Recently, I’ve been thinking some deep thoughts about peanut butter… I know, I need to get a hobby. But really, there are so many varieties of PB alternatives out there that I feel I should give them a chance. I have a serious obsession with “real” PB – I think it is one of the reasons I could never really be an ex-pat, even though my “maybe someday” daydreams include me as a snooty Parisian.
That being said, I don’t mind the all natural stuff – I tried the Smuckers variety once, and it was pretty good (even though the smooth is really closer to crunchy than it is to smooth).
And one time a Davidson student brought almond butter in, which she made from real almonds using a cool “butter making” machine at our local health food store. My colleagues mostly thought it was weird, but I liked it.
There is also this Barney butter stuff, which I heard a bunch about on Kath Eats and my friend Maddie just informed me that she bought some to try – maybe she’ll let me sample some? In case you’re curious (I was), Barney Butter is an almond butter that poses as PB (sneaky, sneaky).
Lastly, I read up on this PB2 stuff, which I’ve heard a lot about, and have only heard positive reviews. It’s basically a peanut butter powder that you mix with water (it also comes in a chocolate PB variety – yum) to make a PB spread. It’s all natural, which I find comforting, since it is a powder… AND I have heard Julie raaaave about PB2 and everything she makes with it looks and sounds tasty… I really want to try it, but I’m a little nervous about buying four cases of the stuff (I could only find it online through it’s producer, Bell Plantation).
Do you think about PB as much as I do? Are you of the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mindset (that’s how Brian feels…)? I think I just like to experiment… Right now, PB2 is on at the top of my list to try (I think mostly b/c it is the most different, has the most positive reviews for being PB-like, and it comes in a chocolate PB flavor), but do I need a year’s supply of PB2? Probably not… have you been able to find stuff like this elsewhere? Like in a local store…?
Let me know what you think! I would love to know there are some other PB obsessed people out there…