Yes, we’re talking about the Dark Chocolate Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups on a dairy-free website, but read the following BEFORE you comment!!
A misleading practice has begun that only serves to confuse those who read allergen statements. Companies like Green & Black’s and now Justin’s, have shifted from putting a “may contain milk” warning due to potential cross-contamination, to a “contains: milk” warning even though the product is still made without dairy ingredients. From the FAQ’s on Justin’s website:
Even though there are no milk ingredients added to our delicious Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and the recipe has not changed, we recently changed our label to indicate “contains milk”. Because they are produced on machinery that also processes our Milk and White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, which do contain milk. While there is an extensive sanitation process between each batch, the reason we made this change is two-fold, both deriving from our company’s primary fundamental – safety.
So why would I post about a product that is making decisions for consumers rather than disclosing truthful information? Because I can’t count the number of times I’ve come across people who have been safely consuming the Dark Chocolate Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups for some time. Even many people with milk allergies. But felt betrayed and stopped purchasing them when they thought the formula had changed to actually contain dairy. I wanted to ensure that you know that at this point, it’s still exactly the SAME product!
Tasting Notes for Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups
As for a mini-review of the dark chocolate Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups (the other varieties DO contain dairy)…
They are pretty tasty with a pleasant semi-sweet coating and a rich, slightly powdery peanut butter filling. The filling isn’t quite as creamy as competitor brands. Unfortunately, they are frequently dried out. About half of the time that I’ve tried them, the center is very dry and crumbly.
Nonetheless dark chocolate Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups are readily available at many grocers. Perfect for when you want an indulgent sweet or if you are looking for a last minute treat to gift. So long as they are “safe” for your needs.
The Facts on Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups
Price: $2.49 per 2-cup pack
Certifications: Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups are Certified Organic, Rainforest Alliance Certified, Certified Kosher Dairy (due to shared equipment), and Certified Gluten Free.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups are dairy-free / non-dairy (YES, see above!), egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. 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 Justin’s website at justins.com.
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While I’d love to give them one star for their misleading labeling (changing the “may contain milk” to a “contains: milk” despite the fact that the formula is the same and it is still made without milk / dairy), my unbiased review of these PB cups is a genuine four stars – tasty, easy to find on sale for a fair price, but a star knocked off for frequently being dry.