I’m a peanut butter junkie. I’ve eaten it every day for breakfast for at least five years, and before that, ate it for lunch daily for nearly two decades. I’ve cycled through a number of brands, starting with Peter Pan as a preschooler, advancing to natural brands in my early 20s, and finally settling on Peanut Butter & Co. products as my go-to spreads.
Although Peanut Butter & Co. PB isn’t as pure as the natural stuff—it contains more than just nuts and salt—it isn’t weighed down with partially hydrogenated oils, as many supermarket brands are. And it comes in a variety of tempting flavors (my favorite is Mighty Maple).
I’m loyal to PB&C, but I’m not a peanut butter exclusivist. If I see an unfamiliar jar on the shelf, I’ll probably try it, regardless of brand—and especially if it’s something a little crazy.
So which pumped-up PB’s do I have my eye on?
Pacific Beach Butterscotch Flavored Peanut Butter Spread
I’m a little skeptical of this one since its name includes the word “spread”—a sign it doesn’t contain enough actual peanuts to be called plain ol’ peanut butter. But I’m willing to trade a few peanuts for undoubtedly delicious butterscotch flavor. Ice cream sundaes, anyone?
Wild Friends Honey Peanut Butter with Crunchy Pretzel Bits
Honey peanut butter is nothing new. But honey peanut butter with little pieces of pretzel? Tell me more. The extra salty note from the pretzels, paired with the sweetness of honey, sounds like a recipe for by-the-spoonful snacking.
Peanut Butter & Co. Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter
As a long-time fan, I follow (okay, stalk) Peanut Butter & Co. on Facebook. When they announced they were debuting a pumpkin-flavored peanut butter, I started checking the shelves of my supermarket religiously…and never found it. I recently interviewed PB&C founder Lee Zalben (for this Yahoo Health story), and asked him if the pumpkin PB was nothing more than a cruel rumor. He confirmed its existence—but with a sad caveat.
“We were a little worried, because we haven’t come out with a new flavor in a while,” he admitted. “But we sold out of the production within days, and it’s essentially completely sold out everywhere. It went faster than we could have imagined.” Fortunately, they’ll be making a LOT more next year, he said. I’m counting down the days.
PB Crave Razzle Dazzle
$17.94 for a 3-pack, PBcrave.com
Who needs jelly when you have this flavor-packed spread? It’s a sure-to-be-delicious combination of peanut butter, raspberry flavoring, white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, and honey. This just took peanut butter toast to a whole new level.
Reginald’s Homemade Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter
As a southerner, I’m obligated to try this bourbon-, brown sugar- and molasses-infused peanut butter. In a nutty—and ingenious—move, Reginald (whoever this woman is, I need to meet her) added pecan chunks to her PB. Sounds incredible.
Reginald’s Apple Sin Peanut Butter
The whole forbidden fruit angle is cute—but I don't need to be enticed to try this apple-flavored peanut butter. Imagine: apple PB on top of apples. Your tastebuds might explode.
Eliot’s Adult Nut Butters Garam Masala Peanut Butter
Savory peanut butters aren’t normally my thing. But with this one’s blend of cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves, I’m intrigued—and tempted to swap it in for regular PB in peanut butter cookies, as the maker suggests.