Gentle Readers, the news about peanut butter prices rising has The Practical Cook in a frenzy. Peanut butter is a staple in sandwiches (and not just with J, as evidenced yesterday), and a near-daily snack when paired with apples, not to mention the waffle topping of choice. In her salad days, The Practical Cook was choosier, and chose Jif. Then came the cholesterol results.
You see, I do still love Jif for some things (such as the baking of peanut butter cookies), but for daily consumption and because I can’t eat a ton of it, I want my peanut butter to wow me. This was 365 Crunchy Salted from Whole Foods until recently, then Trader Joe’s won my allegiance.
Now, Trader Joe’s has my heart. I know, I should completely stop going in there. Every week, it’s something new. But time is special. The Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter with Sea Salt is magic, unicorns, sunshine, and happiness, all rolled into one. It’s a natural peanut butter that doesn’t separate so much that it’s annoying to mix, and the flavor is a mouth party.
The Practical Cooks Junior rolled their eyes at my request to taste test this new peanut butter, and then proceeded to eat double their usual waffle allotment and most of my Honeycrisp apple with the Valencia Creamy as a dip. They then requested another, chomping crisp apples noisily at me while I watched what was to be my snack disappear.
It was a dollar more than the standard Trader Joe’s peanut butter, but still quite affordable. Buy it for the awesome elephant (between Like Water for Elephants and Hadoop, my worlds are replete with pachyderms), eat it because it’s delicious. A little dab will do you.
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