, they have a deli that will entice peanut butter lovers from miles around.
Peanut Butter and Co comes in a myriad of flavors. Thus far, we have sampled the following:
This was tops on my hit list. White chocolate far exceeds any other chocolate in my opinion, but is so hard to find without dairy. I’ve had to resort to making my own. But this gem offers a little glimpse of white chocolate via the addition of cocoa butter and vanilla. The flavors marry beautifully for a sweet treat that is hard not to eat by the spoon. To balance the dessert-like quality, we enjoyed it with sliced apples. Rating: Indulgence-Worthy
Imagine the flavor of dark chocolate enrobed peanut butter cups melting in your mouth. The rich, but sweet rather than bitter, chocolate flavor hit my taste buds first, followed by the hit of peanut butter. It was just as you would expect from the iconic dessert, but in a blended butter form. Again, good by the spoonful, but begging to be served on graham crackers (organic or gluten-free!). Rating: Deliciously Nostalgic
Perfectly sweet with a kiss of honey, this could easily become a daily craving. I’ll try to hold out – sticking with unsweetened nut butters in my regular regimen – but if you prefer a nicely sweetened peanut butter on your bagel, or perhaps an all-natural “frosting” on that muffin, then I recommend Bee’s Knees (note: this is the only non-vegan flavor that I spotted). Rating: Everyday Match-maker
The flavor: marvelous. The execution: needs a little work. Tony devoured most of the jar, saying that it tasted great, but they needed to fix the raisin issue. When I finally got a taste, I saw exactly what he meant. Whole little raisins are dotted throughout this sweetly-spiced spread, making it difficult to …. well, spread. We liked it, but would hesitate on buying it again, unless they start chopping or partially blending in, the dried fruit. Rating: It’s Complicated
Note that all of the Peanut Butter and Co flavors (on last check) are certified gluten-free, certified kosher, and non-GMO verified. All but Bee’s Knees appear to also be certified vegan.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Peanut Butter and Co Flavored Peanut Butters are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and tree nut-free. Most varieties are vegan (see post above). Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Peanut Butter and Co website at www.ilovepeanutbutter.com.